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.
FOUNDER / Community Relations Officer
Mike Kuntz, a native of Louisville, KY, and health and wellness enthusiast, served as the head coach of Men and Women’s Track & Field at Bellarmine University. Two years later, he took on the head coaching position at the University of Louisville, producing the university’s first female all-american runners (3) in program history. After a successful run in collegiate sports, Mike stepped away from sports, and took on the role as Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association of the Midland States. Mike also founded the wildly popular Bourbon Chase in 2008, and today it is one of the most popular overnight relay races in the country, selling out in hours and attracting participants from across the country. Mike brings his knowledge of large-scale event planning, varied professional experience and success with him to the Bourbon Country® Burn.