The brothers were having a first-time reunion since the pandemic 2020 began. The host brother in Austin wanted the week-end to be special for Eric. With David, we created a unique experience including “firsts” for the two of them. The guide chosen for the brothers provided the right yin/yang balance of support and challenge though-out the flow of the trails. After the ride, beers & sandwiches beside the water under the trees enhanced the camaraderie of the day together. Eric told David the mountain biking was A+.
Julie wanted personalized cycling and culinary experiences with John to celebrate his birthday. Over time we learned they were also celebrating his good health and that he was alive. Their love, faith and MD Anderson ensured John is with us today having survived a rare and deadly cancer diagnosed in 2018. Two years later, this couple is laughing and riding fast! His 5th check-up was an all-clear and they embraced adventure.
Day one included overnight storage of hired carbon, full-suspension mountain bikes with transportation to a MTB park outside Austin. The Texas Bike Tours (TXBT) guide created an easier route for the first two hours to include Julie and then the last two hours were fast-paced on technical challenges for John. TXBT SAG picked up picnic-table lunches for all and the experience ended with conversation and a good lunch in the park. Then, transportation back to their hotel in time to rest before their evening fun.
Day two began at a local bike shop for a custom-fit on carbon road bikes. For a more intimate cycling experience, we decided on self-guided. Turn-by-turn directions as well as a link to download the route to their personal devices were created for them. While cycling through the hill country just outside Austin, the culinary experience director (CED) for TXBT created an intimate picnic setting in the park. The menu was created based on John and Julie’s preferences. A personal chef prepared the edibles and the CED selected the drinkables. The cycling and culinary experience ended with just the two of them secluded under a tree observing the locals playing in our city park with the city skyline in view. They were happy and so we were happy.
Oftentimes, family and friends want to share an experience together, but have different levels of expertise. This off-road bike experience is designed to be as accessible for the novice as it is engaging for the advanced mountain biker. Every trail is approached as the product of opposing forces, containing technical lines for the thrill seekers alongside flow sections that will excite and inspire every member of the group.
TXBT crew meets you at the head of the trail with your rental bikes. First, a custom-fit of your mountain bike to ensure safe, carefree cycling. Then two hours of trail riding on a route selected to accommodate the guests’ level of experience and fitness. Your pathfinder is an experienced guide and off-road cyclist. Their care & concern combined with expertise & experience ensure an enjoyable ride for riders of all skill levels.
At the end of the ride, we celebrate your success and enjoy the afterglow of a good day on the trails!
TXBT pathfinder Adam quote: “The elements shape and define every trail in opposition to the terra firma; we ride the contours, finding flow along the fault line, traversing the boundary between the natural and human forces that create our landscape.”
A cycling experience for those who want to be surrounded by nature, quiet and beauty with no vehicles riding beside you. We will rent mountain bikes for you and deliver your bikes to the entrance of the trail where the TXBT pathfinder waits to lead you on a off-road experience through the park. The route on the trails are selected based on comfort & experience of the group. If the weather is hot, a quick dip in a cool pond could be available to enhance the experience.
At the end of the ride, TXBT transports you to a culinary experience at a private residence overlooking the Colorado River. There you will enjoy a gourmet feast designed around your preferences and may share the adventure again through conversation.
This tour is designed for riders who are curious about mountain biking and those who are very experienced and wish to share that experience with others not so experienced.