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January 5/09 1:41 am - Employment Opportunity: Tour d'Afrique

Posted by Editoress on 01/5/09

SEEKING Bike Mechanic – 2 months in Europe
Courtesy Tour d’Afrique

Tour d’Afrique Ltd., creators and organizers of the world’s longest bicycle expedition and race from Cairo to Cape Town require the services of a qualified bicycle mechanic for the 2009 Orient Express Bicycle Expedition which starts in Paris and ends two months later in Istanbul - covering 4000 km.

Job definition:
In the simplest terms, the mechanic is responsible for ensuring that the participants on the tour are able to cycling everyday. The mechanic will do this by performing regular maintenance on the bikes, conducting periodic bike maintenance seminars with participants, and by being creative, hard working and resourceful when a problem arises.

Dates: May 31 to July 18, 2009

Countries travel through: France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey

All expenses covered (including flight, visas, travel insurance), and monthly stipend

Your costs:
Food on the days off, bicycle and camping equipment, excess baggage fees and any other related travel costs.


Experience and Attributes:
• While preventative bike maintenance and cleaning are the responsibility of the participants; repairs, overhauls and tune-ups are taken care of by the mechanic.
• Due to the range and diversity in bicycles used, compatibility with parts and tools will require improvisation and resourcefulness.
• Outstanding client service skills are imperative.
• 10 years experience in maintaining and repairing a large range of bicycles.
• Creative, resourceful, flexible, easy-going
• Some travel experience in developing countries preferable
• Preference also given to candidates living in Europe with language skills related to the countries the tour travels through

• Maintaining and repairing the bicycles for all participants in the Tour.
• Maintaining the Company’s inventory of tools and equipment related to his job.
• Perform other tasks related to the smooth operation of the Tour that may or may not be related to bicycle mechanics.
• Cycling in support and security of the participants.
• Helping out with preparation of lunch and dinner.
• Any other tasks that may be required to keep the tour running smoothly.

*interested candidates can email a cover letter and resume (with 2 references) to


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