The other Bike Bash partners include Bicycle Heaven, one of the main contributors, Sunbelt Rentals, Dy Lynne Décor, Certified Automotive Repair Service, and Dabney Homes. Participants pay an entry fee to compete for a prize payout.
“The bulk of prize payout goes towards professional riders and it trickles down to lower categories as well,” Nelson said.
Nelson said he’s using Bike Bash as a tryout event for a state-wide race called the Texas State Criterium Championships.
“The Texas State Criterium is the Superbowl event of criterium races in Texas,” he said.
The Texas State Criterium Championship asked Nelson and his affiliates to host the race in San Antonio, but they declined the offer.
“One reason we didn’t accept (the offer) was I wanted to get a premiere event under my belt first and that’s what the Bike Bash is,” he said.
He said the state criterium race is normally held in historic areas of cities and towns.
“San Antonio downtown is perfect (for the race),” he said.
The purpose of Bike Bash is to prove to locals and the City that San Antonio can accommodate a race like the Texas State Criterium Championship.
“There is always a conflict between motorists and cyclists,” he said. But if Bike Bash goes as planned without serious traffic disruptions on Saturday, downtown San Antonio could be a future host of the statewide race. Nelson hopes to bring the Texas State Criterium Championship to San Antonio next year, which would require a bigger, more challenging race course located downtown.