LAMPASAS — County commissioners Monday approved the first Lampasas Hillacious Bike Tour to be held April 12.
Organized by Vision Lampasas, Lampasas Association for the Arts (LAFTA) and the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce and touted as the “first organized bike tour of Lampasas County,” the noncompetitive event is designed to promote tourism in the area. The tour also will double as a fundraiser for the three organizations.
“I think it’s going to be a real boost to tourism in the county because they are actually just going to be leisurely riding along looking at all the sites in the county,” County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse said. “People will come in and hopefully eat a meal or two here.”
Cyclists can elect to ride one of five routes – a 9-, 23-, 36-, 45- or 80-mile loop. The tour begins at the intersection of West 10th and Broad Street in Lampasas.
County officials said they will ensure county roads are safe for bicyclists.
“The county roads that they are going to ride on, the commissioners will make an extra effort to patch any potholes there,” Boultinghouse said. “If it’s a particularly busy intersection, we may have somebody there to control traffic when the bike riders are coming through.”
According to Vision Lampasas, 300 riders are expected to participate in the tour and T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 300 participants who sign up. Support and gear vehicles, rest stations and an end-of-the-ride meal also will be available.
Cyclists can register now at www.bikereg.com/Net/lampasas-hillacious-bike-tour. Early registration is $35 and late registration, after April 5, is $45. For information or to volunteer, call the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce at 512-556-5172.
In other business Monday:
Commissioners defined the county employee policy for 2013 carryover vacation time, stipulating it must be used in the next 90 days or the time will be lost.
The purchase of a new brush cutter to trim trees on county roads was discussed. The item was tabled for further discussion at the next meeting Jan. 27.
The countywide burn ban was lifted through Friday and will go into effect again Saturday.