With his win over Graham Jarvis at last year’s Tennessee Knockout, plus his podiums at Erzberg and Hell’s Gate Hard Enduros in 2017, Cody Webb has established himself as one of the premier extreme off-road racers in the world. Webb is at his best when the terrain is the toughest and he seems to have a knack for putting himself in uncomfortable situations. One can only imagine if the KTM factory rider were a travel agent:

“Hello, you need a vacation? How about four straight days of dragging your bike up a goat trail?” Or, “Want to dine with the stars at Carl’s Diner?” Maybe, “How ’bout three days in Istanbul on a voyage that takes you from sea level to the uppermost reaches of Mount Olympus, finished off with a romp through 100 meters of rocks?”

Probably doesn’t sound that appealing.

With Hard Enduros and extreme off-road racing becoming more and more popular, we had Webb, Graham Jarvis, David Knight, and Mario Roman give us a guided tour of the top Hard Enduro tourist attractions in the world.

Cody Webb at TKO
Cody Webb picks his way through the waterfall section at the Tennessee Knockout, an event he’s won five times in a row.Courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool

Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro

August 18–19, 2018
Trial Training Center, Sequatchie, Tennessee
(Cody Webb's favorite Hard Enduro)

Cody Webb:
I like the TKO and I've ridden it so much that I know what to expect. For sure, you're toast by the end of that main event, but this year [2017] I had Graham right behind me the whole first half of the race. I could have gone faster but I knew I shouldn't because I'd just blow up and I'd fall apart. Luckily that happened to Graham before it happened to me. I think experience paid off for me at that race. It's a lot harder for a newbie to come in and expect to do well.

There hasn’t been anything that crazy at TKO, to be honest, as far as obstacles. It’s not impossible or anything, but it’s relentless. Plus, it’s only like 30 minutes for the final so that makes it more of a sprint, whereas the other races are spread out over a full day or even several days, so you can pace yourself. At TKO you have to go full out.

Graham Jarvis:
TKO is a multi-lap race so you learn the course after the first lap, which means you can push harder. That makes it a lot harder, more intense, and so it becomes physical in that way. You're literally giving 100 percent; whereas some of the others you maybe just rest for a fraction of a second, and that helps, but that's just all-out.

Mario Roman:
TKO is different for sure. When I came over and they told me the main event was going to be only 30 minutes I thought, this is going to be short. But then you have multiple races throughout the day before the final. Which is not really, really difficult but quite enough difficult and really slick. I've never ridden in rocks that slick [as at the 2017 event]. Then it's time for the main event and you feel already like your arms and legs, everything—the body is tired. It's pretty intense, pretty tough. No place to rest. When we arrive in the finish line it feels like this is one of the toughest races for sure.