Team Rotary RAAMs polio winning at Race Across America 2019

Team Rotary RAAMs polio winning Race Across America 2019

Great achievement for the Team Rotary RAAMs polio that last June confirmed the first place in their category and improved the record!

Thousands kilometers of training and thousands kilometers to ride before the finish line… day and night, sun and rain to cross the United States by bike, from the West coast to the East one, through 3000 miles, 12 states and 175 feet of difference in high… this is Race Across America!

Joining this amazing experience is not the main aim of the Team Rotary RAAMs polio, but rather raising money to eradicate polio worldwide.

Since last year, DERWID has supported and shared the commitment of Team Rotary RAAMs Polio in reaching this goal.

Team Rotary RAAMs polio: a project of people to people.

We have met Kurt Matzler, Management professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and rider of the Team Rotary RAAMs polio since 2016, to ask him more details about the experience of this year.

The Team ‘Rotary RAAMs Polio’ consists on three men and a woman, from Italy, Austria and USA. You run the Race Across America to raise money to help eradicate polio worldwide.
When and why did you start this amazing project?

Bob McKenzie from USA formed the Team Rotary Raams Polio in 2016. His vision was to combine our passion for cycling with raising money to make a significant contribution to eradicate Polio. I was lucky enough to be selected for the team as the only European in 2016.

We finished the race as a four men team and raised about USD 300,000. Inspired by our success, we decided to race again in 2017.

Six weeks before the start, one of the racers had to step back because of serious health issues. My wife Ruth was foreseen as a crew member. She is also a great cyclist, so this was her moment. We could convince her to step in. We raced as a mixed team and finished in a little more than seven days and could raise more than USD 500,000 for Rotary’s End Polio Now program.

Ruth was so excited that she pushed us to do RAAM again in 2018 and 2019. In both years we won our race category and set new records. 3,069 miles in 6 days, 14 hours and 6 minutes. But what makes us really happy are the donations. More than USD 3 million in those four years! More than 5 million children received a vaccination.

RAAM 2019- 1st place in your category and more than 1,250,000$ raised to eradicate polio: another great achieved goal! Congratulations!
Which was the most meaningful moment of this edition?

Thank you. We are really proud of this. But we could not have achieved this without the great help of our crew, the support of our sponsors, and all the people and Rotary Clubs that donated for our project.

For me there were three meaningful moments. The first one was a minute before our press meeting in Oceanside, two days before the start, when Bob told me that we have achieved a million in donations. We had already won before the start!

The second one was during the race. One of our support vehicles was involved in a horrible car accident. When I woke up from a power nap, I saw the picture of the completely destroyed car on its roof on the highway. Thanks God nobody was hurt. This accident reminded us all of how dangerous RAAM can be.

The third moment was when we arrived in Annapolis at 5:30 in the morning at sunrise. Not only we won, we set a new record! But more important, everybody arrived safe.

Looking to the future: which is the next goal of your team for 2020?

We have not yet decided whether we race again in 2020.

RAAM and our donation program requires a whole year of hard work. You need to find a great crew, consisting of 14 people that put all their efforts in this project. You need to find sponsors to cover the USD 50,000 of expenses. You need to spend all your available time to raise donations. There is not one day during the whole year, on which you don’t think of RAAM and don’t work for the project – Christmas maybe the only exception. On the other side everybody feels a kind of obligation to continue if you think of millions of children that can be protected from this horrible disease.

DERWID is thankful to the team for what they are doing and proud to be one of their sponsors.


Team Rotary RAAMs Polio riding at Race Across America 2019

DERWID with Team Rotary RAAMs Polio at Race Across America 2019

Race Across America 2019 is about to start: DERWID is supporting Team Rotary RAAMs Polio to raise awareness and money to eradicate Polio from the world.

Team Rotary RAAMs Polio 2019

For the 4th time this year Team Rotary RAAMs Polio will participate to Race Across America, known as one of the toughest events in the world.

