Meet Jim Knight

Jim Knight, Founder, Managing Member

Jim learned values of discipline, organization, and goal-setting at a very young age.  The son of a career Army Officer, he attended West Point, graduated in 1983, and served ten years as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer.  He completed his military service working with General Powell's Joint Staff in the Pentagon 1990-93, where he assisted in planning Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and many humanitarian relief operations in Former Soviet Republics.  Jim settled in San Diego in 1993 where he acquired a franchise retail sporting goods company.  He later expanded into Los Angeles then sold the company and moved into corporate finance with Morgan Stanley from 1997 to 1999 and was an independent registered principal until 2003.  Jim is currently Managing Member of Shadow Tour, LLC, producing cycling events in Southern California. 

On the athletic side, Jim has been active all his life. His major accomplishments include twelve marathons with a Personal Record (PR) of 2:33:34 at the 1992 Marine Corps Marathon.  He has raced in over 60 triathlons and six Ironman distance races, including two Hawaii Ironman finishes in 1995 (PR 9:55) and 2003. He has completed many century and double century rides, including the Lake Tahoe Death Ride and Big Bear Mt. Breathless Agony. In July 2004, Jim rode the Inaugural Shadow Tour with Larry Gitman, replicating the entire three-week 2004 Tour De France in Southern California. 
               
       


JK 70 ST 2014
Damnation Alley Climb
Yuciapa, CA to Onyx Summit (El 8,443 ft)
Shadow Tour #10, Jul 18, '14
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In October 2004 Jim teamed up with Larry as "Team Yak" at the 21st annual Furnace Creek 508 mile race through Death Valley.  The rookie team won their division and set a new course record for a Two-man, 50+ Team, by over 30 minutes.  Jim and Larry returned to Furnace Creek in 2005 with two additional teammates and established a new course record for the 4-man, 50+ Team.  In the blazing Southern California heat in July of 2006, Jim experienced the ultimate Shadow Tour by completing a solo 2nd Shadow Tour.  In July 2007, Jim completed his 3rd Shadow Tour, including the 6 fearsome 400 km stages in the original 1903 Tour De France race with a 300-mile final stage.  In July 2008, Jim completed his 4th Shadow Tour, with the first 600 miles completed in the first three days entirely in San Diego county's high country.  In Oct 2008, Jim completed a Tribute Ironman to honor the memory of endurance athlete legend, Barbara Warren (1943-2008), who lived an inspired and memorable life.  In July 2009, Jim completed his 5th Shadow Tour, including 8 summits of Palomar Mountain in the first four stages, descending the times of each of the 8 climbs.  In July 2010, Jim completed his 6th Shadow Tour, in his fastest pace of 16.74 mph, with the most climbing to date, with 155,485 ft. In July 2011, Jim completed his 7th Shadow Tour in just 19 days, the fewest days to date.  In 2012 Jim competed in the Mt. Laguna Bicycle Classic (3rd time), finishing 4 Overall, and in Breathless Agony (2nd time), finishing 5th Overall. In July 2012, Jim completed his 8th Shadow Tour, again in just 19 days, including 5 Double Centuries (1st four stages on Palomar Mt.), with 162,464 ft of climbing--the most ever. Jim was the 2012 Champion at the Tour de Poway.  For the 2012 calendar year Jim rode 15,544 miles (PR), with 1,068,260 ft of climbing (PR).  He rode 270 days, completed 45 Century rides + 6 Double Century rides (with 4 inside one week), and climbed the fearsome 11.6 mile/4,200 ft South Grade of Palomar Mountain 22 times, achieving 7 of his top 10 fastest times, including his lifetime PR of 1:05:22. In July 2013, Jim completed his 9th Shadow Tour, in 19 days, including a record 7 Double Century Stages.  In July 2014, Jim completed his capstone 10th Shadow Tour, in 19 days, including a record 10 Double Century Stages.  In this final "extreme" version of the Shadow Tour, Jim also set Personal Shadow Tour Records for Most Distance (2,283 miles), Most Climbing Elevation (171,450 ft), and Lowest Finishing Weight (163 lbs)

