Meet the 2021 Team - We are Going 'Solo' !!

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Kurt Matzler
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Italy

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 o, f 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, 2018 and 2019. 

 

Kurt recently raced in 2020 Race Around Austria as a solo racer and placed 8th with an incredible time of  five days, two hours and 27 minutes, over 2200  kilometers and over 30,000 meters in altitude.

Meet The 2019 Crew
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Darlene McKenzie

USA

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.

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Bob McKenzie

USA

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.

RAMM Racer in 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019

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Ruth Brandstaetter

Austria

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.  

RAMM Racer in  2017, 2018, & 2019

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Zoltan Bogdan (Zoli)

Austria

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.

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Julia Kovacs

Austria

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.

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Bill Clark

USA

Bill while not cycling is actively volunteering his time and deploying his 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. Part of the crew in 2018 and 2019 as well

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