WebTALKS Presents: Christoph Strasser

Webster Vienna Private University proudly presents the second biennial WebTALKS event, featuring ultracycling superstar Christoph Strasser.

When: Thursday, November 29, 18:30
Where: Palais Wenkheim, Praterstrasse 23,  Vienna, Austria

Please note this talk will be in English.

Space is limited and seating is on a first come-first served basis.

Two years after suffering multiple broken bones in a car accident, Strasser won the Race Across America Challenge, widely known as the most difficult bicycle race. Strasser then went on to set world record times in crossing Australia from Perth to Sydney and at the Velodrome in Grenchen. He will talk about his journey of unforeseen challenges, recovery, and mental strength, which will surely inspire.

Due to pneumonia in his first attempt at Race Across America in 2009 Christoph Strasser had to quit the race after passing the Rocky Mountains. The ultra-cyclist from Austria, born in 1982, started his next attempt in 2011 and achieved victory – he won the race. After this sensational win he decided to come back in 2012 – but had to admit defeat. A newcomer from Suisse was slightly faster than Christoph. After this painful defeat he was more than motivated for the race in 2013 – and it was an epic race. He won the World’s toughest ultra-cycling race with an unbelievable time of 7 days 22 hours and 11 minutes and was the first to ever finish within 8 days in the history of RAAM. In 2014 he was able to improve his time and finished the 4900 kilometer long race in 7 days 15 hours and 56 minutes.

 

In 2015 Christoph increased the 24h-road-world-record by riding 896 km. After a disappointing DNF at RAAM, he celebrated his comeback with his second win and set a new course record at Race Around Austria. Later that year he was hit by a car and had a tough surgery because of a broken shoulder and a broken patella. In 2016, due to a long rehabilitation, he did not start at RAAM, but managed to score another win at Race Around Austria and claimed the 24hr-World-Champion title later that year.

He gave his comeback in 2017 starting a record-attempt in Australia. He crossed Australia in a new record time and set a new world record. A few months later he won RAAM for the 4th time and in the same year he started his 24hr-world-record attempt at the Velodrome in Grenchen (Suisse). He was able to set a new world record. He rode 941km with an average speed of 39.2 km/h.

In 2018 he won RAAM for the 5th time and he drew level with the former record winner Jure Robic from Slovenia. Two months later he crowned himself as the first Austrian Champion in ultra-cycling at the Race Around Austria Challenge.

Important to note:

Prior to November 13th only Webster students and Alumni may register.
Please provide your student ID in the registration email to verify that you are a student or alumnus/a:

Event registration will be opened to the public as of November 13th, 2018

Those who attend will have the opportunity to purchase Christoph Strasser's book and get it signed by the author himself.

Please register by writing an email to: alumni@webster.ac.at