UCI World Championships Case Study

When the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships were held in Scotland from the 3rd – 13th August 2023, Qdos Event Hire supplied a wide range of units, including bespoke buildings and welfare facilities to multiple clients and venues. The event saw the world’s best riders assembling from around the world to compete across 13 UCI World Championships in the biggest cycling event ever staged.

With the bulk of the events held in Glasgow, we worked with temporary overlay specialist GL Events across several of the key sites in the city including George Square, Glasgow Green, Chris Hoy Velodrome/ Emirates Arena, Knightswood and BBC Headquarters at Pacific Quay.

Given the size of the project with the number of venues, clients and stakeholders involved it required meticulous planning with deliveries and installs planned to meet the specific needs of each site.

Amongst the 400 units supplied in total to GL were cabins, jackleg toilets, plastic toilets and storage containers from our standard fleet. However, there were also numerous units that were purpose built to meet the needs of both the competition holders and broadcasters.

This included Doping units built to very specific requirements that included several rooms, private spaces and welfare facilities.

At George Square we built a bespoke facility for the German and Italian broadcast complete with a viewing platform. Utilising our QVue units, we added balconies to deliver a vantage point for filming the closing stages of the road races. This was particularly complex due to the city centre location that required early morning road closures to facilitate its install.

We created a Broadcast Village at the BBC’s headquarters in Pacific Quay installing 12 of our QBox’s and mains mixed toilets. These units were utilised by broadcasters, technicians, production and editing teams. We also added air conditioning units, cable access points, steps and ramps.

In addition, we were contracted to deliver servicing to all the welfare facilities we installed onsite. This was challenging given the number of venues, their city centre location and, as you would expect of an event of this size and scale, varying requirements.

Working on behalf of Rare Management a further 25 units were also installed at Fort William for the Mountain Bike Downhill Championships where riders took on jumps, bumps, berms and rock gardens against the clock at white-knuckle speeds of up to 80km/h. The units included cabins for crew, right holders, commissaires, teams, organisers and suppliers, along with ticket offices, toilets, showers, modular buildings and storage containers.

For the Road Time Trial event held in Stirling and the Para-cycling Road events in Dumfries we were contracted by Pennine Events we supplied a further 50 + units. They included various cabins, toilets, an anti-doping unit, storage containers and a wide range of welfare facilities, all of which were regularly serviced.