Follow in the footsteps of the cycling pros in Florence with Hotel Savoy and De Rosa Bikes
Florence, August 2013
– With the cycling elite descending on Florence in September for the 2013 UCI World Road Championships, Rocco Forte’s Hotel Savoy has teamed up with the iconic Italian bike company De Rosa to offer their guests the chance to follow in the footsteps of the pros and experience the championship course first hand. Kitted out with a De Rosa bike, cycling enthusiasts will be able to join both Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman and CEO of Rocco Forte Hotels - a keen cyclist himself -, and Cristiano de Rosa, one of De Rosa Bikes’ owners, to sample a challenging 122 kilometer stretch of the course during the opening weekend of the event.
As part of the experience, riders will be fully kitted out with a De Rosa bike, set up specifically to their measurements. The company has been producing some of the finest examples of hand-built bike frames from their Milan workshop since 1953 and have supplied numerous pros over the years, including one of cycling’s greatest stars, Eddy Merckx, who went on to win nearly all major European races including the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, Milan-San Remo and of course, the World Championship on De Rosa bikes.
With the participants fully briefed during their ‘Riders Dinner’ at Hotel Savoy, the next morning they will head to Lucca by executive coach from where the cycling tour commences. They will then follow the full 106km Championship course back to Florence and also take on the 16km loop of the Florence-Fiesole-Florence part of the course. Those who still have the legs the next day can take part in another 100km tour through the scenic Chianti region, before returning to Florence to soak up the Championship atmosphere. Throughout their stay, nutrition will be overseen by renowned Italian chef Fulvio Pierangelini, who has especially for the occasion created energizing meals to fuel the rides.
Available from 20 to 22 September, the Cycling Experience* at Hotel Savoy starts from € 767 per person and includes:
• Two nights’ accommodation in an Executive Room, inclusive of the cyclists’ breakfasts and optional late check-out
• 122km cycling tour of the Championship Course and 100km cycling tour of the Chianti Region
• Use of a top of the range De Rosa bike throughout the two days, technical assistance and tour support
• Cycling outfit (jersey and bib) by PISSEI and energy bars by Powerbar
• A welcome reception, one ‘Riders Dinner’ and one ‘Riders Lunch’
To book or for more information, contact Hotel Savoy directly on email@example.com
For anyone accompanying the cyclists and wishing a more genteel cycling experience, Hotel Savoy has chic urban city bikes available to guests perfect for sampling Florentine life. The hotel will also arrange a guided visit to the beautiful Renaissance gem, Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
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Notes to Editors *Cycling Experience – Terms and Conditions
Participants must provide the following information by 9 September: Inseam length, arm length and height (to customize the bikes), size for the cycling outfit, doctor’s certificate of good health and are required to provide their own medical and liability insurance. Guests are advised to bring their own cycling gear: shoes, pedals, helmet, gloves, and sunglasses. Sun-block is recommended.
Rates are based on an Executive double room and on the participation of only one cyclist. Rates start from EUR 767 per night for double occupancy in an Executive double room, inclusive of VAT and exclusive of city tax. In the event that both guests occupying the room would like to participate in the cycling package, there is a supplement of EUR 550 for the second person for the two nights inclusive of VAT and exclusive of city tax. If guests would like stay on the Sunday evening, the booking can be extended at a special rate of EUR 440 inclusive of VAT and exclusive of city tax. Breakfast included. Hotel Savoy – Luxury in the heart of Florence
Located on the historic Piazza della Repubblica, Rocco Forte’s Hotel Savoy is the perfect place to absorb the intoxicating Florentine atmosphere. Guests are moments away from the Uffizi, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. Hotel Savoy epitomises contemporary Italian style; rooms and suites all feature carefully chosen ceramics while the bathrooms are decorated with mosaics. The hotel benefits from two unique Carita Spa Suites located in the Suite Brunellischi and Suite Signoria. The fitness centre on the top floor has panoramic views over the Duomo, and, in summer, the hotel’s popular bar and restaurant L’Incontro spills out onto the square. Rocco Forte Hotels
Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 11 individual hotels and resorts. Each property has a unique style, reflecting its nationality and location, but all share Rocco Forte Hotels’ trademark attention to detail, high quality and immaculate service. Established by Sir Rocco Forte in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; The Lowry Hotel, Manchester; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Brown’s Hotel, London; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily. Future openings: Jeddah; Marrakech; Cairo; Luxor.
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