Red Bull Rampage 2014: McGarry's Crash

Sep 25, 2014
by Danielle Baker  

RED BULL

THE BIGGER THEY ARE

RAMPAGE



Kelly McGarry overshot the 75ft canyon gap today and catapulted himself over 100ft. He walked away from the crash, a little worse for wear, but with all parts moving and most importantly with his sense of humour still intact. Only a couple hours later he was settled back into his condo, joking around with his team, and inspecting the damage on both him and his bike. Kelly plans to get back at it tomorrow, after his wheels and a few other integral parts are replaced.

Kelly McGarry sending the canyon gap over 100 feet.

bigquotesI'm super stoked on my line until the canyon, I knew I had to brake before it. I was planning on braking when I landed, hit the berm, and then another small brake, but I flagged that small brake when I sunk into the berm, it was just a combination of stuff.

Kelly McGarry

bigquotesIt was a slight miscalculation in speed.

Kelly McGarry

Kelly McGarry

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252 Comments

  • + 561
 Some nice rims in the PB buy / sell.
Used once. Need tuning.
  • + 38
 Rampage 2014. Where wheels go to be smashed to bits on overshoots
  • + 29
 just trued by a professional mechanic
  • + 9
 dont forget that fork..
  • + 132
 fork good condition only used once since last rebuild. Some light scratches on lowers, does not affect forks performance
  • + 18
 And I thought I bottomed out my fork too hard in whistler...
  • + 51
 that moment when you are using negative travel
  • + 37
 What did Kelly and I have in common today? We both ate double tacos.

Glad you're okay dude! It would have been horrible not to have you there Sunday.
  • + 148
 Why they did not build a safer 100ft gap. These small gaps are risking the riders.
  • + 87
 Ha! You laugh, but a buddy of mine bought Mike Montgomery's Enduro Expert Evo from last year on PB and it was advertised as "Only ridden two weekends!"

One of those weekends being "Rampage".
  • + 11
 Bike is in great shape. Only one park day, very little mileage. Just normal wear and tear.
  • + 42
 Its a great advertisement for diamondback. The frame looks like the only thing that survived!
  • + 1
 look like Zokes are intact too .. would be nice to have it for 2nd hand sales ..
  • + 3
 @ScottStedman yeah and that bike is still kicking. His regular enduro on the other hand...
  • + 3
 @chyu that is a much better idea. it is not hard maths to work out if they can make it. they should have been able to work out what speed you get from the line in and then they could work out how far it needs to be with no braking.
  • + 4
 Do you think any wheels would have survided that?
  • + 22
 now do it again with aarons dt swiss rims...
  • + 8
 montgomery rode an enduro expert at rampage????
  • + 1
 @kleinblake Yup, heard about it like 15 minutes after he did it. Hopefully he'll work it out with spesh.
  • + 30
 If I overshoot a 5 ft gap I might break my neck! I am really starting to believe these guys are made out of adamantium or something....
  • + 7
 I'm guessing double tracks or mag 30's would have done the trick
  • + 16
 Sir, how did you taco your wheels? I dunno... I was just riding along...
  • + 16
 Warranty replacement - he clearly landed on his freeride rated wheels and they failed.
  • + 6
 Great helmet ad, not so great rim ad...
  • + 24
 Gwin would probably still be riding the rims...
  • + 3
 Geez, he really deserves that COORS after that one....................
  • + 4
 how did ratboy break his foot and kelly is fine
  • + 3
 Luck of the draw.........or the bad luck! Shit just happens, you go big, might be fine go small might be done! anything can happen, deos blow my mind tho..........
  • + 10
 Those rims fit well with iPhone 6 Big Grin
  • + 3
 @PLMedia because Kelly is a giant and ratboy looks like coat-hanger compared to him ^^
Kellys wrists are like twice the size of ratboys ankles I guess.
Luis Lacondeguy for scale: ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb8701524/p5pb8701524.jpg
  • + 7
 That GIRO CIPHER helmet is RAMPAGE APPROVED!
  • + 5
 Im sure the problem here was the wheels not being able to handle the weight of his Balls...
  • + 2
 @plmedia. the wheels gave way so the force was dissipated in his rims not his ankle.
  • + 267
 I really hope nobody dies at this thing. Sincerely.
  • + 98
 Agreed. Rampage is incredible, but more than anything I just want to see everyone make it to the bottom in one piece.
  • + 16
 Looks like they are pushing the envelope a little every year. All that risk for our viewing pleasure. Much appreciated!!! Smile
  • + 7
 I almost feel that whoever has the balls to pilot the canyon gap should automatically qualify, good thing he is already in it for Sunday and doesn't have to risk anything tomorrow.
  • + 21
 That silence after he landed from all the riders standing around... That's when you know it's serious. Stay safe out there guys.
  • - 50
flag mhoshal (Sep 26, 2014 at 3:42) (Below Threshold)
 Ah horse pucky we all know we wanna see someone eat shit just not kill themselves doing it lol
  • - 13
flag mrsnipes82 (Sep 26, 2014 at 4:32) (Below Threshold)
 I love you pinkbike, you are the reddit of biking. Thank you.
  • + 8
 PB is not the reddit of biking... ugh... but really though, its cool watching them send it but damn its tough watching them go down. best of luck out there to everyone.
  • + 5
 Dude is such a beast
  • + 5
 I would definitely ride that fame seeing how strong it is
  • - 5
flag mhoshal (Sep 27, 2014 at 4:49) (Below Threshold)
 Clearly whoever neg propped me doesn't ride because my friends love watching me bail it's half the reason they ride with me lol
  • + 126
 thats a well deserved beer
  • - 1
 Banquet can cure a lot of things but was a nasty crash.
  • + 86
 Ho lee fuk. Sum ting wong.
  • + 44
 Bang ding ow.
  • + 9
 Wi Tu Lo
  • + 14
 Wi Tu Fast more like it...
  • - 4
flag fracasnoxteam (Sep 26, 2014 at 2:54) (Below Threshold)
 damn motoX
  • + 56
 Dude.
  • + 33
 seriously
  • + 48
 "catapulted over 100 ft" o__O
What is in the water in New Zealand? These Kiwis are made out of steel. Glad Kelly is okay, hit it hard again tomorrow my man.
  • + 8
 Bro.
  • + 13
 Bruh
  • + 2
 tough tho eh
  • + 6
 Its Nails. Really strong tall hairy nails. Everyone here lives on the shit.... Actually Kellys a freak and a bloody awesome one!
  • - 1
 i saw the footage of makken doing the bearclaw style yesterday and i tought bout. they should have to make a new walk with both wheels destroyed. my toughts became reality. glad hes fine
  • + 11
 Question - will Air New Zealand honor these extra miles?
  • + 37
 It's safe to say that McGarry is Chuck Norris approved.
  • + 3
 McGarry is a fuckin beauty, very glad he walked away from this and was back on his bike at some point later.
  • + 30
 yea ... dont even get me started ... still no safety for shorting it could be the reason for the overshoots , much better to land there then fall into the canyon .... get your shit together rampage seriously ... and just stop with the obscene numbers game on wood features OMG EPIC WORLD RECORD ! do we really give a shit if its 100 ft 72ft ... or a safe 25 foot no one will ever die on ... i know which id not mind seeing ... now look you got me started again ... these vids this year inspire 0 confidence in this event anymore... stoked ? maybe ... scared f*ck YUP... dont die out there for peanuts guys ... be safe ... id vote for the win for anyone who DOESNT need to incorporate over the top goofy wood jumps into a run ... you know like a freeride rampage event ... not this circus...
  • + 17
 I agree that putting some big old crash mats on the hang up wouldn't be a bad thing, even if its just for practice.
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flag HisShadow (Sep 26, 2014 at 3:38) (Below Threshold)
 ugh ..i havent even got to this yet ....... urge to rage rising lol

