During the prologue of the Sun Trip 2018, I met Barnabé Chaillot at Le Bourget-du-Lac Campground: He also accompanied the solar bike caravan to Chambéry. His solar bike was very unusual but I did not know his approach at that time, I discovered it according to my surf on Internet.
Barnabé wants to share his ecological ideas to protect our planet, ideas that he has put into practice for years. He chose to propagate them on the internet, among other things in the form of a YouTube channel. This video shows, step by step, how to build a very cheap solar bike, or rather a solar trailer to associate with a bike.
Whether you are planning or not building your solar bike, I invite you to look at Barnabé, to admire his ingenuity and his pedagogy, to delight you with this smile that never leaves him.
The number of subscribers in his YouTube channel attests to the interest of Internet users in his alternative practices.
In July 2014, David Brandenberger (Switzerland) toured the world on a solar bike to prevent harm to the environment. He chose a trike (recumbent tricycle) for comfort with a large trailer capable of capturing a large amount of solar energy. It also allows him to carry a lot of personal business, including his guitar and photographic equipment.
In 2016, he reached Turkey after travelling to many European countries. It is now in Australia after a 31 000 km journey!
Bravo to this tireless adventurer!
From July 6th to 20th the course of the Sun Trip Tour 2019 consists of 8 stages, always the same principle of freedom of route between each point. The course stretches on 1200 to 1500 km according to the most probable routes, with positive gradients that could exceed the 35,000 meters for the most daring!
Step by step, this is the presentation of this solar tower of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes:
Stage 1: Le Puy en Velay – bivouac in the Monts d'auvergne (+/-175 km)
From 6 to 7 July This introductory stage proposes a smooth start of adventure through hilly areas, in often unsung landscapes. The end of the stage will however be more robust for everyone, because the bivouac in the wilderness will be positioned on the other side of the beautiful Puy Mary. The exact location will be presented later. Immediate displacement ensured with this dive in what the center of France has more beautiful.
Stage 2: Bivouac – Vulcania/Riom Limagne & Volcanoes (+/-100 km)
July 8th to 9th. The idea of this step is simple: propose a nearly complete ascent of the massif of the Monts d'auvergne! The participants playing the "challenge of the best climber" will find there a dream field to score big points, while those who want to avoid the mountains can shoot to the plain of Clermont-Ferrand. The 8 July accommodation will be held at Saint-Ours clear morning, but the real stage appointment will be well on the 9th of July in the morning on the site of Vulcania!
Stage 3: Vulcania – Divonne les Bains (+/-400 km)
On July 9th, from 10am until 3pm the Sun Trip Tour will be in contact with the public of Parc Vulcania. A time of exchange and promotion of new energies. The opportunity also for the participants to know all about the volcanic activity of the mountains of Auvergne. In the middle of the afternoon the platoon was soar for the longest stage of the edition, through the departments of the Puy-de-Dôme, the Loire, the Rhône and the Ain. Two and a half days of road for 400 km relatively flat, with however the incentive to cross the mountains of Jura just before diving on Divonne-les-Bains (checkpoint at the viaduct of Cize-Bolozon).
Stage 4: Divonne les Bains – Chamonix (+/-110 km)
On 12 July and after a musical bivouac on the shores of Lake Divonne, the Solar bicycle platoon will make a stopover in Switzerland, in the centre of Geneva. The opportunity to promote the Swiss teams involved and to talk about the Sun Trip in a country passionate about solar projects (solar Impulse, solar Planet, Solar Stratos…). The return to France will be through the Green lane connecting the town of Annemasse, then the participants will have the opportunity to complicate or not the task by going up the White Valley to Chamonix.
Stage 5: Chamonix – Val Cenis (from 200 to 250 km)
July 13th to 14th. Certainly the key step for the climbers, through the mountains of Savoy Mont Blanc (Ascent of Megève, col des seizures, Cormet of Roselend, etc…). The real starting point of the Sun trip 2018 to China, Chamonix will be for the adventurers of the Sun trip Tour 2019 The real starting place of the Alpine crossing. Some might also opt for a detour by Switzerland and Italy, taking the passes of the Grand and Petit-Saint Bernard, before joining the summit of the Alps on the Col de Iseran, at 2770 m altitude! It should be noted that those who want to save their strength can opt for the Albertville plain and the Maurienne Valley.
Break Day in Haute-Maurienne Vanoise
On 15 July the participants will be able to enjoy the grandiose landscapes of Haute-Maurienne, welcomed at the Gîte Ethic CIS stages of Val Cenis. This time of relaxation will be the occasion of planned animations with our partners. Also the opportunity for possible stragglers to join the group.
Stage 6: Val Cenis – Pinerolo (+/-100 km)
A short but explosive stage, programmed on July 16! The start will be marked by a passage imposed at the Col du Mont-Cenis, at 2081 metres above sea level. A climb that should be approached in a grouped platoon, for the first time on a Sun Trip. Beyond the dam of the Lac du Mont-Cenis, the participants will descend to Suze in Italy, and from this point the most courageous can try to climb the terrible Col de Finest, whose last 10 km are not paved. Pinerolo will be the only real step outside of France, a city that has already hosted the Tour de France and that receives the tour of Italy in May 2019. The meal will be held at the boulodrome of the Veloce Club and the night in the convent of the Sisters of the Visitation Santa Maria.
Step 7: Pinerolo – Die (from 350 to 450 km)
From 17 to 19 July, this stage is certainly the least predictable of adventure. The return to France can be done either by the very difficult Col Agnel (2744 m!), or by the "Sestriere – Col de Montgenèvre" web. The Massif of the Ecrins will then be bypassed by the south (more likely) or by the north, while some might have the idea of firing to the National Park of the provençales. Opportunities to go scratching points and visit breathtaking scenery will not fail! One thing is certain, coming to Die the difficulties will be passed.
Stage 8: Die – Valencia (70 km)
A day of parade to close the loop, Saturday, July 20, 2019. The adventurers will be happy to find the plain and will be welcomed in the city centre of Valencia, capital of the Department of Drôme, a city at the crossroads of several major cycling routes in the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
A communication shot around the concept of solar bike and the Sun Trip will turn its gaze towards China, in view of the 2020 edition!
The success of the Sun Trip 2018 Lyon-Canton was yesterday hailed by the Chinese Ambassador in Paris, its excellence Zhai Jun. French adventurers Mickaël Joguet and Eric Morel, respectively 2nd and 3rd in the solar challenge, were rewarded on behalf of all the participants.
This ceremony was organized at the opening of the 2nd forum of new silk roads, in the presence of Alain Galliano (Vice-President of Greater Lyon), Xing Qu (Deputy Director General of UNESCO), Pascal Boniface (President IRIS), Christian Cambon (Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee) and Xinchen Deng (European representative of our Chinese partner WAE Logistics).
The portraits of 8 new Suntripers are published! Four of them had participated in the Sun Trip 2017, we had rode together: Jean-Louis The Super Fighter, Ryan who had repaired his trailer with old recycled skis, Francis and his trike "Tribellule", Alain who had unfortunately to give up because technical problems.
Welcome to the 4 new suntripers : Rain, Fabrice, Michel and Dario!
About forty participants are known, there are still a dozen more that we will soon discover.
For we will be 50 to take the start, on July 6 next in Le Puy-en-Velay, a record!