Jim lives, works, and trains in sunny San Diego, CA.
2013 Shadow Tour 1
    2013 Shadow Tour, Big Bear Mt, El 7,000 Ft, Jul 14
2013 Shadow Tour 2
  2013 Shadow Tour, 200-mi Stage, Idyllwild, Jul 13
2012 ST Santa Ysabel
 2012 Shadow Tour, Palomar Mt 200-mi Stage 4, Jul 6
Jim at Onyx Summit 2
2012 Shadow Tour, Big Bear Mt 200-mi Stage 9, Jul 16
2011 ST Jul 10, 11
2011 Shadow Tour, Carmel Vly, post 200 mi, Jul 10, '11  
2011 ST Jul 17, 11
2011 Shadow Tour, Idyllwild, 200 mi stage, Jul 17, '11
2011 Mt Laguna Classic
   2011 Mt Laguna Classic, Pine Creek Rd, Apr 16, '11 
2011 Alpine Challenge
 2011 Alpine Challenge, w/SD Descenders, Apr 30, '11  
Jim in Julian
          2010 Solo Shadow Tour in Julian, CA 
 
Jim at LH
     2010 Solo Shadow Tour at Lake Henshaw, CA
Mt Laguna Classic 2010
           Mt. Laguna Classic, 3rd Lap, Apr 17, '10 
  
        Apline Challenge 2 Apr 24 10
  Alpine Challenge, Jim and Drew Peterson, Apr 24, '10 
Jim in Idyllwild 325 x 284
          2009 Solo Shadow Tour in Idyllwild, CA
 
              Yellow Jersey 220 x 318
        2009 Solo Shadow Tour, 5th tour complete!
 
2008 Interbike George and Jim v2
                  Jim meets George Hincapie
                2008 Interbike, Las Vegas, NV
 
        2008 Interbike Phil and Jim
                 Jim spooks Phil Liggett (jk)
               2008 Interbike, Las Vegas, NV
2008 SC Jim in Remac
2008 Solo Shadow Tour, Jim chows down in Remec, CA
 
                2007 ST Lake Henshaw 2
      2007 Solo Shadow Tour at Lake Henshaw, CA
 

2005 Furnace Creek
             2005 Furnace Creek 308, Team Yak 
             Jim nears base of Townes Pass Climb


  2006 Solo Shadow Tour at Box Canyon, CA


     2004 Furnace Creek 508 Team Yak, CA City, CA
 
 2004 FC
  2004 Furnace Creek 508 Jim nears Panamint Valley
 

      2004 Furnace Creek 508 Team Yak, Kelso, CA
2002 Death Ride
            2002 Death Ride, Lake Tahoe, NV

Jim's Riding Results:

Shadow Tours (Customized replacas of the entire Tour De France distance):

Shadow Tour Recaps & Records


















Year: 2004 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014











Age: 43 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53
Miles: 2,111 2,274 2,222 2,189 2,140 2,267 2,132 2,167 2,221 2,283
Time: 142:06:00 
143:31:33 
149:51:55 
137:21:16 
129:28:28 
135:22:09 
130:46:55 
138:47:01 
149:11:19 
144:24:02 
Avg mph: 14.85 15.84 14.83 15.94 16.53 16.75 16.31 15.62 14.89 15.81
Ft Climbed: 107,460 126,772 134,970 142,891 150,022 155,485 149,887 162,464 159,239 171,450
Gradient: 0.8900% 1.0558% 1.1501% 1.2705% 1.3274% 1.2989% 1.3312% 1.4197% 1.3576% 1.4221%
Start Wt: 190 192 200 188 182 180 178 178 174 170
Finish Wt: 172 179 186 175 170 167 165 167 166 163
Wt Lost: 18 lbs 13 lbs 14 lbs 13 lbs 12 lbs 12 lbs 13 lbs 11 lbs 8 lbs 7 lbs
Doubles 0 1 6 5 1 2 3 5 7 10
Flat Tires: 1 1 1 1 2 3 0 1 1 4
Days: 23 23 23 22 22 21 19 19 19 19
Field: JK & LG Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo
                     
