Watch Mountain Biking Legend Kelly McGarry’s Last Ride With His Dog

Tui the dog was the star in one of Kelly "McGazza" McGarry's last videos before he passed.

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Kelly McGarry and his best friend Tui tear it up on the trails.
John Virata

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.
 

Don’t you go mountain biking without me!. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

Don’t you go mountain biking without me!. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

ODI withheld the release of the video until McGarry’s family wanted to share it.

McGarry and Tui charging a downhill. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

McGarry and Tui charging a downhill. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

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.
 

Tui makes this race look easy. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

Tui makes this race look easy. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

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.
 

As hard charging as McGarry was going, Tui the Whippet was right on his rear wheel. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

As hard charging as McGarry was going, Tui the Whippet was right on his rear wheel. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

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.
 

Tui and McGarry have an epic ride in New Zealand. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

Tui and McGarry have an epic ride in New Zealand. Via ODI Grips/YouTube

While the mountain biking world lost one of the most respected legends in the sport, a little Whippet lost her best friend.

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