i bet if anyone said some ya know common sense thing like "hey redbull i built this feature on my line can i get some safety pads to test it"
redbull- " uh oh ya sorry we didnt bring any safety equipement whatsoever for this , cause we were to busy making shit hype videos to think about the athletes safety" (despite tricking everyone by saying were really focused on their safety ....)

they didnt have the foresight to mat up any of their own creations which they had ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO DO OR THINK ABOUT as they have no time limits or restrictions on the pre built stuff.
which are not built by the athletes riding them, not planned by them or where when theyl be hitting it they have to adapt to these features and incorporate them and they are always the biggest more dangerous things on the course .... ugh i dont think il even be watching rampage this year cause i legit dont want to see live someone die .. who wants that in their eyes and brain for life.... on a fun sport ....this isnt a warzone ...
  • + 34
 What takes bigger balls, hitting the jumps or saying "no, it's not worth it" ?
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flag HisShadow (Sep 26, 2014 at 4:44) (Below Threshold)
 i feel , they are one and the same and all play into the mental game ... hit or quit are not mutually exclusive obviously ...and eitherway you gotta do whats right for you in that moment ,not the amount of balls itl equate to in the end eitherway ... or perceived shame or failure...

ive walked away from stuff ive done in the passed when not feeling it , and had my worst crash ever (spiral fracture/bone bruise and muscle damage) in my femur/upper thigh) on my most run track probably just due to over confidence (plus i had a huge distraction at the start of the run i knew i should have just stopped on)... ugh the bain and gain of success can sometimes be that second guessing... no simple easy answer here obviously lol ...make a choice and live with that choice and learn from it.
this convo just give me the feels for the bearcloth frontflip in utah in where the trail ends...heartbreaking moment when he throws his lid ... weve all played out that in our heads who knows how many times....
  • + 9
 Shadow- I think its obvious that you really hate this event. Do us all a favor and follow through with your claims of refusing to watch. Thanks! BTW scary/insane crashes have always accompanied this event, even before they introduced the god-forsaken, devil worshiping wooden features... omg. I do agree that if (you're speaking for the riders as usual) if the riders want extra safety while testing out massive, new features like this, they should be provided that. But again, you're doing nothing but speculating so we will wait and see what the riders have to say. I'm not sure how you could provide crash pads without completely mucking up their chances of landing/riding away but there ya go. Plus I think you keep forgetting that this is an invitational event and these riders are smart enough to know if the risk is too high for them or not. They don't need an internet mommy.

