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.
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.
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.