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  1. Geraint Thomas discusses tour de Flanders , altitude training and the Cataluyna

    I’m currently training over in Tenerife at Altitude Camp. We are staying at 2000m on top of the volcano; it’s great for training and rest as there’s not much else to do here! 

     

     

    My last race was Tour of Flanders. It’s my favourite one day race of the year. It was the only cobbled classic that I have done this season. It was hard missing the other races like E3, Gent Wevelgem and Paris Roubaix. Going into Flanders I was confident that missing the build up races wouldn’t effect my performance. I was more concerned about getting there fresh and ready to race. I pulled out of Tour of Catalunya 9 days before as I wasn’t feeling 100% and hadn’t recovered properly since Paris Nice and San Remo. 

     

    I felt good during the final hour of racing in Flanders, which was good for my confidence going into the last part of the race. Unfortunately the result I was hoping for didn’t materialise. Like I mentioned I was feeling positive and hoping to attack in the final stages but my team mate Kawasaki (or as everyone else likes to call him Kwiatkowski) was already up the road so my hands were tied and options were limited. Up the penultimate climb, the Oude Kwaremont, the race split up when pre-race favourite Fabien Cancellara attacked. I was able to go with him until we caught a few riders, I lost his wheel and some momentum and just like that he was gone. I was in a group of 10, racing for 4th, but we were only a handful of seconds behind Cancellara and Vanmarke (2nd and 3rd place on the road). In these situations nobody in the group really wants to commit to riding the break back so it ends up being a game of cat and mouse and it is because of this that we didn’t catch them. I tried to get away towards the end when I attacked around 2km to go, as I wasn’t the fastest in that group and needed a good distance to aim for. I didn’t manage to hang on and ended up rolling in at 12th place. My team mate and good friend Luke Rowe finished well and was 2nd in the group, finishing 5th, which was a great result for him.

     

    Ah well, there’s always next year!  

    Geraint Thomas

  2. Virtual Easter Egg Hunt Competition

    There will be many Easter egg hunts all over the UK this weekend it’s great fun for all the family. A quick search on the internet and you’ll be bound to find a one in your area. The National Trust joins forces with Cadbury’s every year and run hunt across the country you can find details and a hunt near you HERE

    If you don’t fancy getting out or if the weather isn’t playing game, never fear Protect Your Bubble’s virtual Easter egg hunt is here. Not only could you win some yummy chocolate eggs in a Easter hamper but there is also a cracking £250 up for grabs.

    To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is watch our Gadget Insurance TV advert pinned to our Facebook and Twitter pages and tell us how many Easter eggs we have hidden in the video! All correct entries will be put into a draw with the winner pocketing a cool £250 and an Easter hamper filled with chocolate goodies!

    It’s not as easy as it sounds, those little eggs are nippy so keep your eyes peeled! Good luck and Happy Easter from the Protect Your Bubble team.

    Take part on Twitter HERE

    Take part on Facebook HERE

     

    Easter Egg Hunt 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 12.00 on 24th March 2016 and closes at 11.59 on Monday 28th March 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, an email address, Facebook or 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: There are two different ways to enter the competition across our social channels listed below. You may only enter once using either of these methods.

     FACEBOOK

    Watch the video post on the Protect Your Bubble Facebook page entitled ”The PYB Virtual Easter EGG Hunt” and comment below the post stating how many eggs you think have been placed in the video. Your comment must contain the #Eggsurance hashtag.

    TWITTER

    Watch the video post on the Protect Your Bubble Twitter feed entitled ” The PYB Virtual Easter EGG Hunt” and tweet a reply in the feed stating  how many eggs you think have been placed in the video. Your comment must contain the #Eggsurance hashtag.

    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 who enter via Twitter must continue to follow the @protectyrbubble Twitter account to be eligible. Entrants who enter via Facebook do not have to like the Protect Your Bubble Facebook page to be eligible

    9. Entrants must not publish repeated tweets or Facebook posts.

    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 Facebook and Twitter’s rules regarding usage.

    The Prize

    12. There is one winner. The prize is £250 & an Easter Hamper worth £37.99

    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. The winner will be randomly selected on 1st April  2016 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 1st April 2016 via private message on, Facebook or 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 & Facebook, full name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Virtual Easter Egg Hunt, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 1st 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, Facebook 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.

    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, Facebook or Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Facebook or Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Facebook, 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

  3. INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY – WHAT IT MEANS TO ME

    INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY – WHAT IT MEANS TO ME

    When I was younger, probably around the age of 18 my grandmother, who I was extremely close to and had a lot of respect for, asked me if I had voted in the General Election. In hindsight answering no, because all the political parties seemed the same and were a bit boring, was probably not the best response. What promptly followed was a large degree of outrage from said non-plussed granny, and a lecture on how women a few decades earlier had fought (literally) to give me the right to have a say in my future. I never made that mistake again, and proudly do register my vote every time there is a General Election.

    On a wider, day-to-day note, I have a lot to thank those early foot soldiers of the feminist movement for. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t consider myself a feminist (I think there is still a lot to be said for men being chivalrous), but I must thank those ladies for the opportunities that they helped open for me.  If they hadn’t have fought the good fight perhaps my life would be very different today. I am very proud of the career I have forged myself, happy for the opportunities that I have been given, passionate about my role as wife and mother in my wonderful family unit. I only hope that my 3 year old little girl (and one more on the way) grow up to see that they can be whatever they want to be as long as they work hard for it, and retain their integrity.

