Register now for the 2014 Hammer Down Du! Our sprint distance duathlon, consisting of a 2 mile run/10 mile bike/2 mile run, will start and finish at Beltway Baptist Church on FM 707 in Abilene, TX. The course will be the same as last year. Click on our route link down on the left side of the screen to see the route map. All proceeds will benefit our local Habitat for Humanity, so come race and support a wonderful cause!
Save the date for Hammer Down Du 2014! The sprint distance duathlon benefiting Habitat for Humanity will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014. More information, including a link to online registration will be posted soon.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Hammer Down Du today, from racers to course marshals to the cleanup crew…we couldn’t have done it without any of you! We appreciate all of you! Thanks for participating and volunteering to help a good cause – Habitat for Humanity.
Of course, the real reason you are reading this post is to see the results. So, here’s the link: Hammer Down Du 2013 Results
Please plan on joining us next year for Hammer Down Du 2014!
It’s not too late to join us for Hammer Down Du! If you missed the online registration, you can still register tomorrow between 6:00 and 7:30 am at Beltway Baptist on FM 707 in Abilene. Remember – all proceeds from this event benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Today is your last chance to preregister online. Online registration will close tonight at 10:45 pm. You can still register the day of the event, but the cost will go up to $30. Head on over to BikeReg and get your registration out of the way. It’ll be one less thing to do on Saturday morning!
It’s time for Hammer Down Du 2013! We will see you at Beltway Baptist on FM 707 Saturday morning. Remember…day-of registration will be open from 6:00-7:30 am. The price is $30. Cash and checks will be accepted. Checks need to be made out to Habitat for Humanity. If you are preregistered, you still need to come and pick up your race number and timing chip. You can do this anytime between 6:00 and 7:30. Registration and packet pick up will shut down at 7:30. We can’t wait to see you there!
Online registration will stay open until Thursday, May 2, at 10:45 pm. Cost is $25 if you register online before then. After online registration closes, you can still register at the venue the morning of the event. However, the cost will then be $30. Here is the link to online registration: Hammer Down Du Registration
Just a reminder that helmets are required for the bicycle portion of the event.
Here is the schedule for the morning of the event:
6:00 – Registration/Packet and timing chip pick up (There will be separate lines for those who have preregistered online and those registering the day of the event.)
7:30 – Registration closes
7:45 – Line up at the start/Pre-ride announcements
8:00 – Start
9:00 – Raffle*
9:15 – Prizes and Awards**
* Raffle winners will be drawn during the event. Check the raffle table when you are finished to see if you won.
** Age group awards and the overall male and female top 3 will be announced at around 9:15 (this will be give or take a few minutes, depending on finishing times). The top 3 in each age division will receive awards. The top 3 overall men and women will receive prizes.
Jim and Kelly MacDonald had a strong desire to establish a bicycle store in Abilene, TX that would convey their love of cycling, offer experienced bicycle technicians, and, at the same time, benefit the community. That desire became reality when BikeTown opened in April 1997. For 16 years now, BikeTown has served customers of all types and has been able to share their love of cycling. These customers include families, recreational riders, road and off-road racers, duathletes, and triathletes. These customers cover a wide spectrum of people which BikeTown loves to see. They love to help all types of cyclists reach their cycling goals.
The MacDonalds’ second goal was to provide experienced technicians in their store. Their technicians have over 100 years of experience among them. They have been working on bikes since before websites existed! You won’t find more experienced technicians for miles. They know bicycles inside and out and can answer any of your questions. They not only have years of experience, they are also continually looking to improve. BikeTown’s technicians attend tech clinics and trade shows throughout the year to learn from others in the industry and pass that knowledge on to you. With thousands of bike fittings under their belts, you can trust these technicians to know what they are doing and assist you with whatever bicycle question you have. They truly want to help you with your ride and cycling experience, not simply fix your bike or sell you the latest fad or gadget.
In addition to great technicians, great service, and sharing the love of cycling, Jim and Kelly wanted to make sure to give back to the community that has supported them over the years. They do that by offering free workshops and clinics, leading road and off-road group rides, partnering with the Abilene Bicycle Club to put on time trials (both on and off road), raising thousands of dollars for the Food Bank by organizing the Tour de Gap, and raising money for the local police and fire departments through Bent Wheel Bash, an annual mountain bike race that BikeTown organizes. Now included in the event line-up is the Hammer Down Du, a duathlon benefitting Habitat for Humanity. BikeTown also gives away a multitude of inventory, including bikes, to help benefit non-profits in town. Additionally, BikeTown works with classes from the local universities as well as boy scout troops to help teach bike safety and maintenance, and offers free bicycle maintenance classes to their customers. All of the things that BikeTown is involved in are really Jim and Kelly’s way of saying thanks to Abilene for their support and patronage throughout the years. To everyone who has shopped at BikeTown – you are appreciated immensely. Every time you shop at BikeTown you help continue all the events and programs that BikeTown is involved with in Abilene. Thank you!