Monthly Archives: March 2014

Directions to Buck Creek Trails and the Police Academy

Buck Creek Trails are located in Abilene, TX on FM 2833 (East Lake Road), 1 1/2 miles north of Highway 351.  After you turn on to FM 2833, you will pass a water treatment plant on your left at about the 1 1/2 mile mark. Approximately 1/2 mile after that, you will cross a bridge and then see the turn-in to the police academy on your right. It has a large blue gate with “Warren Dodson Police Training Center” on it. Look for the yellow and black cyclist cutout posted at the academy entrance. If you reach the intersection of FM 2833 and Neas Road, you’ve gone too far north.

This entrance is only for Bent Wheel Bash, and is not the normal daily use gate.

When the actual physical address of the academy is looked up on Google maps, it takes you to the wrong place (in the nearby lake), so just use these directions instead.

Gas Card Give Away

We know that Abilene is a bit further than normal to travel for many of you competing in TMBRA races. Not only that, the price of gas is rather high. So, BikeTown is donating six $50 prepaid Visa cards to help with the cost of gas. Everyone who registers is eligible to win one of these cards. There will be a separate drawing for each category of racers. When you pick up your race number at the venue there will be a place to drop your name in the drawing. The two winners for each category will be drawn and announced at that category’s award time. You do have to be present at the drawing in order to win. Just look for the sign at registration showing you where to enter.

Hotels and Camping

Primitive camping is available at the race venue. RVs and tents are both welcome. There are no electric or water hookups, but there are showers available. A campsite will cost $20. Gates open at 5:00 pm on Friday. The land access fee is $5 per car, not per person. You are only charged these fees once for the weekend, so the most you’ll pay if you camp is $25. No reservations are necessary for camping. Just show up.

If camping isn’t your thing, there are many hotels right down the road from Buck Creek Trails. Here is a list of hotels within a few miles of the trails.

Comfort Suites – 325-672-0338

Holiday Inn Express – 325-675-9800

Residence Inn – 325-677-8700

Whitten Inn – 325-673-5271

Hampton Inn – 325-673-4400

La Quinta – 325-676-1676

2014 Schedule

Here’s the basic schedule for race weekend:

Friday, April 11, 2014

5:00 – Gate opens and camping spots are available

Saturday, April 12, 2014

7:00 – Gate opens

8:00 – Expo area opens

12:00 – Shimano Youth Series Kids’ Kup registration opens

1:00 – Race registration opens

1:00 – First-time racer’s clinic

2:00 – Shimano Youth Series Kids’ Kup Clinic and Race

5:00 – Registration closes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

5:00 – Gate opens

6:00 – Registration opens*

8:00 – Cat 2 & Single Speed 2/3

10:00 – Pro/Cat 1/Single Speed Open

12:00 – Cat 3

12:30** – Cat 2 Awards

1:30 – 12 & Under, 10 & Under

2:00** – Cat 1 Awards

2:30** – Cat 3 Awards & Raffle

3:00** – 12 & Under and 10 & Under Awards

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

** Awards could start earlier or a tad later – it just depends on finishing and protest 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 Garmin VIRB.

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 – $20 per spot – Once again, this is for the entire weekend. So, if you camp you will end up paying $25 total (one camping spot and one car)

All the fees benefit the Abilene Police Departments.

Bent Wheel Bash 2014 Flyer

Here’s the link to our race flyer. We realize that Abilene is a little further to travel for a TMBRA race than many of you are used to, so we are doing our best to get you finished and on the road home at a decent hour.

Please keep checking back at this website. We’ll be posting updates regularly with more information. We hope to see you at Bent Wheel Bash!

Bent Wheel Bash 2014 Flyer

Bent Wheel Bash 2014

Save the date for Bent Wheel Bash 2014! This year it will be held the weekend of April 12-13. All proceeds will benefit the Abilene Police Department.