Major Stok’em 5 — 4/6

What has become nothing less than a Tri-State Area tradition for kicking off the season, Major Stok’em, is back again for the 5th year running, and it looks like it’ll be another great race. Over the years Major Stok’em bloomed from a local outlaw race to a fully sanctioned event, drawing riders from as far west as California, and far south as Puerto Rico in recent years. This year event organizer Adam Dabonka is changing it up by introducing a new points/bracketing system, which we’ll talk about a little later.

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It’s all going down on Saturday, April 6th at the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, New Jersey — located directly across the Hudson River from New York City. As of this post there were no times listed on the website, but if you go by last year’s schedule registration should begin at 8:30, practice heats around 10AM, and the first racing heat at 11:00AM. If you’re late you’re not racing — so make sure you’re on time! This also means you’ll want to be in and parked before 10AM if you’re a spectator since you won’t be able to get down the hill while there are heats racing; parking is free and there are over 100 spots located at the bottom of the race course. Bustin’ Boards is scheduled to host a Highest Ollie contest after the race so pack a board with a kicktail as well. As of right now this is strictly a downhill race, with no plans for a slide jam.

The course itself is approximately 1/4 mile long, with one crash corner at the end (see Major Stok’em 3). Riders will assemble single file after their heat and walk back to the top for their next race. In addition to helmets and gloves, knee pads are also required.majorstokem5aerial_view Registration is $35 and opens on Saturday, March 30th at 9:00AM; it will be capped to a limited number of riders, although they’re still working on figuring out the exact number. This is a week before the event, so it gives you time to confirm your schedule and find any change left in between the couch cushions. There are only two classes this year: Open and 13-and-Under, which should be offset by the points system (discussed below). The registration process is a little complicated, so read the directions on the website a couple of times in advance. Basically, you put $0.01 down to register via PayPal, then pay $35 cash at the event.

New this year will be the points/bracketing system they’re using. Every registered rider will race in 4 heats comprised of random racers all competing against each other to win points depending on how you place. A win gets you 5 points, 2nd place gets you 3 points, 3rd place gets you 2 points, and 4th place gets you 1 point. At the end of everyone’s 4 races all the points will be tallied together, with the top 16 point winners advancing to the Finals round. Finals will be a classic bracket style downhill race, with the top two riders from each heat advancing to the next round until we have a winner for Major Stok’em 5.┬áIt’s a cool idea because it guarantees that you’ll get to race 4 runs, and will still allow for classic, exciting elimination racing in the end.

We covered a lot pretty quick, so read everything again and check the Major Stok’em F.A.Q. section for anything we didn’t cover. Also join the Facebook Event to see the discussion and who else is planning on being there.

We’ll keep you updated with any changes and confirm the times as we get closer to race day.

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