Video: Kelly McGarry detonates bike in Red Bull Rampage practice crash

Rider OK after overshooting landing on 75-foot gap jump

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Rampage Carnage

Overshooting the landing by 30 feet took it’s toll on Kelly McGarry’s wheels. Thankfully he’s OK.

Red Bull Rampage competitor Kelly McGarry is bruised and scratched but otherwise OK after over-jumping a 75-foot gap jump and crashing hard in practice today. McGarry overshot the landing transition by an estimated 30-feet, landing flat and detonating his wheels and sending the lanky New Zealander over the handlebars.

Video by Blaize Potts/YouTube.

Undeterred, McGarry says he should be good to go for qualifying Friday. Practice for Red Bull Rampage–the world’s premier big mountain freeride competition–started today near Virgin, Utah and concludes with finals on Sunday.

Rampage Detonation

McGarry actually landed rear wheel first, but was pitched forward after the front wheel detonated.


About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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  • jmk says:

    Well, those wheels breaking saved his bones from shattering. Is really good that bikes and components are not so bombproof and rigid as sometimes marketing says.

  • Brad Trent says:

    Surprising how the guy who yelled, “Oh Fuck!” seemed to know he was screwed from the minute he launched…it didn’t look like a bad take-off to me, but then I’m a turd.

    • maf says:

      its not the take off its the land, when you hear “oh fuck” you can tell hes a little too long.
      turned out to be just at the limit but thats also probably why the wheels broke. if he was shorter the landing would have been smoother

      now then again, bad wheels.

  • Seneb says:

    To be fair, his wheels detonated, not his bike. The bike actually looks to be in pretty good shape.

    • Mtbr says:

      You’re correct Seneb the wheels did the detonating and the fork might be bent as well…not sure we’d take our chances on the rest of it. Ultimately it was physics that did the whole thing in–big dude + flat landing + gravity + speed.

  • Dino says:

    This is not the first set of wheels to explode at rampage this year. Manufacturers are pushing guys to ride 650 B wheels and they are not proven for such riding. Making a clean run without them breaking doesn’t mean they are good to go. I don’t know how much riding those wheels had on them, but a pro, the size of Kelly will abuse wheels in day. You cant have lightweight and bombproof at the costs these wheels have.

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