Meet the 2019 Team
Meet The Racers
Kurt is a management professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and member of the Rotary Club Goldenes Dachl in Innsbruck, Austria. He grew up in South Tyrol, the heart of the Alps and home to the Dolomites. His passions include road cycling and mountain biking in summer, and – of course! – skiing in winter. Both ardent cyclists, he and his wife Ruth, who is also on the Rotary RAAMs Polio Team, are equally happy to tackle the long and steep Alpine passes as they are to bike along the beautiful roads winding through Tuscany's vineyards - where they also enjoy sampling the local products. Kurt is a seven-time finisher of the legendary Ötztaler Radmarathon, a 150 mile-long course with more than 16,000 feet of climbing, and has twice participated in the Great Trial of Strength in Norway – a 340 mile-long race from Trondheim to Oslo. Kurt has participated in the Race Across America with the Rotary RAAMs Polio Team in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Bob joined the Rotary Club of Tulsa in 1994. He has served as chairman of many of their committees including the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards. He served as President of the club in 2010-11 and has been an assistant governor for his Rotary district #6110.
Bob starting riding a road bike in August 2011 to ride for Rotary’s “Ride to End Polio” in El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, AZ. In the five years he has ridden in El Tour he has raised over $400,000 for Rotary’s Polio eradication effort.
In 2016 he Co-founded “Team Rotary RAAMs Polio” to enter “Race Across America”. The team races to raise money for Rotary’s PolioPlus program to eradicate Polio from the world. So far the team has raised $1,875,000 in the three years they have raced and hope to add to that total as they race in 2019.
Bob was run over by a motorcycle in 2011 and of course, at the hospital, he was worried about his bicycle!! He is our oldest rider and newest to the sport of cycling.
Ruth was born in Osttirol, Austria and lives in Innsbruck. She is a pharmacist and a passionate cyclist. Together with her husband Kurt, and Team Rotary RAAMs Polio teammate, she has participated in many long distance races. Ruth is a four-time finisher of the legendary Ötztaler Radmarathon, a 150 mile-long course with more than 16,000 feet of climbing. Ruth participated already in the 2017 Race Across America as part of our 4-person Rotary Team.
Markus is a civil law notary (lawyer) in Lienz/Austria and the Rotary RAAMs polio - delegate of the Rotary Club Lienz/Osttirol.
Markus is a passionate multi sportsman and amateur racer. He does biking, running, swimming, wildwater-kayaking, kitesurfing and mountaineering in summer, skiing and cross-country skiing in winter. Within the last six years, he finished five long distance triathlons (IRONMAN) and ten IRONMAN 70.3 races, the Bike Transalp 2015, nine long-distance Worldloppet cross country races (e.g. Vasaloppet) and he did the road bike cycling climb from Hilo to Mauna Kea (Hawaii).
Meet The 2019 Crew
Darlene is racer Bob's wife and was a crew member for the team in 2016 and 2017. Dalene has the critical talent & skill in preparing and organizing the entire team for race day. Married to Bob for 43 years, she has assisted with performing the many duties required to help manage and operate their businesses. When she's not helping Bob at work she enjoys needlework, gardening, hiking, traveling, and her new favorite sport, snorkeling.
Zoltan Bogdan (Zoli)
I was born in Marosvasarhely in Transylvania (Romania) in 1989. I am Hungarian and my family lives in Gyöngyös (Hungary) since I was 1 year old.
Sports always played a huge part in my life. I started very early with swimming, and more or less I kept up with it until the university. Sport even played a roll in my university choice. I have a masters diploma in Sport Management, with specializations in recreation and event management. At this time I worked for a swimming club as a kids swimming teacher.
Since I was 18 my passion was fighting, I have practiced muay thai and later Zen Bu Kan Kempo. Which both are full contact martial arts.
I got to Austria after the university, in 2013 and almost immediately I started to work at an Electronical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) studio as a personal trainer. This is the milestone in my RAAM story since I met Ruth and Kurt here. We work passionately on their core strength to help their bodies support their long and tiresome rides through the Alps, Dolomites and last but not least the RAAM.
Since I am in Austria I don´t have time for martial arts, so I picked up biking. First just mountain biking and since I know Ruth and Kurt I am pushing myself on the road bike too. Occasionally I compete in smaller races, but this is just the start.
