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Long Distances in the Austin Area and Texas Hill Country

The Canadians were guests of TXBT in 2016. The 2020 rides planned were canceled due to the pandemic. Thus in 2023, we were very excited to hear from Mike again. They are coming to Texas for guided bike rides!  It is a pleasure to create experiences with Mike as he knows what they want and trusts us to make it happen.

 

Texas bike ride guided

Eight days of cycling around Austin and in the Texas Hill Country.  As these gentlemen are experienced long-distant cyclists, expert cyclists with local knowledge were selected as guides.

Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop was again their bike shop of choice. Once again, Alejandro gave TXBT guests excellent bikes and services.

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Favorite places from previous rides were requested to be included in the routes. Jester King was one of those.

One guest cyclist wanted to ride 100 miles the second day. The Austin TXBT guide created a special route and the remaining team members joined at the 20-mile mark to complete their custom route of 80 miles that day.

 

Texas bike ride guided

Texas bike ride guided

The other days were of various lengths depending on the weather, terrain, the difficulty of the previous day’s ride and their preferences.

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Texas bike ride guided Texas bike ride guided

Two days around Austin plus six days in the Fredericksburg area. A great time was had by all. We at TXBT look forward to riding with these Canadians again!

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Texas Bike Ride is #11

Alice is an inspiring cyclist in her 70s with the goal of a bike ride in each of the 50 states in America. She communicated well what she needed to accomplish this goal and so, TXBT could be a good partner with her actualizing her vision of success. Randy is a golfer rather than a cyclist and wanted to come along for the ride. Therefore, TXBT selected an e-bike for him to ride alongside with Alice for whom we selected a bike customized to her preferences.

road bike cycling

Alice wanted to experience the Texas Hill Country without super steep hill climbs. The perfect area is the edge of the hill country west of Austin. A route was created for 40+ miles cycling through small towns on private ranch roads and country neighborhoods, some mileage on country roads with traffic and finally cycling alongside a river.  A real taste of Texas landscapes with small town charm.

Entrance to ranch in Texas Hill Country

Road bike ride in Texas Hill Country

The TXBT SAG wagon provided custom nutrition and hydration supplies as well as transportation for Randy. As a result, TXBT was ready when he wanted to arrive early at the lunch sport. TXBT did check-ins with Alice as she cycled. Therefore, we ensured she had a safe ride, feeling good and happy about achieving this goal.

Road Cycling Texas Hill Country

The lunch was a celebratory moment with Texas being the 11th of the 50 states. Only 39 more to go! I know she will accomplish the full goal of 50 states. She is courageous, tenacious and healthy.

Surprise 13th Anniversary Gift for Cyclist Husband

She began our conversation with “my husband and I have a trip planned to Fredericksburg, May 8-10 we are celebrating 13 years of marriage. He loves to cycle, me, well, I don’t even own a bike, that should tell you. Wanted to plan this for him so we can both cycle and since it’s our anniversary the romantic dinner sounds perfect.. we both love nature, so a nice ride would be perfect.” The most important component was them riding bikes together.

With Rubi’s input, we created a route that provided a small bit of interest for Pedro and was also peaceful enough to help Rubi feel safe. The route ended at a picnic spot that was private in a shaded area. Bikes were transported from Austin to Fredericksburg. We met at the local bike shop and Pedro was surprised when he realized this was a cycling and culinary experience created by Rubi for him.

Bike riding was a new thing for Rubi…and Pedro rode slowly to be by her side . Stops to rest a moment were needed; then Rubi was ready to go again. Towards the end of the route, Rubi hopped into the SAG wagon to give Pedro an opportunity to ride faster and be more daring. The picnic at the end was a love-fest rest for those two. Frankly, there was such a good feeling in the air that TXBT forgot to take photos of the picnic but do have a videos of them riding bikes together.

Continuing the LoveBird Roll Cycling together

Cycling together

As TXBT was driving back to Austin after the ride, she texted “Thank you again for this beautiful experience. We enjoyed every minute of it, even the bad because it made for a good story to tell. Be safe on your way home.”  The bad..well, Rubi was sick at one of the rest stops and didn’t let that stop her from getting right back on the bike to ride with Pedro. Impressive.

 

 

Wolfish Brothers MTB Through a Ranch

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+.

Rolling out for the ride

Mountain Biking through water

Birthday Surprise – Two Days of Road Cycling

To surprise Brian, Theresa asked TXBT to create two-days of cycling out of Fredericksburg. We also recommended a romantic dinner for two in a private garden.  After learning of Brian’s preferences in cycling, we planned two routes with full SAG support. The routes were customized to allow for conversation while they rode together and also present a little bit of a challenge with beautiful views.

Also, Theresa asked that we secretly transport their personal gear to Fredericksburg. Brian would not know about the cycling or culinary experiences until he visited Jack & Adams Bicycles in Fredericksburg and found his personal bike there. He was so surprised! It was a delight.

