The Sun Trip 2020 in L’Équipe.fr magazine

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.

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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. ”

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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
https://www.lequipe.fr.

 

The Suntriper Christophe Dugué interviewed by France 3 TV

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.

Pour la planète : Christophe Dugué à vélo solaire

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 Sun Trip Tour 2019 in the 200′ magazine!

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.

A number available in kiosks until the end of January 2020

The photo album of July 12th, from Divonne-les-Bains to Chamonix

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.

Sun Trip Tour: (re) live on July 7 in pictures!

Find all the atmosphere of the 2nd day of the Sun trip Tour 2019 in the photo album of July 7th: From Saint-Flour to Cheylade, the landscapes of Cantal, swimming, camp, meal, dusk on the lake waterfalls… Pictures + short videos:

Sun Trip Tour: the atmosphere of July 6th in photo!

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:

Check out the official 2019 Sun Trip Tour jersey!

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 .

Sun Trip Tour 2019


a project in partnership with EDF, EDF renewables, the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and GEO.fr!

The entire itinerary of Sun Trip Tour 2019

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:

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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 welcomed by the Ambassador of China

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).