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  1. Geraint Thomas Paris Nice Prints

     

    The Tour de France is in full swing and at the time of writing it’s been a flawless display from Chris Froome and Team Sky. Froome has been protected brilliantly by his team and Geraint Thomas is right at the heart of that! With Geraint riding so well and the Olympics coming up there is definitely cause to be optimistic about British cycling!

    To celebrate we’ve got an official framed Geraint Thomas print to give away. The print was commissioned by Team Sky and created by Richard Mitchelson when Geraint won the prestigious Paris Nice race back in March.

    Richard Mitchelson draws his main inspiration from commercial artwork of the 1950′s and the fast paced, action packed, character filled world of cycle racing. He has done a large range of prints for Team Sky which can be viewed at teamsky.com

    You can take part in the competition here!

    Good luck!

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    Signed Frame Giveaway Terms and Conditions

    Eligibility

    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The Twitter promotion begins at 10.00 on 21st July and closes on 27th July 2016 British Summer Time (BST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet, an email address, and a Twitter account

    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

     

    How to Enter

    5. To enter this promotion, visit twitter.com/PYB_Bike, follow the Protect Your Bubble Twitter account from your Twitter account, and re-tweet the competition tweet which will include hashtag #GFrame and ‘RT & Follow’

    6. Retweeting of any other post during the date range specified above that does not contain the phrase above does not count as an entry

    7. Entrants must continue to follow the @PYB_Bike Twitter account following entry into the promotion in order to continue to be regarded as eligible

    8. Entrants must not publish repeated Tweets

    9. Entrants must not attempt to enter the promotion using multiple accounts and entrants found to be doing so will be ineligible to participate in the promotion. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure they comply with Twitter’s rules regarding usage

     

    The Prize

    10. There is 1 winner who will receive a framed Geraint Thomas Paris-Nice print

    11. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winners are responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.

    12. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

     

    Winner Selection and Notification

    13. The winner will be randomly selected on 5th Augst by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period in accordance with these terms and conditions.

    14. The Promoter will contact the winner within one week of on 5th August via private message on Twitter. Prize will be posted to the address provided by the winner within 7 working days of the winner claiming. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    15. The winner is required to respond to the private message notification within 7 days in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    16. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.

    17. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    18. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    19. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

     

    General

    20. The twitter handle, name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Paris Nice Giveaway, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 5th August

    21. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    22. By entering, entrants and winners (as applicable) grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    23. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html

    24. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    25. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    26. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    27. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Twitter from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    28. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

     

  2. Geraint Thomas: The Tour de Suisse & Preparation for the Tour de France

    The Tour de Suisse was my final race before the Tour de France. It didn’t really go to plan though…

    We started ok with a prologue and 3 up and down stages. I felt ok during these stages but the main challenge was the weather as it rained for each stage. The weather didn’t really effect me too much; being from Wales I’m used to the rain! However each morning when you open up the curtains and it’s raining outside again, you do begin to wonder where its all coming from! The main challenge when racing in the rain is the stress in the bunch. Obviously everybody wants to be at the front where there’s less chance of crashes and you constantly feel the pressure to get there and get comfortable. The only bonus was that it didn’t rain on the final TT.

    From a physical point of view I didn’t feel 100%, I was there or there abouts for most of the week and I was still in the top 10 going into the final stage. However this stage is were it all fell away for me. The stage was cut short and was basically up and down a big mountain. I was dropped around halfway up,

    so by the time I was at the top I was already 4 minutes down on time and out of the top 10. So with the Tour de France in mind I stopped on the side of the road to get some kit on. I needed help from the swanny to get my gloves on, as I couldn’t feel my fingers it was so cold! I ended up stopping again to put on some more warm kit and by the time I got to the finish I was over 10 minutes down and pretty disappointed with the day and week as a whole.

