Last Man Standing For December

Paul Carruthers | February 3, 2006

The following release is from Red Bull…

Seeking to exact revenge on the brutal trails straddling the Texas/Oklahoma border, many of the top enduro riders from the United States and abroad will once again line up for the second edition of Red Bull Last Man Standing, December 1-2, 2006.

The inaugural event in November, 2005 punished many of the invited riders into submission, as only 14 completed all four stages. When the dust settled late in the evening, 2005 World Enduro Champion David Knight of the United Kingdom fought off a stomach flu and emerged as the Last Man Standing, finishing more than nine minutes ahead of runner-up Nathan Kanney, a GNCC regular. Eighteen-year-old Cole Kirkpatrick was the 14th and final rider to finish the final stage, one hour and 10 minutes behind Knight. The kid from Lubbock showed true Texas grit, riding the final lap without rear brakes.

“This is one of the toughest races I’ve ridden,” Knight said immediately after the inaugural Last Man Standing. “This race ranks up there with the best of them.”


The 2006 event promises to be even tougher than last year, featuring some of the most difficult and varied terrain in North America, including giant boulders, dense forests, water crossings, soft, silty sand, hard-packed dirt and expansive grassy fields. The course and its special “element” sections, some entailing climbing or descending hills with extremely steep faces, will undergo modifications for this year’s Last Man Standing, further presenting the competitors with one of the toughest challenges they will face on two wheels.

Additional details on the 2006 event format and rider participation will be released in the future.

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Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.