The biggest downhill event in the greater NYC area, Major Stoke ‘Em, is going down again for the fourth time this year on June 2nd. Taking place at the Palisades Interstate Park in Englewood Cliffs, NJ the event is sure to draw a very large crowd as people from all over the Tri-State area try their luck at downhill racing in one of the only big downhill events in the area. Last year the event was held as a season kick-off in March and still managed to attract quite the crowd despite the cold weather. Since it’s nicer this year you can expect even more people to come out and create some super fun racing.
It’s a sanctioned event with a U-Haul truck to take you back to the top, a full medical staff on hand, closed course, and safety measures to ensure that the event not only runs smoothly, but also safely as well. It’s going to be a fun, fast, and safe day of downhill racing with a lot of fun characters from the Northeast scene. Entry fee has increased to $30 to race this year (up from $10) and a helmet and gloves are required to race. Registration will start on May 26th — exactly one week before the event. Here’s how to go about registering and some more info on how many riders will get to participate this year:
Rider cap and pre-registration. There will be a rider cap of 84 riders. REGISTRATION BEGINS ON SATURDAY MAY 26TH @9:00AM EST. Please register by sending the $30 registration fee via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your first and last name. The first 84 racers to submit their payment will race! I don’t have Paypal now what? You need to find a friend who has.
It’s a new course from last year which means the videos you saw of the crash corner at Major Stok’Em 3 won’t be a problem, with the event organizer saying that the course is super stable and should make for good skating for everyone. The top speed will be between 35-42 depending on your tuck and push, so leathers and a fullface aren’t necessities. There are a whole bunch of other FAQ’s over on the event’s Facebook Page, so it’s worth checking out.
The schedule is going to be strict since it’s a closed course with time frames, get familiar with it below so you’re not missing out at all on race day!
8:30-9:45 Parking and Registration at the Englewood Boat Basin.
10:00am-10:50am Practice Heats and Freeride
11:00am-3:00pm Race time and end of event
It’s double elimination, 4 rider heats with the top two advancing, which should help make things fair since there are no Am/Pro divisions. The event sounds like it’ll be a bunch of fun for everyone that makes it out to both watch and participate, I’m hoping to make it down myself. Best of luck and happy skating!