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Thunder Mountain – Thule Showdown

July 20-21, 2024

 

 

July 20-21, 2024 MAXXIS ESC THULE SHOWDOWN at Thunder Mountain, MA
MAXXIS ESC Enduro Series  –  Sunday
MAXXIS ESC Intense Downhill Series  –  Sunday

CAMPING

Proceeds from camping go directly to the Deerfield River Trails

Please note there is no other overnight parking or camping at Thunder Mountain or in Charlemont, including the school grounds. The town has notified us that at our last race some racers were trespassing in School Grounds. The town will be policing.

Parking Lot at Thunder – A number of people have asked about setting up pits at Thunder Mountain for the weekend.  Due to parking restraints, pits must be compact and Thunder Mountain reserves the right to ask for any pits to be removed if necessary. No pits shall remain up overnight.

The only camping in the lot is for RV and Trailers that have paid reserved spots issued by Thunder Mountain. These spots are SOLD OUT. There is NO OVERNIGHT PARKING at Thunder

CAMPING – Overnight Parking is offered as part of the ESC Thule Showdown at the Charlemont Fairgrounds. Participants will be able to camp overnight there on Friday and Saturday. The fairgrounds will be open starting at 5:30pm on Friday. Please don’t set-up before being directed to your site.

No alcohol, open fires, or fireworks are allowed at the fairgrounds.  No electrical or RV hookups exist, but it is a beautiful old New England fairground with plenty of places to park your rig or set up a tent.

There are bathrooms in the grandstands.

The ADMISSION fee is per vehicle with up to 4 persons per vehicle, one vehicle equals one camping site.  The ADMISSION FEE APPLIES TO VISITORS TO THE FAIRGROUNDS 

  • Friday andSaturday $40/ cars – trucks – RV/Trailer
  • Single night (Saturday or Sunday) $30/ cars – trucks – RV/Trailer
  • Cash only onsite only – No reservations or holds
  • All vehicles must display the ADMISSION pass on their windshields while in the campground
  • If your ADMISSION pass is lost, you will have to purchase a replacement at full cost

**Please note visitors will be charged the same fee as Campers to enter the fairgrounds.**

RV’s are strongly encouraged to remain at the Fairgrounds during the day as parking may be limited at Thunder. Due to parking restraints, pits must be compact and Thunder Mountain reserves the right to ask for any pits to be removed if necessary. No pits shall remain up overnight.

The only camping in the lot is for RV and Trailers that have paid reserved spots issued by Thunder Mountain and they are SOLD OUT for this weekend.

There is NO OVERNIGHT PARKING at Thunder Mountain Available.

 

Directions to Charlemont Fairgrounds: The fairgrounds are located .25 mile on 8A north off of route 2. Follow 8A until you come to a covered bridge (Bissell Bridge) and take a right up the hill before crossing the bridge. Most GPS devices should find Charlemont Fairgrounds if you search. Don’t type in the actual address as it will not lead you where you need to go.

Schedule:
Friday
No Registration
10:00am – 5:00pm Lift spins – Passes available onsite from Thunder Mountain

Saturday
9:00am – 1:00pm Registration
9:00am – 5:00pm Open Enduro Practice
9:00am – 2:45pm Intense DH Practice
3:00pm – Timed Intense DH Seeding Runs for Pro, Expert and 50+ Classes
After Timed Intense DH Seeding ends Intense DH Practice Resumes until 5:00pm

Sunday
8:00am – 8:15am Late Registration
8:15am – Youth 14U – Kates Kids 12U – Kates Lite Start
8:15am – Enduro Racers meeting – Enduro Official Class start times posted
8:30am – Enduro Race Start – No Practice
9:00am – 10:45am Intense DH Practice
9:30am – DH Official Individual and Class start times posted
11:00am Intense DH Race Start

2024 Stan’s Enduro Race Classes

CANNONDALE E-BIKE
KATES KIDS 12U
KATES ENDURO LITE
YOUTH 14U
JUNIOR GIRLS 16U 
JUNIOR BOYS 16U
20U WOMEN 
20U MEN
21-29
30-39
40-49
50+
AMATEUR WOMEN
PRO WOMEN
PRO MEN

