Tour de DrupAlps

As per the extreme version of Tour de Drupal and thanks to the Amazee Extreme Challenge, my plan was to cycle from Switzerland to DrupalCon Vienna by crossing the Alps 6 times. The tour took me over some of the most challenging alp passes using my road cycle. I visited 5 different countries: Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Slovenia and Austria. Overcoming the alps with the bicycle has been a long term dream of myself. Inspired by the sport achievements of my uncle, I took this challenge to see if I can make it from Switzerland to DrupalCon Vienna taking some scenic and challenging detours over the alps. The final destination being DrupalCon Vienna served as the perfect goal because it’s my favorite conference and hometown at the same time. An in-depth recap of my tour can be found on the Amazee Labs blog.

DrupAlps Passo Giau
DrupAlps Bike
DrupAlps Bike
DrupAlps Bye Office
DrupAlps Bike
DrupAlps Alpenbrevet
DrupAlps Alpenbrevet
DrupAlps Lago di Como
DrupAlps Lago di Como
DrupAlps Snow in Berninapass with Bessone
DrupAlps Snow in Berninapass with Bessone
DrupAlps Gavia with Bessone
DrupAlps Gavia with Bessone
DrupAlps Gavia
DrupAlps Gavia
DrupAlps Passo Stelvio
DrupAlps Passo Stelvio
DrupAlps Guy from Thailand
DrupAlps Guy from Thailand
DrupAlps Himmelsloch am Timmelsjoch
DrupAlps Himmelsloch am Timmelsjoch
DrupAlps Schrofenpass
DrupAlps Schrofenpass
DrupAlps Clouds and Montains in the Dolomites
DrupAlps Clouds and Montains in the Dolomites
DrupAlps with Kurti and Radlwolf
DrupAlps with Kurti and Radlwolf
DrupAlps Rain at Austrian Border Plöckenpass
DrupAlps Rain at Austrian Border Plöckenpass
DrupAlps Hidden Border Slovenia Austria
DrupAlps Hidden Border Slovenia Austria
DrupAlps Sunset Steiermark
DrupAlps Sunset Steiermark
DrupAlps Bags
DrupAlps Bags
DrupAlps Webshapers Office
DrupAlps Webshapers Office
DrupAlps Engadin
DrupAlps Engadin
DrupAlps Oberalpass
DrupAlps Oberalpass
DrupAlps in Vienna
DrupAlps in Vienna
DrupAlps in Winter
DrupAlps in Winter
DrupAlps Julierpass
DrupAlps Julierpass
DrupAlps Malojapass
DrupAlps Malojapass
DrupAlps on the Rocks
DrupAlps on the Rocks
DrupAlps Galleries
DrupAlps Galleries
DrupAlps and Snow
DrupAlps and Snow
DrupAlps in Winter
DrupAlps in Winter
DrupAlps in Engadin
DrupAlps in Engadin
DrupAlps training buddies
DrupAlps training buddies
DrupAlps Klausenpass
DrupAlps Klausenpass
DrupAlps French Alps
DrupAlps French Alps
DrupAlps valley
DrupAlps valley
DrupAlps Vierwaldstättersee
DrupAlps Vierwaldstättersee
DrupAlps at the lake
DrupAlps at the lake
DrupAlps Grosse Scheidegg
DrupAlps Grosse Scheidegg
DrupAlps Sellaronda
DrupAlps Sellaronda
DrupAlps Sollaronda
DrupAlps Sollaronda
Route
DrupAlps Veloviewer Visualization
    The gear
    the Gear

    In terms of equipment, I decided to get a race bike (Rose XEON RS-4400) which is really lightweight but still made of aluminium which I thought would be a more reliable material compared to today’s popular carbon frames. As I planned to take all my luggage with me for an entire month and in order to be able to cycle high-alpine mountain passes, I decided to get two compact bags. The Ortlieb Seat-Pack takes up to 16.5 liters and fixates behind the seat post. In addition to that, after quite some research I decided to the custom, tailor-fitted G219 Blade Frame Bag from Wanderlust Equipment. It took me a while to figure out the minimal set of cloths required to keep me dry, warm and adaptable. Weather conditions ranged from between 35 and -5 degrees, sometimes it was sunny, cloudy, windy or just rainy - but in the end, the combination of bags turned out to work out really nicely.

    DrupalCon Vienna
    DrupalCon Vienna

    My extreme challenge ended in Vienna where DrupalCon was happening from September 26-29 of 2017. DrupalCon is an international event that brings together the people who use, develop, design and support the Drupal Platform. Since 2010, this was my 11th con and I was excited for this opportunity to have Drupal's biggest European visit my home town.