Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to the stuff we get asked a lot!
Everything you need will be sent to you by email 1-2 weeks before the event. Nothing will be posted to you; physical items will be ready for you to collect at the event. Read more here…
Which bike for which event – MTB or Gravel?
One of the questions we get asked the most is, which bike is best for a particular event? You might have noticed that our events are usually labelled as ‘MTB’ or ‘Gravel’, but we always add that any event is open to either kind of bike. So why is that, and which bike is going to be best for the event you have entered?
When we first introduced gravel to our event line up, we did so under the CX Sportive name, keeping the Trail Break name for our MTB side. But we’re in the process of rolling everything together under Trail Break, for one simple reason; gravel and MTB aren’t completely separate things. They are really two different approaches to largely the same type of riding, which is to say open hill / off-road / cross-country trail riding (which is exactly what our events offer). Now, that’s a fairly broad description, and “open hill trail” might cover what you think of as traditional MTB or traditional gravel terrain, or more likely, bits of both in the course of the same ride. And then there’s you to consider; depending on your individual experience and riding preferences, your definition of where the line falls between MTB and gravel may differ quite a bit from another rider.
So which bike is going to be right for you for the event you want to enter? To help you decide for yourself, we give a couple of guides. If the event name states MTB (such as the Afterburner MTB), it means ride has been designed to lean more towards MTBs (generally shorter distances, but slightly more technical/challenging terrain in places), but will still be fun on a gravel bike if you don’t mind it getting a little more gnarly in places. If the event uses Gravel in the name (like the Wildwood Gravel), it leans a little the other way (longer distances, a little less technical as a rule, maybe a few more road sections), but is still something you can enjoy on an XC MTB.
For a little more detail on specific events, we’re adding a suitability rating guide for different types of bikes to each event’s web page. This is all just a guide to help you decide which bike to use, or whether the event is going to be right for your bike; ultimately the decision is yours and you’ll be welcome at our events with any bike that you want to bring*. And if you’re really not sure, you can always contact us and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.
Are e-bikes allowed on your events?
E-bikes are welcome on our events, and ride timing for the event includes an e-bike category. When you book your place on the event, just tick the “E-bike” box on the booking form.
*To be allowed on this event, e-bikes must meet the definition of an ‘electrically assisted pedal cycle’ (EAPC) and be legal for use on UK roads and bridleways without a licence. For the definition and restrictions applying to an EAPC, see the government information at https://www.gov.uk/electric-bike-rules. Any bike that does not meet the definition of an EAPC, or that has been modified to exceed the restictions to an EAPC in the UK will not be permitted on our events.
I’ve entered an event. When will my information and bike number be sent to me?
Everything you need will be sent to you by email at least 1-2 weeks before the event. In some cases you may recieve information earlier, but an update / renider will always be sent to you in the week before an event. The information you are sent will include everything you need to know to get to and take part in the event, including route maps and GPS file downloads. Nothing will be posted to you; physical items such as bike numbers will be ready for you to collect at event registration.
What is the minimum age for junior riders?
We have reduced price entry for most event for Under 16 and Under 14 age groups. As a guide, we say that our events may not be suitable for most under 12s, but we don’t have a strict set minimum age for junior riders, as age is not always a good gauge of ability. Howeveer, we do require a parent or guardian to vouch for a junior riders ability and to accompany, and take responsibility for them on ther ride. If you are not sure whether an event may be suitable for your child, please feel free to phone or email us and we will try to advise you.