“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” ~John F. Kennedy

Here at BikeTown we couldn’t agree more. We love riding our bikes and want to help as many people as we can love riding their bikes, too.

Friday, October 7, 2011

October ABC Road Time Trial Results

Wow. Was it ever windy at the time trial! There was a strong south wind blowing the entire time so the times are a bit slower than normal. Here are the results:

1. Richard McLamore - 25:52
2. Luke Allen - 27:19
3. Greg Allen - 28:00
4. Luis Anderson - 29:03
5. Chuck Patton - 29:48
6. Ronny Koehn - 30:48
7. Jonathan Martin - 32:13
8. Todd Sage - 32:32
9. Travis Green - 36:00
10. Caitlin Hanisco - 36:11
11. Drew McConnell - 37:41
12. Yetro Eliaita - 37:48
13. Genienne Koehn - 41:01
14. Vera Garcia - 49:59
DNF - Craig Jones (flat tire)

We're so glad you all came out and rode! This was the last ABC time trial of the season. Look for them to start back up in the spring.

Friday, September 23, 2011

IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Next Saturday, October 1, is the IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Make plans now to bring your kids out to Buck Creek Trails from 9:00 am till noon. Come for the whole time or just a bit of it. Just make sure you join in for part of it! Many thanks to Bill and Beth Shelton for heading this up here in Abilene. It should be fun! If you have any questions about it, feel free to give us a call.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Road Time Trial Results

Another time trial is in the books. Here are the results:

1. Gaylon Knowlton - 23:01
2. Richard McLamore - 24:19
3. Patrick Stevenson - 25:11
4. Christeen Hodge - 25:19
5. John Freemire - 25:35
6. Craig Jones - 26:23
7. Chuck Patton - 27:44
8. Ron Cost - 28:02
9. John Pugsley - 30:08
10. Caitlin Hanisco - 31:40
11. Yetro Eliaita - 33:44
12. Mike Heddinger - 34:16

Thanks for coming out and riding, everyone! There will be one more time trial this season. The October one will be on Thursday, October 6. Since it will be getting dark earlier, we will move the time up by 30 minutes this next time. So, sign up will be at 5:30 pm and the first rider will take off at 6:00. Hope to see you there!

Road Time Trial Tonight

It's the first Thursday of September which means it's time for the road time trial! Come join us at Mueller's on FM 18. Sign up will begin at 6:00 pm and the first rider will take off at 6:30 on the 10 mile loop. Please bring a non-perishable food item as your entry fee. This will be donated to the Food Bank. We finally have a forecast that doesn't give us a high in the triple digits, so come out and enjoy riding in the "cooler" weather.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Luke Update #2

Here is the latest update from Luke. Enjoy!

We raced the "EKZ" Swiss cup race Monday. The course was a four lap race with punchy climbs and descents.  It was much more extreme than any course I have raced on in the States. It included a two foot log drop, a 4 foot gap jump (which was optional; it could be bypassed but you would lose about 10 seconds and get passed by about 5 guys), a super steep switchback that was almost impossible on a 29er, and, best of all, a super sketchy downhill steeper than any I have ever ridden. On top of that, the downhill was slick with mud and had a huge rut down the middle. I was so gassed in the race that I endoed here on the third lap in front of tons of spectators! Luckily, I landed on some nice orange pads laying on stacked hay. The course, however, did not have the rocks that we have at Buck Creek.

At the start line we got interviewed as team USA for German TV, which was totally awesome! We had to start at the very back of over 40 racers though, which was not ideal. One thing that is awesome about the Europe racing scene is the spectators are not just parents lining the course, but tons of fans yelling in foreign languages. I can happily say that there were at LEAST the number of spectators there as there are at a Wylie Bulldogs football game.

We moved up quickly once the race started and formed a train of me, Lucas (US national champ), and Keegan who was 2nd at Nats. Zach and Joe were not too far behind us.  The Europe kids were aggressive and had no problem elbowing you for a better position going into the singletrack. I ended up finishing the race in 12th, 56 seconds behind Lucas.  It was also pretty cool seeing juniors racing for the actual Specialized team, and beating them! The race was age category 15-17, so some of the top guys were older. I missed the podium by less than two minutes!  Our next race, the World Cup, is Saturday and should be huge. Racing in Europe sure does make you glad you are a bike racer, because it is the sport here! We Americans were some of the only guys that did not have someone holding an umbrella over us at the start line for shade, whereas in America only the pros do that.  The food here is duh-lish! I will probably not be ready to leave come next Monday!