Racers may make one class change per season and no points will carry over to the new class when a racer upgrades or downgrades their class.
MAXXIS ESC Racing Age is the racers age on December 31, 2024
NO Racing License Required

2024 INTENSE DOWNHILL CLASSES

BRAT CLASS 8U
KATES KIDS 12U
YOUTH 14U
JUNIOR BOYS 16U
JUNIOR GIRLS 16U
AMATEUR 18U
AMATEUR 19-29
AMATEUR 30-39
AMATEUR 40 -49
MASTERS 50+
AMATEUR WOMEN
EXPERT 16U
EXPERT 18U
EXPERT 19-29
EXPERT 30-39
EXPERT 40+
EXPERT WOMEN
PRO WOMEN
PRO MEN

 

Racers may make one class change per season and no points will carry over to the new class when a racer upgrades or downgrades their class.
MAXXIS ESC Racing Age is the racers age on December 31, 2024
NO Racing License Required

Important Notice for Pro Racers: The Pro Class field is locked at 1:00 pm Saturday. This means no new registrations or transfers into the Pro Classes will be accepted after this time.

Racers Must start with their class and at the assigned time. If a racer misses their class starting times, they will incur a time penalty or disqualification.
Final Class Results will be posted 5 minutes after the last racer finishes in each class.
Each racer’s time and current positioning will be available as soon as they finish.
We will award medals and prizes at our tents 15 minutes after the Final Class Results have been posted.
No Reruns unless the course is closed during your race run.

 

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL, EVEN IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME RACING NO Racing License Required

RACE FEES – Include a Saturday Practice Lift Pass and a Sunday Race Lift Pass

PLEASE TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR LIFT PASS, OTHERWISE IF YOU LOSE IT, YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A REPLACEMENT FROM THUNDER MOUNTAIN

Early Bird Discounted race fees until 2 weeks before the event
Regular race fees until Wednesday midnight before the event
Onsite race fees are $10 more than Regular Race Fee

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED 

ONSITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE

MAXXIS ESC RACE REGISTRATION REFUND POLICY

  • Refunds are available less a $20 handling fee until 14 days before the event.
  • Race entries cannot be transferred to a different event 
  • Race entries can be transferred to another person for a $20 handling fee until 7 Days Before the event
  • Contact us at easternstatescup@hotmail.com for Refunds and Transfers

 

*Please note* Your PayPal receipt is your confirmation – Confirmation emails will not be sent

CLICK FOR FULL MAXXIS ESC STAN’S ENDURO INFORMATION AND RULES

CLICK FOR FULL MAXXIS ESC INTENSE DOWNHILL INFORMATION AND RULES

MAXXIS ESC Number Plates:
Racers must display their 2024 MAXXIS ESC number plate while practicing or racing on the course. Only racers with a valid and registered 2024 MAXXIS ESC number plate are permitted on the course. These number plates can be purchased at each race for $10 and are valid for the entire season. Any modifications to the plate will result in disqualification, and the lettering and logos must remain completely intact, with no cuts allowed.

If you have not paid for your 2023 Maxxis ESC number plate, please note it is CASH only and  ATM machines are on site.

WAIVERS
All racers must sign a MAXXIS ESC and a Sugarbush waiver prior to practicing or registering at all events. Racers under 18 must have a parent sign their waiver or supply a notarized parental signed copy. If you preregistered on this page you have already filled out an ESC waiver.

Thunder Mountain Waiver Required for all registrations (coming soon)

SHUTTLING
Shuttling will result in a disqualification unless allowed explicitly in our racer’s letter or racer’s meeting.

Once activated it is Imperative that Enduro Racers DO NOT Allow their Race chips to be idle near the start or finish beacons; The chips will constantly read the times broadcast by the beacons. The timing chips have a capacity of 100 time stamps and will quickly run out of space. After reading 100 time stamps, the timing chip will no longer read any more times. As a result, no times will be recorded, and you will be declared a DNF.