    I spoke a lot to my coach and the nutritionist afterwards and learnt a few lessons. Prior to the race I’d had a big block of training and also was pushing the diet a lot, maybe a bit too much. I really wanted to do well in Suisse and also in the Tour and got a bit carried away. I over did it to a point and so went into the race a bit under fuelled and not fully rested. It was a good lesson to learn. After Suisse has all been about trying to freshen and fuel up before the Tour. It will be my 7th Tour de France and I’m as excited as ever! It’s going to be a big July ahead. Hopefully we can go back and win another yellow jersey with Chris Froome. Anything else would be a bonus

  3. Tour De France 2016 Competition

     

    The 2016 edition of the Tour de France or le tour as it’s commonly & affectionately known is due to kick off on Saturday 2nd of July. Chris Froome of Team Sky and Great Britain is looking to become the first Brit to win the tour 3 times and perhaps more impressively back to back. No rider has managed this feat since 1995 when Miguel Indurain won the tour for the 5th time in a row. (*excluding Lance Armstrong whose wins are no longer recognised)

    To celebrate this years Tour de France we’ve teamed up with Chain Reaction Cycles and are offering one lucky Twitter follower the chance to get their hands on £250 vouchers for the cycling superstore! To enter simply head on over to our Twitter page and Tweet us a screenshot of the team that you think will contain the overall GC winner of the tour!

    To enter please go to the following link and make sure you include #PYBtour in your answer!

    https://twitter.com/PYB_Bike/status/746281886318727168

    Good luck to all those that enter! Full T&Cs Below

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    Tour de France Giveaway Rules

     

    Eligibility

     

    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The promotion begins at 11.00 on 24nd July 2016 and closes at 11.59 on Friday 1st  July 2016 Daylight Saving Time (DST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet and a Twitter account.

    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

     

     

    How to Enter

     

    6. Watch the video vine posted on the PYB_Bike Twitter feed entitled “Which Team will contain the GC winner of the TDF?” take a screenshot when you see the Team you think will contain the overall General Classification winner and post a reply tweet. Your reply tweet must contain the #PYBtourwinner hashtag.

    7. No entries from agents, third parties or those automatically generated by computer or any software will be accepted. Incomplete or corrupted entries will not be accepted. Entries are valid only if they comply with all the requirements stated in these rules.

    8. Entrants must continue to follow the @PYB_Bike Twitter account to be eligible.

    9. Entrants must not publish repeated tweets.

    10. Entrants must not attempt to enter the promotion using multiple accounts or multiple entries across different social media channels. Entrants found to be doing so will be ineligible to participate in the promotion. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure they comply with Twitter’s rules regarding usage.

     

    The Prize

     

    12. There is one winner. The prize is £250 of Chain Reaction Cycles vouchers

    13. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winners are responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.

    14. The prize is not transferable & cannot be exchanged. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

     

    Winner Selection and Notification

    15. All correct answers will be put into a draw and a winner will be randomly selected on the 30th July by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period in accordance with these rules.

    16. The Promoter will contact the winner within one week of 30th July 2016 via private message on Twitter. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    17. The winner is required to respond to the private message notification within 7 days in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    18. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.

    19. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    20. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    21. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

     

    General

     

    22. The Twitter handle full name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Tour De France Winner, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 30th April 2016

    23. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    24. By entering, all entrants grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    25. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html

    26. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    27. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc.,and Chain Reaction Cycles and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    28. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    29. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Chain Reaction Cycles or Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Chain Reaction Cycles  or Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Chain Reaction Cycles and Twitter from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    30. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect Your Bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683

     

     

     

     

  4. Our Top Tips on cycling to work safely

     

     

    If you’re me and you cycle to work every day, you’ll probably have colleagues and family members telling you how brave you are as it’s generally thought that those who choose 2 wheels instead of 4 to get to work have a death wish. However government finings in 2013 showed that you are over x2 more at risk whilst walking to work than cycling to work. (Source)

    Get the right gear: First of all make sure you have the proper gear. This might seem obvious but the amount of people I see on my cycle to work who don’t own or wear a helmet is frightening and you’re just unnecessarily increasing without one. You don’t have to wear a fluorescent high-vis jacket but bright clothes will help you to be seen on the road. A good pair of lights are also a must, try to get an LED pair as they tend to last longer and the flashing settings will help draw attention to you.

