Meet Our Team.
FOUNDER / Logistics director
A native of Louisville, KY, by the age of 30, Austin Render had stamps from thirty-five countries in his passport and has worked as an accountant, a fisheries biologist and a professional cycling guide. After leaving a career in accounting in 2010, he took to the road, often times by bike, to explore much of Asia, South America and the U.S. Eventually, this passion for travel by bike would land him a job as a professional bicycle guide in Vietnam, Cambodia, Panama, the Czech Republic, Austria and various U.S. National Parks for Backroads, the world’s top active travel company. Now, back home in Kentucky, Austin brings his experience of delivering high-quality bike excursions to the Bourbon Country® Burn, where he is responsible for the logistics of the event as well as planning the safest and most scenic routes throughout the back roads of the Bluegrass.
FOUNDER / Marketing director
A native of Louisville, KY, Mollie Hanrahan considers herself a world traveler, a whiskey advocate, and a Kentucky enthusiast. From pedaling over 3,300 km throughout a three-month independent bicycle tour in Patagonia, to working as a tour guide in the jungles of Ecuador, to having spent time on numerous road and mountain biking trails throughout the country, it is safe to say she left her career in public education, as a high school history teacher, for a career of passion and education in bike tourism. With her varied professional background of co-founding and operating a successful city bike touring business, to working in sales, media marketing, and most recently, the ever-growing bourbon industry, Mollie brings her knowledge of event planning and marketing brand development to the success of the Bourbon Country® Burn.
volunteer coordinator/project manager
Also a Kentucky girl, Tara serves as the Volunteer Coordinator and official Project Manager of the Bourbon Country Burn. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Tara dedicates her management skills to supporting not only the event, its participants, and volunteers, but especially her husband, The Burn co-founder (and incessant dreamer), Austin. (They were wed June 9, 2018.)
A recent cycling convert, Tara has found her own passion for pedaling two wheels. Whether it’s casually rolling through the hills of Kentucky, participating in other multi-day bike events or commuting to and from her job Tara loves to ride her bike, and she plans to someday bike across Europe!
Tara possesses a true knack for welcoming the Burn participants to her home state in a genuinely hospitable way — with open arms, a glass of bourbon and by providing an unforgettable experience on two wheels!
Distillery Experience Liaison
Like Daniel Boone, Phil Kollin believes that “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.” After relocating to Kentucky nearly seven years ago, Phil Kollin has made it his mission to travel down every highway, byway, back-road and no-lane road in the Bluegrass. After working in digital marketing in Cincinnati, New York and Louisville, Phil traded in the desk for an office with a better view. He has spent the last four years striving to show people a good time by hosting tours of all shapes and size throughout the state. Phil most recently worked as a Tour Guide & Host for Mint Julep Experience where he hosted nearly 700 separate groups on bourbon adventures, horse tours and other custom experiences. Phil is both a Louisville Certified Tourism Ambassador and an Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stave and Thief Society. As the Distillery Experience Liaison for the Bourbon Country® Burn, Phil will be channeling his love of bourbon by working to create and manage one-of-a kind whiskey experiences for our riders.
His love of travel and adventure led him to embark on an epic five-month long Round The World trip in 2012 with his wife. A fan of bourbon, coffee, and minutia, Phil almost found his fifteen minutes of fame when he was taped for an episode of Cash Cab which, frustratingly enough, never aired on television.