Brown led every lap of the final. He blasted to the front right off the start and opened up a small lead. Knowing any small mistake could mean disaster Brown rode conservatively and chose his lines carefully every lap.
Webb, however, had nothing to lose and went after Brown. The Beta rider had fallen in the first turn and was hammering it around the course. His aggressive riding style carried him right up to Brown late in the race. But when he was within striking distance on the last lap, Webb tipped over, which was just enough to give Brown some breathing room and eventual win.
After nearly 40 minutes of racing, Brown was happy to see the checkered flag. “Was tougher than anything I have ever done,” Brown said. “At the halfway mark, I thought I would not be able to finish, but I was leading so I kept pushing.”
Rob Mitchell at DigitalOffroad.com emailed us this last week:
Here’s a video that we at digitaloffroad.com put together. I hope you enjoy!
Follow Rob’s link to see a large version of the video embedded in their TKO page. Or view it here/on Vimeo. It’s very well done and includes some slo-mo sequences that are amazing. Props to both Rob and Jared Bolton.
We here at the TTC would also like to send out a HUGE thank you to all who helped us put on the First Annual Tennessee Knock Out Extreme Enduro.
We know it was a lot of hard work and we sure appreciate everyone’s special effort to make it happen. This event was a great success and we could not have done it without these people:
- Liz and Paige Thompson, Hailey Tarply
- James Thompson, Jimmy Thompson, Darian Scott
- Greg and Wendy Clark, Wendy Roberts, Sadie Thompson
- Gary Smith, Jamie Gourley
- Paul and Aaron Thistle, Cathy Priest, Barbara Ganley, Darrell Davis, Troy Roberts, Ian (Fro Man), Burke Breneman, Becky Melton, Alex Bedley, Austin Brown, Marisa Sinz, Papa Joe Terry, John Sipos, and Fast Eddie Faulkner.
- Steve Glinski, Tim Cash
- Becky Melton, Doug Caldwell, Kim Murrell, Mike Hathaway, Burke Breneman
- Griff and Alan Shirley
- Nathan Glinski
- Angela Brown, Crystal Kee
And a very special thanks to Sean Finley, Digital Throttle, and Eric Peronnard, EPCN, for their help with organization, promotion, and all around everything!
From all of us at the TTC:
We’re compiling a list of media coverage of the Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro. Here’s what we have so far:
- Brown Tops Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro
- Tennessee Knockout to Brown
- Sept. 7 Feature article: TKO for Brown
Some excerpts from the Dirt Rider article:
The weather was expectedly hot and sticky, and the brutally rocky terrain and dust made for a tricky course in and around the surrounding canyons and hills of the TTC. The format for the race was creative, with both a long loop and a shorter course being utilized to pre-select a field of amateur racers and narrow down the stacked field to 25, and then finally ten, top racers. Prizes were also awesome like best cycling shoes and watches.
With ten laps of racing for the victory, the final was extremely hot, brutal and according to Brown “way tougher than an outdoor motocross national.”
Overall, the first-ever TKO was a huge success, and the buzz has already started about next year’s event
If you know of other coverage, let us know!