I have some knowledge of mechanics too, since my father is an awesome car mechanic, and I can say I was born and raised in the garage. Although it was a long time ago I still repair my bikes by myself.
Julia graduated commercial high school in 2015 and completed a professional education as a health and fitness personal trainer. Works at her father’s EMS studio in Steinach am Brenner, Austria as a personal trainer and general manager.
Julia a black belt Taekowndo fighter and children’s trainer. For gaining more power in her legs, her boyfriend got her into mountain biking. This summer they found joy in road biking and proudly finished her first amateur race in Hungary. Loves sport, travelling and being part of something bigger, so happy and proud to be a part of this RAAM team.
Meinhard joins RAAM 2019 as a crew member for the fourth time (2016 - 2019). He represents the Fellowship Cycling to Serve in Austria and is a member of the Rotary Club Enns, where he served in various functions, such as president and secretary. Since many years he is responsible for the international service of his club. He also is an honorary member of the Rotary Club Perg, Austria and his clubs already supported the Rotary Polio Team fundraising efforts during RAAM 2016 - 2019.
Meinhard is a passionate cyclist and combines his hobby with the organization of national and international Rotary cycling charity events. To see more regarding Meinhard's passion visit, www.cyclingtoserve.at .
Monika is Meinhard´s wife and has followed the last two RAAMs only in front of her tablet in Austria, but she was probably better up-to-date about the rankings than any other team member. She is a retired principal (primary school). Her organizational skills have been a great contribution to the last national and international Rotary cycling events that have been planned and implemented by Meinhard.
Markus is the Son of Monika and Meinhard, and he is working as a journalist and columnist. After several stations in Austria and Germany, he runs his own magazine and a small corporate publishing house in Vienna. His clients include Austrian companies like OMV, Siemens, Austrian Forests (ÖBf), and some regional Tourism boards like Ischgl. Besides writing and reading, Markus loves to go skiing and to swing his tennis racket. Even though Markus is new in our crew, he probably has the longest link to the RAAM, in the team- Back in 1994 he had the chance to be a member of an Austrian RAAM Team and report for the Austrian weekly magazine “profil”
Susanne works as an assistant in a pharmacy and has a paramedic education. We hope these skills will not be needed during the race. She has been following RAAM for the last few years and has become a great fan of it. Now being part of the crew she will be fulfilling one her life dreams.
Bill while not cycling is actively volunteering his time and optimization skills in helping those that want to be helped. Bill was the Crew Chief for the 2016 team and set on the sidelines during the 2017 race providing social media communications and analytics for the team. In 2018 crew with the team and since it was so fun and a great team will do it again in 2019.
Ryan joins RAAM 2019 as a crew member for the fourth time (2013, 2016, 2018) and the second time with Team Rotary RAAMs Polio (2016 & 2018). This will be the first RAAM team he crews for where his father Randy will not be racing. He enjoys the culture of cycling and his favorite thing about being a part of RAAM is that the race requires everything he has in him and then some, forcing him to face his greatest weaknesses and overcome them. He resides in Fayetteville, AR where he helps consumer packaged goods companies grow their sales in major retailers. When not working, he enjoys visiting with friends, physical activity, reading a good book, and cheering on his Arkansas Razorbacks and Oklahoma City Thunder.
This will the third time for Andy to crew for the "Team Rotary RAAMs Polio" in 2019 together with his wife Irene. Andy is a founding member of the Rotary Club Telfs-Seefeld, a joint club of 2 towns near Innsbruck, where he already served in various functions, such as president and secretary. His club already supported the Rotary Polio Team fundraising efforts during RAAM 2016 - 2019.
He is an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Besides chemistry and road biking, he plays guitar in a local Rock'n'Roll band. He grew up in Salzburg, the hometown of Mozart, which may explain his passion for music.
It will be Irene's third time to serve as a crew member for the "Team Rotary RAAMs Polio" in 2019. Irene is very passionate about sports since her childhood and loves to run, ski, and bike; be it race, mountain, or motorbike. She is a member of the Innerwheel Club Innsbruck (Tyrol) and also actively involved in many projects through Andy's Rotary Club.
Irene holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and works as an R&D engineer.