Video: 2015 Red Bull Sky Gate Highlights

Kelly McGarry suffers an injury in unusual bike event in China

Andrew Taylor jumps the final stunt in the Red Bull Sky Gate descent.

Andrew Taylor jumps the final stunt in the Red Bull Sky Gate descent.

An unusual event was held in Tianmenshaw, China called the Red Bull Sky Gate. Basically, top slopestyle athletes in the world were invited to participate in a stunt style competition that involved riding down 999 steep steps that delivered a 50 degree slope, then go through some gap jumps and wall rides and finish off with a big stunt jump.
Andrew Taylor gives us a course preview.

We are fairly certain that the riders were paid to make their appearance in the event but had little idea of what the course was going to look like. The course was indeed a surprise to some of the riders as few could have imagined descending down such a steep slope.

Unfortunately, Kelly McGarry was injured as his brakes failed halfway down the hill and he plunged out of control down the steps. Here is an update in his own words.

“Hey team thanks for the messages, I’m all good, munched my foot a bit and got two cuts on arm totalling 7 stitches. Brakes cooked and pulled to the bar half way down course ( 1000 ft of 50 degree stairs + 97 kg bloke at race pace) …was on a runaway train …Scary moment for sure .Stoked to be ok. Cheers”

– Kelly McGarry-

Kelly McGarry’s brakes failed halfway down the hill resulting in this massive crash.

Check out this highlight video of the event. We’re not really sure what to say about it but a plea for athlete safety has to be made. Race organizers and host cities always have to look out for rider safety on top of any kind of event or publicity.

And here are the highlights of this inaugural event. We wonder if there will be a repeat.

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  • oldmtb says:

    So glad Kelly McGarry is alright. I remember cringing at his crash at rebull rampage. I checked the crash images on bing and it looks like there weren’t any icetech rotors on his ride 🙁 Very impressed by how the marzocchi fork held up. There was some serious head tube deformation on his bike but the forx didn’t break. The frame must have been pretty tough as well all things considered.

  • oldmtb says:

    I looked at that video again, and I seriously think Kelly could have ridden out the hard landing if he had a 48 spoke front wheel. Sean Burns, a BMX’er, regularly rides 15 footers to flat. He advertises bone deth 48 spoke bmx wheels on youtube with a great video of him endo ing a 15 footer to parking lot because his BMX 20inch front wheel with 36 spokes warps under the pressure of the landing. If 36 spokes on a 20 inch wheel is too flexy 32 spokes on a 26 inch wheel doesn’t stand a chance.

  • bbbbbbb says:

    Shame for him to get injured in such an idiotic event. At least rampage is amazing to watch and has lots of fans stoked for it. They previewed this event on PB and every single comment is just “uh… why?”

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