Plug Fort Lee, NJ into your GPS and get ready, because Major Stok’em is back again on April 19th from 9AM to 5PM for its 6th year running! Major Stok’em has become one of the best events for new racers to break into the sport and see what they’re made of, even giving them a chance go toe to toe with some of the Tri-State area’s fastest on a relatively mellow course. This is the race where some of the fastest east coast riders got their start – so if you’ve been looking for an ‘entry level race’ you might not find a better opportunity this season.
Taking place at the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, NJ the Major Stok’em 6 course is set next to the scenic banks of the Hudson River, just across the river from New York City. The course is known for varying in speed depending on whether there’s a headwind or tailwind, so you’re looking at speeds that could range from a cruising 22MPH up to around 39MPH, much more mellow than what you’ll find at some of the bigger races this summer.
There aren’t any extremely technical features to navigate or anything of the sort, it’s a pretty straight forward course all in all, running about a 1/4 mile long in total. It does feature a crash corner at the end which seems to claim far more riders than necessary but also create some exciting last minute passes.
For parents bringing their children or for riders going to the course for the first time: There’s no real address for where to park and meet. Use Google Maps and look for the Ross Dock Area, the NJ State website might also help a bit (http://www.njpalisades.org/picnic.htm#Ross). Since it’s off-season when the race goes down, parking will be free!
This is important because it doesn’t go down like other events, so pay close attention. Registration will be on Saturday, April 12th – exactly one week before the race. Registration is capped at 100 riders, so don’t be too late in registering or you might miss out. Registration for the event is $40.01. On April 12th you PayPal $0.01 (that’s one cent) to firstname.lastname@example.org, which reserves your spot to race. On race day, when you go to sign-in, bring $40 in cash and your waiver to finalize everything.
It can be a little confusing, so head over to the Stok’em website and read how they describe the process.
This is directly from the Major Stok’em website. I’ll do my best to update it with any changes as I become aware of them.
6:30AM-8:30AM EVENT SET-UP HAYBALES AND VOLUNTEERS
8:00AM -9:00AM REGISTRATION PROCESS (MUST BE A PRE-REGISTERED RIDER)
9:OOAM-9:45AM PRACTICE RUNS (LIGHT RUNS AND GET TO KNOW THE HILL) **END OF REGISTRATION**
10:00AM RIDERS SAFETY MEETING NEAR THE FINISH LINE. RACE OFFICIALLY STARTS.
5:00PM END OF EVENT/CLEANUP
Go check out the FAQ over on the Major Stok’em 6 website and check out the Facebook Event as well. Spectators and non-racers will be aplenty, so even if you don’t feel like racing come out and chill as the season starts to get underway.