The KP Protector is a round column protection for round load-bearing pillars or for columns with an H beam.
City Mountainbike Eliminator World Cup calls on Boplan21 August 2019 in Sporting events sporting event sports safety column protectors
Mountain biking is often associated with forests and muddy paths, but that is not the full picture. The UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup always takes place in a city. Barcelona (ES), Valkenswaard (NL) and Winterberg (DE) were already transformed into challenging mountain bike courses for this event. Extreme sports require extreme safety measures. That is how the organisers found their way to Boplan.
Just like the E3 BinckBank Classic in Harelbeke and the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Ostend, the City Mountainbike Eliminator World Cup had Boplan column protectors everywhere along the course. This video shows how the yellow and black impact protection was set up along the course:
The route contained various obstacles and some impressive configurations. The riders took sloped hairpin bends, raced up and down stairs and rattled across wooden bridges. Even the underground car park of Het Pand shopping centre was part of the circuit!
In the end, Titouan Perrin-Ganier from France took home the men’s world champion title and Gaia Tormena from Italy won the women's world cup.
“We had heard about the protector padding used at the latest edition of the E3 BinckBank Classic. That's how we found our way to Boplan,” organiser Kristof Bruyneel says. About 26 high visibility KP Protectors were carefully positioned at critical points of the 460 m course. “We received many positive reactions about our safety measures for the riders from various organisations, including the UCI Federation.” The event’s organisers are very enthusiastic about their cooperation with Boplan and are looking forward to working with Boplan again for the next edition.
Safe & sexy
The synthetic padding offers extra protection in the event of an accident, and our column protection also won the iF Product Design Award! Synthetic impact protection efficiently absorbs the impact of any collision. If a participant veers off course, the KP Protector will act as a resilient buffer between the rider and the barrier.
Perfect for sporting events
Boplan Flex Impact column protection is flexible and modular, which makes it the perfect solution for sporting events. The safety products are easy to transport and can be installed very quickly. We have a great deal of experience with sporting events and championships, so we can offer event organisers expert advice on how to ensure the safety of both participants and spectators.
If you are organising a sporting event and you want to maximise on-site safety, make sure to give us a call. We will be happy to share our expertise on the installation of impact protection.