Bold Red indicates Shadow Tour Record
             

Shadow Tour Daily Blogs:

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    2012:  Click here
    2011:  Click here
    2010:  Click here
    2009:  Click here
    2008:  Click here
    2007:  Click here
    2006:  Click here
    2004:  Click here                      
      
Stagecoach Century Individual Time Trials:

     Date   Dist   Time Avg                                                    Notes                                                              
Dec  16, '12
100
4:50:45
20.6
Start 7:22 A.M. 44F; high 56F, 7-12 mph E, solo TT, t/a 2:42, light
Nov 18, '12
100
4:44:50
21.0
Start 7:55 A.M. 48F; high 58F, 5-10 mph E, 30 mi w/Rick & Adam, t/a 2:36, light
Dec 10, '11  100  5:23:17  18.6  Start 6:56 A.M. 44F; high 58F, 5-10 mph E, solo TT, t/a 2:57, heavy  
Dec 18, '10  100  4:50:40  20.6  Start 6:30 A.M. 58F; high 68F, 8-10 mph N, solo TT, t/a 2:42, light 
Dec 2, '10  100  5:07:49  19.5  Start 6:30 A.M. 38F; high 78F, 8-9 mph N, then E, solo TT, t/a 2:45, light 
Nov 16, '10  100  4:53:09  20.5  Start 6:30 A.M. 45F; high 75F, light winds N, solo TT, t/a 2:40, light 
Oct 30, '10  100 5:28:43  18.3  Start 5:19 A.M. 60F; high 70F, med winds WNW, solo TT, t/a 3:06, heavy 
Dec 21, '09 100 4:48:50 20.8  Start 5:59 A.M. 49F; high 63, 0-3 mph winds SSE, solo TT, t/a 2:39, light
Dec 12, '09 100 5:17:38 18.9 Start 7:14 A.M. 48F; high 63, 3-5 mph winds S, solo TT, t/a 2:46, heavy
Dec 3, '09 100 5:27:44 18.3 Start 6:18 A.M. 49F; high 69, med wind up, flat back, solo, t/a 2:57, heavy
Nov 26, '09 100 5:26:35 18.4 Start 5:56 A.M. 53F; high 76, med wind up, flat back, solo, t/a: 2:59, heavy
Mar 19, '09 100 5:12:10 19.2 Start 6:55 A.M. 55F; high 89, mixed wind SW 5-8 mph, solo, t/a: 2:55, light
Mar 4, '09 100 5:46:22 17.3 Jamming winds entire northbound section, solo, heavy training bike/wheels
Mar 4, '08 100 4:57:10 20.2 Start 6:11 A.M. 43F; high 70F, winds W-NW 3-6 MPH, solo, t/a 2:47 light
Feb 28, '08 100 5:10:23 19.3 Temps in low 80's, solo, t/a 2:48, light bike/wheels
Feb 2, '08 100 5:17:27 18.9 Solo, t/a: 2:48, light bike/wheels
Jan 23, '08 100 5:30:02 18.2 Solo, heavy training bike/wheels
Dec 21, '07 100 6:47:08 14.7 Birthday Spin Ride with Larry G.
Dec 16, '07 100 5:29:19 18.3 Solo, t/a: 3:04, heavy training bike/wheels
Nov 24, '07 100 5:28:44 18.3 Solo, t/a: 3:00, heavy training bike/wheels
Nov 3, '07 100 5:45:00 17.3 Solo, t/a: 3:07, heavy training bike/wheels
Mar 22, '07 100 5:57:08 16.8 Solo, heavy training bike/wheels
Oct 21, '06 100 5:24:19 18.5 Solo, heavy training bike/wheels
Jun 27, '04 100 5:48:49 17.2 Solo, heavy training bike/wheels

