Freeride legend reported dead after "medical incident" in New Zealand

Freerider Kelly McGarry has died while riding in Queenstown, New Zealand.

It is believed that McGarry collapsed on the Ben Lomond trail at 4pm, local time.

Two paramedics were flown to the trail by helicopter but McGarry, 33, was found dead on arrival. The trail is very popular with mountain bikers and can be accessed from the Skyline Gondola.

The Otago Daily Times reports that Kelvin Perriman, St John Central Lakes territory manager, confirmed a man had died. He said: “It looks like it’s been a medical event.

“We’ve flown two paramedics from Queenstown up there. It is apparently at the back of the Ben Lomond track – it is a fairly remote area only accessed by helicopter. We believe its a gentleman in his late 30s declared deceased at the scene.”

Tributes have already started to pour in including from McGarry’s team mate and fellow Rampage competitor Andreu Lacondeguy.

Ride in peace Kelly! I will never forget you! We will ride together again some day!

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Kelly McGarry is most famous for backflipping the Canyon Gap at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage. This won him the best trick and secured second place overall. He has also tasted success at Teva Slopestyle in Queenstown (New Zealand), Ranchstyle in Grand Junction (USA) and the Red Bull Joyride in Whistler (Canada).