Currently, 27 participants have registered for the Sun Trip France from July 14 to August 10, 2020.
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The Sun Trip France will take place this summer 2020, from July 14 to August 9. The start will be in Lyon, with an arrival in Albertville. Thank you to the organizing team for their energy and responsiveness!
The route represents a 3000 km loop, divided into 7 stages. Some stages will be long, up to 850 km, other stages will allow participants to ride in groups (notably in Brittany, in Tourmalet and in the Alps). The route will also offer optional crossing points.
Learn more and / or register: Sun Trip France
Today is June 1 that we were to set off for China!
For months, all of us, solar cyclists registered for the 2020 edition of the Sun Trip, have imagined ourselves en route to Guangzhou (Canton) in China. We dreamed of the countries we were going to cross. For some Turkey, Uzbekistan, for others Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and for all, China. We imagined discoveries, meetings, happiness and perhaps some misfortunes …
The images of the 2018 edition had largely contributed to fuel our imagination:
Despite everything, the Sun Trip 2020 will take place in another form! Thanks to the energy and creativity of the organizing team! It will be Franco-French, over a period of one month, with a course of 3000 km.
Preparation for the Sun Trip 2020 was organized this weekend in Lyon. It brought together 30 participants from the fifty or so registered participants and took place in an atmosphere that was studious, fascinating and friendly.
To effectively prepare for this solar bike rally, many themes were addressed:
– administrative aspects, border formalities and visas,
– possible routes and variants,
– the cultural differences of the countries crossed,
– the operation of solar bikes, the technical regulations,
– monitoring of meteorology and its impact on navigation,
– communication: video, social networks etc …
This weekend also allowed everyone to meet the other participants. There were many informal exchanges, between conferences and workshops, around meals or over a beer, at all hours of the day and night!
It was an opportunity for rich meetings between experienced suntripers and newcomers, between French and English speakers, between technicians and travelers … The enthusiasm and the joy of sharing were visible on the faces.
Saturday evening, we celebrated the Chinese New Year in the presence of the Chinese Consul in Lyon and the 3 Chinese SunTrip managers. On Sunday, Luc Giros presented his tour of Europe: more than 18,000 km traveled on the solar bike used by Mickaël Joguet during the Sun Trip 2018.
We would like to thank Florian Bailly for organizing this fruitful moment, as well as all the members of the organization who contributed to the smooth running of the event: Béatrice and Yannick, Christophe Bayard (Vécolo), Benoit Ganivet, Annick-Marie who brilliantly provided case-simultaneous translation for non-French speaking participants.
In the show “Faut pas rêver”, Carolina De Salvo makes us discover the landscapes of Cerdanya and its solar installations before continuing a great crossing of the Pyrenees to Aragon in Spain.
Carolina’s journey begins on an old train to the isolated Estavar station. She joined Bernard Cauquil, inventor of a tandem that runs on solar energy. At the handlebars of the Twin Dragon Fly, Carolina continues her journey thanks to the sun, a wealth of this region where it shines more than 320 days a year! In Mont-Louis, she meets Denis who demonstrates the first solar oven in the world.
[Extract from the program dedicated to the solar bike]
Carolina continues her journey marked by unforgettable encounters, placed under the sign of the unconditional love of those who live in the heart of the Pyrenees!
[Link to the full show in replay ” Faut Pas Rêver: for love of the Pyrenees “ broadcast on Wednesday January 15 on France 3]
Today, a very nice article on the Sun Trip was published by L'Équipe magazine. Find the full article online at: https://www.lequipe.fr.
Here are some extracts below:
“In June, Sun Trip competitors will ride from Lyon to Canton in China on electro-solar assisted bikes. On the program: 12,000 km and fifteen countries crossed.
Browsing the Internet without looking at the compass too much, Jean-Marc Dubouloz, amateur cyclist, comes across a film relating the 2018 edition of the "Sun Trip". The images showed strange cyclists progressing on alpine slopes, over the plains of central Europe, or under the overwhelming sky of the Kazakh steppe. Pedaling lying under cover under their solar panels, or towing them on a trailer attached to their traditional bike, the Sun Trip competitors joined Lyon … Canton, 12,000 kilometers further!
Love at first sight from Jean-Marc Dubouloz: “I was amazed,” says this audiovisual entrepreneur. I immediately knew I wanted to do this. ”
Launched in 2013 by Florian Bailly, this extraordinary event aims to be a sort of “Terrestrial Vendée Globe”. […] The rule is simple: reach the final destination independently on “electro-solar assistance” bicycles (traditional or recumbent, cargo bikes, etc.). Any recharging on sector being strictly prohibited, the competitors will advance all the more quickly as the sky will be blue. Conversely, rainy and dull days require more muscular effort, promising both fatigue and shorter distances. […]
"What attracted me was this unique blend of human adventure and technology," says Dubouloz. The fiftieth is also passionate about the issue of soft mobility: […]the energy required for each participant to join Canton is for 1/3 of muscular origin and for 2/3 photovoltaic. […] On such a long adventure, you must reduce the risk of damage, and above all plan to repair by yourself. […]
The time limit for joining Canton is set at three and a half months. Our amateur cyclist is aiming for less than 60 days. June 1 will begin for him "the adventure of a lifetime".
Author: Olivier Haralambon
Posted January 13, 2020 on
Thanks to Olivier for this editing! It traces the adventure of the Sun Trip Tour 2019 in which he participated with his friend Norbert on a solar tandem.