Read more in Theresa’s blog posts.

Your Guide to Texas Hill Country Cycling

 

Fredericksburg’s Finest Restaurant is…a Greenhouse

Celebrating Beating the Odds

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.

Mountain Biking Start Austin Texas

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.

Self-guided road cycling Texas Bike Tours

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.

 

Intimate picnic after road bike ride

 

Grandparents Gift an Experience to the Family

Nan let us know that she and Joel wanted to spend a day of their visit to Austin cycling with their daughter, her husband and the children. Everyone enjoys riding a bike and with a focus on the grandchildren, the route should be casual, safe and fun. Along the route, the TXBT culinary experience director would create alfresco dining for lunch in a gazebo. Fun and yummy!

The family had personal bikes but no transport ability. TXBT trailer picked up the bikes at the family home along with a child’s trailer for the little one. We all met at a park to begin the ride. There was excitement in the air with the children laughing and talking. We snapped a photo at the start.

From there we rolled on trails, through parks, along a cliff edge, up and then down across a flowing stream to arrive at the gazebo. The chef awaited our arrival with a gourmet lunch that delighted everyone. After lunch the children skipped stones in the creek, climbed big rocks and pondered climbing a tree. We returned to the start just in time for a nap at home – parents, grandparents and the guide wanted a nap too.

 

picnic on a bike ride skipping stones on a bike ride

 

 

Earth, Grapes, Bikes & Epicurean Delights

Starla plans a BIG celebration for each new-decade birthday and for her 50th, she wanted a bike trip with her husband and friends. We settled on a bike ride to The Klenk Family Vineyard, tour of the vineyard with the owners and then lunch at the vineyard prepared by an Italian chef and served by his crew. TXBT provided transport back to the start so they could relax and enjoy a lazy afternoon off the bike.

The vineyard owners’ who are cyclists guided the bike ride through the countryside to the vineyard and there shared their stories of raising grapes, partnering with William Chris winery, and why they chose the hill country. Bottles of the wine produced by William Chris from the grapes grown in the vineyard were taken home by Starla & Shaun and their friends.

The terrain over which they cycled, being in the Texas Hill Country AVA terroir where the grapes are grown, and a scrumptious Italian lunch gave Starla the special celebration she desired and deserved for her birthday.

 

Gravel Ride in TX Hill Country

Castell in Llano County is located on the Edwards Plateau as a part of the Texas Hill Country. The Colorado and Llano Rivers flow over and through limestone. The Llano Uplift combined with erosional Paleozoic strata form prominent hills. Enchanted Rock is a part of the scenery as gravel roads meander through these sparsely populated old ranch lands. Jenna & Nick asked for 50 miles of gravel riding in the quiet countryside on flat to rolling roads that allowed them to enjoy nature with moments of adventure and impressive vistas. The TXBT culinary experience director prepared a picnic meal to enjoy at the end of the ride. Fun, fun for all.  A gravel ride in the Lockhart area can be found at this link. 

Off-Road Cycling as Yin Yang Duality

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.”

Gravel, Donuts, BBQ & Beer

Frank requested a guided gravel & road ride for him and his wife with culinary stops and a beer at the end. We also found out they like BBQ and donuts as well as beer with a preference for less-traveled roads. As they are strong riders, they also requested 50 miles.

After a custom-fit at a local bike shop, the TXBT culinary experience director delivered handmade donuts, banana nut bread with a picnic set-up. We then took off to start the ride in the little town of Lockhart. With frequent connections with SAG for a break of good food and relaxation, the ride rolled through bucolic countryside where we were alone with cows, birds, prairie dogs, buzzards, song birds and peace prevailed. Maybe one pick-up truck each hour. Casual & carefree.

We ended the ride at a well-known BBQ spot in Lockhart with cold beer and reminisced about the day. Then, back to Austin with forever memories of a gravel day.

Cycling Orientation to Austin

Our guests on this ride said that they enjoy getting oriented when they first visit a city by cycling around and taking as much in as they can. Riding through city streets, gravel trails, boardwalks and bridges, we journeyed through nature, historical sights and novel attractions to learn how Austin uniquely fits into Texas.

This tour begins with a custom-fit on bikes at Mellow Johnny’s bike shop to ensure carefree cycling. Moving towards the hill country, we find an internationally recognized BMX monument, a project dedicated to street art, and the fading of bustling downtown as nature drowns out the city.

In South Austin, we highlight the rich history of the old plantation land and feel how it differs from North Austin. Unusual shops, places to eat, eclectic homes and a Franciscan monastery frame the ride as we transition from quiet neighborhoods to South Congress to East Austin.

Riding alongside the Colorado River, we trace a network of roads and trails through a special part of East Austin on our way to the capitol and the University of Texas. We always keep an eye out for an enticing food truck and are full of recommendations for brief stops and refreshments along the way. The last leg of the journey is a downhill roll past houses from the 1800’s as we return to where we began.

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