A recently released video featuring Kelly “McGazza” McGarry and his dog, Tui, serves as a touching tribute to the mountain biking legend who died last month.
The video, released Sunday by ODI Grips, one of McGarry’s sponsors, shows Tui, a Whippet, giving chase as McGarry rides some of the most insane trails in New Zealand. ODI had planned to release the video, titled “Grip it and Whippet,” sooner but then got word of McGarry’s death, according to pinkbike.com.
McGarry died February 1 of cardiac arrest. McGarry, who was best pals with Tui, was riding with representatives from another one of his sponsors when he died.
ODI withheld the release of the video until McGarry’s family wanted to share it.
The video starts with McGarry early in the morning preparing for the day’s ride, with Tui barely awake from the night before. As McGarry finishes in the kitchen, Tui wakes up just a bit and then decides to stay in bed.
McGarry then pulls his bikes off the rack, and yet Tui is still in bed. As soon as Tui hear’s the bike’s freewheel clicking, she perks up as if saying “Don’t you leave without me” and jumps out of bed to chase McGarry down as he loads up the van.
The footage is spectacular as Tui races with her best friend through some gnarly singletrack and downhill trails. McGarry does what he does best in the video, but the real star is Tui, a sighthound that just doesn’t want to miss any of the action and gives McGarry, one of the best downhill and freeride riders in the world, a run for his money.
While the mountain biking world lost one of the most respected legends in the sport, a little Whippet lost her best friend.