The Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, Q&A with Danny Mills

The Brownlee brothers: in-depth Q&A

The Brownlee brothers talk wetsuits, race plans, Olympics, SPOTY, Leeds United and more

Last Friday at the Engine Shed in Derby, the Brownlee brothers ( were the star attractions at a packed event hosted by wetsuit brand HUUB to celebrate their fifth anniversary.

Having trusted the brand with their signature four years ago – at a time when the product was little more than an idea of the kitchen table of Dean Jackson – that decision has been vindicated, with another four year contract just signed, keeping them with the brand until 2020.

Danny Mills hosts…

The Q&A was very well hosted by former England and Leeds United footballer, Danny Mills. Now a keen triathlete himself with an Ironman on his radar, Danny covered a lot of areas with the Olympic Gold and Silver medallists.

Find out more about…

  • Why they first signed with a brand that barely had a product to offer them at that time
  • How racing will change for Jonathan, with Alistair not being at many of the WTS events this year
  • Why Alistair is not ruling out going for a third Gold in Tokyo
  • Jonathan’s views on the potential of the Olympics being a Sprint distance race
  • Why finishing second at SPOTY means “I’ve got a worse personality than Andy Murray”…
  • …and why winning SPOTY might not have been a good thing, “not sure I wanted to make a speech!”
  • Their passion for Leeds and Yorkshire
  • Why Jonathan is still “uncomfortable” about the events of Cozumel
  • Their “bucket list” races

And the biggest laugh of the day…

Jonathan on Alistair: “I work with Alistair, and he earns more than me…”

Alistair to Jonathan: “Yeah, but I do a slightly better job, don’t I?!”

The Brownlee brothers on stage with Danny Mills
The Brownlee brothers on stage with Danny Mills
Dean Jackson from HUUB talks athlete sponsorship

Looking for sponsorship? Watch and learn!

HUUB founder Dean Jackson talks athlete sponsorship

“Build a relationship, become a friend… don’t just come with your hands out”

HUUB founder Dean Jackson has been involved in the triathlon industry for several decades now, across a range of blue chip brands even before he launched HUUB (

HUUB have just signed the Brownlee brothers to another four year contract – but Dean also support athletes of all levels from first-timers, not just those on the Olympic podium.

“Will you sponsor me?”

Having been on the end of thousands of “Will you sponsor me?” letters, emails and more, how do you stand out?

Before you start a “Dear Dean” request – be it to HUUB or any other brands – take some tips from Dean on making the right sort of approach with some simple advice from this video.

Giant Store St. Pauls

Giant Store St. Pauls Triathlon Evening #2 – SWIMMING!

Thursday 2nd February 2017 – Swimming Feature

This Thursday, the Giant Store St. Pauls, Central London, will host the second of their FREE Triathlon Evenings – which will be dedicated to Swimming!

Here is an insight into what will be happening, a great opportunity to learn from a range of experts and also see and trial the latest in wetsuit and swim-related products

  • 5pm – 6.30pm Wetsuit Fitting Sessions – 3 x 30 minute bookable sessions. 2 rooms (Males/Female) 6 customers at a time. All brands in each room.
  • 5pm Onwards – Expo style upstairs
  • 6.30 pm – Wetsuit cat walk. Starting with entry level suit male and female from each brand. Then mid range suite from each brand. Brand Ambassadors wear the suits and Brand Reps can talk through the details.
  • 7.15pm – Speakers. 20 mins from Swim for Tri on Swim Technique. 20 mins from The Great British Swim on Open water swimming – and possibly one other slot to be confirmed!
  • 8pm – General social / sales


There will be a special event discount of 10% on Wetsuits.


For every wetsuit someone tries their name gets entered into a prize draw for a goody bag.

Simply fill in a feedback form and pop it into the prize draw box in the fitting room.


You can see the full schedule of events at the Giant Store St. Pauls in THIS ARTICLE.

Scroll through the gallery above for images from the first evening Giant Store St. Pauls Triathlon event held on 19th January 2017

We’ve even put together this quirky little time-lapse video from the evening. If you can, do try and come along to some more of the events in the fortnightly series, which will cover a range of triathlon-related areas. All of the events are FREE to attend!

YouTube video

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