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Women’s Class Back for 2017 Tennessee Knockout; $1,000 purse for the top three ladies

Rachel Gutish
Rachel Gutish dominated the Women’s class in 2015 and 2016. She is hoping more female riders will come to challenge her in 2017. Photo: Larry Mayo.

The 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT Offroad, will again include a separate Women’s class to compete on Saturday. Women entries will ride a morning qualifier race that they must complete in order to race the Women’s only, multi lap main event on a special short course in the afternoon.

The ladies will be competing for a $1,000 purse to be paid out to the top three finishers ($500, $300, $200 for first, second and third respectively). In addition, the top three finishers will be invited to compete in the Sunday expert Knockout program.

Rachael Gutish (@rachel_gutfish) has dominated the Women’s race the past two years but Beta’s Morgan Tanke (@mtanke31) has already confirmed that she will be attending for the first time. Like Gutish, Tanke is a multi-time EnduroCross main event winner and both have proven capable of competing at the top level of tough off-road events, even competing against the men.

Women riders can still enter by contacting the Trials Training Center.

Women’s class created for 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout

The 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout (TKO) will include a separate Women’s class to compete on Saturday. Women entries will ride a morning qualifier race that they must complete in order to race the Women’s only, multi-lap main event on a special short course in the afternoon.

The ladies will be competing for a $1,000 purse to be paid out to the top three finishers ($500, $300, $200 for first, second and third respectively). In addition, the top three finishers will be invited to compete in the Sunday expert Knockout program.

Rachel Gutish, TKO 2015
Rachel Gutish dominated the Women’s demonstration race in 2015. Can anybody challenge her for the win in 2016? Photo: Larry Mayo

Two of the top female racers, Rachel Gutish (@rachel_gutfish) and Chantelle Bykerk (@chantellebykerk) have earned Sunday qualifications via the Saturday Amateur program in the past so they have proven that they are capable of completing the difficult terrain.

Women riders can still enter by contacting the Trials Training Center.

Women’s Class Added for 2015 KENDA Tennessee Knockout

A separate Women’s Class has been added for the 2015 KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout. The fifth running of the TKO will take place on the weekend of August 15-16 at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee. And for the first time, the women will have their own class with a stand-alone main event scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of the Amateur competition. And to make it more interesting, event sponsors have put up a purse for the ladies with the top three taking home $300, $200 and $100 respectively.

2014 TKO - Rachel Gutish and Chantelle Bykerk at finish

The women will have their own designated rows during the Saturday Amateur competition and need to complete the 12-14 mile first loop in order to earn a spot in the main event. The qualified female riders will then compete in a ten lap final on a modified version of the Pro “Short Course”, which is approximately one mile long.

While the Amateur class entries are full, there are still openings for the women to enter. Please contact Catherine Bedley via the TKO Contact page or  at 423-942-8688.

Moose Racing will be hosting a dinner for the Amateur day participants on Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of the awards ceremony.