Salton Sea Century Individual Time Trials:

Date Dist   Time Avg                                             Notes
Sep 19, '08 100 5:05:38 19.6 New course, early am start, 100F, low winds, solo
Apr 12, '08 100 5:15:02 19.0 New 2008 course, pm start, 80's, mod winds, 2 hrs at night, solo
Sep 22, '07 100 6:00:07 16.7 Course for 2007, sunny and warm, tough winds in pm, solo
Oct 28, '06 97.6 5:30:10 19.3 Proposed SSC course, temps in low 90's, rode w/Randy C.

Other Rides and Races:

Ride Date Dist Time Avg Plc                             Notes
Tour de Poway
Sep 30, '12
 101.2 4:56:19
20.5
1st
Fast start up Poway Rd, w/Descenders, hi 80's F
Breathless Agony
May 5, '12
 74.2 4:48:54
15.5
5th
Mild A.M. temps, warm P.M, late winds (Ofcl 4:48)
Mt. Laguna Classic
Apr 21, '12
100.9
5:41:41
17.7
4th
Mild A.M. temps, warm P.M, min winds. (Ofcl 5:44)
Alpine Challenge  Apr 30, '11 62.70  3:17:56  19.0  3rd  Mild temps, winds late, w/Descenders early/solo 
Mt. Laguna Classic Apr 16, '11 100.8  6:12:41  16.5  7th  Cold start, 80F+ finish, mild winds 
Tour de Poway  Oct 3, '10 99.78  4:41:20  21.3  2nd  Overcast, rode w/Drew Peterson & Descenders 
Alpine Challenge  Apr 24, '10 71.45  3:44:36  19.1  3rd  Cool start, minimal wind, perfect riding weather!
Mt. Laguna Classic Apr 17, '10 101.1  6:17:00  16.0 13th Freezing start, warmed during ride, mild winds.  
Alpine Challenge Apr 26, '08 72.37 3:56:27 18.4 4th Clear & bright, warm temps in high 70s
Tour de Poway Oct 7, '07 103.9 5:21:18 19.4 12th Nice weather, Swami's dropped me on last 12 mi.

Ironman:

Date            Name of Event O/A  A/G   Swim    Bike    Run    Total Time  HI IM
Oct 10, '08   Barbara Warren Tribute Ironman n/a n/a 1:12:00   5:52:00   4:22:00   12:08:07
Oct 18, '03 Hawaii Ironman 569  70 1:09:11   5:21:54 4:02:49   10:41:08
Mar 3, '01 New Zealand Ironman 313  37 1:03:26   5:24:59 4:42:16   11:16:32
May 20, '00 California Ironman 204  43 1:16:23   5:30:47 4:20:30   11:14:15   
Oct 7, '95 Hawaii Ironman 143  34 1:02:00   5:20:18 3:34:21     9:56:39
Mar 19, '95 New Zealand Ironman 52  15 1:06:38   5:59:23 3:20:21   10:32:42    Q

Triathlon:

Date       1993 Triathlon Season (32 y/o)  O/A A/G Swim    Bike    Run Total Time HI IM
May 1, '93 Wildflower Half Ironman 11 1 30:28 2:26:27 1:28:22   4:28:44 Q
Jun 27, '93 San Diego International Triathlon 4 2 14:55    44:37    33:41   1:35:24
Jul 31, '93 Vineman Half Ironman 4 1    Unk       Unk 1:28:14   4:19:01
Aug 15, '93   Mike & Rob's Most Excellent Half Ironman 5 2 29:04 2:06:42 1:17:05   3:52:51 Q