Monthly Archives: October 2011

Pictures

Several people have been asking about pictures from Bent Wheel Bash. We’ll be getting some soon, and as soon as we do, they’ll get posted here.

Results and Thanks

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to Bent Wheel Bash. We love seeing everyone have fun at the event. We hope you enjoyed it and are already making plans to come to next year’s event!

Now for the real reason you’re reading this post. Here is the link to the results: http://tmbra.org/results/fall_11/abil/tresults.htm

Thanks again, everyone!

It’s Race Time!

Race time has finally arrived! It was great to see so many people out pre-riding the course today. The course is in great shape and it should be a fun, fast race tomorrow. It was also good to see all the people at the Specialized Demo Vans testing out their 2012 product. If you didn’t get a chance to do that today, they’ll be out there tomorrow as well. If you haven’t registered for the race yet, there is still time. Race-day registration will be open until 30 minutes prior to the start of your race. If you’re not sure when that is, click on the schedule link on the left of this page. We’ll see y’all tomorrow!

Bring Bug Spray!

While setting up today, we discovered that the mosquitoes are out in force. Make sure and bring bug spray!

Can’t wait to see everyone out there!

Prizes

Here’s a list of prizes for Bent Wheel Bash:

Cat 1 – Cash Payout

Cat 2 – Bontrager Cycling Shorts, Adventure Medical Kit Mountain Series Emergency First Aid Kit, CO2 Inflation Kit and Stan’s Sealant

First place gets first choice of prizes, second gets second choice, third gets what’s left.

Cat 3 – Raffle – there are some pretty cool items in this raffle, including a FeedBack Sports work stand which retails at $225. Make sure you write your name on the back of your race number and put the number in the raffle box!

Schedule/Fees

Here’s the basic schedule for race weekend:

Friday, October 21

2:00 – Gate opens and camping spots are available

Saturday, October 22

8:00 – Expo area opens

1:00 – Race registration opens

1:00 – First-time racer’s clinic

1:30 – Abilene Guns N’ Hoses

2:00 – Shimano Youth Series Kids’ Kup (registration begins at noon)

5:00 – Registration closes

Sunday, October 3

7:00 – Registration opens*

8:30 – Cat 2 & Single Speed

11:00 – Pro/Cat 1

11:30 – Cat 2 Awards

1:30 – 12 & under/10 & under

2:00 – Cat 3

2:30 – Cat 1 Awards

4:00** – Cat 3 Awards

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

** This could start earlier – it just depends on finishing times. We will start awards as soon as results are finalized so everyone can head home at a decent time. You’ll want to stick around for the Cat 3 raffle. There are some pretty cool prizes, including a FeedBack Sports work stand.

Fees

Gate Fee – $5 per car – You will get a sticker for your windshield. This is good for the entire weekend – you only pay once.

Camping Fee – $10 per spot – Once again, this is for the entire weekend. So, if you camp you will end up paying $15 total (one camping spot and one car)

All the fees benefit the Abilene Police Department.

Specialized Demo Vans

Anyone else excited to see the Specialized Demo Vans? For a list of what bikes they’ll have with them, head to our Facebook page. The men’s are listed near the top. Scroll down a bit to see the women’s. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/BikeTownAbilene

Bent Wheel Bash T-Shirts

There will be Bent Wheel Bash t-shirts for sale this weekend. They are $10 and all proceeds benefit the Abilene Police Department. The t-shirts are black with the logo in yellow. Just imagine our logo over there on the left of this site as a t-shirt. You can purchase them at the registration area.

Reviews

Here are some reviews of Buck Creek Trails and Bent Wheel Bash:

http://austinlandandpaddle.com/(scroll down to the 8/14/10 entry)

http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/buck-creek-trail.html

http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/texas-trails/texas-all-other-cities/trail/PRD_170368_4579crx.aspx

http://www.dorba.org/forum/racing/18282

Sponsor Spotlight: BikeTown

Jim and Kelly MacDonald had a strong desire to establish a bicycle store in Abilene, TX that would convey their love of cycling, offer experienced bicycle technicians, and, at the same time, benefit the community. That desire became reality when BikeTown opened in April 1997. For 14 years now, BikeTown has served customers of all types and has been able to share their love of cycling. These customers include families, recreational riders, road and off-road racers, duathletes, and triathletes. These customers cover a wide spectrum of people which BikeTown loves to see. They love to help all types of cyclists reach their cycling goals.

The MacDonalds’ second goal was to provide experienced technicians in their store. Their technicians have over 100 years of experience among them. They have been working on bikes since before websites existed! You won’t find more experienced technicians for miles. They know bicycles inside and out and can answer any of your questions. They not only have years of experience, they are also continually looking to improve. BikeTown’s technicians attend tech clinics and trade shows throughout the year to learn from others in the industry and pass that knowledge on to you. With thousands of bike fittings under their belts, you can trust these technicians to know what they are doing and assist you with whatever bicycle question you have. They truly want to help you with your ride and cycling experience, not simply fix your bike or sell you the latest fad or gadget.

In addition to great technicians, great service, and sharing the love of cycling,  Jim and Kelly wanted to make sure to give back to the community that has supported them over the years. They do that by offering free workshops, partnering with Abilene Bicycling Club to lead road rides and put on time trials (both on and off road), raising thousands of dollars for the Food Bank by organizing the Tour de Gap, an annual road ride, and raising money for the local police and fire departments through Bent Wheel Bash. BikeTown also gives away a multitude of inventory, including bikes, to help benefit non-profits in town. Additionally, they help sponsor Steam N’ Wheels, the city’s annual ride. BikeTown works with classes from the local universities as well as boy scout troops to help teach bike safety and maintenance, and offers free bicycle maintenance classes to their customers. All of the things that BikeTown is involved in are really Jim and Kelly’s way of saying thanks to Abilene for their support and patronage throughout the years. To everyone who has shopped at BikeTown – you are appreciated immensely. Every time you shop at BikeTown you help continue all the events and programs that BikeTown is involved with in Abilene. Thank you!