Everything is bigger in Texas: meet the group ride regularly attracting 800 cyclists

The Breakfast Club started as a few friends meeting up for a ride and breakfast

Austin's Breakfast Club is the largest group ride in the country
(Image credit: Simon Krenk)

The anticipation builds all month. And when that Saturday approaches, and the Breakfast Club hosts their monthly supported group ride, Austin is awash with cyclists all headed to the same place. 

Hundreds gather for the free pre-ride coffee and nutrition while police escorts stand at the ready to safely guide the swarm of riders through a predesignated route. The ride is fast but friendly — a monthly opportunity to test your legs while catching up with all your bike friends and linger over post-ride food and beers for hours afterward. And then, next month, we do it all over again. 

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Elizabeth Harroun

Liz is a freelance writer whose favorite topics include sports, health, and nutrition. She began riding road bikes five years ago and loves to dabble in local criterium races, although she gets the most joy from bike adventures with her friends and family. With a daughter on the way, she's looking forward to setting an example for how women are capable of any endeavor—and how to have fun along the way! Based in Austin, Texas, she also loves rock climbing, making art, and film photography