#bratcakes: A Wisconsin Bike Week Breakfast Tradition

#bratcakes: A Wisconsin Bike Week Breakfast Tradition

What do you get when you wrap a freshly grilled bratwurst in a pancake and top it with syrup?

While this question sounds like a setup for a joke, it is in fact the very question that gave birth to the Saris-created #bratcakes. Dreamed up over six years ago, the bratcake has graced the Madison’s Wisconsin Bike Week calendar every year since its inception. And as the years have passed, ridership – and fandom – for the event have grown beyond our wildest dreams.

Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path

Our #bratcake crew rolled up to our commuter station at 5:30am to kickoff this Madison bicycling breakfast tradition. In addition to the original bratcake, gluten free and vegan options were also available. To top off this year’s fun, Madison’s NBC 15 joined us for the morning, broadcasting our culinary creation to the rest of the community.

Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path

One of the highlights for us every year is getting to meet new bike commuters who have come out to our commuter station to try their very first bratcake. After all, this is the reason why we take to the Cap City Bike Path every year - to encourage more people to try life by bike.

It’s a huge compliment to us, and Wisconsin Bike Week, to see new riders hopping on two wheels – all in the name of trying this curious breakfast concoction. This year one Madisonian rode nearly 20 miles out of his way with the sole purpose of having his very first bratcake!

Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path

By the time the event ended at 9am we’d served up 1,010 #bratcakes - a new record! Here’s what it took to sling that many fresh-of-the-grill, made-from-scratch #bratcakes to the Madison cycling masses:

  • 50 lb of brats from Bavaria Sausage
  • 200 veggie bratwursts
  • 224 oz of buttermilk
  • 144 eggs
  • 30 lb of flour
  • 5 lb of gluten free flour
  • 30 oz of baking powder
  • 12 cups of maple syrup
  • 20 gallons of hot coffee from Marigold Kitchen
  • 2 cargo bikes from The Cargo Bike Shop
  • Maximum fun!

Thanks to everyone who came out in support of Wisconsin Bike Week! We’ll see you again at #bratcakes 2019.

Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path
Cyclists enjoying Bratcakes on the Madison, WI bike path