ABOUT TEAM WHEELS 4 LIFE
We are a team of avid cyclists who have enjoyed a longstanding dedication to the sport, and who have considerable racing experience, that dedicates its cycling efforts to raising awareness and funds for the Hans and Carmen Rey Charity, Wheels 4 Life (501c3 non-profit). More info: www.wheels4life.org
Each team member pledges to participate in individual and team fundraising efforts for Wheels 4 Life. Each team member will enter a number of road and mountain bike events throughout the year and wear a Wheels 4 Life team uniform to raise awareness for the cause. The events may be races, race series, or gran fondo events, and all events are chosen to optimize exposure for the charity.
It is important to note that all the team members own their own bicycles. They will cover their own travel expenses and will pay their own event registration fees. They have purchased Wheels 4 Life uniforms, so sponsorship funds go entirely to the charity. Contributions are tax deductible and can be made directly to Wheels 4 Life through a Paypal portal.
Meet the Team
Occupation: Real Estate Investment Management
Married with two kids ages 9 and 7
Riding over 25 years.
Riding 15 years – Road and XC MTB
He is married with three kids
Lives in Newport Beach
photographer and sports marketing coordinator
Occupation: Samsung Electronics
Married with son and daughter, living in Laguna Beach
Recreational mountain bike racing for 5 years
Occupation: Owner- Physical Rx Physical Therapy
Married with triplet daughters- 10 and a son- 20
Riding MTB 20+ years, Road 15 years. Raced NORBA national circuit in early 90’s and test rider as Mountain Bike Action magazine’s “Wrecking Crew” for over 10 years. Now enjoys getting out with friends and racing local events whenever possible.
Ryan S. Labovitch, MD
Riding Road and Mountain Bike for 20+ years
Live in Aliso Viejo with my wife and two kids
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46 years young and in Business Development for Broadcom Corporation.
A recovering triathlete with two brief triathlon careers from 1986 to 1989 and 2010 to 2012. Aspires to to race triathlons again in another 20 years or so, but for now races bikes on road, dirt and cross.
Married with four boys ages 20, 18, 17 and 14 (which explains the long gap in racing). A SoCal native now living in Newport Beach.
I was born in Norway on July 15.1969 – five days before Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s crew first set human foot on the lunar surface. Funny to think about now, but the look of my head at the time was identical to what it is today; completely bald. I’d like to think that explains my nick name on this side of the pond; “The Bald Eagle” And perhaps ironically, my journey through life resembles that of an Eagle in many different ways. I like that. As the Eagle soars to new heights, I will strive to do the same, each day providing new and improved perspectives that I hope will make me a better person than the one I was yesterday.
To me, triathlon and endurance sports are more than competing. It’s a life style where physical and mental components are constantly balanced, each adding life-long lessons of accomplishment, defeat, friendships and rivalry. But more than anything else, these life activities are humbling reminders of human strength and weakness on display for all to see. It’s a peaceful, yet aggressive “battle field” where preparation and experience always dictate individual performance and results. And as a group of passionate endurance athletes we have created a global community based on a balanced life style, both on and off the race circuit. That’s a really cool thing and who in their right mind wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Count me in.
To tell you a little more about who I am and where I am from I guess the most natural place would be to bring you back across the Atlantic to my home town of Grimstad, Norway. This is where I spent the first 18 years of my life. Looking back, it is hard to believe I have now been away from my motherland longer than I lived there. Nevertheless, this is where my roots are, where my broader family lives and where, when my life journey is complete, I will find my resting place. Strangely, I find comfort and a strange sense of solace in knowing I will end up there – alongside my fellow Viking friends and family at Fjaere cemetery.
For those who know me well, you know I am a proud Norwegian. Oddly, my pride seems to have grown proportionate with the distance I have put between myself and my motherland in the last 25 years or so. And yes, I still remind myself of being the best ambassador that I can be. And even though I have settled for a home away from home in these United States, my heart and soul will always be anchored in Grimstad, Norway. By the same the token, I love my life in the US and all of what this country has given me; the most precious being my little daughter Tuva-Helene Yanli , born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, on October 28, 2004. I love her more than anything…and I am forever grateful to Jean, who blessed me with such a wonderful gift.
My love for endurance sports – cycling in particular – started back in Norway in the mid 1980’s. While I always dreamt of becoming a professional cyclist in the early days of my “career”, my life turned to academia in 1988 when I left Norway (and cycling) to pursue university studies in Tacoma, Washington, USA. From there, I ended up spending extended time in Singapore, Vienna, Warsaw, London, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and now, finally, Southern California once again. I have endured many changes along the way – but one thing has always stayed constant; my love for the run and the bike (I didn’t really take up swimming until 1997 when I returned to the US). Today, I never go anywhere anymore unless I make sure to pack the running shoes. It’s kind of scary to think that I know running routes in capital cities around the world.
So, although I accept my dreams of life as a “professional athlete” to have passed me by, I have no regrets about my “life journey” so far. Indeed, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I realize now – in my mid 40s already, that I am reaping the rewards of a balanced life filled with sports, family and business. And the best thing of all, I’m setting new PR’s as a triathlete every season. Itâ€™s a great feeling to still be able to beat guys half my age :â€) I cannot wait for my little daughter, Tuva-Helene Yanli to participate in her first triathlon. They say she’s got my legs so watch out… those Norwegian/Chinese genes will likely make for a great triathlete down the road.
As for me, it is perhaps true what friend of mine told me recently; “You’re like great bottle of California red – getting better and better as you age.” Time will tell but I hope he’s right. Meanwhile, Iâ€™m sure as heck having lots of fun and I cannot wait for the next season to get started already. See you at the finish line! And remember, it’s all about the journey!
In sports, health & greater safety!
Sten Erik Kramer, MD is a spine and sports medicine specialist at Kramer Orthopedics in Newport Beach. He has been an avid cyclist for over 25 years. He won the US Cup California State Championship in 2014, and is an inductee into the mountain bike Hall of Fame. Sten is a long time friend of Hans Rey, and is deeply committed to supporting the charity Wheels4Life.
Riding: road 16 years, mountain 5 years
Married with two boys (11 & 9) who also enjoy mountain biking
Occupation – retail real estate executive