cranxwork- On the biggest stage... yeahhh that's def. a tossup. Walking away from something is so tough mentally, I can't imagine during a legendary event like this. Either way, I feel the riders who are experienced and do this for a living, have enough sense and judgement to know when things are really off and to back off. However Rampage has always had a history of scary/gnarly crashes because the event has always been about doing the gnarliest stuff possible on a bike. This is nothing new but it doesn't get any less sketchy.
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flag HisShadow (Sep 26, 2014 at 6:11) (Below Threshold)
 lol follows me to another thread to flame me when i left the pointless battle with this remedial kid ...so butthurt and mad.
ps your wrong there are no safety equipment whatsoever think youd know that being at the site ... seen any crash pads nets or anything at all related to safety ... people holding people by belt loops off cliffs while one guy has a climbing rope rig ... maybe because its fund this yourself guys, your tools, your gear etc but were here to "sponsor" the event just not in any real or meaningful way.. see last years cries for food and water for diggers ... see any other example in all the backlash posts by the riders themselves after the last time.
cause sponsors at rampage = ad revenue NOT anything related to the athletes needs. they figured out hey this extreme thing is back we can xgames this sport lets make a buck guys... the end. stop being wrong on my posts i left yours because its clear you are nascar level intelligence and willing to actually discuss reality and points brought up ... like most troll flamers on forums all over the internet . your nothing new or special just like the low thinking level shit you type.

and so were clear here youve decided to ignore what im talking about and try to flame about "hating this event" try to troll better cause all you do is expose to everyone whos understood and read my posts that this effort is not out of hate or dislike for the event but clearly shit this event can do better and should be at this level for the "most prestigious event in freeride" they certainly dont treat it or the athletes like it is ... unless you mean ads tv and making a buck off it. ... get a clue anyday now about what my posts are actually about.
  • - 7
flag HisShadow (Sep 26, 2014 at 6:32) (Below Threshold)
 edit to correct above post- *UNwilling to actually discuss reality and points brought up.

oh and "its always been like this" no your wrong it used to be grassroots and if it was id understand all the above, but we have these amazing sponsors and all this media and wow its the exact same grassroots for the guys actually putting in the work to build and ride to make this event what it is, getting nothing out of that sponsorship and added growth exposure and money , they can afford a tv show they can afford a f*cking safety mat.... whatever why am i bothering with you ,logic and reality escape you.

also dont expect me to return to this post either for your troll i was done with you then im done with you now, our opinions are clear and others can decide which side they lie on based off the examples above.
  • + 6
 Man I love Rampage and couldn't be more excited for this year but HisShadow is completely correct in a lot of the things he is saying. Everyone would agree that the money spent on riders/crews in either prize pot or day to day expenses bears no correlation to what the sponsors will make from the event. Some crash mats etc in the week of practise leading up to the main event wouldn't go a miss. I'm sure the riders would appreciate them while guinea-ing gaps and features for the first time. These kind of debates are always a double-edged sword though as I can grumble about the sponsors not providing riders with what they deserve but at the same time I am able to watch the main event, build-up shows and awesome edits all for free in the weeks and months beforehand. As it is, you've got to respect the fact that these guys are talented, tough and experienced enough to know the dangers of what they are doing and (sponsors or not) will continue to push the sport we love in exciting directions. Look at the Fest Series. These boys will still hit the gnarliest stuff regardless of whether Red Bull builds it or not. Thats why riding is so cool. As long as everyone gets down the mountain without serious injury I'll be happy. Lacondeguy for the win!
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flag miff (Sep 26, 2014 at 7:21) (Below Threshold)
 Shut up cunt
  • + 8
 Haha who put 50p in the dickhead?
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 @HisShadow ya... I'm not watching it live and waiting for a edited replay. I don't want to watch someone die.

And i think its total bullshit to not put safety measures in because this is a 'natural event' while building ridiculously unsafe features.

If it was totally natural event then the riders would build their lines within their own assessed level of comfort and acceptable risk. The way its set up now, the event build these absurd features with no safety measures and it creates a situation where riders are compelled to hit them.

I'm here to watch incredible acts of athleticism and bicycle wizardly, not for blood sport.
  • + 0
 Haha, lemme put it this way... How many riders have complained about there not being enough "safety" features like crash pads (which again, I don't get where those could be put aside from in the gap of massive features) and safety nets? I love the claims about the features being unsafe... at Rampage... what the hell kinda event do you think this is? The top lines have much larger consequences, in my opinion, than the pre-built ones down below.

