UN Environment "Mountain Hero"
Austrian athlete Michael Strasser crossed Russia (Race Across Russia 9.208 km) , Africa and America by bicycle each in world record times. In 2018 The Austrian rider set a new world record when he cycled 22,642km from Alaska to Patagonia in 84 days, 11 hours and 50 minutes.
Born in Mödling, Lower Austria, Michael Strasser has studied architecture at the Technical University in Venna and worked as an instructor at the University Sports Institute Vienna and instructor for triathlon, cycling and ski-mountaineering.
With his outstanding performances Strasser also advocates for more environmental and climate protection, promotes cycling in daily life and became the first cyclist to be part of a new UN Environment campaign called Mountain Heroes. At the heart of the campaign are extraordinary athletes who dedicate some of their time to raise awareness on environmental issues, in particular environmental protection of mountains, where early indicators of the effects of climate change are already becoming visible.