In 2018 Team Rotary RAAMs Polio placed first in their race category, finishing the race under 7 days and raising $1,000,000 for their cause.

In less than 3 weeks, the team will be on bike again to cross America in only one week and confirm last year’s successes.

Members of Team Rotary RAAMs Polio 2019 are 3 men and woman, aged 50 to 59 years old, from Austria, Italy and United States. After the results of 2018, Kurt Matzler, Bob McKenzie, Ruth Brandstaetter and Markus Mayr, are highly motivated for this year edition of Race Across America. Their 14 members crew from Austria and USA will accompany and support the 4 racers during this week.

On Sunday, June 15th the 4 athletes will start this tough and amazing race from Oceanside, California. They will ride alternately without interruptions approximately 3,000 miles, crossing 12 States regardless of the weather to reach Annapolis, Maryland, until Sunday, June 22nd.

Goal 2019: Raise $ 1,200,000 to eradicate Polio worldwide

This year the goal is to raise $ 1,200,000 for Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate Polio worldwide.
When Rotary International started the campaign in 1985, there were 350,000 cases reported per year in the world. Today there are only two endemic countries remaining with just 33 cases reported in 2018.

If the goal is reached, 2 million children will be vaccinated against Polio. Another further step to get ZERO cases for next years.
Until now Team Rotary RAAMs Polio has raised over $630,000. There is still time to support the team in reaching their goal for 2019 before the race: here you could find all the information about this year’s campaign.

DERWID appreciates and shares the commitment of Team Rotary RAAMs Polio in reaching this hopeful goal.
We are looking forward to following your bike adventure!

DERWID and Peter Rohr on track together again for the IBHR 2019

DERWID supports Peter Rohr on the IBHR 2019

After the successes of the 2018 racing season, DERWID supports Peter Rohr – the current World fastest Handicap-Racer – in achieving his dream also for the next season. We will be on track together again for the International Bridgestone Handy Race 2019.

Peter Rohr: World fastest Handicap Racer 2018

In 2018 Peter Rohr fulfilled his dream. After the motorcycle accident of 2015, where he lost the use of his left arm, he worked hard to get back on the motorcycle and at the end of a successful racing season, he won the title as World fastest Handicap Racer.
Crowning his achievements and commitment, early this year he was voted Man of the Year of the Villach Region for the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung.

We are proud and very happy to be on track together also this year. We share with him the belief that adversities are a chance and from every situation there’s a way out.

What to expect from this 2019 season?
For sure passion and great emotions. Peter has continued his trainings, also off the track, to prepare for the races and reach his goal for 2019: defending the World title.

We look forward to seeing you on the track, Peter!

The IBHR – International Bridgestone Handy Race 2019

The International Bridgestone Handy Race celebrates this year its 3rd edition, continuing to grow.

During the international paralympic motorcycling competition, organized by FIM (Fédération International de Motocyclisme), Handi Free Riders and Diversamente Disabili with the support of the FFM (Fédération Française de Motocyclisme), disabled motorcyclists will compete in the three races of the championship.

The championship will start next week, on 17-19th May, in Le Mans – France, in conjunction with the Moto GP. The second appointment will be in Misano – Italy, on 21st-23rd June with the World Superbike Championship. As last year, the final round will be raced at Magny Cours – France, on 27-29 September, again with the World Superbike Championship.

Save the date to support Peter together with us!

The dream comes true: Peter Rohr is Bridgestone Handy Race World Champion 2018

Peter Rohr - Bridgestone Handy Race World Champion 2018

On Saturday, 29th September in Magny-Cours, France, took place the finale of the 2018 International Bridgestone Handy Race: our Peter Rohr won the race and is now Bridgestone Handy Race World Champion 2018. The dream comes true!

The 2018 International Bridgestone Handy Race

Take 3 important and challenging international motorcycle circuits. Then add some determined and passionate disabled riders: and here it is the 2018 International Bridgestone Handy Race.