-Luke Allen

Thanks for the update, Luke. It sounds like you're having a great time. Good luck at the World Cup!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Luke and Team USA

Luke Allen, Abilene native and BikeTown employee, got the chance to race over in Europe as part of the USA Cycling Development Team. He left for Germany on August 18th and will spend about a week racing over there. He's sending a few blurbs back to us to share with everyone here on the blog. So, read and enjoy a bit of Luke's adventure.

I arrived here in Germany yesterday. I did not sleep on the plane, except for about an hour before the flight attendant woke me up to ask if I wanted a drink... We met up with four other guys in the Frankfurt, Germany airport, the first and second place guys from nationals, the top 15 year old, my teammate Zach Carlson who was fourth at nationals, and then me.  USA cycling selected five guys based on results from nationals, the ProXCT series which is a national series around the states, and the regional camp we attended in Colorado Springs in early June. It is very cool here in Germany, and the mountains are beautiful. They are super thick with huge trees mixed with patches of green "golf-course" looking grass. Everyone speaks crazy German, but it's okay because I do, too. Well, just "your fly is unzipped" because my mom says that in German, because her mom said that to her brothers in German growing up. Today we are racing a "smaller" race in Switzerland with about 30 15-16 year old juniors registered. Our coach said the Swiss junior national team will be there and they are wicked fast, along with the Rabobank junior team. We race at 1:30, and got our "USA" team kits yesterday. They are sweet! My bike and gears are performing great so far thanks to Jim and Gary at BikeTown! Thanks everyone for the support! I will try to write again later this week before the big world cup at the end of this week.

-Luke Allen

We've known and ridden with Luke for many years now, and it's great to see him get the chance to race at this level. His hard work is paying off. Good luck, Luke!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Finally...it's time for the grand opening of our new location! Come join us this weekend, August 12-13, when we have the grand opening of our new building. The red ribbon cutting will kick things off at 11:00 am on Friday. On Saturday we will have a yard sale outside (bring your cash for this!) where you'll find all sorts of good deals. Inside, we will have door prizes every hour. Our new building is located at 1789 Industrial Blvd. We would love to see you this weekend, so make plans to drop by!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August ABC Road Time Trial Results

Wow...it was hot out there tonight. Not sure of the exact temp, but it was well over 100. Pretty impressive ride from everyone given the heat. Here are the results:

1. Luke Allen - 23:25
2. Richard McLamore - 24:22
3. John Freemire - 24:49
4. Patrick Stevenson - 25:40
5. Paul Patterson - 25:40
6. Christeen Hodge - 25:53
7. Craig Jones - 26:58
8. JR Brock - 27:07
9. Chuck Patton - 27:16
10. Ron Cost - 28:04
11. Manny Cortez - 28:11
12. Quin McLamore - 28:37
13. Mike Petty - 28:40
14. Tracy Jarvis - 28:52
15. Mark Spurlock - 28:53
16. (tie) John Pugsley - 29:17
       Jeff Messer - 29:17
18. (tie) Ronny Koehn - 29:22
       Todd Sage - 29:22
20. Allen Wilson - 32:31
21. Jim Leavenworth - 32:32
22. Mike Heddinger - 34:25
23. Genienne Koehn - 36:09

Thanks for coming out, everyone! See you next time on Thursday, September 1.

ABC Road Time Trial Tonight!

It's the first Thursday of the month which means it's time for the road time trial! Meet us at Mueller's on FM 18 for sign-up at 6:00 pm. The first rider will take off at 6:30 on the 10 mile loop. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item for your entry fee. We're supposed to have record heat today, so bring plenty of water! BikeTown will provide Gatorade and cookies after the ride. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Buck Creek Time Trial Results

The August time trial at the trails is in the books! It was a HOT night out, but that didn't deter you guys from showing up to ride. Here are the results:

1. Brian Miller - 25:51
2. Todd Sage - 26:56
3. Tracy Jarvis - 27:19
4. Ricky Wallace - 27:29
5. Chris Vachon - 27:33
6. Louis Anderson - 29:22
7. Richard McLamore - 29:26
8. John Freemire - 29:38
9. Rob Wiley - 30:31
10. Chad Walters - 30:59
11. Marcus Wiley - 31:22
12. Trent MacDonald - 41:19

A big thanks to Greg Allen for running the show. And thanks to everyone who stuck around for the cookout afterward. We might need to do that again next month!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Time Trial Week!