You guys would have a heart attack watching Freeride World Tour events... they're just as gnarly, if not more than the Rampage and over the years, multiple people have died while competing. That's the nature of the game. Again, the riders know the risks involved with an event of this caliber and don't need internet nannies looking out for their safety.

Simply put, if you're that put off from the event, then stop paying attention. Its obviously not your guys' jam which is understandable but its seriously pathetic to try to be the crusader of safety for the riders or to senselessly talk trash on the event or the ones who put in the hard time/effort to make it happen. It must suck to have so many negative emotions about such an incredible freeride event and I feel bad for anyone that feels that.
  • + 3
 I don't know how many riders have "complained" about a lack of safety features, as that sort of thing isn't reported. But I hope they feel they have the chance to do so. One thing for sure, it definitely isn't "pathetic" to talk about rider safety as a viewer. I'm sure the organisers of the event take it into account but two riders have imploded their wheels now just trying out the jumps and are lucky to have got away as lightly as they have. Its not just the size of the stuff, its how steep and wide landings are and many other factors that have an effect. Just looking at the pictures - more could definitely be done.
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 I'm more than certain they have a venue to express their views. After all, if things were really messed up and unsafe, the riders could pull the plug on the whole thing. I should clarify that I don't think raising questions about possible safety concerns is pathetic, its more of the people who think they represent the riders and their needs when they obviously don't... aka being a crusader for their safety. Rider's impressions do leak out as they always had and if they feel the same way as you and a few others, it will be known. Since most seem to be stoked so far on everything, and that multiple people have all the pre-built features down, I'd have to lean towards that everything is just fine. Once again, here's a level of risk doing this event and it has always been known. Any rider entering this event knows the risks and knows that many features have insanely high consequences. They put a lot of good work into the features this year and have altered them according to rider input. Pictures are hardly the best way to judge if something is built properly. Hearing experiences from the riders is what you should judge that on.
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 Scott-townes: you really think that those guys would pull the plug? Lets look at the rider list and see how many of them have Redbull as a sponsor... what do you think would happen if you boycott a major sponsors event because they aren't providing for rider safety? I'm guessing you might have to start riding for monster or rockstar. Adding crashpads and catch nets to prevent people from, oh i don't know... FALLING INTO THAT CANYON if they short it? Give them a small chance at survival instead of just saying yea you get to plummet to your death.

Have you ever heard of whistleblower laws? They exist because people are AFRAID to speak up when something is unsafe or unethical in the workplace, and the only way to make them talk it legal protection. Now you take some of the most tough guy people on the planet and tell them to go ride and you think they are gonna say something? probably not, regardless of how they feel.
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 ^ And this is a prime example of how skewed some people view the sport... good lord. Again, if its too dangerous for your tastes, don't watch. I rely on the input from the riders to determine how well things are built and in this case it seems the riders are more than positive. Reading some of these comments, you could swear they've never seen this event before. You all seem very concerned about the rider's safety but not about what they really think about the event or its features... makes total sense. But keep on with the baseless speculations, its entertaining.
  • + 4
 Yes, @scott-townes, i'm sure the riders totally control the safety of the event, aren't pressured to ride by their sponsors and that the real monetary intensives that come with riding unsafe features don't at all skew them towards greater risk to themselves. I mean look at every other industry; F1 is and has always been totally safe and no driver ever died because of unsafe barrier www.atlasf1.com/news/safety.html. Same thing goes for NASCAR www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2011/02/16/nascar-safety-history.html - see softwall technology There is absolutely no need to for any of the fans to advocate on the part of players who suffer brain injuries www.nytimes.com/2014/09/13/sports/football/actuarial-reports-in-nfl-concussion-deal-are-released.html because the team doctors always have their best interest at heart, and really the players accept the risk when they go on the field right?

Sarcasm aside, i just want to know, you think everything is just fine with the Freeride World Tour when riders are dying? You think its totally acceptable and we should keep noses out of it, stop trying to be nannies for our favorite pro riders?

Look, i don't want to baby sit them and put them in a padded room but i do want to see my favorite riders keep riding for many years to come. That's it. I understand there is risk in all of this. But i totally disagree with you that every bit of risk is inherent to the sport and the venue. There was a time when riding with a helmet wasn't cool so pro's didn't do it, but we as a community (pro riders, fans, organizers) changed that and it doesn't take away from how awesome the sport it. Nor would it take anything away from Rampage if the riders got more control of the features they'll have to ride.

