10 days, 1.000km, 10.000 altitude meters by Bike to Increase Resilience and Self-confidence of Young People

von Karsten Drath

For this year, I am planning to take a special time out. Beginning of June, I will travel by bike from Heidelberg to Verona. This is about 1,000km and 10,000 meters in altitude since the Alps have to be overcome. Find out more here:

With my tour, I would like to collect money for a good cause and also connect to two journeys that I undertook some 30 years ago. At that time, two study grants from zis helped me to expand my horizon and to stretch my understanding of what was possible. They also helped me to develop more self-confidence.

What is zis?

zis is a non-profit organization that has been operating for more than 60 years to give scholarships for study trips to young people between 16 and 20 years ( My first trip took me to Scotland in 1997, where I worked on the subject "Fishing on the west coast". In 1999, I went on a second trip to study the topic "Scientific Whaling". I even worked on a whaling station.

In retrospect, the experiences I had made on these trips were invaluable for my development. There were numerous crises to cope with and it was necessary to be creative and to improvise. Skills that are very helpful in this world.

Having had a childhood with some challenges, I learned, that I can drive alone 1.700km by bike and get wet every single day without losing faith in my project. I have learned that I can spend 4 weeks with only 300 € and still had a good time. I have learned how it is to be threatened by deportation and how to turn this around into getting an interview with the State President.

I've understood for myself that limitations are only constructs in my head and these insights I would allow as many young people as possible.

The idea

Therefore, I decided that in June 2017 I will bike from Heidelberg to Verona to collect money for ZIS. In about 10 days I will bike 1,000km and a total of 10,000 meters of altitude.

One single study grant costs only 900 €. My goal is to collect funds for at least 20 scholarships, that is, 18,000 € in total. You can find out more about this project here:

This topic is close to my heart. It would be great if I could get you inspired by this project. Your support – big or small – means a lot to me. Thank you!

Karsten Drath works with top managers and their teams to improve their leadership effectiveness and resilience. He is a certified Executive Coach and Psychotherapist, a published author and keynote speaker, and is one of the Managing Partners of Leadership Choices, an international consultancy focusing on leadership development at Top Management level. Looking back on more than 15 years of own leadership experience in several international roles he knows the challenges that come with the executive lifestyle and also how to cope with them.


Check out his latest book
Resilient Leadership – Beyond Myths and Misunderstandings