Organized thanks to the collaboration between FIM (Fédération International de Motocyclisme), Handi Free Riders and Diversamente Disabili with the support of the FFM (Fédération Française de Motocyclisme) and the FMI (Federazione Motociclistica Italiana), the 2018 edition of the Handy Race was full of emotions and surprises.

This year it all started in Le Mans, France, in May. There, Peter Rohr and DERWID got on track together for the first time. Riding his Yamaha YZF-R1-Yamaha Racing, Peter earned the 3rd place.
At the end of August at Mugello Circuit, Italy, Peter won the second round of the Handy Race: with the best lap during the race, he now holds the new 1000cc Paralympic record in Mugello.
And on Saturday in Magny-Cours Peter gave us new emotions, cutting the finish line first 18 seconds ahead of the second classified. Thanks to this victory, Peter won the 2018 Bridgestone Handy Race World Champion title.

DERWID is proud of his success and of supporting his dream to come true.

Congratulations to Peter Rohr for his success

Only 3 years after the big crash with his motorbike, where he lost the use of his left arm, Peter’s dream comes true.
He has faced all adversities head-on, always looking on the bright side and keeping in mind the final goal to be achieved. Thank to his willpower, his courage and humanity, Peter raced with passion and hearth and today he is Handy Race World Champion.

Congratulations for your world title Peter! Grab your chance!

The power of a dream

Peter Rohr at Mugello

When you look in the eyes of Peter, you can see a light: a bit foolish, a bit magical… and behind his shyness and humility, you can feel the unbelievable power of a dream.

After a big crash with his motorbike in 2015, where he lost the use of his left arm, Peter Rohr has come back on the track and he is collecting successes! Derwid is proud to support him in this challenging road.

The performance with that, he gifted us last Sunday 26th August 2018 is the new 1000cc Paralympic record in Mugello: he scores the best lap in the 2.02.163 during the race.

Congratulations for your 1st place Peter!!!

Grab your chance!

Team Rotary RAAMs polio winning at Race Across America

Team Rotary RAAMs polio

Today we tell you an unbelievable story:

4 people from 50 to 59 years old and  from 3 different countries decided to cross the United States by bike, from the West coast to the East one, through 3000 miles, 12 states and 175 feet of difference in high, in only one week!

But… there is more!

This challenge is not only athletic. They try to raise money to fight against polio, a terrible disease that affects million of children worldwide.

Thousands kilometers of training and thousands kilometers to ride before the finish line… day and night, sun and rain… without stops but always together with their amazing staff… and then, after 6 days, 18 hours and 4 minutes… on Saturday 23rd June they won the 1st place!!!

And there is even more: before and during the race, Team Rotary RAAMs polio has raised more than USD 1 million!!!

As you can image, it’s not a fairy tale, everything is true!

Derwid is very proud of these two big results and happy to take part to this project by sponsoring these amazing people!

Congratulations dear friends!

Smart Variant CON 2018

Smart Variant CON 2018

Smart Variant CON 2018
Maritim Pro Arte Hotel / Berlin

On 24th June 2018 Smart Variant CON 2018 will begin: it is the biggest platform for variant and complexity management in the German speaking area.

During the two-day congress many successful projects about variance management and solutions for an efficient configuration will be presented, while practical methods for the calculation and reduction of complexity will be discussed.

For the forth time, DERWID is partner of Smart Variant CON and during the icebreaker session on 26th June we will speak about the advantages of 3D visualization with our partner msg treorbis GmbH.

More information about Smart Variant CON 2018 and the complete agenda here:

DERWID supports Peter Rohr on the Bridgestone Cup Handy Races 2018

DERWID supports Peter Rohr

Peter Rohr and DERWID came on the track at Moto GP France in Le Mans. It was the first race together.

During the last DERWID Summit 2018, we met Peter and we have seen his YAMAHA R1 with its ‘new DERWID dress’. As a matter of fact, the sponsoring project was born some months ago, after have known Peter and his incredible story.