I look forward to your next MERICA!!!esque rant
  • + 3
 Its not a skewed view. I am looking at it as a realist. I am not doubting that they have good decision making abilities, but I do doubt that they would not compete because the sponsor isn't providing them safety equipment. I do watch and enjoy Rampage and the Freeride world tour. I realize that people are gonna die at some point when you are a part of the extreme sports community. But if you can limit risk and exposure without damaging the event, why wouldn't you?
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flag scott-townes (Sep 26, 2014 at 11:49) (Below Threshold)
 You're comparing the completely controlled and constructed settings of a race track to a completely natural setting with 3 pre-built features... and also the fact that in F1 many racers were begging for improved safety and same with NASCAR, which didn't happen until tragic events. Also if you think I'm fine with athletes dying from my previous posts, then you need some serious help with reading comprehension. Gooldy- I'm not against improved safety. I'm not a fan of randos trying to say they know whats best for the riders and they know exactly whats feasible in order to do so... with little to no understanding of how things work or what they're working with. There's nothing wrong with improved safety but there's only so much that can be done and with what can be done, we will hear from the riders- simple as that.
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 "You guys would have a heart attack watching Freeride World Tour events... they're just as gnarly, if not more than the Rampage and over the years, multiple people have died while competing. That's the nature of the game."

Sure sounds like you accept athlete fatalities as "part of the game." Using ad hominem attacks on our reading comprehension shows a pretty low level of argumentative skill and understanding. "Well you are a poopy head so there!" Okay there third grader.

That aside, I completely agree that comparing controlled and constructed race tracks to a completely natural setting is not the same. However, this canyon gap isn't natural, and it isn't hard to throw down some crash pads and a net in about 15 minutes (that includes the time to drill the holes in the ground for the net frame) and relieve some of the danger.
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flag scott-townes (Sep 26, 2014 at 12:03) (Below Threshold)
 Keep it going! Loving it! Smile
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 ", multiple people have died while competing. That's the nature of the game. Again, the riders know the risks involved with an event of this caliber and don't need internet nannies looking out for their safety. "

So what do you mean when you say "That's the nature of the game"? I mean that sounds like you are saying that all the risks are inherent, that you've accepted that and you have accepted that some pro riders will die and you are ok with that.

That expression means "The basic characteristics of something is the nature of the beast[game]; often used when there's an aspect of something that cannot be changed or that is unpleasant or difficult." www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/nature+of+the+beast.html

I'm saying it can be changed and and it wouldn't take away from the event.

Also, F1 and NASCAR drivers have a lot more power to speak their minds as they are mega famous and can speak out against stuff because they create so much value that they don't worry as much about losing their sponsorship/ not being invited to the event because they command so much of the fanbase. The MTB industry is peanuts compared to F1 and NASCAR, so do you think pro rider at Rampage are you going to risk your livelihood by speaking out against one of your biggest sponsors? No they aren't. Your argument that if no-one is saying anything then the situation must be fine is ridiculous. People in North Korea don't speak out against the regime because they get shot when they do. That's an extreme example obviously, but my point is that people don't speak out against things when there are negative consequences.
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 @hisshadow

