Category Archives: Lodging/Camping

The Course is Ready and Other Miscellaneous Items

The course is all marked and ready to go! We had to delay marking it due to all the ice and rain that have hit us in the past week and a half, but the sun has been out and the trail is dried out. Yay! According to Gary, it looks good, is a bit tacky, and is in the best shape that he has seen it in a while.

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 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.

We look forward to seeing you at Bent Wheel Bash! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us – biketownabilene@yahoo.com.

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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

 

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

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

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.

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

Camping

There will be primitive camping available at Bent Wheel Bash for both tents and RVs. The gate will open at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 19th, 7:00 am – 10 pm on Saturday, and 6:00 am to noon on Sunday. There will be a land use fee of $5 per car for the weekend and a camping fee of $20 for each spot. Open fires are not allowed, but propane and charcoal grills are fine. There are no hookups so bring your generator and water. There are showers available in the registration building. This is a police training area, so no alcohol is allowed on the property. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at biketownabilene@yahoo.com.

Hotels

There will be primitive camping available for both tents and RVs at Bent Wheel Bash for Friday and/or Saturday nights. If camping is not your thing, there are some hotels right down the road from the race venue. We have a block of rooms reserved at both the Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn Express. If you want a hotel room, it is important to go ahead and book your room asap. A local university is having their homecoming the same weekend as Bent Wheel Bash, and there are already waiting lists at one of our event hotels. They will only hold the rooms for another week or so and once they release them, they’ll be given to those on the waiting list. You will need to contact the hotels directly (not through their 800 number or online) to get these rates. Just say you are reserving with the Bent Wheel Bash group. Here is the info you’ll need to contact these hotels:

Comfort Inn

325-672-0338 – $80+tax – will hold our rooms for reservations until Friday, October 5th.

Holiday Inn Express

325-675-9800 = $99+tax – will hold our rooms for reservations until Friday, October 12th.

Cooking at the Venue

If you are camping at the venue, propane will be allowed for cooking. No open flames (charcoal grills, campfires, etc.) will be allowed. Due to the dry conditions, please be EXTREMELY careful, even with propane grills.