Check out the flying metal edit from Chatel, France featuring Kelly McGarry.
Kelly just wrapped up a solid weekend in France at the Chatel Mountain Style contest! Check out his trip report.
I’m over here in Europe right meow.. life is good, I’m hanging in Switzerland at the moment but I just spent the weekend in France at the Chatel Mountain Style competition. My good mate Ramon, his brother Jerome and myself cruised to the event together in the huck bus loaded with a bunch of bikes and bike riding gear and not much organization. We rolled into Chatel on Thursday and cut a few laps on the sweet trails on the mountain and then checked out the course.
It was pretty burly… big drops and jumps and cheese grater man eating rocky landings. It was pretty obvious that crashing wasn’t gonna be that fun!
Friday was official pracco, the weather turned out bloody good and I MANed up and hit all of the stuff I needed to hit in my line. Saturday we had a seeding run to see where every one was at. I qualified 9th and Ramon 12th and we were set for Sunday’s big comp. Sunday turned out perfect weather once again, everyone was pumped as last year it was a rain storm!
We kicked off at 11am with our first run. I was having a sweet run but washed out on a FRICKIN BERM, I was so pissed! Of all the crazy stuff on the course I had to crash on a berm ahahah… anyways I had to stick it on my second run or I was gonna finish last! Luckily I had a sweet second run and punished the course! There was a pretty lofty road gap which I flipped … scary as hell as it came around really slow and if it didn’t work out I would have been HISTORY! Anyways the run was pretty decent, I wound up in 8th place overall. Im pretty pumped on that and also happy to be un-injured (aside from my destroyed elbow) heading into Crankworx Whistler in a few weeks!
We had a massivly rad weekend huckin’ the course, ripping Chatel trails and causing trouble in the evenings!
Cheers to the the Chatel crew for having us and putting on a kick ass event!! – McGazza
McGarry gave us the low-down on his 2011 Claymore Challenge experience. Check it!
I just spent a week in the good ol US of A hitting the Highland Claymore Challenge comp and also visiting my little brother Matty who lives close by. It was good to hang out and we did some fishing after the comp.
As for the comp I blew up… I was having a solid run and loving the course but came in too hot on the red bull wallride and my front wheel missed the wall! I never messed that wall up once in practice and couldnt believe I messed it up im my run!
Next run I exploded on a tuck flip! ….. pissed
That was IT for Mcgazza!
Fellow Kiwi Conner Mac-EF was there too and riding really well. Unfortunatly he had a bad stack on a fronto at the end of a good run and popped the ol shoulder… heal up brah!
The Kiwis didn’t do to well this weekend but we WILL BE BACK!
I did have alot of fun riding the course… it’s one of the better ones out there… props to Smutok and Highland crew for a good job on the cours and thanks to Matt and crew for having me to stay!