This ride is a fixed-base or semi-fixed-base ride, please read the ride description for more details.
† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.
"Flowers in the Hills" is a self-directed, fixed base, bicycle tour that features rides through acres and acres of wildflowers in the Texas hill country. There are miles of picturesque riding on pothole free, ranch and market roads. Many are open range, which means that longhorns, sheep, chickens and goats may be up close and personal on the road. Fredericksburg is the cycle capital of Texas and Gillespie County has over 500 miles of paved country roads. Fredericksburg is a town of 10,000 residents which receives 3 million visitors annually, and boasts German heritage with Texas hospitality. Eating establishments are all within walking distance of our lodging…the Pie Shop is to die for. Activities abound: The Museum of the Wars of the Pacific requires two days to fully explore. There are 50+ wineries and microbreweries within an easy drive. You are within a few pedal strokes of Luckenbach music, the historic Lyndon B Johnson ranch, the Willow City Loop (most famous bicycle road in Texas) and the world famous Wildflower Seed Farm. The Alamo Café boasts the 3rd best burger in Texas.
This ride is rated 2B. We maintain an inventory of 22 out-and-back and loop options ranging 17 to 57 miles with climbs ranging from 1000-3200 feet for your choosing on any of our ride days. Tandems and E-bikes are welcome. There is something for every skill level. Here are the number of rides in each category: 4 at 1A; 3 at 2A; 9 at 2B; 2 at 2C; 1 at 3B; 3 at 3C. It is "hill country" after all. . Most rides will be available with Ride with GPS and info on how to access these routes will be sent to participants approximately 7 days before the ride starts. Please note, cycling in and out of Fredericksburg often requires riding for a short time on a busy highway. Please be comfortable riding at times in busy traffic areas.
Texas Spring weather is unpredictable. Generally, expect daytime highs in the 50's to high 80's, mostly 80s. Average precipitation for the month of April is around 3 inches.
We will be staying at the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg. It offers large suites, a daily continental breakfast, laundry, spa and gift shops. The inn is a short walking distance from the downtown "historic" district of Fredericksburg. For those who drive, the hotel offers free parking. Evening social hours will be in the hotel conference room.
Fly into San Antonio or Austin where you can rent a car or share a ride with another rider to Fredericksburg. First meeting is on April 2, 2023 at 5:00 pm at the daily happy hour followed by a group dinner at our hotel. Last ride day and group dinner is on Saturday, April 8, 2023. Ride ends on Sunday morning after breakfast and check out will be at 11:00 am Sunday April 9, 2023. Should you decide to come early or stay late, please check with Inn on Barons Creek for room availability. These charges will be at the rider's own expense.
COST & ADMINISTRATION
The estimated cost listed above is based on double occupancy and includes seven nights lodging, three group dinners, maps, cue sheets and GPS tracks (will be provided prior to the ride) and the evening social hours that feature catered hors d'oeuvres and local Texas wine and beer. The $50 BAC registration fee and processing fees are not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled. The balance of $660.00 is due on January 15, 2023. If you prefer not to bring your own bike, arrangements can be made with Hill Country Bicycle Works for rental bikes. They can be reached at 830-990-2609. Arrangements must be made directly with the bike shop, and are solely the responsibility of the trip participant renting the bike. To avoid any problems- Bike Rentals should be arranged well before the tour starts.
SINGLES & SOLOS POLICY
Singles are welcome! It is recommended that singles who want a roommate try to find their own. However, after receipt of the initial deposit, a single without a roommate will be placed on the ride and given until February 1, 2023 with a full refund (minus the BAC fee and processing fees) or pay the $500 solo supplement and stay on the ride. If a single pays the supplement, they may continue to seek a roommate, but must plan to participate without a roommate if necessary. The ride leader will assist by attempting to match singles who apply for the ride. Solo supplements should be sent to the BAC office via check by February 1, 2023. Checks should be made out to “BAC”, with a notation of the tour name included on the check and sent to Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998 San Diego, CA 92193
The $50 BAC registration fee and payment process fees are not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled due to lack of participation below minimum requirements. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed. If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped the cancelling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
COVID: We will invite participants to a Zoom meeting about 6 weeks prior to the tour start date to finalize our COVID protocols. All participants must be fully vaccinated including booster shots if applicable and be prepared to present vaccination documentation for viewing by Ride Leader if requested. You may be asked to wear PPE in public, maintain social distance in public and limit social gathering in public according to the country's mandate. Ideally we would like to consider our group our COVID-free bubble. Your vaccination will help us stay safe.
RIDE PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY
Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support. Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles. All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour. We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from Ride Leader. While on the ride, support your Ride Leader with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and clean-up. Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour. Please keep the Ride Leader informed of any special request you may have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions.
Before participating in any BAC tour, you should assess whether your medical and travel insurance coverage is sufficient. BAC maintains insurance that covers expenses related to accidents. This coverage applies when touring inside the US, regardless of your nationality. It’s assumed that members’ personal insurance will cover medical emergencies such as sudden and unexpected sickness, so these have not been included in the BAC policy. You may want to consider personal coverage for emergency evacuation, as this is not included. The costs of treatment or quarantine for Covid and other unexpected illnesses are not covered. You should ensure that your vaccinations are up to date.
To submit a request to join this ride use the "links" displayed above this Ride Description. When you are accepted, the Ride Leader will move you from the Waitlist to the Pending List. At this time you will receive an email notification to login to the BAC website to sign the release of liability form and pay the non-refundable $50 BAC ride registration fee online and the initial tour deposit of $1000 by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. To contact the Ride Leader, "click" the name at the top of this Ride Description.
Bicycle Adventure Club
PO BOX 23998 San Diego, CA 92193
Telephone (858) 715-9510 email@example.com