seems correct. really though...any event redbull supports is essentially a massive publicity stunt to sell more if their awful product to college kids.
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 As a result of injury and fatality, the Freeride World Tour has changed how the scoring works to de-incentivize large hucks. The scoring is now more balanced toward riding a line that you can handle with a high level of style and control. You get docked a good amount of points for anything but a near-perfect 4-point landing, or if you look sloppy in the runout. Perhaps this is something that Rampage can consider. However, having Red Bull being the backer makes this pretty unlikely. Their target market isn't really the kind that understands risk and extreme sports, to begin with - hell, they air it mid-day on the weekend! Great for the couch potatoes and night dwellers that tend to pound that garbage.
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 ^ That's partially true, because people weren't dying or getting seriously hurt because of going massive and the judges have always awarded the fluid/perfect technique skiers over the go big to back skiers. Either way, the risk of death is still very high simply due to the exposed lines people are now shredding and unfortunately it wasn't too long ago when the last fatality happened. The Rampage hasn't always been about going as big as possible as the whole line/ fluidity /tech all play a factor... at least that's what the judges criteria claims. In the end it does look like the biggest moves result in the best results but then again its hard to say if those big moves are the main reason why the riders do so well or just the icing on the cake because the ones going that big and doing well are the most in control and ride the craziest/techiest stuff beforehand... with an exception to Super-T winning essentially because of his insanely huge drop. Wade Simmons won because he cleaned his entire run including a gap jump that only a couple others had landed, Cedric Gracia won because of that massive drop/transfer to a goat path but his whole line was way faster and smoother than anyone else, Strait won in 04 because of his no-hander on Bender Sender but again, his whole line was so fluid and showed an insane amount of control the whole way down. etc. etc. This year you'll be seeing the top ranked riders sending it big but the best will also be riding exposed/techy lines to clinch the win. Hopefully this year everyone will get a second run and if not, at the very least just allow the 2nd runs that happened to count. That was complete BS when they pulled that last time.
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 and I should also add in that a lot of the winners/podium spots in the FWT do go absolutely massive but they tie it together in a full run, with fluidity and style... similar to most of the winners/podium spots in Rampage. Don't let these people fool you, the riders in the Rampage are the best in the world. They can handle features that the rest of us would look at as potential death/serious injury. They have the best judgement of speed and risk than anyone posting about how reckless and dangerous everything is and how everything should be covered in pillows. They have a different mindset and if they weren't competing here, they would be off somewhere else doing something most people would consider as insanely high-risk. They should try talking to one of the riders to get their impression of the event, instead of blindly speculating and speaking for them.
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 hahaha this hick troll is hilarious , i dont think i even need to cut this up its blatant mis representation of everything said in above posts, and BY THE ATHLETES THEMSELVES, it should be apparent to anyone with half a brain..
oh ya the athletes , every one of whom said please no wood this year! and voila redbull gopro polairis ramps everywhere ...
by the way if they are all talking how insane it is in front of cameras what are they saying between eachother ( you do realize they want job security like any of us and cant go around saying redbull is f*cked for this and that) they get to do what they love for a job how hard will they hang on to that vrs the reality of if there sponsors leave them high and dry for talking back ... go work at a bike shop for minimum wage ? , and whats going on in the heads of the bosses paying them for this event when they hear that ... but we know what the sponsors think : sweet hype how many views did we get, sweet ad revenue this is working like a charm again.... not hey they think this is a bit crazy lets try to see what we can do to help this .. like a safety matt or net behind the shorts of insanely huge jumps so people dont fall into canyons ... cause that means pillows everywhere lol this kid must have had too much nascar fumes and coors light to form rational thoughts anymore lol YEEEHAWW what a tool lol
  • - 1
 This is too much sh*t to read during Rampage weekend. And all I can add is that I remember Brendan Fairclough not being to happy about Rampage putting safety nets under his canyon gap last year because they were scared for his safety. And he was not happy about it. He did not place well in the standings considering the jump he made because the safety nets took away from the risk. Probably made him feel like a weenie too, because he had safety nets on his line and other riders did not.
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 ya uh huh this gap , the one with no safety nets from his own facebook last year .. your now talking out your ass some of us do follow these riders beyond the one weekend ...
www.facebook.com/brendan.fairclough/photos/pcb.458266334283067/458265850949782/?type=1
www.facebook.com/brendan.fairclough/photos/a.296495653793470.60661.296229457153423/445975915512109/?type=1&relevant_count=1
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 We were talking about Rampage were we not? Or do you want to mummy everything every rider does on his own time too?
  • + 1
 you make zero sense , you said he was mad about safety nets in his canyon gap last year , i show you pics from his own facebook last year of that gap, no nets. and he never posted anything about nets or disliking them on his facebook which i follow . stay on point here or look as dumb as these other jokers trying to make points with nothing to back it up. So if he didnt like it (nets) show me the clip, post , quote etc saying so and i will, unlike these guys, admit i am wrong.
  • + 1
 I'm not about to scroll threw last years PB Rampage articles. But I can tell you he was testing the canyon gap before Rampage weekend without the nets. And then they put the nets up for the big Rampage Sunday. So I was actually following him from before last year's Rampage weekend. Hence probably when those pictures you posted were taken. Because after Rampage weekend, I doubt he went back and did that canyon gap he already completed on Sunday without the nets. Lets all just be happy for the good weather in Virgin Utah tommorow, because it is the most important day of the year! Cheers!
  • + 1
 You can see the crash mats he had for Rampage in this POV
www.pinkbike.com/news/POV-Brendan-Fairclough-Canyon-Gap-2013.html
And here is a little bit about how the mat's were involuntary
www.pinkbike.com/photo/10208538
  • + 2
 Yes there is a level of responsibility required from Redbull but you are working on the assumption that riders are asking for these safety features. That same canyon gap was backflipped yesterday by a guy in a wife beater whose only protection was a helmet and a set of knee pads - no neck brace, no armour. That doesn't strike me as a guy who is going to be demanding crash mats any time soon.
  • + 29
 Josh Bryceland would have finished the run!
  • + 19
 Ratboy would be proud
  • + 5
 Kelly McGarry to Ratboy:

DO YOU EVEN GAS2FLAT BRO?
  • + 15
 Watch the video of it, holy crap: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc_251KfdP8
  • + 10
 Whoa! That was some crash. He is so lucky to walk away from that. Looks like the wheels, crushing like they did, absorbed a huge amount of the energy from the impact. So glad to see he is okay.
  • + 5
 glad to see he walked away from that in good body and spirits. i would've been 6 feet under by now.
  • + 8
 OK, article has been updated with this video now.
  • + 10
 it's a different link which allows 1/2 or 1/4 speed playback. or 2x if you're bored or on drugs
  • - 7
flag jclnv (Sep 25, 2014 at 23:21) (Below Threshold)
 Looks like he shat it and locked his brakes. It doesn't look like he dropped much vertical?

