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Tension rod system BESISTA in the Velodrome World Cycling Centre Aigle Switzerland

World Cycling Centre, Aigle, Switzerland

Architect: Grand Architects, CH-Lugano
Engineering: Passera+Pechetti, CH-Lugano
Steelwork: SE Stahltechnik, DE-Stammham
BESISTA® tension rod systems, hot-dip galvanized with hot-dip galvanized threads, without covering sleeves
Photos: A.P. Betschart

The World Cycling Centre (WCC) in the Swiss town of Aigle is the headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI). The modern velodrome also houses training and competition facilities for racing cyclists from all nations.The roof of the WCC takes the form of a double membrane supported by a lightweight steel structure. The steel construction was built using the forerunner BESISTA® 1-460 tension rod system. The tubular steel sections combine with the tension rod system to form an intriguing, filigree and handsome ring structure. The hot-dip galvanized finish to all rod systems provides durable protection for the assembly. During installation, the extra-large adjustment lengths of the BESISTA® rod anchors / fork heads proved to be a major time-saving factor.