A week of time trials is coming up! Tuesday, August 2, is the off-road time trial at Buck Creek Trails. Sign up at 6:00, first rider takes off at 6:30. BikeTown will host a cook-out after the time trial. We'll provide the food, so plan on hanging out afterward. If you're going to be there, let us know so we have an idea on how many burgers to bring. You can let us know if you're attending either here or on our Facebook page. Kid/beginner group ride people (the normal Tuesday group off-road ride) are welcome to stay for the cook-out as well!
Thursday, August 4, will be the road time trial. As usual, sign up at 6:00, first rider takes off at 6:30. Bring a non-perishable food item for your entry fee. It will be donated to the Food Bank. BikeTown will provide drinks and cookies following the time trial.
Hope to see you at one or both of these upcoming events!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July ABC Road Time Trial Results

Wow. It was hot out tonight, but that didn't stop a bunch of you from riding in the time trial. Here are the results: 

1. Patrick Stevenson - 23:41
2. Mark Rogers - 24:14
3. John Freemire - 24:30
4. Paul Patterson - 24:42
5. Tom Pharris - 26:14
6. Christeen Hodge - 26:18
7. Craig Jones - 26:34
8. Chuck Patton - 27:28
9. Chris Vachon - 27:36
10. Manny Cortez - 27:58
11. Ron Cost - 28:12
12. Shane Williford - 29:52
13. Ronny Koehn - 30:01
14. Quin McLamore - 30:24
15. Mike Petty - 30:25
16. Michael Rios - 31:14
17. Steve Stovall - 32:15
18. Tom O'Connor - 32:17
19. Alex Colter - 32:43
20. Matt Young - 32:54
21. Yetro Eliaita - 32:55
22. Clay Jacobs - 34:29
23. Genienne Koehn - 38:10

Thanks to everyone for showing up and riding! We'll see you again next month - Thursday, August 4. Between now and then, plan on heading out to Buffalo Gap on Saturday, July 23 for the Tour de Gap. There's a route for everyone, from beginners to racers. Head over to http://tourdegap.wordpress.com for more information.

ABC Road Time Trial Tonight

Remember - ABC Road Time Trial tonight! Meet at Mueller parking lot for sign-up at 6:00. First rider rolls out at 6:30. Please bring a non-perishable food item for your entry fee. These are donated to the Food Bank. Questions? Give us a call.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tour de Gap

Today is the last day to get the early bird price for the Tour de Gap. Head on over to the Tour de Gap website and look under registration for details. We hope you can come on out and enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 2011 Buck Creek Trails Time Trial Results

The June Buck Creek Trails Time Trial is in the books. It was great to see some of the kids who have been riding at the kid group ride join in with the big guys this time for the time trial. Here are the results:

1. Luke Allen - 25:05
2. Brian Miller - 25:51
3. John Godinez - 26:19
4. Chris Vachon - 27:03
5. Todd Sage - 27:18
6. Richard McLamore - 30:43
7. Grady Johnson - 32:37
8. Trent MacDonald - 41:36
9. Troy MacDonald - 49:36
10. Rylan Johnson - 52:08

Thanks for coming out to ride. See y'all next time!

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 2011 ABC Road Time Trial Results

It was a hot, windy night for the time trial, but everyone survived. Here are the results:

1. Gaylon Knowlton - 24:27
2. Richard McLamore - 25:13
3. Craig Jones - 27:20
4. Tom Pharris - 27:21
5. Patrick Stevenson - 27:23
6. Paul Patterson - 27:31
7. Luke Hughes - 28:34
8. Chuck Patton - 29:01
9. Manny Cortez - 29:48
10. Chris Vachon - 29:51
11. Quinn McLamore - 30:06
12. Ron Cost - 30:08
13. Ben Galinak - 30:27
14. Ronnie Koehn - 34:15
15. Daniel Connell - 34:27
16. Alex Coulter - 37:16
17. Yetro Eliata - 38:14

Thanks so much for showing up, everyone! We love seeing everyone out enjoying a bike ride. We can't wait to see everyone back again next month. 

Remember, the other Thursday nights of each month, BikeTown has a group road ride that leaves from our parking lot (1789 Industrial Blvd.) at 6:00 pm. It is a no-drop ride and lasts about an hour and a half. If another night suits you better, we also lead a group road ride on Monday evenings. Once again, it leaves from our parking lot at 6:00. Want to try out the off-road trails? We lead a group ride there as well. Meet at the parking area of Buck Creek Trails and be ready to roll at 6:30. This is a great one to bring the kids along with you.

Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

ABC Road Time Trial Tonight

Tonight is the next edition of the 2011 ABC Road Time Trial series. There was a great turnout last month. Let's see how this month goes! Come on out and join us at Muellers on FM 18. As usual, sign-up will begin at 6:00 and the first rider will take off at 6:30 on the 10 mile loop. Please remember your non-perishable food item for your entry fee. These will be donated to the Food Bank. Everyone is welcome - male, female, young, old, all ability levels. This is a laid-back, fun way to test yourself against the clock. See how you improve your own time over the course of the summer. 

