Project Horizon supports athletes who are brave enough to go their own way. They put their plans into action and cross borders. It is their will that makes them leave their comfort zone. The passion and spirit of adventure transports them to new places and shows them boundless freedom. Project Horizon tells unique stories of fearless people and takes you on very individual journeys. They will show you that adventure is waiting for us everywhere, if we are ready for it.
Lukas Rathgeber -- our newest Project Horizon athlete -- uses every free minute to experience incredible adventures on his bike. Moving outside 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 in the asylum process for the Swiss Confederation and his sporting passion. For him, the extreme is the antithesis to his profession 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 the drive for Lukas. Travelling with his bike through countries without any support, where he has never been before, fulfills him. He is not only looking for challenges on his bike, but also tries to test the limits of his body in other sports. Thus, one of his goals is to participate in Ironman Hawaii. However, working towards an event, setting goals that require exact 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 has sought a new challenge - the "Thin Air Project." He wants to cross every asphalted pass in the Alps that is above 2000 meters altitude. In total he will conquer 64 passes, 2345 Km and 80650 Hm in 14 days. It's another challenge that requires an incredibly consolidated mindset, as the weather can change within minutes or other unpredictable situations can arise. The complete tour Lukas is accompanied by his father in the camper. This way 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 have a look at Lukas' routes or if you want to take them as your own challenge, you can find them here. In addition, you can follow Lukas live on his unique tour at Instagram .