Crazy shit nonetheless.
  • - 3
 looks like rims ware way too soft and he needs a stiffer springs here and there and the luck was on his side what a monster gnarly crash hope he is ok physical and mentally
  • + 14
 In my eyes, he has already won Rampage this year!
  • + 14
 75' gap, 10' landing. Makes sense....
  • + 7
 yeah the landing looks waaaay too small for a gap that size.
  • + 9
 McGazza, you'll do anything to keep your Rampage viral video record intact. Glad you're OK bro!
  • + 10
 Better to overshoot than being to slow...
  • + 4
 True, but not by much. Wink
  • + 10
 There is a severe shortage of good outcomes in these situations.
  • + 10
 so yeah i'm investing all of my savings in Giro helmets…brb
  • + 1
 and Leatt-style braces!!! (I can't tell if he's wearing one but mere mortals ought to)
  • + 11
 Kiwis can fly after all!
  • + 9
 Glad you are in 1 piece man! Good luck and be safe!
  • + 5
 Sales pitch for the DB-8 taken directly from Diamondbacks website:
"The RockShox Boxxer fork and FOX Van RC rear shock pack 200mm of terrain eating suspension to make sure that nothing is going to stop you until you reach the bottom, and because this new rig rolls on 27.5” wheels, you’re bound to get there even faster."

Mr McGarry, you should sue. I think you've got a solid claim for false advertising there. You are in the US after all.

:P
  • + 6
 27.5 don't belong in the rampage
  • + 2
 I think that is the first-gen DH frame, which was on 26" wheels. Gen II was a very small batch with 26s but with the updated tubeset. Gen III has the 650Bs and the new tubes. Fairly sure of this, but I could be wrong.
  • + 1
 I'm partly wrong. As far as I can tell, he's on a current gen frame but I don't know if those are 26"s or not.
  • + 1
 seeing as they are atomlab dhr rims i assume they are 26". it makes sense for rampage.
  • + 8
 And i can case a 6 foot tabletop......
  • + 7
 Well I guess the Diamondback DH bike has just been strength tested. That's one way of doing it.
  • + 7
 Wow did he put rocket boosters on his bike to overshoot a 73ft gap by 30ft?? The insanity is real.
  • + 8
 His wheels. Insane. There's nothing left of them.
  • + 14
 Article says he needs new wheels and some other integral parts... I might just start from scratch.
  • + 7
 Forks look bent as well.
  • + 7
 When sending it real goes wrong. Amazing he walks away!! Awesome.
  • + 6
 Now that is a gas to flat !
  • + 6
 I HOPE HIS HAIR ARE OK!!!!! Im rdy for neg props.
  • + 5
 Kellys' got his crash out of the way. Now he can focus putting in a great run!
  • + 5
 Clearly this makes a great selling point on the strength of the Diamondback frame! Blows your wheels right off!
  • + 1
 Really makes ya wonder if ANY wheels could withstand that kind of reentry event. No joke. That was absolutely massive. But they absorbed the energy that his body would have. So... I guess that's preferable.
  • + 5
 "It was a slight miscalculation in speed"… I love this guy more and more! Hit the gold, Kelly! (Y)
  • + 5
 This is a testament to frame strength these days. And physical strength for that matter.
  • + 6
 natural selection - no quali needed Wink
  • + 3
 With yer eyes closed the sound of that landing was enough to know something went bad... "KER-TWANG!!!" I wonder if his wheels hadn't exploded how he would have made out...
  • + 1
 they should have built another landing another 30 feet further and to the side. i mean the guy flipped the gap last year and this one looks half the size. shouldn't rampage be about going bigger every year? talk about progression. mr mc'garry proves here he is not ready to hit a smaller gap.
  • + 6
 Damn!
  • + 5
 looks like a 6'5 airplane coming in for a hard landing
  • + 3
 He crashed on this huge gap and walked away.. I crashed on 6ft drop and went for splenectomy but my bike was fine Wink .. How do they do it??
  • + 5
 I stepped off a dance floor and rolled my ankle in July, broke my leg in three places. I wound up in surgery to put plates in my leg! What the hell?
  • + 4
 Damn that is one gnarly wreck! Stoked he walked away and can be on the bike another day, hopefully for rampage too
  • + 4
 The sound made it sound so much worse
  • + 4
 No frame damage!!! maybe I'll get a Diamondback next.
  • + 1
 Is it me, or there's even bigger thing than The "Canyon Gap" in the background and it's 100% natural?

Huge crash, good that Kelly survived without any injuries!
Now it's time for him to flip it... Smile
  • + 4
 OH MAH GAWD.... that was crazy shit, glad your okay Mcgarry. Smile
  • + 3
 McMassive ordering a super size McMassive overshoot. Glad you're ok Kelly and can still continue.
  • + 3
 how do you overshoot... a SEVENTY FIVE FOOT GAP??? holy sh*t our sport is getting insane
  • + 4
 Dayum! Give that man a BEER! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
  • + 4
 The helmet shot is gnarly. How did he walk away from that?
  • + 1
 All that fork needs in a new seal or two. How hard to you have to hit to bend a fork like that? Apparently we just found out.
00:12
  • + 3
 We were told the fork didn't bend, it was all in the wheels. That said, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME Smile
  • + 1
 You mean it didnt bend at all or it didnt bend first to cause the wreck?

