Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I have just finished jamming 3 bikes into 2 bags along with all my other stuff and about to leave snowy Whistler and head to sunny New Zealand! Let's hope Air New Zealand aren't too harsh on the luggage allowance.
It's been all good hangin in Whistler for autumn, I even claimed some powder and made some cash to pay my credit card off.
I am really looking forward to all the cool events and riding in NZ - the Frew Farm Jam, Stoney Hills Trail Jam, Gorge Road Jams, and probably a couple of rounds of the NZ National DH races.
My first project when I walk off the plane is to build some dirt jumps in my hometown of Nelson.. it's all ready to go, just heard that 20 truckloads of clay have been dumped at the site and they are awaiting my shovel!
Thanks to all my northern hemi crew for the help this season, see you all next year!
Cheers, Kelly McGarry
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This is gonna be sick!! Followed by the Farm Jam in Southland on March 6th it's gonna be an action packed few weeks. This would be the perfect opportunity if there are any overseas riders keen to check out NZ and ride in some comps! I am looking forward to getting home for another epic summer of riding in New Zealand...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Qualifying was on Friday and consisted of a timed run down the Garbanzo DH course, I had a bit of a stack in my QF run but still managed to Qualify 25th which put me in the 3rd row back in the starting grid from the Whistler peak.
On Saturday morning I awoke to pouring rain and I knew the race would be interesting!
I put my thermals and body armour on and headed for the peak with the other 150 or so contestants! When we reached the peak it was pouring rain and flippin cold so I tried to stay dry while they lined every one up.
My position in the grid was pretty good I was in the middle of the road which as I found out later would be a big advantage at the start.
The boys a Red Bull sounded the shot gun and the race was under way! there was a weird silence as we all took off the only thing to be heard was pouring rain and wheels on the gravel.
My middle of the road position was awsome as I watched riders on the out side get pushed into the rock walls and loose rocks I looked around and I was in the top ten , I knew there was a small climb coming so I gathered my breath and hit it pinned and powered up passing a few more people , when we came over the brow I think I was in 7th ,then two riders crashed in front of me and I passed them putting me in 5th, I was sittin pretty coming into the fastest section of the course , whiskey jack where we were reaching speeds of around 80kph, I pinned it and couldnt see much in the rain and mud , when I got to the bottom of the fast section my heart sank as I heard my rear tyre losing air , I was SOOOO pissed! but nothing could be done , I rode the rest of the course on a flat, and headed for a warm shower.
I was bummed , but bad luck cant be helped
I am definitly going to race again next year! Mass start DH races are SICK!!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Bike choice is a tough one , some people are riding smaller travel bikes so they can pedal faster in the top section , I am sticking with my Turner DHR as the middle section is rough as hell!
Check it out at www.redbull.ca/exodus
Ok im going to practice!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Photo by Dan Barham.
Haven't seen the mag yet but here is a mini shot of the cover. Yeah Kelly!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Crankworx Colorado 2009
Slopestyle Final Results
1Brandon Semenuk 94.25
2Greg Watts 91.75
3Paul Basagoitia 88.5
4Tyler McCaul 87
5Sam Duek 84.75
6Cam Zink 84.5
7Graham Agassiz 79
8Mike Montgomery 78.25
9Kurtis Sorge 78
10Geoff Gulevich 76.25
11Alex Prochazka 73.5
12Yannic Granieri 72.5
13Eric Lawrenuk 71
14Mitchell Chubey 70.25
15Kelly McGarry 67.75
16Andrew Taylor 67.5
17Brian Miller 54.5
18Eric Porter 53.5
19Jack Fogelquist 50.75
20Colin Westeinde 49.5
21Bendan Howey 47.25
22Jarrett Moore 42.5
23Kyle McDonald 40
24Nick Meyer 35.5
25John Cowan 31.5
26Darren Berrecloth 21.5
27Andreu Lacondeguy 21.25
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Next contest is Crankworx Colorado July 30 - Aug 2 and it's gonna be streaming live online at crankworx.com so check it out.
1. Brandon Semenuk CAN (RedBull/Trek)
Here is a vid on the course walk. Kelly called me today when I was riding the Garbanzo chair to let me know he got into the final (10 riders) at the contest and was super stoked!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I got put on team North America cos I am the only dude from down under and I spend so much time over there anyway! So it was me, Jordie Lunn, Thomas Vanderham and my Gravity team mate Eric Porter. We had to choose what section of the track to ride and I chose a super fast flowy section with lots of berms which was perfect for the Turner 5-spot. We ended up winning the race infront of the Norwegian locals. Good times!
Then last night we sessioned the huge booters for the first time. The nerves were running high and some of the run-ins were super soft and it was hard to judge speed. Today we headed up for an evening sesh and the jumps had been prepped, watered and it was all go. It was a sick session and I was stoked to get the 17m jump under my belt.
Getting a ride up to the top of the jumps:
10 m gap on right.. 17m gap on left.
DH Relay race.. The winning team ..
Monday, June 29, 2009
I instantly liked the place as we strolled through customs without even speaking to any one or showing our passports (and without paying for 3 bikes with Norwegian air). We were picked up by one of the DOT boys and he drove us towards Hafjell Bike Park. We arrived at Tronds house at 2 am and every one was wide awake building signage for the event. At 2am it was still light! , the sun then started to rise at 3am ..haha this was a new experience for me!
Snus fridge at the Supermarket...
The next morning Sha and I built up our bikes and headed up the mountain to check out the Big lines at the top…Whoa there is a 17 meter gap on one of the jumps and I am super excited to hit these things! We also sampled the Hafjell trails and we weren’t disappointed, there are a load of really nice flowy trails up there and the 5spot ate them up. We have a whole week to ride so im sure we will be spending some more time shreddin up the mountain.
Every night since I’ve been here there is a session on the dirt jumps, which normally STARTS at 10pm and finishes at 1 am. a lot more of the riders are turning up today so It will be getting crazey at the DJ’s later this week I’m guessing!
View from the gondola back down the valley - grass roofed houses!:
So the Days of Thunder event is actually starting today so lookout for clips on the web of some MASSIVE jumps and I will put another post on my blog during the week. chur.
Dirt jumps at the bottom of the bike park: