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Ride with us and break the cycle of human trafficking worldwide

What is Break the Cycle?

Break the Cycle is a series of cycling events, run relays, and other endurance events across the US, UK and Norway, which raise funds for Hope for Justice to transform lives in the fight against human trafficking.

Our flagship event series is Break the Cycle 200, where we ride 200 miles together in a single day with one purpose: to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Through our ‘Challenge’ events, we can also offer shorter rides of 100, 50 or 25 miles for some locations.

You can see confirmed events and locations below. We have had rides in places including Iowa, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Minnesota, Norway and the UK, and we are expanding each year! So take a look if there’s an event near you!

What does it take to cycle for 200 miles? Watch this video to find out!

“Break the Cycle 200 gives me the opportunity to do something I love… and make a real difference in the fight against human trafficking.”

Deanne, Team Iowa

The Events

When you sign up for a Break the Cycle event, you aren’t just registering for an endurance event. You’re joining a movement to end the exploitation of some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

You’ll need to commit to raising at least $500 for Hope for Justice. We’ll give you all the help and support you need to ensure you succeed!

Here are the upcoming events where registration is now open:

May 6

Break the Cycle: Dallas

Break the Cycle uses endurance events to raise awareness and funds to help end modern slavery through the rescue and restoration efforts of Hope for Justice.

Why join the Break the Cycle team?

Funds raised by the amazing cyclists and athletes who choose to get involved with Break the Cycle help rescue and restore the lives of survivors like Esther. She was forced into sex trafficking in the United States but is now free, and is turning her life around. Your efforts will also help prevent human trafficking, and bring about the societal change we need to stamp it out.

Break the Cycle events fund Hope for Justice programs that help victims and survivors of human trafficking

“I saw my parents and brothers and sisters killed, so the Hope for Justice team is my family. The staff here gave great support and made sure I get the health care and counseling I need. I’m so grateful.”

Human trafficking survivor

We cycle many miles, on many days, and in many different cities with one goal: to break the cycle of human trafficking. To end it, forever.

It’s unacceptable that across the world, it’s estimated that 50 million people are victims of human trafficking. Adults and children are being forced into sexual, labor or criminal exploitation, or forced marriage, to profit traffickers who benefit from their misery.

Not a cyclist? We still need you!

We need volunteers to help us the evening before the events, and throughout event day. If you would like to be a part of the volunteering team get in touch!

Sponsorship opportunities

By sponsoring Break the Cycle 200, you can help our event to transform the lives of trafficking victims and bring about an end to exploitation.

Contact Break the Cycle founder, Rocky Vest, at rocky.vest@hopeforjustice.org for more information on sponsorship opportunities

Break the Cycle: The history

Break the Cycle 200 was created in 2012 by cycling enthusiasts and friends, Rocky Vest and Andy McCoy, on Rocky’s back porch in Iowa, in the Midwest United States. The first Break the Cycle 200-mile event took place that year; the four participants raised $2,500.

Rocky has since grown the event into international anti-trafficking movement, with multiple cycling events taking place each year across the US, as well as the UK and Norway. Rocky also takes part in Break the Cycle 200 every year. He has raised many thousands of dollars, recruited hundreds of riders and event sponsors, and spread the word about human trafficking far and wide.

To date, close to 300 cyclists have taken part in Break the Cycle 200, raising over $1 million to help Hope for Justice rescue victims and put an end to exploitation. Join Rocky and the rest of the Break the Cycle 200 team, and help break the cycle of human trafficking.

Rocky Vest with Hope for Justice Head of Events, Marie Popko

“With a child being trafficked for sexual exploitation every two minutes in the United States, your support has never been more needed. Come and ride with us this year, and help break the cycle of human trafficking.”

Rocky Vest, Co-Founder of Break the Cycle