Enduro Racers will be charged the replacement cost of $100.00 for broken, lost or non-returned timing chips

Enduro Racers must be present at the racers meeting where we will activate their chips

Enduro Racers MUST hand in their timing chips within 15 minutes after finishing the last stage or they will be penalized 1 minute, after 30 minutes racers will be DQ’d from the event

DH Racers MUST be at the start for their posted start time, racers not at the start for their scheduled start time will be disqualified from the day’s competition if their Maxxis ESC Racer’s DH class results have been posted at the finish or registration area

Racers MUST be present at the Series Final Award Ceremonies or at the Race Award Ceremony 
to Receive Awards and/or Cash Payouts!

Please drive slowly through the neighborhood while visiting our venues, we do not want to upset the neighbors and please visit the local restaurants and let them know you are there because of the enduro race.

We will be offering our 2024 Maxxis ESC Socks, Pint Glasses and T-Shirts at our registration tents, please remember its cash only

INFORMATION:

  • NO SHUTTLING – That goes for all weekend for everyone. If you are seen/reported/caught/whatever shuttling you will be assessed a time penalty. Trust us you will not be on the podium if you try, so don’t.
  • NUMBER PLATES– Will be sold at registration for $10 each. A 2023 MAXXIS ESC Number Plate must be affixed correctly to your bike always while on the tracks. You will not be allowed to ride without one. No cuts or trimming allowed on the plate, please.
  • CASH ONLY– ATM onsite
  • BUG SPRAY – You will want it and please don’t ask for ours…lol
  • COLD – Temps expected in the 30’s overnights
  • RAIN – Don’t even go there !!
  • KATE’S KIDS CLASS – For DH the KATE’S Kids Class will do the same track. For the KATE’S Kids Class Enduro they will compete on one Less Race Section. Our Enduro Staff will conduct a course ride along on Saturday at 11. Meet at the Registration Tents. The above may be adjusted, so please check with us at Registration. Kate’s Kid’s Class will start at ??? and will compete on sections ??? IN THAT ORDER. 

CLICK FOR FULL MAXXIS ESC ENDURO INFORMATION AND RULES

In the event of a tie, the best position at the most recent event takes precedence.
Oakley Showdown Races score 105% series points
Series Finals at Thunder scores 125% series points

No minimum number of races is needed to qualify for Series Championship Standings
All ties will be broken by placement in the Championship Finals Race.
Any age may race in the Pro Open Class.
Any age may race in a younger class except for 19-29 racers.
Women can race in women’s classes or age groups.
ESC races will be scored using the MAXXIS ESC point schedule.
Only one bike may be used per event.

In order to score series points, racers must complete the full race. DNFs do NOT score points.

YOUTH 14U CLASS

  • The 14U Class will do the same stages and in the same order as the Kate’s Kids’ Class
  • The 14U Class will start behind and must not pass the Kate’s Kids Class.
  • Kates Kid 12U and 14U racers may only compete in one discipline per weekend

KATE’S KIDS’ CLASS

  • In the Enduro, racers in this class will compete in fewer race segments than other racers.
  • This is the “for the FUN of it” class!!

The racers in the Kate’s Kids’ Class can only participate in one discipline at Oakley Showdowns.

Racers must be 12 or younger on December 31, 2024 to be eligible.

Kate’s Enduro Kids, Youth 14U and Kate’s Enduro Lite: Racers MUST stay with the Maxxis ESC Adult Group leaders during the race. Will compete on sections 2-3-4 in that order.

KATE’S ENDURO LITE CLASS
This class will race for a reduced rate thanks to KATE’S REAL FOOD and the MAXXIS Eastern States Cup. This class is intended for beginner and new enduro racers to experience the excitement of enduro racing. Participants will receive a total race time and a time for each segment but will not compete for Maxxis ESC Podiums, Prizes, or the Series Championship. This class is all about having fun! The Kate’s Enduro Lite format provides enjoyable tracks suitable for riders of all levels, focusing on women, kids, and first-timers. The emphasis is on learning and having a good time with like-minded mountain bikers rather than results or prizes.

PLEASE NOTE: KATE’S Lite Class racers are required to stay with the KATE’S Kids Class and race the segments in the same order. KATE’S Enduro Lite Class Racers may only compete in enduro at our Oakley Showdown Events.

