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« on: May 23, 2011, 08:27:17 PM »
I am from the European continent had a last minute call up for a gig , I can not tell you where and for whom as confidentiality is needed . Suffice to say a top level team had two major stage races splitting their resources and a injury taking out a much needed mechanic created an opportunity for me. 

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 08:48:32 PM »
Nice any chances of it working into a full time slot?
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011, 06:36:44 AM »
Good luck for you. Hope the guy who was injured is going to be OK.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 09:30:34 AM »
good luck. i hope you are treated well. maybe some more info after it is all over?
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011, 01:25:17 PM »
Well it was difficult as I was brought in at a top spot when there were other mechanics already there working the season. I was brought in because of my knowledge of the components and familiarity with the riders , there was quite a bit of tension from the other mechanics. I did try to appease them by washing a majority of the bikes for several days. it is no different than doing it here in the US. I would rather do a US based gig then a Euro gig now as the unfamiliarity and language barriers would create at some point some of my serious side effects of PPCS and TBI. 10 years ago I may have quit my good big business job to do such  not so much now as i need to be closer to one Dr I see monthly for treatment.

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2011, 02:15:50 PM »
Injuries like that really puts a crimp in things.

I was hoping the gig might give you a inside track to a stateside slot. Being brought in like that can really put a twist in some of the long time employees tails. All you can do is your best and do some of the "dirty" work to try and keep them happy.
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2011, 05:16:40 PM »
Since i was not chosen for TOC I was the only state side mechanic and or Europe available with the knowledge and familiarity of the riders.  It would be race to be a US based team or full time NRS but unfortunately I am way low on the list due to many factors none the least is the governing body itself. ( they screwed me out of one year and several upgrades)

it was real nice to unburden my tool case of lots of tools not needed if I get more call I may have to get a smaller case more the size of a briefcase than the monster Chicago Case I have now. My case went from 50lbs to 25-30 and I had to stuff it with lots of rags to keep every thing in place. I actually have a case to ship my tool case in with my truing stand too, it makes for a lot less hassle flying. 

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2011, 11:59:33 AM »
would love to see what kind of tools you took across the pond. i have no idea what you might need to sevice a bike throughout a race.
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2011, 05:10:40 PM »
the case is now repacked for usual NRS duty back to 50lbs

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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2011, 05:37:14 PM »
Thanks we would appreciate it. I'm curious as well as to what would be required for the race mechanics.
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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 12:27:07 AM »
i will be the stupid one b, i am not up on your acronyms either. can you explain them please.
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2011, 05:30:46 PM »
NRS= Netural Race Service the euro counter part is SSC= Special Service Course

TOC = Tour of California
TOI = Tour of Italy
TDF = Tour de France

SRAM our chef sponsor for the service is a component manufacturer with Specialized providing the bikes - the wheels as we use the SRAM umbrella company Zipp for those.