Tour de Force

The recent Dubai Tour 2015 presented a variety of logistical challenges for all involved
2015, Course, Cycle, Cycling, Dubai, Dubai Tour, Production, Sports, Tour de france, Analysis, Content production
2015, Course, Cycle, Cycling, Dubai, Dubai Tour, Production, Sports, Tour de france, Analysis, Content production
2015, Course, Cycle, Cycling, Dubai, Dubai Tour, Production, Sports, Tour de france, Analysis, Content production

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Last month’s arrival of the Dubai Tour signalled a logistical challenge for all those involved. From closing major roads to constructing podiums, the execution of the event required much more than just pedal power.

Lorenzo Benfenati, event manager, RCS Sport, talks us through the twists and turns of the cycling marathon...

I took care of logistics and operations for the event, in particular the area of departure. I followed the activities on field and coordinated (in support of Gianfranco Ceravolo, event manager, Dubai Tour 2015) the work of the suppliers, staff and the village. When Marco Nardoni, resp. area departure, Dubai Tour 2015, arrived, I followed his daily activities as his number two. Pre-production took place over 10 days.

To consider my personal experience, it was a great challenge. There were a lot of things that changed (even over the deadline) and we had to be ready for everything. For example, on the third afternoon at around 6pm, local staff decided to change the size of a platform at the start line. We managed to do this on time. Another big challenge was the road closures.

This again involved a lot of changing and logistics had to work very quickly to be ready for the opening of the roads. The feedback from Dubai Sports Council has been encouraging and positive.

This event of global reach has increased the visibility of the city and the perception that, even here, you can do sports! Dubai was already a capital internationally but, thanks to Dubai Tour, it is also becoming a sports capital.

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In terms of the audio-visual equipment used, the main contract with the supplier was with Harlequin at the stage starts, and GL Events at the stage finishes.

The activation of the video [big screen] was made by a subcontracting team. We provided the specifications of dimensions (3x4 m) and positioning, which were decided upon during the planning stage of inspections.

A good challenge was the positioning to Hatta (incoming third stage), although during other events — such as the Tour of Italy — there are often more challenging aspects to the logistical situations.

The Brumotti acrobatic bike show provided a technical rider of necessary materials, then logistics was very active with the local supplier (Harlequin) in creating the arena according to Brumotti’s standards.

The set-up was about four hours, after which Brumotti conducted a trial to test the safety of all the structures and the solidity of the ground. Safety was guaranteed for the laying of hurdles and TNT in the arena thanks to constant supervision by GES security staff.

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Creating the departure area for each leg of the Dubai Tour involved the valuable contribution of many different companies. Benfenati explained who was responsible for what...

GL Events: Set up paddock area

Aggreko: Power

Harlequin: Set up of stage and village, fencing, audio and video, totem, branding

Gulf Event Solutions (GES): Safety and security

EP World Catering: Catering service

DIMC: Local staff for daily cleaning, delivery of materials (ice and water) and set up of chemical toilets 

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