Here’s another look at Kelly’s prototype Diamondback DH bike. The big kiwi gives it the two thumbs up!
The boys from UNIT CLOTHING showed up to film some clips of Me and my Diamondback/UNIT team mate Nate Birkheimer riding some siiiick Northwest trails..
There are some insane trails around here and we were so lucky hook up with the right people be able to ride them, massive thanks to all the crew that shovel massive amounts of dirt here in WA! We had a bit of dicey weather but we had one sweet day of trail “roastin”. I guess an edit will be comin out soon …should be coool. -McGazza
I just got in from Ranchstyle 2011 in Grand Junction Colorado and what a siiiick weekend it was!
Ranch style is a slopestyle and dual slalom event held on a ranch just outside of Grand Junction, the set up out there is amazing! There are trails that wind all around the homestead, there is a LEGIT dual slalom course that ducks in and out of trees with some biiig options jump wise that save you a lot of time.
But the main attraction for me was the slopestyle course… as soon as I showed up it was the first thing I checked out and I was really impressed! Wooden structures all over the show, fruit bowls, drops, lips and plenty of options when it comes to line selection. The thing that stoked me the most was some DECENT size jumps in the course… some 35/40 ft dirt doubles. I love it when there are some big jumps in the course as it sets the men apart from the BOYS!
We practised all of Friday and I got the course all dialed in for Saturday’s event. The sun rose on Saturday morning and Porter and myself were up early for a photo shoot with our mate Justin Olsen on some cool Colorado trails, then we headed to the course to get ready for the event. The crowd started rolling in and Bender was on the mic with a few beers under his belt pumping everyone up for the event… so funny!
We kicked it off with a 45min qualifying jam which cut the field in half. I gave it heaps and fired out some tricks on the big jumps and made the cut and advanced to the final which was a best of two runs format.
People were going pretty nuts and firing out some big tricks… T MAC with a whip over the 40fter and a double whip on a jump that was SO steep for how fast you were hitting it! Greg Watts was ruling the course with his massive bag of tricks while Bender and Mike Metzger screamed on the mic! Hahahha
My first run was money, I cracked a big ol flip table on the 35ft hip which stoked the hell out of me! When everything was done and dusted I wound up in 3rd place and scored a $1500 pay check! HELL YEAH!!!
We all headed home to drink beers and watch the supercross finals which were running in Vegas that night.
Next day was dual Slalom. I signed up and made it through the first round but drew SLC shredder Mitch Ropolato in the 2nd round… I gave him a dam good go, just getting edged out by .6 of a second.. It was so fun and I will be hittin some more events this season for sure! All in all, it was a super radical weekend, thanks to all involved!
Congrats to Kelly McGarry for finishing 3rd in the Ranchstyle Slopestyle yesterday!! Here’s the official report via Pinkbike.
“The 2011 Ranchstyle Pro Slopestyle is now in the books. This year brought taller landings, bigger jumps, a massive wooden judging tower and big name riders. With the Ranchstyle Mountain Bike Festival being a silver event for the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour, the event drew riders from all over the US and beyond. This year’s Pro Slopestyle contest saw the most riders in the history of the event, and not to mention an extensive list of world class riders. Names like Greg Watts, Tyler McCaul, Mike Montgomery, Kelly McGarry and so many more, the 2011 contest the past year’s contests out of the water!
The riders were given an hour long jam to layout their best tricks and smoothest runs. Greg Watts stayed true to his “double or nothing” riding, and riders like Mike Montgomery sent floaty flat 360s and a laid out superman backflip. Tyler McCaul sized up the big double line and sent a series of massive tailwhips with a double tailwhip of the Geax sender. Kiwi Kelly McGarry blew away the crowd with his power packed run after several straight air runs. The big story of the day though was young gun Anthony Messere. He came out riding like a seasoned pro send huge tricks on every feature. His riding made such an impact he earned the second place finish below Greg Watts. Kelly McGarry nabbed the number three spot with Mike Montgomery and Tyler McCaul rounding out the top five.”
I have just been at The Upside Down and Under Ground Jam here in Bend, Oregon. The comp is held at jamie Goldman’s house
The weather turned out amazing today and the jumps were hella fun. There was a good size crew that turned up to ride from USA and Canada and every one just rode most of the day and then we had a comp in the late arfo.
The whole thing was super chill and a great no pressure vibe, I was stoked on it. Mitch Chuuubbzz ended up takin the win with some pretty wild riding!
It was a super good way to kick off the comp season. Now im off to Utah in the morning (11 hour drive!! EEEEWWW!) and then onto Colorado for the Ranchstyle comp, yeeeehaaa!
Sounds like McGazza had a pretty “sick” day…
“I had a sick day riding some sick jumps in Utah today, it was so sick, everyone was riding sick, did I mention it was sick?? Seriously now… it was rad. The trails were running sweet and there were so many lines to choose from! BOOM! TRAILS! I love it! – Kelly”
I have just spent the last 5 days in southern Utah with the Diamondback crew which consisted of myself, Eric Porter, Billy Lewis, Kyle Thomas, team manager Jono K, filmer Kevmo and photog Justin Olsen. All the riders went to Sea Otter then we hooked up with Justin and his big ass Chevvy 3500 1 ton duramax 7litre enormous TRUCK with a Polaris Ranger 4 wheel drive ATV in tow (what a RIG I LOVE AMUUURRRRICA!!) and then headed down to southern Utah to hang out and find some cool stuff to ride. We stayed in a pimpin house not to far away from where the Rampage is held and went out on day missions from there.
The southern Utah Zone has endless possibilites for freeride MTB, any where you turn you see a massive ridgeline to blast or jagged ravine filled with shoots and possible lines… plenty of mind riding happens when you’re hangin in southern Utah!!
For the first day we just set up in the house, built up all our bikes and went for a ride to scout out some potential spots and get used to the heat!
The next few days we spent getting up before sunrise and hitting spots in the golden light then building more stuff to ride after the sun got to high and returning when the evening light was firing to session our new jumps. It was a pretty awesome way to spend a week! We got some BANGER photos for the Diamond back catalog and for some ad shots too.
Blasting around the desert in Justins ATV was super fun, and handy as it had a four up bike rack to drag our asses to the top of the hill for more laps!
We also hooked up with Pinkbike photog Ian Hylands, Katrina Strand and Brook Baker which was cool. We had a big crew and look out for some stuff coming on Pinkbike soon!
Big ups to Diamondback for sending us out to the desert to GET RAD!
Kelly is from Nelson New Zealand and lives part time in Whistler, BC.
Mike Hopkins is a Professional Mountain Bike Athlete bred from Canada’s B.C. Interior. He grew up amidst the outdoor driven community of Rossland,
Charlie Sponsel is from Portland, Oregon and runs the Team Robot Blog and Writes for Pink Bike. He also sends it further than you on the weekends.