Specialist triathlon bike insurance from cycleGuard
Protect your triathlon bike and accessories
Designed for speed and agility, triathlon bikes must also be streamlined with a lightweight yet sturdy frame, to give their rider the edge over the competition. Take a look at what our cover can offer you.
Why protect your triathlon bike with cycleGuard?
See how cycleGuard can protect you, your triathlon bike and accessories
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What's included in my triathlon bike insurance?
What am I covered for?
When time and speed are the most important factors when competing in a triathlon, you want to be sure that your triathlon bike is protected.
Theft and Accidental Damage
Had a bump or a scrape on your triathlon bike?
If your triathlon bike is stolen from your home or damaged in a crash or accident whilst out training or just clocking up the miles, cycleGuard is there to help get you back on your ride. Cover available for bikes up to £20,000. Security and lock requirements apply.
Race and Compete Cover Option
Can I get cover whilst I’m competing in a triathlon or duathlon?
From the shorter sprint-distance events through to Iron Man, our Race and Compete package option extends your cover to include amateur triathlons and duathlons, cover for your race fess and associated travel costs and extended transition area covers. Excludes pre-existing conditions.
Heading overseas with your triathlon bike?
If your training or competing takes you outside of the UK, our cover for your triathlon bike and accessories will automatically include 30 days cover in the EU. Worldwide cover option also available. Cover whilst competing only applies if you have chosen our Race and Compete cover option.
New for Old Cover
Why should you lose out when making a claim?
We understand what your bike means to you, which is why we offer genuine new for old replacement, and we don’t depreciate the value of your bike when you make a claim. Proof of purchase needed when making a claim.
Is your triathlon bike covered in the car?
You can rest easy when you’re away from home and your triathlon bike is being securely stored in your car or secured to your bike rack, as we automatically include theft cover for bikes left in or on unattended vehicles. Security requirements apply.
Optional extras for your triathlon bike
Global Travel - For those events and training sessions that are further away, extend your cover to include 12 months worldwide. With up to £300 bike box cover and up to £150 emergency bike-hire if your triathlon bike is stolen or damaged. Max. 60 days per trip.
£5m Public Liability - If you accidentally injure someone or damage their property while out cycling, we can provide up to £5m to protect against the costs of liability claims made against you. Cover only applies in the UK.
Personal Injury - Up to £25,000 cover for treatments and incidental costs following a cycling-related injury, aimed at helping you to recover and get back on the trails. Excludes pre-existing conditions.
Race and Compete - Extends your policy to amateur triathlon and duathlon events and covers the cost of up to £750 in race fees and £500 in associated travel and accommodation if you are injured and can’t make the start-line.
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Frequently asked questions about triathlon bikes
Want to find out more about our triathlon bike cover?
If you’re wondering what our triathlon bike insurance includes, then we’ve answered a few questions here!
What makes a triathlon bike different?
You’ll notice that a triathlon bike looks different to a road bike. But what really makes a triathlon bike special? The frame geometry of triathlon bikes is designed to streamline your body position and to place the rider further forward than on a typical road bike. The reason why triathlon bikes are different to road bikes is to not only help achieve maximum aerodynamic output, but also to ease the burden on the riders’ quads and hamstrings before embarking on the running stage of the event.
What are the distances in a triathlon?
There are a few different iterations of triathlon that you can compete in and these can each consist of different distances. The distances in triathlons are:
- Standard or Olympic triathlons: Swim (1.5km), bike (40km), run (10km)
- Ironman Triathlon: Swim (3.8km), bike (180km), run (42.2km)
- Half Ironman: Swim (1.9km), bike (90km), run (21.1km)
- Sprint Triathlon: Swim (750m), bike (20km), run (5km)
Can I insure my triathlon clothing?
Yes! If you’re taking part in an upcoming triathlon, then our Race and Compete option means that you can cover up to £200 of triathlon clothing that is lost or damaged in a transition area. Include any of your cycle related clothing and equipment in our accessories option and you can cover up to £2,500 worth of kit against theft and accidental damage.
