GRAZ, Austria, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
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Christoph Strasser, the Ultrabike World Champion 2007 and 2010, rode the hardest race in the world - and he won the Race Across America with full power!
In 2009, he had already tried his luck with the RAAM, but had to cancel due to serious illness. Pneumonia forced him to give up. The breakthrough came in 2011!
The performance and the emotional highs and lows of the extreme athlete were reported non-stop during the entire race. Christoph Strasser continually extended his lead. He was the first to pass the halfway point at 2,405 km and climbed the 3,300 meter-high Wolf Creek Pass in record time. Despite the heat, wind and cold during the route from the west to the east coast of the United States, he was on the bike for up to 23 hours a day.
Christoph Strasser had no problems with fatigue; his only problem was sitting on the bike because after thousands of kilometers, even the best saddle is no longer comfortable. On his long journey, the numerous guest book entries from fans and his Team were read out over loudspeakers to the extreme athlete during the night. For that distance, a lot of motivation was required - but, mile after mile, the most motivation came from Christoph Strasser himself.
Naturally, the Child & Family Foundation warmly congratulate him on this victory! Christoph Strasser was also the ambassador of the Foundation in this race and gave his consent in advance to auction his winning bike and jersey from the RAAM 2011 for the benefit of the charity. The proceeds go directly to the Child & Family Foundation and its global social projects.
All photos, videos and background information on the legendary victory at the RAAM can be found at http://www.lyonessfoundation.org.
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SOURCE Lyoness Management GmbH