After a big crash with his motorbike, he lost the use of his left arm. However he didn’t lose the passion and the courage to come back on the track and nowadays he is a winning star of the Internation Bridgestone Handy Race, gaining the 3rd place in Le Mans last weekend.


DERWID is glad to be part of his dream!

Visual Studio Saturday: DERWID sponsors the event

DERWID sponsors Visual Studio Saturday

On Saturday 21st October 2017 at Consorzio Universitario in Pordenone (Italy) will be held the third edition of Visual Studio Saturday. DERWID sponsors the event.

Visual Studio Saturday: the topics

Organized by the communities 1nn0va and, at the event Visual Studio Saturday will be examined in-depth all topics around .NET and Visual Studio ecosystem.

This year there will be plenty of topics to be discussed: .NET Core 2.0, ASP.NET Core 2.0, Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Team Services, C#, Xamarin, but also Windows, Linux and Mac support and much more. To give the right space to all these topics, three different tracks are available with speeches from 09.00 am to 06.00 pm on 21st October.
Find out who the speakers are in the updated agenda.

Register for the event!

DERWID sponsors Visual Studio Saturday

This year DERWID sponsors Visual Studio Saturday.

In the last years we learned to master the .NET and Visual Studio ecosystem: it became fundamental to develop our solutions. We appreciate especially the opportunities given from the integration between different legacy systems, the porting of the developed solutions, the possibility to create cross-platform enterprise applications.

Discussion and dialog are fundamental to us in order to develop new ideas and find new perspectives: what better opportunity than Visual Studio Saturday?

We believe in these technologies and are pleased to support the organization of events such as Visual Studio Saturday. And why not, hopefully this will be also the occasion to put the seed for new collaborations.

Do you want to know everything about the .NET and Visual Studio ecosystem? Are you already an expert?
Participate to Visual Studio Saturday on Saturday 21st October at Consorzio Universitario in Pordenone. Register for free on Eventbrite to learn from experts and exchange views on the topics.
Registration is mandatory.

Curious about what happened at Visual Studio Saturday 2017? Here is the photo gallery.

DERWID partner of iEfficiency Next

DERWID partner of iEfficiency Next

On Thursday, 19th October 2017 at San Pelagio Castle – Due Carrare (Padua, Italy), DERWID is partner of the event iEfficiency Next.

At the fourth edition of iEfficiencyorganized by Delaini & Partners – will be presented the most effective IT solutions to optimize business processes. You could directly hear the voice of the companies that are profitably using these solutions.

From 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on the first floor the presentations of the sponsors – suppliers of effective solutions – will follow one another. Meanwhile on the ground floor at the stands you could find out specific information on the topics you are interested in.

DERWID is partner of iEfficiency Next

This year DERWID is partner of iEfficiency Next. On October, 19th you could visit our stand at San Pelagio Castle: we will answer you questions about business integration topics – electronic data interchange with suppliers, customers and partners and everything around the digitization of processes.

At 10.50 am Massimo Zanier – Sales Consulting in DERWID – will present DERWID and its Business Integration solutions during the speech Flexible integration with every partner. A practical case. . On this occasion the company Fila Industria Chimica Spa, specialized in surface care products, will be our guest. Carlo Cortese – Application Manager in Fila Industria Chimica Spa – will speak about their positive experience with flows integration and digitization thanks to our Business Integration solution.

Do you want to remain up-to-date with the program or participate to iEfficiency? Register on iEfficiency website to participate for free to the event.

Other proposals at iEfficiency Next

During iEfficiency Delaini & Partners proposes an in-depth session about the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation. The regulation will come into effect on May 2018 and will rule privacy in all companies. If you want to know how compliant is your company, at iEfficiency some GDPR expert consultants will be available for a free assessment.

Moreover, you could visit for free the Flight Museum Museo del Volo at San Pelagio Castle, where are collected important witnesses of the aviation history.

Come and discover DERWID’s Business Integration solutions at iEfficiency Next on October, 19th: register for free.