MAXXIS ESC Series Race Podium
The top 5 racers in each class will make the podium, with the first, second, and third place receiving custom Eastern States Cup Podium Medals. The fourth and fifth places will receive prizes from Kate’s Real Food. Some venues may offer additional prizes as part of their enhanced prize packages.

MAXXIS ESC  Men’s Pro and Women’s Pro Race Payouts:
1st = $600
2nd = $300
3rd = $200
4th = $100
5th =   $50

THULE SHOWDOWN BONUS
The Oakley Showdown Series events will carry 110% Series Points!

DOWNHILL ESC SPEED ZONE
The fastest DH racers in every class in the ESC SPEED ZONE are awarded some ESC Speed Zone swag

INTENSE BIKES PODIUM PAYBACK Program that pays cash or certificates to racers that have raced with an Intense bike and have registered with Intense. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION 

Kate’s Cash, When the number of racers in the men’s amateur class exceeds 50 or in the women’s amateur class exceeds 20, the class will receive a cash prize in addition to regular product prizes. The cash will be awarded as follows:

  • $100  -1st
  • $50   – 2nd
  • $25    -3rd

Enduro Racers will be charged the replacement cost of $100.00 for broken, lost or non-returned timing chips

Enduro Racers must be present at the racers meeting where we will activate their chips

DH Racers MUST be at the start for their posted start time. Racers not at the start for their scheduled start time will be disqualified from the day’s competition if their Maxxis ESC Racer’s DH class results have been posted at the finish or registration area

Please drive slowly through the neighborhood while visiting our venues, we do not want to upset the neighbors and please visit the local restaurants and let them know you are there because of the enduro race.

INFORMATION:

  • NO SHUTTLING– That goes for all weekend for everyone. If you are seen/reported/caught/whatever shuttling you will be assessed a time penalty. Trust us you will not be on the podium if you try, so don’t.
  • NUMBER PLATES– Will be sold at registration for $10 each. A 2023 MAXXIS ESC Number Plate must be affixed correctly to your bike always while on the tracks. You will not be allowed to ride without one. No cuts or trimming allowed on the plate please.
  • CASH ONLY PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO ATMs at SUGARBUSH
  • BUG SPRAY – You will want it and please don’t ask for ours…lol
  • COLD – Temps expected in the 30’s overnights
  • RAIN – Don’t even go there !!

RACERS MUST FILL OUT THE OAKLEY SHOWDOWN SHEET AT THE ENDURO TIMING DESK PRIOR TO THE START OF THE FIRST RACE OF THE EVENT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR OAKLEY SHOWDOWN POINTS AND PRIZES

Enduro Racers MUST hand in their timing chips within 15 minutes after finishing the last stage or they will be penalized 1 minute, after 30 minutes racers will be DQ’d from the event

Thunder Mountain Bike Park Info: Thunder Mountain Bike Park has such a large amount of technical trails that it allows them to create a well-rounded enduro race. The addition of the Warfield Inn trails has added some pedaling to a lift-oriented day of racing and made for some great 2-day events.

The trails at Thunder are steep, and a lot of your time will be spent traversing across off-camber, root-filled sections. The jagged rocks and roots on the Back-of-the-shed trails are some of the most challenging lines out there. Riders will be treated to spectacular views of the Berkshire Mountains from the top of the bike park, with plenty of options on the way down!

Says resort manager Jon Schaefer, “We are committed to bringing world class activities to our beautiful hometown of Charlemont, Massachusetts. We don’t want to settle for second best and with Gravity Logic we have brought the best Downhill Mountain Bike trail builders in the business to Berkshire East.”

This commitment to excellence at Berkshire East is nothing new. Nor is this the last surprise this fall as several more exciting announcements will be forthcoming. The Berkshire East Gravity Bike Park will seamlessly integrate with the existing 35 miles of community trails that Berkshire East, Zoar Outdoor, NEMBA and the Warfield House. For more information, visit www.berkshireeast.com.

66 Thunder Mountain Rd, Charlemont, MA 01339

PETS AND ALCOHOL ARE NOT ALLOWED
AT ANY EASTERN STATES CUP EVENT!