Somehow I find it hard to fault Marzocchi one way or the other.
  • + 2
 Kelly and his mechanic said the fork was "fully functional" and all he had issue with was his wheels exploding on impact and this (in Kelly's words) was because he was going "too fast and was too high and overshot the landing" so he wasn't ready for the impact of missing the transition
  • + 1
 On the next day Kelly was with black stantions, why was that? I want to buy 380 with black stantions!
  • + 3
 @editor, that was a custom model we made for him for Rampage.
  • + 2
 OMFG, what a lad !! I think whatever is going to happend, that dude deserve a special price ^^
  • + 2
 I hope other people were a little quicker of the mark at getting to him instead of standing there like a wet blanket!
  • + 3
 Feking hell that was savage !!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Crazy he he walks away from this but has a heart attack.... goes to show live your life to the fullest and take risks to feel alive.
  • + 2
 Kelly McGarry is like the terminator with long hair....good to see him survive that crash!!!!
  • + 2
 Holy F#%& that was insane! He's lucky to walk away from it! A slight miscalculation eh
  • + 3
 Still my favorite to win Rampage 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Kelly you are my hero! who walks away from that. you are built like an animal! we should ride. I could show you payson. stay healthy man. sheers!
  • + 2
 Should have been using Gwin's wheels...
  • + 2
 to get up and walk away from that shows what an athlete he really is
  • + 3
 It really shows how valuable safety gear is. Without a full face helmet, he would have been airlifted to a hospital.
  • + 2
 This man is indestructible, Iron man's style !
  • + 1
 This time
  • + 1
 Please please dont start thinking your expert pundits n start over analysing it. He overshot n fell off. That's it!
  • + 3
 HUCK! TO! FLAT!
  • + 2
 Well I hope he wins it this year as he should have last year!!
  • + 2
 Giro Cipher helmet looks to be Rampage APPROVED!
  • + 2
 ...Crazy glad he's ok front wheel just crushed under impact.
  • + 2
 Message to Cam Zink 2012, Stay on your bike.
  • + 3
 Beast.
  • + 2
 The true meaning of "gas to flat"
  • + 2
 No one hitting that again...unless bigger land in.
  • + 2
 Those wheels couldn't handle that Diamondback frame!!
  • + 2
 Hope he rolls the windows back up for the contest!
  • + 3
 100 ft to flat
  • + 2
 That's got to be the biggest off I've ever seen. Glad your ok McGazza!
  • + 1
 That's insane! Good thing he's okay
  • + 1
 Huck to flat just took on a whole new meaning!
  • + 1
 Lucky those wheels taco'd, he might be a hurt'n a little more.
  • + 1
 One of the rare occasions you would actually see a taco'd Atomlabs wheel.
  • + 1
 never buy those wheels...neck brakers
  • + 1
 What, no bash guard for the chain
  • + 1
 Wow! All the best Kelly!! And safe ride for all!!
  • + 1
 McGarry= overgap to scorpion to tomahawk, doesn't even phaze him!
  • + 1
 Good here is ok. Let's hope he will compete Sunday. What a gnarly crash...
  • + 1
 Frame forsale bassically brand-new rode it once
  • + 1
 he needs to auction this bike.
  • + 1
 how did he walk away from that
  • + 1
 Man, crushing a wheel set is the burliest thing I have ever seen wtf.
  • + 2
 He has a condo in Utah?
  • + 1
 He must.
  • + 1
 You can probably rent a condo in Utah...
  • + 4
 What's a condo ?????
  • + 1
 also what rims are they??
  • + 1
 Superhuman, needs super Rims Smile
  • + 1
 And that's why we wear helmets boys and girls.
  • + 1
 I think it's a wheely bad idea to talk about his crash like this!
  • + 1
 都三十几了还这么疯,我可以吗???呵呵.......
  • + 1
 totally! I agree.
  • + 1
 thank you
  • + 1
 That was some next level shit.
  • + 1
 A few integral parts? You better get a whole new bike Kelly!
  • + 1
 Should have been on carbon rims apparently they are indestructible !!
  • + 3
 But something must give up, and better the wheels than the frame, or the rider.
  • + 1
 Was the person in the video with his hand on his head , a course medic
  • + 0
 Wouldnt have happened on 26's.........lol
  • + 0
 If he wins this, after a crash like that , it would not be human.
  • + 0
 holy smokes!!! hella badass
  • + 0
 Chilling with a Coors Light. What a stud
  • + 1
 Glad he's ok
  • + 0
 Luck boy, it's only a broken bike, he lives to ride again
  • + 1
 Good as gold mateee
  • + 1
 well thats that fucked
  • - 1
 Isn't this the same canyon gap as last year? I thought they'd moved the event to the other side of the mountain?
  • + 1
 the best overshoot
  • + 0
 At least, the frame's solid !
  • + 0
 Holy smokes!
  • + 0
 This is the big leagues.
  • - 2
 At least the frame didnt break like shitty konas
  • - 2
 If he have carbon wheels??
  • + 6
 he would be picking carbon shards from his legs
  • - 1
 DH dirt gods
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