The ACME Extreme Downhill longboard and luge race will be going down in Port Jervis, New York on August 31st and September 1st (Labor Day Weekend 2013) and is shaping up to be one gnarly event. Presented by LongboardLoft.com and hosted by New Jersey native and Bergen County Bombers founder Tom Barnhart, the race is drawing some of the fastest racers in east coast downhill to one of the gnarliest closed road courses.
The course is fast, fun, and technical, coming in at around a mile long and featuring speeds in the low 40’s and 2 technical hairpin turns with a nice and smooth surface. The event is broken into two days, Saturday (8/31) is Day One is for registration, technical inspection, and practice runs all day, while Day 2 on Sunday (9/1) will be the actual race. There are 150 race spots available, once those fill up you’ll be able to register to skate the practice runs, but won’t get a chance to compete for the cash prize.
You can see an outline of the course on the flyer above.
Tom did a great job getting a lot of sponsors on board and put together a sizable CASH PRIZE for the winners. It’s a bit confusing, but it looks like if there are 150 registered riders it’s a $2,000 total prize purse to be split between stand up and luge. If under 150 riders register then it’s only a $1,000 prize purse. The prizes will be weighted accordingly to the number of riders in each cash-prize eligible race. Things will be more clear by race day, but there’s money to win.
We’re not sure if there’s a cash prize if under 100 riders are registered…although Facebook has over 300 people listed as “in attendance.” We’ll check on this and get back to y’all soon. We’ve been told that it’s unlikely the 100 person registration floor won’t be met, but if that’s the case then prizes in the form of swag and gear will be awarded to the winners.
As always there are multiple options for registration. If you’d only like to skate the practice sessions you’re able to buy a pass for Saturday only (which should be pretty fun in and of itself) or you can choose to race in the luge race, or one of the stand up classes. All classes require you to wear a helmet, gloves, while AM classes will also have to wear knee and elbow pads. As of this posting (8/23) there are 40 registered riders, 20 of whom are making the trek down from Canada with many more riders committed but not signed up.
- Practice Only Saturday under 16 (1 day)
- Practice Only Saturday over 17 (1 day)
Competing for cash prizes:
- Lay Down Open (2 days, butt board, classic and street luge – leathers mandatory for all lay down even practice)
Stand Up Pro
These classes will be eligible for both the cash prizes and longboard gear/swag.
- Stand Up Pro Open (2 days)
- Stand Up Pro Women (2 days)
- Stand Up Pro Junior Under Age 17 (2 days; leathers required)
Stand Up AM
These classes will be competing for gear/longboarding swag, not the cash prizes:
- Stand Up Am Open (2 days)
- Stand Up Am Junior Age 14 – 17 (2 days)
- Stand Up AM Grom Under Age 13 (2 days)
Practice Saturday Only Under 16…..$70…
Practice Saturday Only Over 17…….95
One Class (Sat and Sun)…………….145……..165
Two Classes (stand up/
(an additional processing fee applies not to exceed $10 applies across the board)
Hopefully this makes sense, but basically if you register in August, before the event, there’s a pretty significant discount. Head over to Active.com to register, there’s a processing fee that you’ll have to pay somewhere along the road that shouldn’t be more than $10, so factor that in to the prices above. In the end, to race one class it’ll cost you around $155 total if you register in advance, or $175 if you register day-of.
The schedule for both days is as follows:
Day One – Saturday, August 31, 2013
7am – Sign In / Registration and Inspection
8am – Course is open for practice runs skate
12pm- Lunch Break
1pm – Resume Practice
7pm – closing day 1 and clean up.
Day Two – Sunday, September 1, 2013
7am – Sign in
8am – Course opens for practice runs
9am – DH Points Series for Stand Up and Luge
12pm – Lunch Break
1pm – Finish Points, Continue with Quarter Finals
5pm – closing awards ceremony day two and clean up.
There is group camping located at the Oakland Valley Campground in Cuddlebackville, NY. The cost is $5.50 per person per night with no minimum. According to Tom you can fish from your tent, and they’ve got a swimming pool and showers for you to use. Call them directly to make your reservation and tell them you’re with the ACME Extreme Downhill Race to get the special group rate (not advertised on their website).
Racers will park at the top of the hill and won’t be able to leave with the exception of lunch which will run from noon to 1.
Spectators will park at the West Beach and on Saturday. Organizers will be running a shuttle by radio from the beach to hill. On Sunday the shuttle will run every 20 minutes from noon to close.
Tom put together this area map highlighting some of the key points you might need to know.
View ACME Extreme Downhill – The Venue in a larger map
ACME Extreme Downhill Course Preview
Make sure to e-mail Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or call him at (201)470-GNAR. You can also leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to get you an answer, or mosey over to the Facebook Event.