IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION:
IMPORTANT – If you are travelling to a country against FCDO advice, ONLY our High Risk Voyager policy is valid. This policy is primarily for working or studying abroad, though leisure trips of up to 31 days can be covered.
ALL our other policies, including Motorcycle Silver & Motorcycle Gold, are completely invalid if you travel to a country against FCDO advice.
Cycling Travel Insurance
If you’re the sort of person who likes to break a sweat on their travels then a cycling holiday will be right up your street. Combining the opportunity to explore beautiful areas and see the local countryside and attractions with a chance to get some good exercise, many Brits head out on cycle touring holidays every year.
We have a range of insurance for cycling, that can cover Road or Mountain Biking, including Downhill Racing at a supplement, Cycle Touring, Triathlon, Events and Event Training Abroad
There are many places to go on a biking holiday, with Spain and France particularly popular because of their challenging terrain and stunning mountain scenery. Of course, riding on foreign roads does offer its own risks, as you aren’t familiar with all the rules of the roads or the driving behaviour of its drivers. Unfortunately, this can lead to accidents and it’s important that if you’re unlucky enough to be involved in one that you have the proper cycling touring insurance in place to cover you.
Please note that your bike is not covered at all under the cycle touring insurance policy. We would recommend that you get your bicycle covered on your household policy or insure it separately with a specialist insurer.
The exception is our Gold policy, which can offer limited bicycle cover at extra cost. This Cycle Insurance is included under the Sports Equipment option and can cover your bicycle up to a maxcimum of £1500, with conditions.
IMPORTANT. There is also a clause under the Baggage/Personal Possessions section, stating that there is no cover for sports clothes and equipment whilst in use.This means that your cycling helmet and cycling clothes/goggles etc are not covered if damaged in an accident etc.
One of the key things to be aware of when riding abroad is to be suitably prepared and protected. Always wear a helmet, as if you are involved in an incident and aren’t wearing one, it may be cause for your travel insurance to be void. Most cyclists will always take the relevant precautions and it’s never more important to do so than when on a cycle touring holiday abroad.
At Navigator, we want to ensure you get the correct cycling holiday insurance for your trip. If you’re not sure exactly what level of sports cover you need then get in touch and we will help guide you through the policies available. Of course, if you know exactly what you want then you can go and get a quote online right now!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I covered for cycling as my main mode of transport, such as on a cycle touring holiday?
Yes, our policies do not restrict the amount of an activity that you do. You are covered to ride every day. Some of our policies charge extra, according to altitude, but others don’t. If you are likely to ride at higher altitudes, it would be best to avoid the former.
Is my bicycle covered for theft, loss or damage on these policies?
No, our policies specifically exclude cover for bicycles. Some of our policies (Navigator Silver, Gold & Diamond) have an optional add-on for Sports Equipment, which includes bicycles, though the cover is low (£750), with several exclusions and conditions.
Do these policies cover me for Personal Liability whilst cycling?
Yes, you are covered. Personal Liability cover is excluded if the claim arises from using a “mechanically propelled vehicle”, but a normal bicycle is not classed as “Mechanically propelled”.
Is mountain biking covered?
Yes, our policies cover mountain biking. Some of our policies charge extra, according to altitude, but others don’t. If you are likely to ride at higher altitudes, it would be best to avoid the former. The discipline of Downhill (DH) is treated rather differently. Some of our policies exclude it altogether, others charge extra for it, and the extra costs are high. Strangely, they define “Downhill” as using an uplift, which we disagree with, but that is the definition that the insurers use!