Trail Break Events has reported healthy like-for-like slaes growth for the first month of 2009.
The events specialist told BikeBiz: "Compared to the same month in 2008, Trail Break's January sales figures have grown by 13.5 per cent. That's purely down to increased bookings too, as we've frozen our prices for 2009."
Trail Break run over 30 events per year covering both off road and road cycling (as well as its popular Southern and Sunday Sportive events), and has a 15 year history in the business to help them gauge industry trends.
"It's very encouraging. January 2008 was a record month in itself, so to show significant growth now, in the current climate, is excellent news. The start of the year is a key period for us; with a number of new season launches and people making their plans for the year ahead this is often a good barometer for the coming season. While there's still a lot of uncertainty about what the coming months hold for the UK economy, hopefully this is a positive indicator for the bike industry, one that says there is still plenty of growth in the market."
Trail Breaks 2009 schedule, which is now listed among BikeBiz's events page, is as follows:
2009 Trail Break Off Road Events
7th February Southern Trail Ride, Woodcote, Oxfordshire
8th February Navigator Race, Woodcote, Oxfordshire
7th March Southern Trail Ride, Cranleigh, Surrey
8th March Navigator Race, Cranleigh, Surrey
25th April Southern Trail Ride, Princes Risborough
9th May Southern Trail Ride, Duncton, W. Sussex
6th June Southern Trail Ride, Reigate, Surrey
4th July Southern Trail Ride, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire
15th August Southern Trail Ride, RATZ site, nr Woodcote, Oxon
05-6th Sept South Downs Lemming Trail, South Downs Way
26-27th Sept MaXx Exposure, QE Country Park, Hampshire
10th October Southern Trail Ride, Dunsfold, Surrey
Southern Sportive 2009
13th September - Petersfield
2009 Sunday Sportive Road Events
26th April - Princes Risboro
10th May - Duncton
7th June - Reigate
5th July - Wantage
16th August - Woodcote
11th October - North Downs
For other industry events, see BikeBiz's events page