In memory of McGazza

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Dream ride: American Ryan Howard competes at McGazzaFest  PICTURE: CALLUM WOOD

McGazza Fest is staying true to its roots.

The third annual mountain biking festival, held in Queenstown to honour the late much-loved mountain biker Kelly McGarry, takes place this weekend.

McGarry, known within the biking community as McGazza, died suddenly in 2016, aged 33.

Kelly McGarry Foundation boss Fraser Gordon says organisers are trying to make sure it doesn’t “get too big, too commercial”.

“We want to keep it to its roots this year, which is honouring Kelly,” he says.

He says the programme for this year’s event is pretty much the same as last year’s.

“We want to keep that chilled-out vibe. We’ve sort of pulled it back.”

Despite that, Gordon says this year’s event is shaping up to have its biggest number of attendees yet.

McGazza Fest 2019 will begin tomorrow night with the Mega-train at Skyline Bike Park from 6pm.

It’ll wrap up on Sunday with the Gorge Road Jump Jam, at 3pm.