Raf Van Hulle entered Russia yesterday and continues his race, almost 2800 km in 12 days. Stéphane Bertrand had to stop to repair the structure that carries his solar panels, he entered only tonight in Russia (2890 km travelled). Augustus and Camille Colle are behind him, still in Ukraine. Mickaël Jamil, Eric Morel and Jack Butler are a little further afield (2500 km travelled). And behind them, the platoon stretches to the Czech Republic.
But 7 participants roll in a completely different direction, they follow the South Lane. These are Patrice Dhanshri, Youssef El Haouass & Mohamed Saïd Jeberi, Alain & Jean Claude Viguier, Justin Lemire-Elmore & Anne Sophie.
This end of the day of June 15, some suntripers were already settling when we arrived at the campsite. The following suntripers arrived one after the other. This gave us all the time to greet those we knew, to meet others, to discover the design of different vehicles.
arrivée de Françoise Denel, la doyenne de ce Sun Trip !
Stéphane Bertrand, un fidèle du Sun Trip, et Christophe (Photowatt)
Le légendaire tandem solo de Raf Van Hulle
Justin & Anne-Sophie et leur tandem : l'un rame et l'autre pédale !
Alain et Jean-Claude Viguier
le vélo solaire d'Alain... ou de Jean-Claude Viguier
We were 20 solar cyclists to come together this morning of June 15: we were going to meet the 40 participants of the Sun Trip during the few days of their prologue from Lyon to Chamonix, accompany them, encourage them; we were enthusiastic about their journey and their vehicles. The association Vécolo was the organizer of this event “The loop of Friends of the Sun Trip”, thanks to them!
Several suntripeurs are going through a period of very bad weather. Below is a video by Laurent Souchet who restores the atmosphere: lots of rain, no sun to recharge his battery. Fortunately, he rides on flat and does not cross mountains.
If we widen the map to see the point of arrival in China, the city of Canton (Guangzhou), we realize the distance that remains to be travelled. As a friend would have said, the Sun Trip is not a Mickey’s thing!
Our participants are only at the beginning of their journey!
Today, on the 8th day, Stéphane Bertrand reaches almost the 2000 km cape in the city of Lviv (Львів) in Ukraine: 1995 km in 17h05. He joined the road followed by Ralf Van Hulle who has some advance on him: almost 400 km!
1550 km travelled in 6 days for Stéphane Bertrand, despite poor weather conditions in Slovenia, an average of 258 km per day. And we see on the map that the two routes of departure, north and south, are approaching.
Stéphane Bertrand is the first to have surpassed the 1000 km travelled on this 4th day, shortly before 4pm! I emphasize that each participant following his own route, each one crosses different gradients, so it is not possible to compare.
This is proof of the effectiveness of these solar bikes … and these cyclists!
🇫🇷 🇨🇳 45 aventurières et aventuriers sont partis de Lyon pour 12 000 km à vélo solaire jusqu’à Guangzhou en Chine, pour The Sun Trip 2018 ! 🚵🏽♂️ Ils vont parcourir les historiques routes de la soie, sans assistance extérieure, en moins de 50 jours.🇫🇷 🇨🇳 45 adventurers left Lyon for 12,000 km by solar bike to Guangzhou in China, for The Sun Trip 2018!🚵🏻♀️ They will travel the historic Silk Roads, without outside assistance, in less than 50 days.
It was place des Terreaux in Lyon, I was there very early, before the arrival of the suntripeurs. My folding bike and its mini solar trailer have nothing to do with solar bicycles/vehicles that will face the 12 000 km to China!
🌍 Les 14 et 15 juin, la place des Terreaux accueille le Sun Trip 2018. 45 aventuriers prendront le départ de cette course solaire de 12 000 km qui reliera #Lyon à Canton, en Chine. Grand départ vendredi à 12h30, venez les encourager ! 🚲