More tourists spend their holidays on their bikes

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Recent statistics from analysts at Mintel have shown that more and more Britons are choosing to cycle whilst on holiday. Indeed, a survey of two thousand people has revealed that in 2006 450,000 cycling holidays were taken, a 30% increase from the previous year, with £120m being spent in total. The survey also shows that 16% of adults in the UK (8 million people) have already taken a cycling holiday, and this number is rapidly increasing.

As Richard Cope, a senior travel consultant at Mintel explains, "Britain is becoming a nation of cycling enthusiasts." With our growing awareness of environmental and health issues this is not surprising. As any cyclist will know, the benefits of travelling on bike whilst on holiday are numerous: it's cheap, healthy, fun, and it's a great way of exploring new scenery.

Bearing all this in mind, it is important to make sure that all eventualities are covered by a suitable insurance policy when on your cycling holiday. For example bikes are unfortunately very easily stolen as they are small and don't have the security devices you find in cars. Accidental damage to the bike can also occur, and sometimes there are accidents as well, along with a host of other problems.

It is worth considering a specialist cycle insurance policy since experts believe that the general insurers are unlikely to cover all the pitfalls that you may encounter whilst on your bike.

There are many cycling insurance companies out there that offer competitive deals but as with buying any kind of cover, do your research to make sure you find the best for you. One such company is Cycleguard, one of the major providers in the UK that has been trading for over ten years. Cycleguard offers a variety of flexible, packages. These are geared to everyone from competitive cyclists enrolling in sporting events to those travelling as a family with children. Another specialist company is Snowcard which is specifically tailored to those who are mountain biking or doing other mountain sports in the Alps.

To make the most of your cycling holiday, don't skimp on insurance and talk to the experts for the best deals. Whether you want a leisurely cycling trip abroad with your children, or would like to embark on sporting events like the Tour de France, there will be a great package you can use to make sure you stay safe.


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