Monthly Archives: September 2010

Schedule of Events

Here’s the basic schedule for race weekend:

Saturday, October 2

8:00 – Expo area opens

1:00 – Race registration opens

1:00 – First-time racer’s clinic

1:00 – Abilene Guns N’ Hoses

2:00 – APD K9 Demonstration

3:00 – Shimano Youth Series Kids’ Kup

5:00 – Registration closes

Sunday, October 3

7:00 – Registration opens*

8:30 – Cat 2

11:00 – Cat 1

11:30 – Cat 2 Awards

1:30 – Cat 3

2:30 – Cat 1 Awards

3:30 – Cat 3 Awards

* Registration is open until 30 minutes prior to the start of each category.


Race Venue Information

The expo area, including the start loop, will be open Saturday morning, October 2 at 8:00 am.  Registration will be open from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Saturday. The expo area and registration will be up and running at 7:00 am the next morning. You will be able to register for your race up until 30 minutes prior to the start of your race category.

The Police Academy building will be open the entire weekend which means there will be showers available. Many thanks to the Abilene Police Department for manning the building so that we can have use of the showers. Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, the Abilene Fire Department will have a concession area open. All proceeds from food sales will benefit the AFD.

Bent Wheel Bash T-Shirts

There will be Bent Wheel Bash t-shirts for sale at the event. They cost $10 apiece and all proceeds from shirt sales benefit the Abilene Police Department Bike Unit. The shirts are blue and the logos are in white, much like the header at the top of this page. Buy a t-shirt and help support some of Abilene’s finest!

Dogs at the Race

There have been some questions about dogs at the race venue. If you want to bring your dog, that is fine, but please keep your four-legged friend leashed. There will be police dogs at the venue throughout the weekend, and they don’t always play well with other dogs. Also, it has been a busy year with rattlesnakes around here. They definitely don’t play well with others, and, unfortunately, dogs can be quite adept at uncovering them. Just keep your dog leashed and safe, and they are welcome at the trails!

Race Course Map

Here are the maps of the race course. Just click on them to see them larger. If you have looked at our regular Buck Creek Trails map, you’ll notice that the race course map does not include all of the trail. Look at the race map for which trail to follow, and when you’re out on the course, follow the yellow signs. There are spots on the trail that will be blocked off during the race. However, they will remain open until race weekend, so make sure and follow the yellow signs if you’re out riding it earlier. The start loop will not be available for pre-riding until the weekend of the event. Basically, the start loop is a 1.25 mile jeep road with a slight incline. You’ll get to ride through the police sniper training range. If you hear a loud noise – stop, drop, and roll. Just kidding. The snipers won’t be out race weekend…we think.

Lodging Update

Our host hotel, Comfort Suites University, still has some rooms set aside for Bent Wheel Bash participants.  They are located at 1902 East Overland Trail, just 2 1/2 miles from the event site. Check out their website to see the hotel. They are offering a rate of $79.99 plus tax for a double room and $69.99 plus tax for a single room. In order to get this rate, you will need to call in your reservation and say that you will be in town for the Bent Wheel Bash. They have extended the date that they will hold the block of  rooms for us until Monday, September 27. To make your reservation, call 325.672.0338

Our race flyer stated that there are a couple of city parks that offer free primitive camping sites and are close to the race venue. Unfortunately, one of them, Johnson Park, has been closed for the next several months. Seabee Park has a limited number of primitive sites. For those of you planning on camping, there will be primitive camping for tents and small pop-ups available for Saturday night only at the race venue. The cost for this is simply the land use fee of $5 for the weekend. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to offer RV camping at the venue. However, there is another option for those who would like to bring an RV. The Taylor County Expo Center, located at 1700 Hwy 36, is hosting a 4H event the same weekend as Bent Wheel Bash, and will allow us to use some of their sites. There are hookups, and the cost is $30 per day. You will need to go to the Horse Barn at the Expo Center to pay for your site. Reservations are not needed. To reach the Expo Center, please call 325-677-4376. Taylor County Expo Center is about 10 minutes from the race site.

If you have any questions about lodging, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email.

First Time Racer’s Clinic

If you haven’t raced in a mountain bike race before, plan on coming out to Bent Wheel Bash on Saturday, October 2 for a first-time racer’s clinic put on by Alan and Kathy Johnson. They have a lot of tips and experience to share with you. The clinic will start at 1:00 pm in the expo area. Check at the registration area for exact location.

Race Routes Are Marked!

Yes…the race routes are marked, y’all! Other than the start and finish area, which won’t be accessible until the weekend of the race, you can head out to Buck Creek Trails and give the course a try. Just follow the yellow signs. When you get on the trail from the normal parking area (not what we’ll be using for race day parking), you’ll be about in the middle of the race course. There will be a few spots on the trail that will be blocked off for the race, but will be left open until that weekend.

As most have heard, the Palo Duro race has been canceled due to heavy rain and flooding in the canyon. If you’re looking for a place to ride this weekend, come preride for Bent Wheel Bash! The trail is locked and for Abilene Bicycling Club members only due to an agreement with the city. However, if you are there to preride, just give us a call at BikeTown and we’ll be able to let you in.

Happy trails!

Buck Creek Trails Map

Here’s the map of Buck Creek Trails. Just click on the map to enlarge it.

Buck Creek Trails

Buck Creek Trails is a trail system in the northeast corner of Abilene, TX.  It is located on East Lake Road a mile and a half north of the intersection of FM 351 and East Lake Road. The city of Abilene has an agreement with the Abilene Bicycling Club which allows the club to develop and maintain trails on the city land. Many, many hours have been put into this trail system to make it a fun, exciting place to ride with a little something for everyone. There are trails for experts and beginners, as well as a pump track by the parking area.

For some reviews of Buck Creek Trails, check out these links: (scroll down to the 8/14/10 entry)