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Texas Hill Country Base Camp

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Dancing on the pedals! Our Texas Hill Country bike tour offers a good ol’ time deep in the heart of Texas. Enjoy exceptional cycling on a web of country lanes through rolling terrain where you see more Texas Longhorns than vehicles. Our Hill Country trip has become both a guest and guide favorite with quiet roads, live music and surprisingly charming Texas towns.

This Base Camp Texas Hill Country option provides four days of riding from the base camp in Fredericksburg. Cyclists ride adventurous loops each day and return to town each night.

Non-riding spouses are welcomed to join as they will find plenty to do in town each day including museums, food, crafts and wineries.

Please click here to jump to the Overview section with all tour details including pricing.

Texas Hill Country Base Camp: Highlights

Welcome to Texas Hill Country

Taking a break in Texas Hill Country

Ranch gate in Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country Base Camp: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

2021 Tour Dates

The Texas Hill Country Base Camp Tours start on a Monday and end on a Thursday.

Tour Status Notes: NO STATUS = Date set, no riders have signed up. TOUR OPENED = Tour opened, rider minimums not met. TOUR A GO! = Rider minimums met, tour is GO! SOLD OUT = Rider maximums met, tour full.

Texas Hill Country Base Camp: Overview

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Starting & Ending Town: Fredericksburg, Texas.

Tour Length: 4-Days Cycling/3-Nights Lodging

Total Miles: 224 over 4 days of riding. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Average Daily Mileage: 56 (daily mileage options are available).

Ability Levels: Intermediate (2/3) , Intermediate (2/3) to Advanced (3/4)
– The Hill Country tour easily accommodates all levels.

Group Size: 6 to 15 riders

Tour Cost: $1,650 per person.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Single Room Supplement: Add $295 to the Tour Cost above for a private room for all 3-nights of this tour.

Tour Includes: 4-days of guide service, 3-nights of exceptional lodging (Sunday through Tuesday nights), meals include 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners (1 on-your-own), 4 lunches, entrance fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles, and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages & massage therapy are additional.

Included Lodging for 3-Nights: (subject to change)

NOTE: Meeting Hotel and Ending Hotel reservations and costs are NOT included unless specified otherwise. Guests are on-their-own to make reservations at the Meeting Hotel or Ending Hotel, or other nearby hotels.

Road Bike Rentals

The Scott Addict 10 Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, the Addict 10 will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.

The Scott Addict 10 Disc features: Carbon Frame and Fork, Shimano Ultegra 2x11 Drivetrain, 34x32 Compact Gearing, 30mm Tires, and Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Approx. Weight: 16.89 lbs / 7.66 kg (without pedals)

Learn More: Click Here to learn more about our Road Bike Rentals including pricing.

Road E-Bike Rentals: Click Here for more information on our Road E-Bike Rentals including pricing.

Take Your Rental Bike Home! Click Here for more information.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free Road Bike Rental per couple for a one week tour. ($250 value. Pedal bikes only. E-Bikes excluded.)

Tandems and Recumbents Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on our tours.

If you have any further questions, please read more on our Rental Bikes FAQ page. You can also email us at info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com or call us at 970.728.5891

Meals On Tour

Lunches: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Dinners: Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post-ride element.

Ability Level: Can I Ride this Tour?

The details: This tour is a cyclist’s dream. With lightly traveled back-country roads, Texas-sized hospitality and delicious regional cuisine, this 4-day spin through the Texas Hill Country is one of the best kept secrets in the country. It delivers an exceptional start or end to the bike-touring season.

Lizard Head Cycling has been running our Hill Country tours for 8 years. Working with locals we have crafted a route on small single and two-lane roads with little traffic. The roads wind through rolling limestone hills, past wineries and through quiet river valleys under the shade of giant cypress trees. The local towns have a rich history of independent German and Irish immigrants who fought off fierce Comanche Indian raiding parties to settle there. There is a little taste of Europe in Hill Country with a Texas flair.

The weather: Fall and spring bring ideal cycling weather to the Texas Hill Country. The highs range in the 70’s and 80’s. The evenings are pleasant and provide ample opportunity to outside dining.

Why choose this tour? The Texas Hill Country Bike Tour is designed for intermediate to advanced cyclists. Since we have run this tour for over 8 years, we have developed an exceptional route with the help of our local Texan clients. Both cyclists new to multi-day tours and advanced riders who pedal over 5,000 miles annually will enjoy this tour.

Do the Bump! Daily mileage options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy this tour. One of our favorite options is to give cyclists a “bump” via the support vehicle, or a 10 to 20 mile lift down the road representing an hour of pedal time.

After the bump the rider is “off the front” and riding at his or her own pace without feeling they are being left behind the group. They’ll then have time to linger and take in the spectacular scenery. All cyclists come together in time for lunch. Afterwards, cyclists can take another bump and/or continue riding.

Seamless Mileage Options Lizard Head Cycling Guides designs multiple mileage options for each tours – something we’re well known for in our business. Daily shuttle options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy our tours through mileage customization.

