On The Pegs August 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 8 - Page 102

On The Pegs PREPPING FOR TKO JoJo Toole prepares for the Tennessee Knockout Last year I wasn’t sure what to expect sitting on the start- ing line getting ready for the biggest motorcycle off –road race I had ever entered. It was the Kenda Tennessee Knock Out near Chattanooga TN. A Hard Enduro that is known to include some of the nastiest rocks, mud, and climbs that enable only a few riders to finish each year. An international field of top racers from different disciplines in Off-road racing were lined up and me, a 15 year old from a little community in Arkansas called Jenny Lind. I had qualified for Sunday’s main event through the Ama- teur race on Saturday. 180 riders started, only the top 25 fastest finishers move on to the next races that increased in difficulty. Hence the “Knock out” in the race name that most just refers to as TKO. In the Amateur race I tried to ride smart and conser- vative as possible to preserve my bike and finished 11th. I was happy with achieving this goal even more when told that I was the youngest to ever qualify for the Sunday pro race. So this year will be different. I was asked to ride the main event bypassing the Saturday qualifying. That will reduce the long day of pulling and pushing my bike through the rocks and the ensued body & bike dam- age just to get ready to do it again the next day. I am much more prepared too. I quit football so I can ride every day in the rock quarry behind my house. I took a sum- mer job being an instructor at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes