2012 Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro schedule confirmed

We got this press release today from Sean Finley at Digital Throttle who’s been working with us on the Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro:

Sequatchie, TN (December 13, 2011) – The first ever KENDA Tennessee Knockout, fueled by Monster Energy took place last summer to rave reviews from riders and fans. So the team at the Trials Training Center is excited to confirm that the event will be back for 2012 on September 1st and 2nd during the Labor Day holiday weekend. If you want to compete in or see a true “American Extreme Enduro”, mark your calendar now. Mike Brown, the 2011 winner stated that the multi round event “Was tougher than anything I have ever done. At the halfway mark, I thought I would not be able to finish but I was leading so I kept pushing”.

The top off-road racers from around the world will be invited to compete and amateur riders can race on Saturday with the top finishers earning the opportunity to move on to the Sunday Expert Knockout rounds. On Sunday, the riders will compete in a very tough and spectator friendly four round format.

Here is a peek at some of the action from the 2011 event.

Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro featured in January Dirt Rider magazine

TKO feature in Dirt Rider magazine Jan. 2012

The January 2012 issue of Dirt Rider magazine has a feature on the inaugural Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro held this past August here at the TTC.  (See a pattern here?) Sean Finley at Digital Throttle put this PDF together to give you a glimpse. Here’s an excerpt:

Given the worldwide popularity of hard enduro, the Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro was proof that with the right organization, a good format, a difficult course and support from the top riders such an event can successfully be held on American soil. The rocky terrain surrounding the Trials Training Center was on par with the difficulty level of most hard enduros, and almost as soon as the event was over, the riders, teams and spectators were buzzing about a future edition of the race.

The article is available via a print or digital subscription to Dirt Rider magazine here.

Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro featured in Dec. Dirt Bike magazine

TKO feature in Dirt Bike Magazine Dec. 2011

The December 2011 issue of Dirt Bike magazine has 3 pages devoted to the inaugural Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro held this past August here at the TTC.  Sean Finley at Digital Throttle put this PDF together to give you a glimpse.  Excerpt:

When you think about extreme enduros and nasty off-road racing, Europe usually comes to mind. Here in the United States we’ve seen events like Last Man Standing and some National Enduros get pretty brutal, but for years the U.S. extreme off-road race scene has been dead. The inaugural Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro (TKO) in Sequatchie, Tennessee, brought extreme off-road racing right here to the States. It was rocky, it was brutal and we hope it is here to stay.

The article is not available online but you can get it by subscribing to Dirt Bike magazine here.

TTC photo album: Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro

‘Bout time, eh?  Yes, our album of Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro 2011 photos is finally up.

Some photos by the TTC’s Ashley Jackson, with others by Larry Mayo, used with persmission.

See the large slideshow of 31 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow: