Camping, Gate Fees, Specialized Demo Van, etc.

Bent Wheel Bash in Abilene is coming up soon. We hope everyone is making plans to travel out to our neck of the woods! Come on out early if you can and check out the Specialized Demo Van. They will be set up at the venue on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 5 pm. They have a variety of bikes on their van that you will be able to test out. Come on out and see what they have to offer!  

This year, our food vendor will be set up on Saturday from 4-7 and on Sunday from 10:00-4. So, go preride the course on Saturday and then grab some dinner at the food truck afterward. You can do the same on Sunday. Grab a bite after the race while you are waiting for awards. The Toasted Traveler is the local food truck that will be set up for the event. You can check them out at There will also be a dessert truck to try out. You can get a preview of what they offer at

Camping and RV spots are available – no reservations necessary. There are no hookups, but generators are allowed and showers are available. Propane grills are fine, but the Police Academy asks that there be no open fires. There is a burn ban in place around here. For those who haven’t been to Bent Wheel Bash before, Buck Creek Trails is right next to our local police academy, and the academy allows us to use their land and buildings (and showers!) for our start/finish, expo, and camping area.

Of course, there is always the question of land access fees. We know that Abilene is a bit further for most people to drive, so we try to keep fees down. This year, the land use fee is $10 per racer. It is included in your registration fee, so you will not pay it at the gate. You will either pay it on bikereg if you preregister or when you register at the event. The $10 covers you for the entire weekend. If you are coming out as a spectator, there is no fee. The only fee that will be paid at the gate is for camping spots. Camping spots are $20 per site for one night or $30 for both nights. We do ask that you bring cash (or check) for the camping fees. The internet access can be a bit spotty for us to take cards. The registration area is a little better, but cash over debit/credit will be much faster. The nice part about the camping and land use fees (if there can be a nice part about paying fees) is that all the proceeds from Bent Wheel Bash go to our local police department.

If camping isn’t your thing, but you need to spend the night somewhere, here is a list of some hotels close to the trails. If one of these won’t work, just look for one close to Abilene Christian University in the NE corner of Abilene, and you will be just minutes from Buck Creek Trails. We hope to see a bunch of you in Abilene soon!

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

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