Someone has now been found for the job!
From the Time Trialling message board:
"Do you fancy a free holiday in Ireland, and the opportunity to experience the business end of a professional cycling event?
Owing to a late withdrawal, Team PrimeraSport.co.uk ARE IN NEED OF A TEAM MECHANIC for the 8-day FBD Insurance Milk Ras (Irish Milk Race). The event begins in Navan on Sunday 18 May, and finishes in Skerries on Sunday 25 May.
The race is UCI 2.2 ranked and has drawn a strong field of European national teams and British and Irish pro teams. Amongst those competing are Ciaran Power, Chris Newton, track pursuit silver-medallist Jenning Huizenga, David McCann and, perhaps bizarrely, track sprinter Craig McLean. The route (and weather) is always challenging and the racing is always exciting.
You won't need a great deal of technical know-how. The team mechanic rides with the team manager in the race convoy, and is required to leap out of the vehicle and perform wheel-changes for the team's 5 riders when required. In the evenings, he/she should clean the team bikes, pick flints out of tyres, replace inner-tubes etc. In return for this, all transport, food and accommodation is arranged and paid for you (though maybe not all the Guinness and whiskey!)
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an entirely different perspective on professional cycle racing. If you have any queries, or if you are willing and are available between Saturday 17 May and Sunday 25 May, please contact Matt Melville on matthew_melville at hotmail.com or 07729 027792 as soon as possible. Even if you yourself can't help, I'd be grateful if you could 'spread the word'!
For more information on the race itself, see the race website
Thanks for taking the time to read this.