Québec City International Major to Feature Unique Progressive Elimination Format

By: Kacie Albert  Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 4:28 PM

One rider has the chance to earn $46,000 CAD and up to 370 points toward the world standings in Québec. Photo: Covy Moore/CovyMoore.com.

NEW YORK CITY – The stakes will be high this weekend in Québec for the third-ever PBR International Major on May 4 at the Videotron Centre.

Not only does one rider have the chance to leave Canada on Saturday night with $46,000 CAD, but also the opportunity to win up to 370 points toward the world standings.  

Just like most PBR Majors, the 20 bull riders in attendance will be competing for increased prize money in a unique format.

The 2019 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Canadian Iron Cowboy, presented by Super Sagamie, will feature a progressive-elimination format.

All entered riders will attempt one bull in Round 1 with the Top 8 advancing to the second round.

Following Round 2, the Top 4 riders in the aggregate will advance to Round 3, with the Top 2 in the aggregate moving on to the fourth and final round. Through these four rounds, if at any point fewer qualified rides are recorded than positions open, the remaining slots will be filled on buckoff time.

The fourth and final round will pit two cowboys head-to-head in a winner take all showdown with the rider who records the top score in that round crowned the Canadian Iron Cowboy. Should neither of the advancing riders record a qualified ride, the winner will be the rider with the highest aggregate score.

The 2019 Canadian Iron Cowboy is guaranteed a minimum $15,000 payout. However, the rider can take home an additional $20,000 bonus should he cover his final bull.

Round money is also on the table starting in Round 2, barring a rider records a score. In Round 2, the top rider will earn $8,000, while the winner of Round 3 will earn $4,000.

World points will be awarded in a similar manner, with the round points only given if a rider records an 8-second effort in that specific round.

The Top 8 will each receive 10 points, while the Top 4 will net 20 each and the Top 2 will collect 40 each.

For their overall event finish, the winner will receive a whopping 300 world points, and the runner-up will take home 120 world points.

In addition to world points, riders will also collect points towards the Canadian national standings, set to be awarded in a similar schedule.

In Rounds 2-4, all advancing have the opportunity to earn national standings points provided they reach the whistle. Each round winner will collect 100 national points, with the remaining positions set to earn the following:

2nd – 60

3rd – 50

4th – 40

5th – 30

6th – 15

7th – 10

8th – 5

For their overall event finish, each of the Top 4 riders will collect 140 Canadian points, while the runner-up will take home an addition 240 points and the winner netting 500.

Specific to the national points, one rider has the opportunity to net a total of 700 Canadian points, which will have a significant impact on the standings.

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For Coy Robbins, Lonnie West and home province favorite Zac Bourgeois, who have yet to earn any Canadian points in 2019, a sweep would mean them going from unranked to well inside the nation’s Top 5.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online through PBRCanada.com, Gestev.com or Ticketmaster.ca. Tickets range in price from $34 to $145.50, all taxes and fees included. For $50, ticketholders will have the opportunity to purchase a Corral Pass giving them the opportunity to meet several of the PBR’s fearless riders prior to the event while getting an up-close look at the event’s animal athletes from atop the bucking chutes.

The Québec event will mark the fourth stop of the 2019 Monster Energy Tour, following the season opener on January 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and subsequent stops in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta. 

RidePass will stream all the action from Quebec live on RidePass.com or via the mobile app starting at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4. Fans can also tune into TSN2 on Tuesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET for a one-hour highlights special of the event.