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Weather, Food, etc.

It is going to be a cold weekend, y’all! Bundle up and layer well, because the race goes on even in the cold and wet weather. Pre-riding is underway. The Specialized Demo Van will open at noon. The Toasted Traveler will arrive a bit earlier than the schedule shows. They will be up and ready to serve delicious, hot food at 11:30 today. They’ll be there until 6:00 tonight and then set back up at 10 tomorrow morning. Hot sandwiches sound perfect for this weekend’s weather!

**One thing to take note of – the Police Academy has graciously allowed us the use of their building for registration and bathrooms/showers. Their bathrooms use a septic system, so if things get a little muddy outside, PLEASE use the outside hoses to rid yourself of mud BEFORE you go to the showers. We know it will be cold, but mud in the drain will mess up their septic system. We don’t want to do that!

Also, if things get a bit muddy, please watch for the police volunteers to redirect parking. Just park where they show you.

One final note – cell service inside the registration building can be a bit sketchy. Take a screenshot of your current USAC license in case the app won’t work inside the building. It will save everyone time and frustration.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

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Camping and Other Random Info

The course is all marked and ready to go! We are looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend at Bent Wheel Bash!

Remember, no reservations are necessary for camping. Just talk to the people at the gate and they’ll get you taken care of. Camping is $20 per site for one night or $30 for two nights. All other land use fees are taken care of in your race registration price. There are no hookups for campsites, but showers are available in the registration building.

Dogs are welcome at Bent Wheel Bash. The police academy (our venue) just requests that you keep them on a leash at all times. They also ask that you not have alcohol on police academy property. It’s an issue for them with the training facilities and insurance.

The Specialized Demo Van will be set up on Saturday from noon until 5. Make sure and stop by and test out their bikes!

The Toasted Traveler food truck will be set up on Saturday from 1:00 – 6:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 – 3:00.

The physical address for the academy is Warren Dodson Training Facility, 4557 East Lake Road, Abilene, TX 79601. If you are headed north on East Lake Road (FM 2833), the blue gate at the entrance will be on your right. If you reach County Road 503 (Neas Road), you have gone a little too far north.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us – biketownabilene@yahoo.com.

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 http://www.abilenefoodtruck.com. There will also be a dessert truck to try out. You can get a preview of what they offer at http://www.thesweetsideabilene.com.

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

Camping, Gate Fees, Food, 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 4, 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 http://www.abilenefoodtruck.com. 

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. 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. The land use fee is $10 PER CAR (not per person), so pack everyone in and carpool if you can! We only charge once, so if you come out on Friday, that $10 fee covers the whole weekend. Camping spots are $20 per site for one night or $30 for both nights. So, if you drive out on Friday and camp both nights, the most you will pay in land use/camping fees for one car is $40. We do ask that you bring cash (or check) for the gate 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 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

Camping and Gate Fees

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, April 2, 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 12-2 and on Sunday from 10:30-2. We are excited to have one of our local food trucks, The Toasted Traveler, come out for the event. You can check them out at http://www.abilenefoodtruck.com. 

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. 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 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. The land use fee is $10 PER CAR (not per person), so pack everyone in and carpool if you can! We only charge once, so if you come out on Friday, that $10 fee covers the whole weekend. Camping spots are $20 per site for one night or $30 for both nights. So, if you drive out on Friday and camp both nights, the most you will pay in land use/camping fees for one car is $40. The nice part (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. There is a rather large country music event going on the same weekend, so if you need a hotel, call soon. 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

 

Food at the Venue and Other Pertinent Info

There will be food available at the race venue on Sunday only. Steak Express will have their food truck out there from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm on Sunday. They will be selling plates which include a hamburger, chips, and sweet tea for $8. They will also sell each item separately if you only want the tea, etc. The Abilene Police Department Bike Unit will have a concession stand open as well. They will be selling sports drinks and bottled water, as well as coffee and some breakfast burritos. We would love it if you buy food at the venue since this money directly benefits the Abilene Police Department Bike Unit and the Police Academy. However, if those items aren’t your cup of tea, there are several restaurants just a couple of miles away from the trails, including Chili’s, Jason’s Deli, Cracker Barrel, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Casa, Panda Express, and Golden Chick. These places are all located on Hwy 351. A few miles further down the road on Judge Ely Blvd., you can find Schlotzky’s, McAlister’s Deli, Rosa’s Cafe, Taco Bueno, Wholly Cow, and Lytle Land and Cattle.

There are a few guidelines that we have to follow since the APD is allowing us to use their grounds. If you are camping, the APD requests that you do not have any open fires. Gas grills are just fine, though. Also, dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed. Finally, since the venue is on the Police Academy training grounds, no alcohol is allowed. Thanks for understanding and following the guidelines!

Food at the Venue

There will be food available at the race venue on Sunday only. Steak Express will have their food truck out there from 10:00 am until 3 on Sunday. They will be selling plates which include a hamburger, chips, and sweet tea for $7. They will also sell each item separately if you only want the tea, etc. The Abilene Police Department Bike Unit will have a concession stand open as well. They will be selling sports drinks and bottled water, as well as coffee and some breakfast burritos. Cajun Cones will also be set up on Sunday to sell snow cones. We would love it if you buy food at the venue since this money directly benefits the APD Bike Unit. However, if those items aren’t your cup of tea, there are several restaurants just a couple of miles away from the trails, including Chili’s, Jason’s Deli, Cracker Barrel, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Casa, Panda Express, and Golden Chick. These places are all located on Hwy 351. A few miles further down the road on Judge Ely Blvd., you can find Schlotzky’s, McAlister’s Deli, Rosa’s Cafe, Taco Bueno, Wholly Cow, and Lytle Land and Cattle.

Food at the Venue

There will be food available at the race venue. Steak Express will have their food truck set up at lunch and dinner times on Saturday and from 11:00 am until the end on Sunday. They will be selling plates which include a cheeseburger, chips, and sweet tea for $7. They will also have water and Gatorade for sale. The Abilene Police Department Bike Unit will have a concession stand open as well. They will be selling breakfast burritos, fruit and snack items, as well as water and Gatorade. We would love it if you buy food at the venue since this money directly benefits the APD Bike Unit. However, if those items aren’t your cup of tea, there are several restaurants just a couple of miles away from the trails, including Chili’s, Jason’s Deli, Cracker Barrel, Chick-Fil-A, and Taco Casa.

Food

There will be boxed lunches from Jason’s Deli available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday for lunch. This lunch will include a large ham or turkey sandwich with chips, a pickle, a chocolate chip cookie, and a bottled water. The cost will be $8. All proceeds will benefit the Abilene Police Department. If you are camping on Friday and/or Saturday nights and need to go out for dinner, there are several restaurants just a couple miles down the road from the trails including Chili’s, Jason’s Deli, Taco Casa, and Cracker Barrel. Just note that it is homecoming weekend for a couple local universities, so the restaurants could be a bit crowded.

Remember – no open fires are allowed, but propane and charcoal grills are just fine. This is a police training ground, so no alcohol is allowed.