Competition & Markets Authority green-lights merger that creates online giant with £300m+ turnover

Online cycling retailers Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles say that they expect their merger, announced in February, to complete after it was cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA).

> Wiggle and Chain Reaction confirm merger

The CMA said last month that it would consider "whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services."

> CMA probes Wiggle and Chain Reaction merger

 The holding company for the two brands, which will have a combined turnover in excess of £300 million, will be called WiggleCRC.

It will be chaired by Brian McBride, who currently occupies that role at Wiggle, with the same company's Stefan Barden becoming chief executive officer of the combined operation.

Chain Reaction Cycles' managing director, Chris Watson, will sit on the board, and will be a major shareholder in the business.

In a joint statement, Barden and Watson said: “Together, Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles’ first class team of sports enthusiasts and strong heritage and expertise in cycling, running, swimming and tri-sports, will form the foundations for building a global champion.”

The CMA says on its website that "the full text of the decision will be available shortly."

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.