Project Horizon supports athletes who are brave enough to go their own way. They put their plans into action and push boundaries. It is their will that pushes them out of their comfort zone. The passion and spirit of adventure takes them to new places and shows them unlimited freedom. Project Horizon tells unique stories of fearless people and takes you on very individual journeys. They will show you that adventures await us anywhere when we are ready for them.
Lukas Rathgeber - our newest Project Horizon athlete - uses every free minute to experience incredible adventures on his bike. Pushing himself outside of his comfort zone to test his limits makes him feel alive. His strong mindset makes him a unique athlete. "The more you get out of your comfort zone, the more intense are your feelings." The 30-year-old masters the balancing act between his demanding job as a lawyer for the Swiss federal government in the asylum process and his passion for sport. For him, the extreme is the antithesis to his job and is his escape from the stressful everyday life. But that alone is not enough for him. He needs challenges that seem impossible at first glance. “I like to realize stupid sport ideas. Stupid is what other people call my ideas. I prefer to call them "challenging". Cycling events like the Transcontinental, Trans Am Bike Race or the Silk Road Mountain Race are what drives Lukas. Riding his bike through countries without any support, where he has never been before, fills him. He not only looks for his challenges on the bike, but also tries to test the limits of his body in other sports. So one of his goals is to take part in the Ironman Hawaii. However, working towards an event, setting goals that require precise times is not what drives him - "I just have to be free and a strict training plan isn't compatible with my mindset."
Due to the current situation and the cancellation of all races, Lukas looked for a new challenge - the "Thin Air Project". He wants to cross every paved pass in the Alps that is over 2000 meters in altitude. In total he will conquer 64 passes, 2345 km and 80650 m in 14 days. It's another challenge that requires an incredibly stable mindset as the weather can change in a matter of minutes or other unpredictable situations can arise. Lukas is accompanied by his father in the camper for the entire tour. So he can spend the nights at the destinations and be constantly fed. Despite the precautions, this task is still unimaginable.
"Just for the record and all the people who keep asking me why am I doing all these "crazy" trips: the answer is that I need them to feel alive."
If you want to take a look at Lukas' routes or would like to take them on as your own challenge, you can find them here . You can also follow Lukas live on his unique tour on Instagram.