Online retailer runs Facebook competition for aspiring members of Team Wiggle this season

Online cycling, swimming and running retailer Wiggle has launched what it describes as its “biggest athlete recruitment campaign ever,” looking for keen and talented sportspeople it can sponsor across a range of events in 2012.

As the company says, “You don’t have to have a room chock-full of medals but passion, drive and a smile are all essentials!”

Wiggle says it is looking for athletes aged 18 and over to sponsor in a range of disciplines, comprising Mountain Biking/Cyclo-Cross, Road Cycling, Triathlon/70.3/Ironman, Running/Marathon/Adventure/Fell, swimming and BMX/Trials.

Winners will benefit from a support package for 2012 that includes a race bike worth up to £2,000 (not available to swimmers or runners), a training bike worth up to £1,000, and clothing and equipment including Wiggle 2012 kit. They will also be entitled to discounts on other purchases from Wiggle.

Sponsored athletes for 2011 included triathlete Emma-Kate Lidbury, road cyclist Ben Simmons, and MTB and cyclo-cross rider Lee Williams, with highlights of their seasons featured on the Wiggle blog.

Jason Sims, Event and Athlete Manager at Wiggle, said: “Wiggle has had an incredible year. Our international exposure has meant that Wiggle’s activity has absolutely sky-rocketed!

“Successful applicants to the Wiggle Athlete Search 2012 will be joining at a time when there are doors opening all the time. Not only is there a total dream package but on top of this, you will have access to opportunities that we haven’t even anticipated!

“Come on board – join the Wiggle family!”

Visit the Wiggle Athlete Search page on Facebook to enter or nominate someone else.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.