    Be confident: It’s important to remember that you have as much right to be on the road as a car does. Confidence breeds confidence and a driver is much more likely to give you respect if you ooze confidence. When riding on the road make sure you don’t cycle in the gutter and always keep at least 75 cm away from the kerb. This will not only help drivers see you but it should also stop drivers going for risky overtakes when there really isn’t the room to do so.

    Assert yourself: At junctions or feeder lanes. When cycling and approaching a junction the best thing you can do is eyeball a driver, especially if he is looking to pull out across you. By eyeballing a driver you’ll make sure he’s seen you and it will also make him think twice about pulling out. You’ll also be able to see from his motions what he’s looking to do. If his driving style appears to be aggressive move out slightly towards the middle of the lane. This will make you easier to see and also allow you to go round the front of the car if the driver is edging out. Regardless of whether it’s dark or not always keep your headlight on a flashing setting. This will help draw the driver’s attention. The other thing to do, especially with a feeder road is to hold your position. It’s quite easy to drift off the actual road and then find yourself in a compromised position once the feeder turn off or feeder lane has come to an end.

    Signal properly: It’s important that you signal properly and like you mean it! By signalling properly you let drivers know exactly what you plan to do and where you plan to go. If you need to turn right make sure you start signalling early and begin to move into the middle of the road. Failure to do so could see cars continue to overtake you and trap you on the inside.

    Undertake & Overtake with caution:, We’ve heard a few people and read a few articles say that it’s ok to undertake if traffic is stationary. However in our opinion this needs careful consideration. Drivers don’t tend to check their inside mirrors and there is absolutely no chance of a bus or lorry seeing you on the inside.  If there is an emergency vehicle coming the traffic will need to shunt over to the left and you could find yourself under a lorry or bus. Plus you will be amased how often a passenger jumps out of a car on the inside, assuming there is nothing coming up from behind!

    When overtaking it’s important to stay observant of your surroundings. Where possible make sure you leave enough room to adjust if a door opens in front of you. At traffic lights it’s always best to overtake all the stationary traffic and position yourself at the front of the queue. This will make you seen as well as negating the risk of being knocked off by vechiles turning left.

    Happy Cycling – Protect Your Bubble

  5. Geraint Thomas reflects on a disappointing Tour De Romandie

     

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    The Tour of Romandie didn’t quite go to plan for myself or the team recently. I was struggling with fatigue after pushing hard in the first part of the season and so felt tired and not as good as I have done previously this year. 

     

    The weather at the race didn’t help a lot either! When we arrived to the team hotel, it was snowing and also settling on the road. Luckily we could still race but it was certainly the coldest week of racing this year. We started with a 4km prologue, with a few snow flakes falling around. It was a good start to the race with Kwaito and myself 3rd and 4th respectively on GC.

     

    Unfortunately it was all downhill from here for myself and I slowly dropped out of GC contention. Froomey also had some bad luck on the first mountain stage when he punctured on the penultimate climb. The race was really heating up at this point so there were a lot of riders dropped and groups everywhere. This meant our team car wasn’t behind the front group as they were stuck behind dropped riders, so Mikel Nieve stopped and gave Froomey his front wheel. As the pace was so high they couldn’t get back, which meant I was the only guy left in the front group. I tried to get a result for the team but I cracked 5km to go and lost about 50sec to the winner Nairo Quintana.

     

    The rest of the race was about getting what we could from it. Froomey won stage 4 with a really impressive ride which was great to see. On the final stage we tried to set up our sprinter Ben Swift for the final but unfortunately there was a big crash which he got caught up in. Luckily he wasn’t too badly injured, with no fractures or breaks. That’s classed as a ‘lucky crash’ for Ben, as he’s had a lot of injuries and operations following crashes so we were glad it wasn’t too serious.

     

    After Romandie I had a mini break. A week off, to do what I want, ride my bike a bit but with no structure or stress. A little break mid season helps me to freshen up mentally as much as physically before another big block. It’s a chance to spend some quality time with my wife and enjoy a few drinks and meals out. 

     

    Next up is another 2 week training camp up in Tenerife, followed by Tour de Swiss, potentially National TT Championships and hopefully the Tour. I’m definitely going to enjoy a steak and an ice cream while I can! 

     

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