Rolling hills and perfect weather–Austin is without a doubt one of the strongest cycling cities in the U.S. Austin offers a fun cycling culture, with countless places to take a coffee break, or refuel with a tasty bite and a freshly brewed beer. We have asked some of our guides why they love it, and all of them agree that it is a fun city, with very versatile riding. ‘Tell me more?’ OK, here is what some of our local VeloGuides, Cameron, Ed, Allison and Lawson, have to say.
‘Austin has tons of opportunities for rides. If you want to smash some hills, we have it. If you're looking for a coffee ride we have wonderful cafes to grab an espresso. If you want to check out our killer local food scene there are nice patios everywhere. Bike lanes connect many of our best roads and areas which makes getting around much less stressful. Helps that we can ride pretty much year round with great weather.’
‘Austin is a fun city for anyone to visit, but also unique for cyclists. The urban cycling infrastructure is great, but the geography of the area allows for any routes of all types that get you out of the city and into the hills or into the prairies. Even some gravel grinding. The Texas Hill Country is not far, and there are endless routes where you can ride for hours and not be passed by more than 5 cars.’
‘Austin has some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Texas. From the green fields and cool water of Zilker Park to the scenic overlooks and breathtaking views of Lake Austin. Austin has something for everybody. Lastly, let’s not forget about all the great food this town has to offer, From BBQ, Tex-Mex and award winning restaurants Austin has you covered.’
They have also shared their favourite rides with us. Here are some of them
- The Dam Loop: ‘It has a nice wide shoulder during most of the ride and offers some very nice hills and views of the canyons’
- The Lime Creek Loop, has hills and is close to the Oasis for an unbelievable view of the lake.
- The Barton Creek Greenbelt backtrails for mountain biking, and the Tour das Hugel for road riding
- Wimberely Loop down South, about a 110 mile ride through the iconic Texas Hill Country.
Come to Austin and let one of our VeloGuides show you the wonderful cycling scene first hand. You can check more about their profiles here.
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