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Hub-A-Palooza Weekend - Double Down Hoe Down 7

Apr 2, 2015
by Eric Ashley  
Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Lucas Chalcraft charging the Jetson line during Sunday's race (Pro Men).

The Hub-A-Palooza weekend and Double Down Hoe Down 7 returned to Spokane last weekend, kicking-off racing in the Inland NW. This spring event packed in two days of DH racing, an enduro race, group night-ride, dirt jam & high jump competition. Staged at Camp Sekani and Beacon Hill, home of Spokane's finest urban biking, the event drew its biggest turnout yet. Despite an encroaching housing development that would take out the top half of the course, event organizer Josh Tofsrud and The Bike Hub plan to keep running and growing this signature weekend as long as possible. Think you have what it takes to conquer the sand and granite? Come find out and make next year's Hub-A-Palooza even bigger.

Saturday's Race

The limited space and low vert at Camp Sekani produces some overlap in the two DH courses. In spite of the nearness, each course has its own unique flavor. On tap for Saturday's race was high speed, berms, and jumps as racers pinned down Sidewinder and ended up on Hollywood. A post race high jump competition saw reigning champ Lucas Chalcraft (Pro Men) take home the win again.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
William Ryan (Cat 3 Men 40+).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
An industrious Andrew Storm (Cat 2 Men 12-14) selling air horns to help cover the weekend's entrance fees.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Tim Lieb rock rolling on Kick Ass (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Jason Balajadia racing to first on Saturday (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Will cheer for road gap — spectators encouraging racers on their way. (Right) Zebediah Burke (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Halvor Norris (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Tyler Cortwright headed into the gap section (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Tyler Booth (Cat 2 Men 19-29) skimming the branches on Sidewinder.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Boosting this granite wedge allowed riders to send it deep into the next turn. Casey Bebernes (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Brandon Wampler (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Jake Bassett (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ) taking the drop low and fast.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Gapping on Sidewinder.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Kristian Duft railing during his second run of the day — after his first run was waved off because of a crash down course (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Jody Jacobson (Cat 2 Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Ethan Lieb put in under-two-minute runs for both races, earning him first both days (Cat 2 Men 12-14).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Ed Reilly (Cat 1 Men 40+) pulling out of the gate.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Superman laying down the tracks.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Josh Gibb (Cat 1 Men 15-18 ) and Casey Roberts (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Granite gives the best boost.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Karen O'Connell putting in her first of two winning runs for the weekend (Pro Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Weston Potter (Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Alec Watts on the way to his first Pro Win.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Saturday's weather brought the occasional gust of wind. Charlie Sponsel (Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Tallying results and checking results. Josh Tofsrud (Event Organizer).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Lucas Chalcraft sending (Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
High jump takeouts.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Karen O'Connell, Sandy Densmore, and Rebecca Parish (1st-3rd Pro Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Alec Watts, Charlie Sponsel, and Lucas Chalcraft (1st-3rd Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Smells like winning... and beer. Alec Watts basking in his first Pro Win.

The People's Enduro

Back in its second year, The People's Enduro attracted over 100 racers. The course was predominantly XC in nature, but a healthy dose of flow, tech, and the area's ever-present sand kept things lively. Last year's stage three on the DH course was replaced in favor of Rabid Rabbit, a poppy flow trail with plenty of motion. Also missing was the below freezing start and greasy trails that characterized the race in 2014.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Jeff Wommeldorf (Expert Men 30-29) drops in on stage one.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Griffin Beeston against the Spokane skyline (Sport Men 18-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Neal Strobel powering through the Esmeralda Trail (Pro Men)..