Christophe Dugué participated in the Sun Trip Tour in 2017, and also in 2019 with his wife Stephanie. His professional world has allowed him to build himself powerful, rigid and lightweight solar panels. Indeed Christophe works at Photowatt, a French manufacturer of panels.
In front of the cameras of France 3, he talks to us about his motivations and his approach, and Stéphanie explains to us how much his solar bike helped her in the ascent of the big alpine passes.
Parcourir les Alpes ou pourquoi pas rouler jusqu'à l'autre bout du monde en toute autonomie dans des conditions plus écologiques qu'en voiture ou en camping car, c'est l'avantage du vélo électrique solaire. Christophe Dugué s'est lancé en participant au Sun Trip, une course à vélo solaire unique au monde. #pourlaplanète The Sun Trip
Publiée par France 3 Régions sur Mercredi 20 novembre 2019
The magazine 200 makes cycling a daily adventure, it feels a love of cycling in all its forms, it grants letters of nobility to the little queen, whether the bike in town, wilderness, mountain , on all the roads of France, Europe and elsewhere. The magazine 200 does not segregate between cyclo-sportsmen, competitors, cyclotourists, travelers, adventurers …
That's why he devoted an 8-page article to the participants of the Sun Trip, and recounts their adventures on the human level as well as technical and sporting.
On July 16th, after the Mont Cenis pass, the challenge of the best climber of the Sun Trip Tour was held at the Finestre pass in Italy. Find the emotion of the moment thanks to the report produced by Agence Zeppelin!
A video where we find all the riders of EDF Énergies Rouvelables who participated in the Sun Trip Tour 2019 (realization by the organizing team of Sun Trip):
A video made by the organization team of the Sun Trip:
The photo album of the 9th day of the Sun trip Tour 2019: departure from the Bourg-Saint-Maurice campsite, stop at Val d'Isère in the electric and hybrid vehicle show, memorable meal between suntripeurs, ascent to the Iseran pass, beautiful descent to Lanslebourg Val Cenis and welcome to the cottage!
Pictures + short videos:
Find the images of the adventures of the 7th day of the Sun trip Tour 2019: the quiet journey with Ralf, Divonne-les-Bains to Sallanches where Jean joined us, and after Sallanches, the course of the day which switches after an unfortunate passage at a bike shop, the necessary break at a village party, and the late arrival in Chamonix due to technical problems.
It was the 6th day of the Sun trip Tour 2019, we all had the goal of arriving at Divonne-les-Bains in the afternoon: the soft morning light on the church of Villars-les-Dombes, meetings in Pont-d'Ain: Béatrice and Yannick, Antoine, Arnaud, Laurent and Corentin with their vintage tandem, the deep color of Lake Nantua …
Find all the atmosphere of the first day of the Sun trip Tour 2019 in the photo album of July 6th: the presentation of the bikes on the place of the Town Hall of Puy-en-Velay, the first kilometers through the landscapes of the Haute-Loire, the valley of Allier until Saint-Flour.
Pictures + short videos:
Some time ago a journalist came to interview me about my solar bike. We stayed for almost an hour discussing Sun Trip and traveling in a very friendly atmosphere. The report was broadcast today in a very dynamic 2 minute editing …
As a bonus, France Bleu dedicates a web page about!
See France Bleu Bourgogne's website
Thanks to Damien Mestre and Anne Pinczon du Sel of France Bleu!
Rendez-vous from July 6 to 20: a tour of the Puy-en-Velay to Valence passing by the most beautiful passes of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes .
The organization of the Sun Trip has just published the profile of the 55 participants of the Sun Trip Tour 2019. They come from France, Switzerland, Belgium, USA, Italy, Germany. They are 4 years old to 72 years old!
This summer, there will be 12 official teams, 8 of which are made up of EDF and EDF Renouvelables employees.
50 participants from 7 different nationalities will participate in the 2019 Edition of the Sun trip tour, from July 6 to 20! Some of us have already met during a very fruitful weekend of preparation, organised by the Sun trip team, in Lans-en-Vercors in April.
Find each participant on his social network or blog: discover his preparation, his expectations, his enthusiasm before the big start…
|Nom||Nb pers.||Pays||Sun Trip||Blog||Autre||Réseau social|
|AMORAVAIN Céline, MOCELLIN Pierre & Thomas||3||France|
|ASPE Yannick & CAZANAVE Béatrice||2||France||2015,|
|CHATAGNY Laurent & HENCHOZ Corentin||2||Suisse|
|CORSELLI Catherine & DURAND Jean-Michel||2||Belgique|
|DUGUÉ Christophe & Stéphanie||2||France||2017|
|GILLESPIE Ryan & THORESEN Rain||2||USA||2017|
|GUYOT Olivier & SCHULZ Norbert||2||Allemagne|
|HELSEN An & Peter||2||Belgique||2017,|
|RAMBEAU Perrine & VAN NESS Nate||2||France|
|VAN TIEL Pieter||1||Suisse|
Discover the route of Sun trip tour 2019: a solar bike route that crosses the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, from Puy-en-Velay to Valence, via the Monts d’Auvergne, Vulcania, Divonne-les-Bains, Chamonix, Val Cenis, Pinerolo (Italy) and Crest.
50 adventurers propelled by solar energy to attack the most beautiful passes of France!
a project in partnership with EDF, EDF renewables, the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and GEO.fr!
The Sun Trip organization has published information on the Sun Trip 2020:
Discover the Sun Trip 2018 adventure of on this 1 hour video, filmed by the participants and carried out by the organizing team!