Want to be on TV? Quick on two wheels? Aged in your 20s or 30s? Keen to travel the globe trying sports such as yak racing? Well, this could be the chance you’ve been waiting for – a TV production company is looking for ‘speed freaks’ happy to be sent around the world, all expenses paid for a new series.
London and Barcelona-based production company Wild Blue Media, who have a background in some of the bigggest programmes on TV, have told road.cc they’re looking to recruit a “fast cyclist” to be among the six protagonists of the planned series, which will air from Spring 2016.
Billed as “the adventure of a lifetime,” they say that participants will “travel the world taking on locals in an amazing and diverse array of speed events.”
They go on: “The love of speed is witnessed in every culture in the world, often in the most bizarre ways. So expect to take on anything from yak racing in remote Mongolia to moped drag racing in West Africa.”
Clearly, shrinking violets should not apply, with Wild Blue Media adding: “We want colourful characters – but real people with real lives. We’re looking for both men and women, aged twenty to thirty something, who are skilled in a speed event.”
The type of cycling is immaterial – you could be a road cyclist, a track specialist or even an alleycat racer – with reasons for wanting a cyclist in the mix including the sport’s profile in the UK following Team GB’s Olympic success, and the skill, discipline and mindset needed to succeed.
As well as cycling, participants might have a background in motor or snow sports, or equestrianism to name but three – really, anything where speed plays a role – and will be decent amateurs rather than someone with a professional background.
But instead of someone who has perhaps already travelled to all four corners of the earth and tried out a range of adventurous pursuits, they’re looking more for people willing to try activities and destinations for the first time.
Think you may fit the bill?
Well, the production company says, “You must have a passion for speed, the desire to win and a willingness to immerse yourself in local cultures and adapt to local conditions.
“Over 12 months you'll need to commit to a minimum of 13 trips to various remote and amazing destinations with all expenses paid.”
Filming starts in June and will continue over the course of a year or so. With trips lasting perhaps a week at a time, cast members will need to be flexible; it’s definitely not going to suit someone with a 9 to 5 job who gets five weeks’ holiday a year.
They add: “If this sounds like you or anyone you know, or if you just want to find out more please get in touch at casting [at] wildbluemedia.tv.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.