Monthly Archives: April 2013

Online Registration Deadline

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.

Hammer Down Du 2013 Schedule

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.

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 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!

Stud Sponsors

Take a look at a few more of our sponsors!

Hanner Chevrolet

For 39 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.

Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union

Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union (ATFCU) is a full service financial institution, offering the latest products for our members along with great rates and friendly, personal service. Since 1950, ATFCU has been offering superior financial services with a member oriented focus. We are different from other financial institutions because we are a not-for-profit cooperative. We’re owned by and work for our members. That means decisions are made with you in mind. Instead of maximizing profits for shareholders, we return them to our members in the form of better rates and lower fees. Our mission statement is short but sufficient. It reads, “The mission of ATFCU is to provide comprehensive services to our members in an efficient, friendly, and professional manner.” Simply put, as a member you matter. Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union is committed to member satisfaction and will assist you in any way we can.

Levrets Ink

Levrets Ink was started in October 2004 and is a locally owned and operated screen printing business.  Wade Levrets has 13 years experience in graphic design and with all types of screen printing techniques.  He graduated from Abilene High School in 1999 and attended McLennan College, Blinn College and Hardin-Simmons University.  Greg Levrets has 7 years experience in screen printing.  He graduated from Wylie High School and has worked for Typewriter Sales Company since 1986.  Randy Levrets is president of Levrets Ink, graduated from Wylie High School and attended McMurry University. The Levrets family has been in business in Abilene for over 50 years and will continue to provide quality products and services with fairness, honesty and integrity.


T-Shirt Reminder

Remember to register today, Thursday, April 25, in order to guarantee the correct t-shirt size. Everyone will receive a t-shirt, but those registered by today 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.

Perkins Insurance Agency

Perkins Insurance Agency has been serving the citizens of Texas and beyond since 1977.  They have your business insurance covered with commercial auto, workers compensation, general liability, business owners and group health insurance. By offering you a choice of plans and programs, Perkins can be your one-stop for a full range of insurance products. Their personal insurance coverages include automobile, homeowners, life, health, boat, motorcycle, and flood. Contact them today and let them answer your insurance questions.

Transition Area

There will be bike racks provided in the transition area. If you would like a towel or stool, please bring one with you. Please remember that no one is allowed on their bikes in the transition area.


In order to be guaranteed the t-shirt size you want, you’ll need to register by Thursday, April 25. The shirts will be black with the Hammer Down Du logo in red and white on the front and the sponsors listed on the back.

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

ACME Brick

First Texas Title

Abilene Lumber BMC

Donna Dougherty State Farm Insurance