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Charlie Sponsel (Pro Men) putting in a few bright morning turns.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Erik Nilson (Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Kevin Brandford-Parish put in the fastest time on stage one (Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Dan Garrett (Pro Men) and Jaime Rees (Pro Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Winding through the top of stage two.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Ryan Hayles (Expert Men 18-29) adapting to his line choice.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Emily Sabelhaus about to dive in (Pro Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Paul Doty (Expert Men 18-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Blake Finnerty finding time to pose for the camera (Expert Men 18-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Rebecca Parish (Expert Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Tim Schlosser (Expert Men 30-39) startles a deer along Vince's Tire Trail.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Aubrey Demchuk (Expert Women) and Chris Jakubowski (Sport Men 30-39) making good time on Good Behavior.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Joe Klemmer feeling the strain at the bottom of stage two (Sport Men 30-39).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Balsamroot, the official flower of spring in Spokane.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Carlos Lopez (Expert Men 40-49) turning and berming on stage three.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Ben Tobin (Expert Men 30-39).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
The family that heckles together, stays together. Dan Garrett (Pro Men) is spurred on by his wife and daughters.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Jaime Rees, Emily Sabelhaus - not pictured, and Erika Krumpelman (1st-3rd Pro Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Neal Strobel, Kevin Brandford-Parish, Charlie Sponsel (1st-3rd Pro Men).

Sunday's Race

While granite plays a crucial role for each DH Course, Sunday's race really embraces the craggy stuff. As a result, the consequences are higher and the crash count has a tendency to creep up. The Bomber trail also sports more prominent features like the Girhtmore drop and Jetson line providing plenty of eye candy for spectators. Pro rider Weston Potter's blazing time of 1:31.40 earned him the spot on top of the podium and his first Pro Win.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Jeff Engles (Cat 3 Men 40+) punches through a gap in the granite.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Morris Vasser (Cat 3 Men 12-14) riding a tidy line over the Razor Drop.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Kyle Strom and Luke Carlon (Cat 3 Men 11 & Under).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Calvin Macy floating over The Leap of Faith (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Matt Christensen (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Tyler Booth throws in some style as Casey Bebernes closes in (Cat 2 Men 19-29). Booth lost time, and a shoe, during an OTB crash higher up the course.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Kyle Miller (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Flatting out on the top-half of the course.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Tracy West (Cat 1 Men 40+) and Isabelle Desmarais. Desmarais podiumed in each of the weekend's three races (Cat 2 Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Soaring over Girthmore.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Mike Brawley and Adam Andrade making the plunge (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Anthony Williams (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Up and over on Bomber.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Dirt Corp teammates Karren O'Connell and Darcie Gray tackling the Jetson line.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Sandy Densmore (Pro Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Alec Watts and Kent Billingsley (Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Weston Potter put in a time of 1:31.40, putting him at the top of the podium (Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Charlie Sponsel putting his deputized 'DH bike' through the paces (Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
VIP seating.

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Karen O'Connell, Emily Wood, and Rebecca Parish (Pro Women).

Hub-A-Palooka Weekend 2015
Weston Potter, Kent Billingsley, and Alec Watts (1st-3rd Pro Men).

Hub-A-Palooza Weekend 2015
Weston Potter is anointed after his first Pro Win (Pro Men).

Results:
The People's Enduro
Saturday's Race
Sunday's Race


MENTIONS: @ericashley



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8 Comments

  • + 4
 Thanks for the coverage, Eric, and thanks for Josh & the rest of the event organizers that make this happen each year. This was the first DH event I have participated in, and I now have "the bug." Can't wait for fall...
  • + 3
 Awesome coverage as always Eric! Super weekend racing thanks Josh and the crew for all you do!
  • + 2
 Great photos, Eric, and great race organization! Thanks Josh and crew! Looking forward to next year already!
  • + 1
 Unbelievable weekend! Met a bunch of amazing people, the dirt was ridiculous, the spectators were crazy and the high jump contest was insane!
  • + 2
 Great photos and write up!
  • + 1
 Love seeing my town represented well!
  • + 2
 more pictures please :-)
  • + 2
 Such a fun weekend!!!

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