It's going to be hot out there tonight, so please remember to bring plenty of water and some sunscreen. Hope to see loads of riders out there!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May Buck Creek Trails Time Trial Results

The May off-road time trial is in the books. Here are the results:

1. Luke Allen - 23:01
2. Gary Fraser - 25:26
3. Scott Cook - 26:17
4. Todd Sage - 26:27
5. Chris Vachon - 26:41
6. Brian Miller - 27:00
7. Brandon Rogers - 28:09
8. Ricky Wallace - 28:34
9. Erik Kerski - 30:15
10. Grady Johnson - 32:47
11. Drew Baker- 33:52
12. Brian Gutting - 41:42

There was also a kid time trial on Little Mac's Meadow. Here are the results from that:

1. Trent - 2:14
2. Rylan - 2:37
3. Jaxon - 2:43
4. Troy - 2:52
5. Paige - 3:21
6. Reese - 4:51

Thanks for coming out and joining in the fun! And thanks to Greg Allen for getting this organized. 
Make plans to come join us for the next one in June. That date is Tuesday, June 7. Bring the kids, too! We'll have the kid time trial then as well. If you want to give an off-road time trial a try, but don't have an off-road bike, let us know. We have a couple that we'll loan out for that night on a first-come, first-served basis. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 6, 2011

May ABC Time Trial Results

There was a great turnout last night for the time trial! It was also beautiful outside - terrific spring temperatures and no wind for a change! What more can we ask for? Well...the results, maybe. So, here they are:

1. Richard McLemore - 23:07
2. Paul Patterson - 24:45
3. Patrick Stevenson - 24:50
4. Jeff Braaten - 24:57
5. David Baker - 25:54
6. John Freemire - 25:56
7. Cameron Cope - 26:51
8. Manny Cortez - 27:07
9. Mike Murray - 27:10
10. Craig Jones - 27:23
11. Tyler Maylone - 27:33
12. Luke Allen - 28:06
13. Bryan Johnson - 28:50
14. Ron Cost - 29:01
15. Todd Sage - 29:03
16. Gary Fraser - 29:15
17. Justin Brown - 29:42
18. Ricky Donald - 30:22
19. Chad Hoes - 30:35
20. Misty Donald - 32:34
21. Robert Kasper - 32:50
22. Alex Coulter - 34:32
23. Donna Dorsett - 36:00
Ronnie Koehn - DNF (double flat)

That was fun, y'all! We even got to help Donna celebrate her birthday with a bike ride. 
Make plans now to join us for next month's time trial. The first Thursday will be on June 2. Same time, same place.

Remember - if you like time trials, come on out to Buck Creek Trails this coming Tuesday, and give the off-road version a go. If you want to try out the trail time trial, but don't have an off-road bike, let us know. We have a couple that can be borrowed for that event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This Thursday is the first Thursday of the month, so that means it's time trial time! Meet us out at Mueller's at 6:00 for sign-up. Like always, the first rider will take off at 6:30. This is an event for everyone - fast, slow, and everywhere in-between. Test yourself and race against the clock. Remember to bring your non-perishable food item for your entry fee. All the food items will be donated to the Food Bank.

For those who are new to this event, FM 18 is off of Hwy 36 right before the airport. Turn left (east) onto FM 18 and drive for a mile or so. Mueller's will be on your right. Just park in their parking lot and get ready to ride. This is a great way to see how well you are riding and to see how you improve over the season. Come on out and give it a try! We'd love to see you there! And, of course, check back here on Thursday night for the results.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bike Tour Downtown Tomorrow!

As part of the B!G Day Downtown this Saturday, the Abilene Preservation League is leading a bike tour of historic places in and near downtown Abilene. This is a leisurely urban ride (3.5 miles) with several stops for learning about the history of buildings and places in downtown, good for the family. Register online at www.bigdaybikeride.eventbrite.com or call or call the APL for more information, 325-676-3775. We will depart from North First and Cedar at 10:30.

April ABC Road Time Trial Results

Time Trial season around here has begun again. The first one of 2011 was held last night. For April, it was extremely hot. The wind was also blowing quite a bit, but that didn't stop several people from showing up for it. Here are the results:

1. Patrick Stevenson - 26:01
2. JR Brock - 27:28
3. John Freemire - 27:52
4. Chuck Patton - 28:00
5. Manny Cortez - 28:41
6. Mark Spurlock - 30:17
7. Robert Kasper - 34:49
8. Hillary Moore - 36:36
Richard Linebaugh - DNF

Thanks for showing up! Next month's version will be Thursday, May 5 - same time, same place.