Castell Texas Hill Country Gravel Tour

Flat to rolling
Custom Route
SAG Support
Pro Photography
/ Person
Weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Deaton B
Response rate: 
Response time:
several hours
  • No guessing about where to ride. Guides know the area.
  • SAG always close by.
  • Flats with rolling hills, ranch creatures, birds overhead, and peace.
  • You can focus on riding while we photograph the moments.
  • add ons - transportation, bike rentals and chef created nutrition
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 Paleiozoic strata form prominent hills. Enchanted Rock is a part of the scenry as gravel roads meander through these sparsly populated old ranch lands. This gravel ride is in the quiet countryside on flat to rolling roads that allow you to enjoy nature with moments of adventure and impressive vistas. Note: Customized routes based on guests' preferences and weather.
Optional Fees
Transportation from AustinGroup
Free pickup at residence
Bike RentalPerson
Selection, Reservation, Custom-fit
Chef created nutritionPerson
Based on your nutritional preferences
I have been living & biking in Texas and Austin for the past 18 years. Guiding road and gravel tours for TXBT for the past couple years gives opportunities to meet guests from ... moreall over the world and share my best routes on less traveled bucolic gravel roads. Providng guests with professional quality photos of our time together as a gift is a pleasure. You can expect amazing photos at the end of your tour with me.

Dennis also manages Night Owls Racing team. Night owls has 13 members and races road, criterium and gravel races. Ted King, the 2x winner of Dirty Kanza, world most famous gravel race is one of the team's sponsors. You can watch his latest Ted King interview here.
I've been riding bikes since I was four, but I first got serious about riding when I was 12 or 13 years old and bought my first "real" BMX bike. It's been non-stop ever since. I ride ... morefor transportation, fun, and freedom. There's something liberating in the feeling of providing input on every level, moderating the interface between man and machine.

My most memorable ride was a race in Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It was a MTB ultra- marathon that started in an abandoned mining town on top of a mountain. The race was called Wirikuta. It was the only time I dropped out of a race due to exhaustion, and the level of support from the community was staggering. I went back and finished it the next year, cracking a rim but keepin' on going. The history of the area was shaped in part by its unique geography, and the cultural significance was apparent in the style of the trails. 

Adam is one of the founding members of, which was launched at the Dirty Kanza in 2018.
TXBT creates custom cycling experiences including mountain biking, road cycling, city cycling, and most importantly, gravel riding. Founded in 2012 with the goal of spreading the joy of cycling, supporting you in your desire to ride gravel is aligned with that goal. Realizing your vision of this guided tour is our focus.
We learn about your preferences, your cycling life and what you hope will happen. As we know the area well, we create a route that will match that information and provide a bit of a challenge along the way.
With a large trailer especially equipped to transport bikes and related gear, we provide ground transportation for you, your bikes, and if there is an overnight, your luggage etc. from Austin to the ride start. After the ride, you can be transported back to Austin or to your place of residence in the area.
The culinary experience director for TXBT prepares specialty items for you as a part of the ride. A past favorite has been handmade donuts and banana nut bread. You tell us what you want us to prepare and it will be there for you in the SAG wagon.
The routes are mostly gravel with some paved roads. The tires should be fatter than road bike tires. A cyclocross or mountain bike would work. There are bikes specifically sold as gravel bikes. Specialized Diverge Comp E5 and a Trek Domani would work too.
As we only have custom rides, there is no set schedule of rides to book. Sometimes we can make it all happen with short notice, but the more notice we have the better…to book the right guide for you, create the route, block the calendar, assign the SAG wagon, get that chef busy in the kitchen….
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