Slow or Fast?

Many cyclists who sign up for our tours have worried themselves silly about not being able to keep up. But then they’re surprised to find that all the worrying was about nothing. They do just fine!

Slow and Fast only exist as relative terms to other people. Speed does not matter as long as you are moving on the bike.

Like we say to even the most reluctant cyclist: “You will be ready for a tour with Lizard Head Cycling when you are finished with a Lizard Head tour”.

If you have questions about your ability to ride this tour, please contact our office (info@LizardHeadCyclingGuides.com or 970.728.5891).

Overall Route Map

Texas Hill Country Base Camp: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 1: Luckenbach Loop
Standard: 49 Miles with up to 2,140 feet of climbing

This first day begins early in Fredericksburg, Texas with a morning meeting, bike fitting, and then you are on the road! The route today meanders southwest out of Fredericksburg, crosses the Pedernales River, and then takes cyclists across the heart of Texas Hill Country with a stop at Old Tunnel State Park to check out the bat cave and then onto Luckenbach, Texas, a modern ghost town with strong western roots, a rich music history, and a population of 3.

After Luckenbach, the ride continues through the rolling Texas hills to end the day back in Fredericksburg, Texas and to check into the Hoffman Haus, your accommodations for the duration our of tour. Sit back after a day of cycling in their serene and secluded enclave, or wander into nearby downtown Fredericksburg to soak in it’s deep German charm and heritage.

NOTE: Massages are available at the Hoffman House Spa. Please contact the Hoffman House directly to schedule.

Elevation Profile: 49 mi +2140 ft / -2140 ft

Day 2: Willow City and Enchanted Rock Loop
65 miles with up to 3,080 feet of climbing

Today you will set off on this region’s signature ride, the Willow City and Enchanted Rock Loop. In the springtime this is a magical ride along remote Texas Hill Country farm roads and through a seemingly endless blanket of bluebonnets. In the autumn the ride is just as pretty as you wind along a twisty road soon after passing through the tiny unincorporated community of Willow City.

The route makes a stop at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, an enormous dome of pink granite covering a full square mile and rising 425 feet above the surrounding countryside. Here you will enjoy a guide prepared lunch at the park while also having time to hike the 1-mile trail to the top to take in the amazing Hill Country views.

Departing Enchanted Rock you will pedal back to Fredericksburg along quiet farm roads and soon find yourself back at the Hoffman Haus. This evening you will be on own to enjoy Fredericksburg’s many dining establishments, downtown shopping, and live music scene.

Elevation Profile: 62 mi +3080 ft / -3080 ft

Day 3: Fredericksburg and Crabapple Loop
49 miles with up to 2,395 feet of climbing

On this third day you head northwest from Fredericksburg retracing a portion of yesterdays route to Crabapple. From here the riding heads into very remote ranch roads where there is a likelihood to spot some mighty Texas Longhorns! You will circle around Cedar Mountain at about the halfway point and then soon pass through the gypsum mines on Cherry Mountain. The last 12 miles gradually descend back to Fredericksburg to end the ride.

Elevation Profile: 49 mi +2395 ft / -2395 ft

Day 4: LBJ Ranch Loop
59 miles with up to 2,365 feet of climbing

On this final day you will embark on an easterly route to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, homestead of the 36th U.S. President. During his presidency, Johnson and his wife Ladybird paved nearly every ranching road in the county. As a result, cycling in Hill Country has taken off. A 4-mile paved interpretive bike tour of the working ranch serves as the park’s highlight.

After visiting the LBJ ranch, spend lunch under one of Hill Country’s iconic riverside Live Oak trees. Afterwards the route meanders back to Frederickburg to end the tour.

Elevation Profile: 59 mi +2365 ft / -2365 ft

Texas Hill Country Base Camp: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Ride Difficulty
The Texas Hill Country Bike Tour is designed for intermediate to advanced cyclists with various levels of fitness. Each day there are additional mileage options for advanced riders. With the rolling terrain and only a few steep & long climbs, the Texas Hill Country Bike Tour is a good tour for early season conditioning.

NOTE: The many small hills on this tour can offer a sprint workout for cyclists looking to gain fitness. If one sprints up each hill they come across, the fitness gains can be remarkable.

Tour Support
A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment supports Lizard Head Cycling’s Texas Hill Country bike tour. Cyclists keep a day bag that is accessible within the support vehicle.

The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 20 to 25 miles. This allows cyclists to linger at the back and then take a ten-mile, fifteen-mile or whatever mile “bump” forward to catch-up or get ahead of the group. Energy food, drink mixes, and fresh fruit are available throughout each stage.

The Daily Schedule
Cyclists ride their own pace. Lizard Head Cycling does its best to support riders in their varying desires and efforts. Cyclists can either use our tours to simply support their tour experience or to engage in a guided experience along the route.

Cue sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each stage.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through TripAssure. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.tripassure.com/main/?welcome=LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.
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