An indescribable sadness hit Queenstown this week with the news that local legend Kelly McGarry passed away.
Our thoughts are with his partner Samantha & his family at this difficult time. Kelly was a larger than life character in every sense & was a legend both at home & abroad, but at the same time he was just your typical down-to-earth, approachable kiwi bloke that would spin a yarn to everyone and anyone.
He was known as a hugely inspiring rider & mentor over the course of his career. Kelly will leave a huge hole in both the local Queenstown riding community and the greater worldwide mountain biking scene that he was so passionate about.
Come and celebrate an absolute legends life in true Queenstown and McGazza style.
We are going to finish Kelly’s ride for him and then have an official commemoration to celebrate like he would have afterwards.
Meet at the top of Fernhill Loop, by the start of Salmon Run at 5.30pm on Friday 5th February.
You can ride up via Beeched As like Kelly did or walk up via the fernhill loop track from the Wynyard. Then we will shred down to the Wynyard and have a party!
Expert riders can ride salmon run and others can ride or walk down the walking track down to the Wynyard bike park where Kelly’s casket will be available for friends to pay their respects and then do him proud by having a good old party!
The more GC’s the better so share around so anyone who can make it can see Kelly out in style!
There will be a formal service for close friends and family in Nelson on Monday.
Edmond ‘Ned’ Overend will be in Queenstown next week and is kindly offering his time for a meet and question session on the 11th of February.
Ned will be at Outside Sports, 9 Shotover Street from 7pm to talk about his career, answer any questions, and meet fans and fellow mountain bikers.
A bit about Ned
Even though he retired from Pro Mountain biking in 1996, Ned continued competing in endurance competitions like the XTERRA Triathlon, and regular road triathlons. While in professional mountain biking, Overend earned the nicknames “Deadly Nedly” and “The Lung”, for he seemed difficult to beat and his aerobic endurance at altitude was phenonomenal, especially for a man of his age. Edmund ‘Ned’ Overend started mountain biking in the early 1980’s. He is a six-time NORBA cross-country mountain bike national champion and, became the first-ever mountain bike world champion by winning the inaugural UCI Mountain Biking World Championship in 1990. He was introduced into the United States biking Hall of fame in 2001. Overend appeared in the world’s first mountain biking video, aptly named, The Great Mountain Biking Video, released in 1988.
Check out Neds event results here http://nedoverend.com/nedresults.html
Ned is ‘one of the greats’ and an icon to mountain biking. He was there when off-road mountain bike racing started and is still out there winning events today.
Article of interest about Ned – http://www.outsideonline.com/2044136/60-new-25
This is Ronnie dancing for joy at how amazing the new QMTBC DHARCO riding jerseys are.
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club joined forces with DHARCO (an Australian bike wear company) to bring you these super comfy technical riding jerseys. The QMTBC design features our logo and the topo lines of our favourite playground – Fernhill loop.
Get yours before they’re all gone. Shop men’s or shop women’s online, we can post anywhere in New Zealand, internationally or you can collect from Bikeaholic for free.
DoC has contacted us with a reminder that mountain biking on 19th century gold mining sites is illegal under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 (it’s been illegal since 1975 as it causes damage such sites). The penalties are quite severe so it’s very important to respect this Act. Also, biking in DoC Reserves is not allowed without their permission.
Thanks for your cooperation, a lot of the trail development QMTBC achieves is down to working with the good people at the Department of Conservation so if you want more bike tracks please ride hard and do skids on the QMTBC tracks but keep off the heritage sites and DoC land.
Round 2 of the Vertigo Summer Mountain Bike Race series is fast approaching.
Date: Tuesday 26th January
Meeting Place: The TOP of Queenstown Bike Park at the start of Hammies track by the wooden log ride.
The crew at Vertigo Bikes have chosen “Vertigo” and “Thingymajig” for the race tracks and it will be finishing at the halfway clearing this time. There will be the usual fun shenanigans at the start!
Get your teams together, make sure you have at least four members of your team there to put a time in for the overall team prize and the end of the series! The race will be finishing up at Lonestar again for prize giving and a social beverage or two!