Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pru Life UK lauds Filipino cyclists in the inaugural My Prudential RideLondon

Pru Life UK lauds the Filipino cyclists who joined the inaugural My Prudential RideLondon – the virtual edition of the world’s biggest cycling festival. The event attracted thousands of professional and recreational cyclists from 70 countries across the world for a celebration promoting cycling as a fun fitness activity.

Due to the pandemic, Prudential RideLondon shifted online this year and was powered by an app to make the experience more immersive. Over the course of nine days of cycling in their home countries, riders travelled a total of 212,043 kilometers – equivalent to circling the globe five times.

“Despite being thousands of miles apart, cyclists all over the world felt the rush of being part of My Prudential RideLondon. By tapping the power of technology, we were able to unite all participants and further our advocacy of bike-riding as a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation,” says Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer.

Organized by Pru Life UK’s parent company Prudential plc, Prudential RideLondon first took place in 2013 as a legacy event from the London 2012 Olympics. In its seventh year, the new format of the event enabled participants to virtually cycle and experience various distances and courses based on the actual routes around the United Kingdom capital. 

Through the My Prudential RideLondon app, GPS tracking tallied the cyclists’ distances and calculated their speed on the Surrey 19-, 46- or 100-mile routes. Meanwhile, the FreeCycle event was open for everyone, including those with self-propelled wheels like a wheelchair, push scooter, skateboard, or roller skates. All successful participants received a digital certificate with their completed route and time.

PRURide PH alumnus James Orlanda shows off his digital My Prudential RideLondon 2020 finisher’s medal after completing the Surrey 46.

Prudential RideLondon alumnus Nelsi Rabe from Pru Life UK Customer Contact Management who completed Surrey 46.

More than 11,000 people signed up across the globe including returning Prudential RideLondon cyclists who got to reminisce about their past rides, despite biking in their hometowns. Among the repeat RideLondon finishers were Pru Life UK employees Ryan Benguelo (2019 Surrey 100 finisher) and Nelsi Rabe (2019 Surrey 46 finisher), Ryan Lamayo (2018 Surrey 100 finisher) and Marvin Pacis (2017 Surrey 46 finisher), who all completed this year’s Surrey 46-mile course. Meanwhile, journalist Bim Santos also finished the Surrey 46 course with Rabe last year.

“I cycled in Rizal and it was challenging because it was cold and foggy there that day. But after completing the Surrey 46 ride, I felt really fulfilled the same way I was at Prudential RideLondon. Although the cycling event went virtual, I’m still grateful for being able to promote the benefits of cycling to my friends on social media,” shares Santos.

Prudential RideLondon alumnus Ryan Benguelo from Pru Life UK Customer Contact Management who completed Surrey 46.

Meanwhile, Speed Magazine media sales manager James Orlanda treated his My Prudential RideLondon as coming full circle following his PRURide PH participation last year. Completing the routes of Surrey 46 in the roads of Alabang and Cavite was quite tough, but Orlanda deemed the experience was definitely worth it. “I got to challenge myself and was even able to exceed my performance in PRURide PH last year. Furthermore, it helped me refresh my mental state and experience another novel adventure with my bike,” says Orlanda. 

Globally, some notable participants included Guinness World Record holders Cat Dixon and Raz Marsden; England rugby’s World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson and players Leon Lloyd, and Martin Corry; professional surfboarder and former Love Island contestant Laura Crane; and two-time Winter Olympian Aimee Fuller.

Prudential RideLondon alumnus Ryan Lamayo from Pru Life UK Underwriting and Claims who completed Surrey 46.

Prudential RideLondon alumnus Marvin Pacis from Pru Life UK Underwriting and Claims who completed Surrey 46.

The success of My Prudential RideLondon benefited many charities that support health frontliners, cancer patients, refugees, and other underprivileged communities that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Under its We DO Health initiative, Pru Life UK previously sent official Philippine delegations to London for four consecutive years, including celebrity ambassadors Gretchen Ho (Surrey 46 finisher), and Kim Atienza and Zoren Legaspi (Surrey 100 finishers). As a life insurance company, PRU Life UK is committed to advocate healthy living and financial security among Filipinos.

“During these challenging times, Pru Life UK stays true to its commitment to helping Filipinos take charge of their health. We hope to be able to emulate the recent success of My Prudential RideLondon with our very own PRURide so that more will be inspired to adopt cycling as a means to stay fit and healthy in the new normal,” adds Tumbaga.

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of more than 32,000 licensed agents.

The company ranked second (2nd) among the country’s life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s 2019 rankings in terms of new business annual premium income. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States, Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

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