    We are very lucky in the United Kingdom – women largely have the ability to choose what they want in life – be it children, a career, to be the eternally single party girl around town. Sure, there’s always room for more equality in terms of pay, progression, etc (not hinting to my bosses of course J), but generally speaking we have freedom. There are still areas in the world where sadly women do not have this basic human right and that is why it’s important we celebrate the progress that has been made, but also to continue to push for greater equality for others globally. On that final note, if you haven’t already and you want to make your voice heard, you can make your pledge for parity at http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Pledge

    Helen Day

    Head of Customer Service Management

  4. Quadlock Bike Mounting system a Review

    The guys over at Quadlock sent us through a couple of their phone mounting systems so we could put them through the paces. For those unfamiliar with Quadlock, they are an Australian company who supply gadget mounting systems for cyclists, runners and drivers.

    What’s in the box?

    1 x quad lock Bike mount

    1 x Quad Lock Case

    1 x Waterproof phone cover

    2 x Mounting O-rings

    2 x Cable ties

    Price

    £44.95 (free UK  shipping) from Quadlock’s officially website. http://www.quadlockcase.co.uk/

    We set the iPhone 6S kit up and put it to the test every day for 2 ½ weeks. Here’s how we got on:

    Installation

    Installation is tool-less and couldn’t be easier, taking under 5 minutes which instantly scores this cycling gadget brownie points.  Simply position the Quadlock mount on your stem and use the two included mounting O-rings to loop underneath and attach the mounting system. There is 2 additional cable ties included if you want to be doubly sure of securing the mount down. All that’s left to do then is pop your phone in the included case and you’re good to go.

    Quadlock Installation

    Once the mount is on your bike, simply hold your phone at 45 degrees over the mount. Line the case up with the mount whilst holding down the quick release and twist back to 0 degrees where it will lock into place. You can check out our handy vine on installation here:

    Once in place there is no way your phone is moving. You can grab it, pull it or lift your bike up by your phone and nothing will break the connection. Certainty a very impressive start.

    Quadlocks mounting system in action

    The mounting system was fitted to my bike and used every day during my 10 mile round trip to work and back as well as a couple of off road rides at the weekend and during a few test rides.

    Out on the road my phone was put through all the elements from glorious sunshine through to driving rain and mud splattering’s.  Unlike my clothes which took a beating on several occasions the Quadlock had the answers for everything I threw at it whether it be rain or uneven surfaces.

    The positioning is excellent and makes using apps like Strava, MapMyRide & Maps very easy to use with the added bonus you can here communication from your phone. (location dependant) You can also see messages come through which can be helpful but at the same time also distracting.

    Over rougher terrain & in the wet

    The quad lock stayed mounted securely over all the terrain I crossed during the 2 ½ weeks I’ve been running it for. Whether it had been pot holes, tree roots or bumping down kerb’s at no point did I think the phone was at risk or the mount would fail.

    After switching to my mountain bike for a weekend ride. I came off during a particularly technical section of a trail and the phone and the mounting system both came through completely unscathed despite my bike wrapping round a tree.

    Here in the UK at this time of year it tends to rain every other day and the last couple of weeks have been no different. The iPhone kit comes with a waterproof casing that goes over your phone to keep the screen dry in the rain. I found that the touch screen was just about still operational but you have to be more forceful with your swipes. However in driving rain the water droplets certainly didn’t help. The good news is that my phone stayed dry and is still fully functional despite storm Imogen’s best efforts. Although, admittedly I haven’t vigorously tested the waterproof casing for more than 20 minutes.

    The case

    The case that comes in the Quadlock Bike mounting kit is slim and can be used for everyday use without being an inconvenience or feeling bulky in your pocket. It has the added bonus that it’s been designed to withstand impacts whilst out and about so it should aid the phone in standing up to day to day scuffs and bumps.

    Waterproof casing

    Summary

    In summary we absolutely love this little Bike gadget. If you’re looking for a mounting system for your bike whether it be during the commute, out on the road or hitting up the trails at Fort William this is the system for you. We expect to see a lot of these popping up on Bike’s all over the UK in the coming months.

    Want to get your hands on one?

    On Friday 25th February we’ll be launching a competition. We have 2 to give away to our followers! Simply head on over to @PYB_Bike on twitter and Retweet the pinned tweet. We’ll then pick two winners at random!

    Good Luck!

    Matt,

    PYB Marketing team & Cycling Enthusiast

  5. Fitbit Giveaway T&C’s

    We spent the last couple of weeks reviewing the best day to day wearable fitness trackers and the PYB team voted the Fitbit Charge HR the best piece of kit currently on the market. We have 1 Fitbit Charge HR to giveaway to a lucky follower. Full terms and conditions are listed below but if you’d like to read the article in full it can be accessed here: https://t.co/FZzBOIi0EE

    Fitbit Charge HR

    Fitbit Charge HR

     

    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 28th January 2016 and closes at 17.00pm on 5th February 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/protectyrbubble , follow the Protect Your Bubble Twitter account from your Twitter account, and re-tweet  the competition tweet which will include hashtag #PYBfit 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 @Protectyrbubble 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 one winner who will receive a Fitbit Charge HR.

    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 26th January 2016 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 26th January 2016 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; Fitbit Competition, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 30th January 2016

    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.

Prices may change. Protect Your Bubble is a trading name of Assurant Direct Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 5399683). Assurant Direct Limited is an Appointed Representative of Lifestyle Services Group Limited. Lifestyle Services Group Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 315245. You can check this on the Financial Services Register at http://www.fca.org.uk/ or by calling 0800 111 6768.

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