Mountain Biker Kelly McGarry wowed onlookers and announcers alike when he busted off a truly gnarly back flip over the 72-foot canyon gap at this year’s Red Bull Rampage, held in Utah from Oct. 11 – 13.
It is simply impossible attempting doing anything like that, both dangerous and amazing. Thankfully, McGarry stuck a camera on his helmet that recorded all his movements.
However, the jump isn’t even the scariest part. Just that first shot where one can see how high up he is, and how impossibly thin his path is enough to elicit an audible “NOPE!” But that’s what makes it so amazing when McGarry hits that final jump.
The ride starts on top of a very long and narrow mountain top. The mountain ridge he is riding down is as wide as the trail, about a yard or so.
There is an extremely long and rough fall one either side, yet McGarry goes barreling down it anyways. There are a lot of sharp turns and jumps along the way only adding to the danger. At one point the path takes him along the narrow edge of a cliff, like something youâd see cartoon characters sliding across.
After speeding down a sheer drop, the New Zealander pulled off a backflip over a treacherous 72-foot-wide canyon gap. As he gets towards the bottom and approaches a crowd he hits a man-made ramp and nails a back flip.
He wasnât done yet he hits another jump with a back-flip later.The move helped him clinch second place and earned him the Red Bull Bike People’s Choice Award from fans watching online.
One commenter on video wrote: “I’m a nervous wreck just watching it from a recliner.”
âLast night I was freaking out, wondering if I should do it. But I had the speed, it felt right, so I just sent it,â McGarry told reporters after the jump.
“It’s such a suck jump,” McGarry told Bike Radar. âI’ve done one a little bit shorter. It’s definitely the biggest one I have ever done. It came round and I snuck it in and I got around and it felt so awesome.”
The gold went to Kyle Strait, the first two-time gold winner in the series. The riders were judged by 4 criteria: fluidity and style; air and amplitude ; tricks; line choice.
But McGarry’s GoPro footage isn’t the only sweet Internet moment the Red Bull Rampage produced. Last week the footage of Cam Zink’s world record 78-foot downhill backflip went viral on the Internet.