McGazza Fest held in memory

Queenstown rider Conor MacFarlane performs a Superman Indian Air trick during a jump jam at the...
Queenstown rider Conor MacFarlane performs a Superman Indian Air trick during a jump jam at the Wynyard Jump Park on Saturday. Photo: Callum Wood
The memory of mountain biker Kelly McGarry was honoured in Queenstown at the weekend.

The three-day McGazza Fest ended in Queenstown yesterday after a series of events over three days featuring riders from throughout the world.

Kelly McGarry Foundation chairman Fraser Gordon said it was an "awesome" event with a great turnout, including several professional riders from the United States and Europe.

It was the second McGazza Fest since the foundation was established in McGarry’s honour after he died while riding on the Fernhill Loop track above Queenstown two years ago.

McGarry, a professional mountain biker, gained worldwide fame in 2013 after making a backflip over a 21m-wide canyon gap during a competition in the United States.

Mr Gordon said the festival began on Friday evening with a convoy of 250 riders descending Hammy’s Track in the "Mega-train".

The riders generated a cloud of dust so big it was visible from Kelvin Heights.

Saturday’s McGazzalanche Race from the top of the Fernhill Loop track to the One Mile car park was dominated by a Queenstown couple: Eva Dethlefsen winning the women’s section and fiance Pete Robinson the men’s.

The festival was rounded off by a group ride at Coronet Peak and the second jump jam of the weekend, at the Gorge Rd Jump Park.

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