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About Trail Break

Who we are, what we do, and why we've been doing it for nearly three decades

Trail Break was formed out of a forward thinking corporate fitness programme in the late 1980s that provided off-road cycling to all those people that had been motivated enough to buy a bike but didn’t know how or where to use it. As the popularity of the sport expanded, demand grew and the service was opened up to the general public as a self managed events programme.

From day one, we have kept to our original aims and set out to provide new events and services that satisfied what people were really looking for – combining the excitement and physical challenges of mountain biking with the social aspects of a laid back sport. We have always maintained a commitment to bringing novices into the sport and helping them develop the skill and confidence to progress as riders, as well as catering for experienced mountain bikers.

The result has been a range of services that is as wide as it is deep. From 1994 to now, Trail Break has continued to move forward, bringing new ideas and turning old ones into classic events. From a 12 mile Saturday beginners ride around the north downs, to huge Trans-Andean Challenges, Trail Break have provided more mountain bike events and event types to more riders than anyone in the UK. Today, we continue ot provide our UK based trail rides and longer distance off road challenges alongside our growing calendar of CX Sportive events and popular road events at southernsportive.com; all together, the most varied programme of cycling events in the UK!

Join our friendly and busy events team!

Are you outgoing, motivated and interested in sports? We’re looking for new people to join our team, either for single individual events, or more regularly throughout our season. Our events happen at a range of venues and locations throughout the south. We have a history in event management stretching back over more than 20 years, and pride ourselves on running the most friendly and well organised events on the calendar, and creating a fun environment for our team to work in too. We’re looking for new members of our team to help in a variety of roles at events, including registration, catering, timing and checkpoint support. You’ll need to be hard working, outgoing, self-motivated and able to work on your own initiative, although you will be working with our established team members to guide you. For more information contact Phil or Martin on 0118 988 6041, or email info@cyclevents.org

A Brief History of Us

Trail Break dates back to time in the cycle events industry when there wasn’t even a cycle events industry! Here’s a brief timeline of some of our landmark moments.

1989

The Quad Squad is formed from a club and corporate activity background to introduce people to the new thrills of mountain biking.

1990

First guided UK Weekend Breaks and Downs Classic XC races. Trail Break
is born from it’s corporate activity roots, introducing the first waves of the mountain bike boom to the UKs best riding spots, and to MTB racing action in the heart of the south.

1993

The Quad Squad is formed from a club and corporate activity background to introduce people to the new thrills of mountain biking.

1994

First Trail Break Alpine Holiday. Trail Break become one of the first operators to organise Alpine MTB holidays, pre dating the alpine holiday explosion by several years.

1995

The Quad Squad is formed from a club and corporate activity background to introduce people to the new thrills of mountain biking.

1996

The Quad Squad is formed from a club and corporate activity background to introduce people to the new thrills of mountain biking.

1996

Launch of the South Downs Lemming Trail. First South Downs Way fully supported two day event. In planning and negotiation for this event, a temporary cycle accessible route for the first 20 miles of the SDW was agreed with local authorities (which is still in place today) and Harveys Maps were persuaded to produce the first unified map of the South Downs Way. The popular event ran for 20 years.

1997

First Southern Trail Ride. The Southern Trail Rides were born under the Trail Randonee name. This original Trail Break format has grown greatly in popularity and has been widely adopted elsewhere.

1997

The Ridgeway Lemming Trail is launched for the first of it’s ten editions, as a partner event to the South Downs Lemming.

1998

First UK Iron Bike. Also known as the Iron Lemming (extending the event concept created for the South Downs Way), this two day Welsh mountain epic 110 miler paved the way for the popularity of many open hill endurance events. The toughest event on the calendar in its day, it remains possibly the hardest two day event of its kind staged in the UK.

1998

First Trans Andean MTB crossing. Trail Break pioneer their massive 300km guided adventure across the Andes to the Amazon, a trip they would run for five years. the first organised and guided MTB trip to cross the Andes.

2004-2006

The Ridgeway Lemming Trail is launched for the first of it’s ten editions, as a partner event to the South Downs Lemming.

2005

The Pickle Challenge. Trail Break work with Seafarers UK on a demanding fundraising cycle event from Falmouth to Trafalgar Square in celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar’s 200 anniversary.

2005

First MaXx Exposure. Designed in partnership with Exposure Lights, the MaXx combines the appeal of endurance mountain biking with the potential of new generation lighting technology. Pitting the rider against 80 miles of the South Downs Way overnight, while offering a comprehensive and unique support structure, completion of the MaXx become a badge of honour for the UK’s best endurance riders.

2006

First Southern Sportive. Trail Break diversified into road rides and adopted the umbrella title of the Cycle Events Organisation following this first foray into road events. At the time, only a handful of cyclosportives existed in the UK, all in the north of England or Wales. The Southern Sportive was the first such event to be brought to the south and the home counties, and was a pivotal event in the sportive boom that followed. Southern Sportive is born as an entity in it’s own right on the back of the huge success of this event.

2007

The Ridgeway Lemming Trail is launched for the first of it’s ten editions, as a partner event to the South Downs Lemming.

2009

New high for Southern Sportive. The Southern Sportive reaches a new peak in popularity, attracting over 1,500 riders.

2010

The Great Western Sportive. Southern Sportive launch their second premier sportive event (in association with the Nationwide Building Society) to great popular acclaim.

2011

The first CX Sportive. After 18 months consideration, the Wildwood CX is launched as our first event for the new generation of disc equipped cross bikes (or gravel bikes as they are becoming widely known). The event receives a great level of interest and support, and is followed by a second event on the Ridgeway that summer.

2012

The first full season of CX Sportive events is launched, along with a new website for the new event style.

2014

New high for Southern Sportive. The Southern Sportive reaches a new peak in popularity, attracting over 1,500 riders.

2015

The Henley Highwayman becomes the first CEO event to feature a multi sport format (including a bike and run over a two day schedule).

2016

Battle in the Bowl is launched. The event is a full race format in a grand, enclosed arena, combining elements of gravel racing and pure cyclocross.