Do you cover more than one bike on a policy?
Yes, we can cover yours and your family’s bikes on one policy, which will automatically include your Multi-bike Discount, with a maximum combined value of £20,000. If you're looking for insurance for triathlon bikes over this amount, then please contact us by either:
- Phone: 0333 004 3444
- Email: email@example.com
How does Cycle Rescue work?
If your policy start date is from the 1st March 2022 onwards:
We will reimburse you or a member of your family for the cost of a single taxi journey, up to a maximum of £200, to your onward destination or insured location with your insured bicycle, if you are unable to complete your cycling journey in the event of:
- the theft of the insured bicycle, or
- accidental damage to the insured bicycle, or
- irreparable breakdown of the insured bicycle, or
- irreparable puncture to the insured bicycle, or
- an injury whilst cycling the insured bicycle.
Cover applies within the United Kingdom only, and for incidents that occur more than 1 mile from our insured location. A valid receipt from a registered taxi company will be required as proof of expenditure, which can be included within your claim.
If your policy start date is before the 1st March 2022:
You will receive a contact number for "Call Assist" the recovery breakdown providers. We would recommend that you store this number on your mobile phone or in an accessible place when you are out cycling. Call Assist have over 1,500 recovery agents and will despatch the nearest one to recover you and your bike. They will then travel to your location and transport you to the nearest one of the following:
- A suitable cycle repair shop
- An appropriate railway station
- A car rental agency
- The nearest overnight accommodation
- Your home
Am I covered if I lend, loan, or hire my triathlon bike to another person?
Your triathlon bike will be covered for use by other members of your family. A family member means parents, spouse, partner, siblings, or children / step children, but only when living at the same insured location (where your insured bike(s) is usually kept, which should also be your main place of residence).
Our Race and Compete cover option will also extend accidental damage cover to riders at the same cycling or triathlon club.
What value should I insure my triathlon bike for?
The value should be the current, new undiscounted cost including VAT from a reputable dealer at the time you apply. End of season offers, and bargains do not count as the usual price.
What is the maximum value of triathlon bikes you insure?
We are able to offer a quotation up to a maximum value of £20,000 for individual triathlon bikes or multiple bicycles. You can insure up to 10 bicycles on one policy providing the total value does not exceed the £20,000 limit.
If you have a triathlon bike or bicycles over that value, we may be able to offer you a quotation. You can either call us for your individual quote on: 0333 004 3444, or alternatively you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you only cover UK residents?
Yes. You must be a UK resident and domiciled in the UK.
Is there an excess on this policy?
Yes, the excess amount will depend on the type and value of the claim.
- Claim amount is under £1,500 = excess of £50
- Claim amount £1,500 to £2,999 = excess of £100
- Claim amount £3,000 to £4,999 = excess of £150
- Claim amount is over £5,000 = excess of £200
For Public Liability claims, the first £500 of each claim arising from damage to third party property.
Can I add or make changes to the policy at any time?
Yes, you can make changes to your policy by simply logging in to your online account here, or by calling us on: 0333 004 3444
You can add or delete insured items and change some aspects of your policy. Note that additions will incur additional costs. Additional premiums are charged on a pro rata basis from the date of change. Any cover options that you choose can only be added or removed when you first buy the policy or at renewal.
What is the minimum / maximum age to get cover?
The minimum age for the main policyholder is 18. Public Liability and Personal Accident cover (if you have chosen to include this on your policy) will only apply to anyone aged 16 or over at the time of any incident, and total permanent disablement cover is only available for anyone aged 65 or under.
I have previously had a criminal conviction. Will this affect my cover?
You must disclose any criminal convictions which have not been spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you are in any doubt as to whether this applies to you, you should call us to discuss your individual circumstances.
I have previously made a claim. Will this affect my cover?
You need to tell us about any cycle related losses or claims you have had within the last three years, whether insured or not. It is important that you make an honest disclosure of any previous claims or losses, as this could invalidate your cover.
Am I covered to take my triathlon bike abroad?
Yes, your policy will cover you for 30 days in the EU as standard, with the option to extend to annual worldwide cover (maximum 60 days per trip).
