Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hammer Down Du Schedule

Here is the schedule for the morning of the event:

7:00 – 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.)

8:30 – Registration closes

8:45 – Line up at the start/Pre-ride announcements

9:00 – Start

10:00 – Raffle*

10:15 – Prizes and Medals**


* Raffle winners will be drawn during the event. Check the raffle table when you are finished to see if you won.

** Age group medals and the overall male and female top 3 will be announced at around 10:15 (this will be give or take a few minutes, depending on finishing times). The top 3 in each age division will receive medals. The top 3 overall men and women will receive prizes.



Just a reminder that helmets are required for the bicycle portion of the event.

Title Sponsor/Organizer

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 15 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. New this year 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!



Stud Sponsor

Take a look at another one of our sponsors!

Hanner Chevrolet

For 38 years, Hanner Chevrolet has been a family owned business taking care of customers all over Texas.  We offer New and Used Cars, Trucks, SUVs, travel trailers, and motorhomes.  We pride ourselves on our service after the sale. The goal of Hanner Chevrolet GMC Trucks is to consistently make the car and truck buying process more enjoyable and less stressful for those searching for a Chevrolet or GMC dealership. We are family owned with a staff that is second to none. You’ll see the same friendly faces whenever you visit us. One thing you won’t find is the high pressure, big city atmosphere. We have parts, accessories, and tire departments standing by to aid you in all aspects of your selection. For example, the Hanner Chevrolet GMC Truck representatives can help you pick out the perfect grille for your Sierra, select the proper brake pads for your Suburban, or locate the most compatible tires for your Tahoe.When you need an oil change, alignment adjustments, cargo nets, or new brake pads, come to Hanner Chevrolet GMC Trucks for the best accessories and service around.

T-Shirt Reminder

Remember to register by this Thursday, April 26, in order to guarantee the correct t-shirt size. Everyone will receive a t-shirt, but those registered by this Thursday are guaranteed the size they want.

Hammer Sponsors

Here are some more of our sponsors:

First Financial Bank

First Financial Bank has a 118-year history of expressing a genuine personal interest in each one of our customers. We’re committed to providing high quality, personalized service. Our staff of experienced and dedicated bankers stand ready to help you with all your banking needs. We’re also determined to make banking as convenient for you as possible — and as close to you as possible. We have 10 locations and 20 ATMs so we’re never very far away.


Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness

The Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness was established in March 2008 by Mayor Norm Archibald. It was formed to help build a healthier community. The Mayor’s Council assists in the development and support of ongoing physical fitness programs, annual fitness campaigns, and educational outreach that are designed to meet the fitness and wellness needs of the community.

Nail Sponsors

Events like Hammer Down Du don’t happen without support from our sponsors. Please take a minute and check some of them out.

Central Flooring

So Simple Facility Service Solutions

The Paint Center

ATown Cleaners

Abilene Lumber BMC

Perkins Insurance Agency

Donna Dougherty State Farm Insurance

AFLAC – Kyle McAlister

Dean Baird Insurance

Two Weeks Out!

We are 2 weeks away from the Hammer Down Du! This sprint distance duathlon is a benefit event for Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds will go to the Abilene chapter of Habitat. The event will start, transition, and finish at Beltway Baptist on FM 707. The route will consist of a 1.8 mile run, 10 mile bike, 1.8 mile run. If you’ve never done a multisport event before, this is a great distance to start out on. If you’re a veteran to duathlons or triathlons, use this as a chance to practice your transitions.

Hammer Down Du will be timed by Lone Star Timing. The entry fee is $25 if you register online by May 3 or $30 if you register the day of the event at the venue.

Everyone will get an event t-shirt as part of the registration price. If you want to guarantee that you get the size you want, please register online within the next few days.


In order to be guaranteed the t-shirt size you want, you’ll need to register by Thursday, April 26. The shirts will be blue with the Hammer Down Du logo on the front and the sponsors listed on the back.

Hammer Down Du Route

Here is the route for the Hammer Down Du. The start, transition, and finish area will all be at the back of the parking area at Beltway Baptist on FM 707. Based on Map My Ride, the run is about 1.79 miles and the bike is 10.41 miles. Runners will be on the left side of the road against traffic and will have all left turns. Cyclists will be on the right side of the road with all right turns except one. Map My Ride shows the cycling route staying on the access road of 83/84 until Iberis. This is not correct. Cyclists will actually use the entrance ramp onto 83/84. The route will be well marked for the event.

Hammer Down Du Run Route

Hammer Down Du Bike Route