Meet Your Tour DaVita 2013 Backroads Team Leaders!

We are mere days away from kicking off Tour DaVita 2013 where we will meet our nearly 600 riders in beautiful upstate South Carolina!

Along with our riders are a couple of groups of support staff dedicated to creating the Ride of a Lifetime – your Tour Team and your Backroads Team. We are going to post some introductions to some members of these teams so you can all get to know them before we meet in South Carolina. Let’s start with your Backroads Team.

This year’s Backroads Team is comprised of more than 70 members who provide bicycles and mechanical support, they setup your tents and haul your luggage from campsite to campsite, they drive the route to make sure you have all the support you need during the ride, they feed you snacks at rest stops and provide lots of high energy to make the Ride of Lifetime as seamless – and fun – as possible. Let’s meet them.

 

JASON STAWISKI

Jason1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.

I am the Ride Director for Tour DaVita.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This year will mark my 6th Tour!

3. Where is your home base?

Planet Earth. Or, San Diego.

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

I like to run in place, then I do lots of sudoku puzzles, and then I drive every single road in upstate South Carolina to find the best possible route for this year’s Tour!

5. What are you currently listening to?

Currently playing: “Audio Book – From Russia with Love.” Band of the month – “Portugal. The Man.” Song of the week – Al Green, “Love and Happiness.”

 

STEFAN TEICHERT

Stefan Teichert1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.

I am the Support Crew Lead, and will be using my go-go-gadget skills to reach out and make sure all the riders are taken care of out on the route!

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This is my second Tour DaVita, and I’m super excited to be a part of the core team!

3. Where is your home base?

San Diego

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

Driving thousands of miles and logging thousands of minutes on MapMyRide to create the perfect route for 2013!

5. What are you currently listening to?

An uber playlist of Alt-J, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, The Airborne Toxic Event and Flogging Molly.

 

SUSIE GASKINS

headshot-susie1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.
As the Backroads Crew Support Lead, I help take care of the 70+ Backroads crew so they can take great care of the DaVita teammates!

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

5 years

3. Where is your home base?

Austin, Texas

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

Everyone just shows up and things fall into place, right? Just kidding. I’ve been emailing nonstop with our 70 Backroads staff to prepare them for a great Tour.

5. What are you currently listening to?

Alt-J, Patty Griffin, NPR

 

ERIC MALKOWSKI

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.

Eric MalkowskiCamp Crew Lead

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This is my third Tour DaVita.

3. Where is your home base?

Boulder, Colorado

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

I have been running, walking, typing, cycling, calling, lifting, pulling, laughing, tenting, skating and coffeeing.

5. What are you currently listening to?

I’ve been digging The Tallest Man on Earth, but I also like my Rascal Flatts Pandora station.

 

KIRKY KIRKENDALL

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.Kirky Kirkendall

Snack Princess 🙂

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

Started in Michigan – this is my fourth Tour.

3. Where is your home base?

Santa Cruz, California… on the beach, barefoot.

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

Besides snacking? Practicing my “woot woot” cheers (to encourage riders)

5. What are you currently listening to?

Lumineers and Avett Brothers (I’m a little banjo motivated)

 

KELLY ENGLISH

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.Kelly English

I am the Tour DaVita liaison – I help keep communication lines wide open between Backroads and DaVita.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

This will be my 6th Tour.

3. Where is your home base?

I’m based out of Sausalito, California.

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

I have been preparing for this year’s Tour by dusting off my overalls and practicing my walkie-talkie skills.

5. What are you currently listening to?

My current playlist is a guilty pleasure of Top 40 dance music. There’s no better way to start the day than a dance party.

 

BOB GREENEISEN

1. Describe your role at Tour DaVita.Bob Greeneisen

I am the Global Logistics & Transportation Manager. I work with a great team to make sure we have all the bikes, tents, sleeping bags, vans and trucks ready for Tour! During the Tour, I will be behind the wheel of a van as a part of the support team.

2. How many years have you been a part of Tour DaVita?

I have worked behind the scenes to support them all and have been onsite since Tacoma!

3. Where is your home base?

Salt Lake City, Utah

4. How have you been preparing for this year’s Tour?

Saving up smiles to cheer the riders on. Oh, and working my arm for some cowbell support on the route. You can always use a little cowbell to help the miles fade away!

5. What are you currently listening to?

The National, MGMT and Otis Redding (because it was his birthday yesterday!)

 

 

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