Pre Registration opened a week ago on www.stimilon.com and already over 65 paid in full entries have come in. Why would riders already enter and pay for a race that isn’t for another 5 months you ask? Because this event is a party like non other. Also because the promoters wanted to insure everyone gets plenty of riding for their money, so they limit each class to just 40 riders. That way there are no qualifiers. And instead of 28-30 classes like other big races, there are only 19 classes offered for this event to insure lots of laps per class.
“This is more of a weekend long celebration of riding than just a race,” promoter Dave Olcott claims, “This event started as a way for all of us to get together and race our bikes, and then sit around telling stories over beers afterwards. It just grew from there.” And grew it did, with over 600+ entries last year, this event was one of the bigger events in the Northeast drawing riders from as far away as Texas and Florida.
Riders from all over load in on Friday and the party starts with Pit Bikes, music, and comaraderie. But Saturday morning comes early and the racing is all day with long laps and tons of riding. This year the “da States” ultimate relay will finish off the racing day and start the party night all at once. After the racing is done, the real party begins with Pit Bikes (again), Rock Bands, and other shenanigans. Sunday, for those who are still conscious, is the famous “Hangover Ride Day”. This is an all day private ride for the lucky 200 who sign up. It is also capped to keep the idea of “more riding than you can handle” as the central theme of the weekend.
“This is exactly the type of event that we want to be involved with!” stated Tom Owens, Regional Sales Manager for Tucker Rocky Distribution; “We are working with Stimilon to leverage this event to highlight our key brands: Answer, MSR and Pro Taper.” Tucker Rocky and its brands have been involved the last two years but have plans to really step up the program this year. Owens wouldn’t give details just yet but said, “It will be very cool!”
How does something like this even exist? Simply put, everyone follows the “code”. The Stimilon Code of Honor goes like this: If you act like an adult, take responsibility for your actions, and respect those around you – you can pretty much do anything you want.