InterContinental Hotels Group


Press Release   •   Nov 01, 2011 05:13 EDT


Today, Holiday Inn, the official hotel provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, hosted a cycling experience to remember with 2011 World Champion and Tour de France Green Jersey winner Mark Cavendish.

The Ride with Cav event was open to all cyclists and took place at Redbridge Cycling Centre just half an hour from Central London. The first 100 cyclists that completed the ride were rewarded with a free breakfast served trackside, courtesy of Holiday Inn Express London Newbury Park.

Mark Cavendish is part of Holiday Inn’s Athlete Engagement Programme which supports 50 emerging and established British athletes, including Rebecca Adlington, Mo Farah and Victoria Pendleton, in their quest for medals by giving them over 1,500 free room nights.

Holiday Inn has provided athletes with free overnight stays at hotels around the world in the lead up to London 2012. Athletes and their support teams can use their free hotel night stays while they are training, competing or for rest and recovery. The hotels are from the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of brands and include InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites.

In return for hotel rooms, athletes provide unique experiences for Holiday Inn staff and guests. The Ride with Cav event is an example of one of these and follows hot on the heels of the Mo Farah 5,000 metre run that Holiday Inn hosted for keen runners earlier this year. Over 150 people turned out to run with the World Champion in Regent’s Park, London.

Cavendish said: “As I spend a lot of time away from home at cycling events around the world it’s great to have the support and free nights from Holiday Inn. It’s also a huge advantage to be able to have my coaching team and family with me when I’m training or competing abroad because they give me an extra boost.

I really enjoyed hosting this event for Holiday Inn. It’s been great to meet so many fans and to see so many cycling enthusiasts taking part.”

As part of its London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games partnership Holiday Inn will also:
• Work with LOCOG to host the athletes in the Athletes Village. Holiday Inn will use its hospitality expertise by providing residential managers, receptionists and concierges.
• Employ a number of aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes on a flexible basis at hotels in the lead up to the Games helping athletes to build their work experience and earn money while they train and compete.
• Use its hospitality expertise at all stages of the Games to deliver a warm welcome for everyone. As part of this partnership, Holiday Inn will support the Olympic Torch Relay, hosting the team as they travel around the UK.
• Welcome guests, including staff from LOCOG and other organising bodies, into hotels across London in the lead up to, during, and after the Games.