One of the world’s top mountain bikers has released a moving film in memory of Queenstown legend Kelly McGarry.
Dear Kelly, a video letter from United States Red Bull pro Carson Storch, aired on Pinkbike on Monday.
It was filmed last year to mark the first anniversary of McGazza’s death and also includes emotional tributes from partner Samantha Hitchcock and mates Fraser Gordon, Tom Hey and Emmerson Wilken.
Storch tells Mountain Scene it was an honour to make the video at the inaugural McGazzaFest, describing McGarry as a mentor and friend.
He also reckons there was an energy in the air during filming, as friends and fellow bikers rode his favourite lines.
“Flying down to Queenstown to film in McGazza’s name was something I felt very passionate about.
“It was pretty cool to be able to film some of the spots that he loved to ride while he was home from his travels. Many spots we filmed were spots I remember seeing him ride when I was younger. Whether it was in magazines or videos.
“I remembered them and they stood out to me. That was a big motivator to go ride them.”
Director Harrison Men-del says it was “truly moving” seeing folk keep his spirit alive.
“I was fortunate enough to meet Kelly multiple times and I knew he would be proud of what everyone was doing in his name.
“The concept was to create a visual and narrative letter to McGazza, giving him an update on everything being done to continue his legacy.”
Kelly McGarry Trust boss Fraser Gordon was emotional watching it. It’ll be aired at next weekend’s McGazzaFest.
“We are rapt with how Carson managed to pull it together and as a tribute to Kelly. The feedback from the release from around the world has been awesome.
“It was quite raw last year being around the first year of Kelly’s passing and it was really emotional.
“This year there will still be emotion there but it will also be a real celebration as well.
“Looking at Kelly’s life and emulating [how] he lived life for the weekend.”