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TV programme seeks "speed freak" cyclist to travel world trying out new sports

Yak racing in Mongolia one possibility for series exploring local cultures and fast sports

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 joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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