Please note that the Cycle Rescue cover, Claims Bike Hire and Public Liability cover option only applies to the United Kingdom. Public Liability cover is excluded from North America.
Does your policy cover triathlon bikes while on a plane?
Provided your triathlon bike is suitably packed in a bike bag or box and you have a receipt from the airline that your triathlon bike was checked onto the aircraft, then your bicycle would be covered against accidental damage. While under the responsibility of your transport provider, we don’t include cover against theft.
Extend your cover to include our Global Travel option and your bike box will be covered for up to £300 for accidental damage.
Is my triathlon bike only covered at the address I've given? Or will my triathlon bike be covered whilst locked elsewhere?
Providing you follow the security and lock requirements (you can find these here) your triathlon bike is covered whether at home, work or out on the trails anywhere in the UK and for up to 30 days in the EU.
It's very important that wherever you leave your bike, that it is securely locked through the frame, to an immovable object with an approved lock and is not left unattended, when you are away from your insured location, for more than 24 hours.
I live in a flat and have access to a private, communal cycle storage area. Can I be covered?
Yes, we can cover triathlon bikes stored in a “Communal Cycle Storage Area” providing they are locked through the frame to an immovable object with an approved lock.
We class a Communal Cycling Storage Area as: a fully enclosed residential cycle parking specific compound that is securely locked (only accessible through a lockable entrance which can only be opened by key or access code) and specifically dedicated to your insured location.
Does your policy cover triathlon bikes stored outside overnight?
When your triathlon bike is within the direct boundaries of your insured location (where your insured bike(s) is usually kept, which should also be your main place of residence), and if it is not being stored in a fully enclosed and locked building or cycle storage unit, your bike needs to be locked to an immovable object through the frame of the bike, with an approved lock.
If the bike is stored in a communal hallway it will only be covered if the hallway is on the same floor as your insured location and, again, your bike needs to be locked to an immovable object, through the frame of the bike, with an approved lock. The same lock requirements apply if your bike is stored in a “Communal Cycle Storage Area”.
When you are away from the home, such as at a campsite, you would be able to lock the bike to an immovable object with an approved lock, through the frame of the bike and leave it unattended for up to 24 hours.
I have accessories on my triathlon bike that are non-removable, such as mud guards, and bike pedals. If my bike is stolen, would I need to inform you of these additions? Or can I claim the insured value that I've increased to include the value of the accessories?
You need to include the value of your bike and any fixed accessories or replacement parts when taking out the policy. If you buy accessories later and add them to your bike, you can update the value of your bike through your online account or call on: 0333 004 3444
Do I need specific security on my vehicle or where I keep my triathlon bike?
What are your approved locks for triathlon bikes?
It is a condition of your insurance that you use an approved lock appropriate with the value of your triathlon bike. You can find our approved locklist which details our requirements here. Our approved lock list has been created to make sure that the best level of defence is being provided against cycle theft. When the lock is in use, it must be placed through the frame of your bike and secure the bike to an immovable object
For your triathlon bike to be covered and for any claims to be successful you must make sure that the lock that you are using is in-line with our approved lock list and the security requirements.
Making a claim with cycleGuard
We’ve made making a claim so easy
If you've suffered damage to or theft of your triathlon bike, we know how distressing it can be. That's why we'll do everything possible to deal with your claim promptly and get you back out cycling again. Our easy-to-use claims process is listed below with some helpful information regarding what to do if you need to make a claim.
1. Call the police
If you’ve been the victim of theft or malicious damage to your triathlon bike, your first port of call should be to inform the police.
2. Contact our claims team
Contact our in-house UK team to make your claim. You can call us on:
0333 004 1999 to get started, or alternatively, you can email us with details of your claim at: email@example.com
3. Make your claim
We'll provide you with your claim reference and talk you through the next steps. Should we need any further information to help process your claim, we can explain what's needed and support you.
Your policy document explorer
For customers whose policy started before 1st January 2021, you can access your policy documents here.
You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on: 0333 004 3444
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