Follow the participants of the Sun Trip 2021 on their social network!

48 solar cyclists of 10 different nationalities are registered for Sun Trip Europe, which departure is scheduled for June 15 in Brussels.

Hopefully the health context will be favorable and allow everyone to participate!

https://www.thesuntrip.com/en/participants/

Below, find each participant on their social network or blog: discover their preparation, their expectations, their enthusiasms before the big departure …
Notice to participants: for any addition or correction, contact:

NbParticipants Pays½BlogFBInsta
1Dirk Huygue

équipe
Belgiquelogo facebook
2Kris WuytsBelgiquelogo facebook
3Géry Gevers

équipe
Belgiquelogo facebook
4Baudouin de HemptinneBelgiquelogo facebook
5Raf Van HulleBelgiquelogo facebooklogo instagram
6Bernard CauquilFrancelogo facebooklogo instagram
7Alessandra Sorrentino

équipe
Suisselogo facebooklogo instagram
8Pirmin BütlerSuisselogo facebooklogo instagram
9Patrice Plozner

équipe
Francelogo facebooklogo instagram
10Marisol SoutoFrancelogo facebooklogo instagram
11Sibylle Felder

équipe
Suisselogo facebook
12Daniel JenniSuisselogo facebook
13Nina WollnerNorvège½logo instagram
14Frédéric KochFrancelogo facebooklogo instagram
15Stéphane BujadouxFrancelogo facebooklogo instagram
16Didier VanderhoveBelgique½logo facebook
17Arnaud NegrierFrancelogo facebook
18Herman SegersBelgiquelogo facebook
19Jean-Marc DuboulozFrancelogo facebooklogo instagram
20Jean-Louis MachadoFrancelogo facebooklogo instagram
21Ralf LewienAllemagnelogo facebook
22Arnaud RoullandFrancelogo facebook
23Sofia Zaki
équipe
Maroc
24Nicolas DelauneyFrance
25Michel BertetFrance
26Gaël BornetSuisselogo facebook
27Philippe PassardFrance
28Patrick TschiggAutriche½logo facebook
29Jacques CharpinetBelgiquelogo facebook
30Patrick AbramsBelgiquelogo facebook
31Laurence Surugue
équipe
France
32Christian SurugueFrance
33Baptiste Costes
équipe
France½
34Samuel Certain-ChambaultFrance½logo facebook
35Valérie Nerincx
équipe
Belgique½
36Bertrand NerincxBelgique½
37Robert LucasFrancelogo facebook
38Frédéric VerronsFrance
39John MooneyRoyaume-Unilogo facebook
40Axel JustAllemagne
41Jean-Marc QuéauFrancelogo facebook
42Ivan ChicoisFrance
43Nicolas HenrysNouvelle-Zélande
44Akmaral MazhitovaKazakhstanlogo facebook
45Emil BarbutRoyaume-Unilogo facebook
46Patrick Noël

équipe
France
47Fakroudine AkbaralyFrance
48Sebastian MeyerFrancelogo instagram

Prologue to the Sun Trip: from the Jura to the Vosges

Leaving Lyon on June 1, the participants in the Sun Trip prologue continue their journey. They went from the Jura mountains to the Vosges mountains, with unfavorable weather: the brave had to pedal in the rain, sometimes the storm, they climbed the Ballon d’Alsace under the clouds! Find them in this video by Sophie Planque and Jérémy Vaugeois.

Lyon: start of the Sun Trip Europe prologue

This morning, in Lyon, the start of the Sun Trip Europe prologue was given at the Town Hall, in the presence of the mayor Grégory Doucet, elected officials of the city and the Metropolis, Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, representative in France of the European Commission.

The speeches present the exemplary values ​​carried by the Sun Trip: the search for sustainable mobility to meet climate challenges, a challenge that we must face together within Europe. Mr. Ferran Tarradellas Espuny recalls the motto of Europe: “united in diversity”, this diversity that we will discover and taste throughout our journey.

This motto also reflects the spirit of the Sun Trip, with its values ​​of inclusiveness: a group of people with disabilities participate in the prologue with adapted solar bikes, the Benur , designed by a Lyon company.

Video presentation of the Sun Trip Europe!

The organization of the Sun Trip has published the trailer for the event, with the 5 compulsory passage points for all solar bikes.
The rest of the itinerary is at the discretion of the participants. Some plan a fairly direct route, others announce detours through Sweden. Further on, participants will be tempted to cut through Belarus and Ukraine, while most will cross Slovakia and Hungary to join Romania.

But the evolution of the health situation in each country could shake up the projects …

A solar bike for people with reduced mobility!

The Benur bicycle meets the travel needs of people with reduced mobility. Its ramp at the rear allows independent access with a wheelchair and, if necessary, to take a passenger.
Going to work, shopping, taking children to school, going to the cinema, everything is possible with Benur! And thanks to its removable bench, it can also carry heavy loads.
The Benur bike is available in a version with a solar roof, which allows the battery to be recharged throughout the day.
Learn more: https://benur.net/

This bike is developed by a company that hosted the Sun Trip on its premises on July 30, 2020.

Preparation of the Sun Trip Europe in April

Obviously, this month of April will have been marked by the re-containment and the limit of 10 km around the home! Luckily, half of my perimeter was surrounded by nature and was quite hilly. It was also the opportunity to discover or rediscover side roads and small forgotten roads … I saw spring unfold visibly, despite an episode of snow and night frost.

By knitting in this perimeter, I increased the distance covered each week. For my longest outing, I managed to do a 200 km lap with 2600m of vertical drop!
April ends with rain! Suddenly, the bike remains in the garage and I take this opportunity to refine the itinerary for this summer and publish a few articles.

Date GPS Dist.
km
Tps
h : mn
Vit.
km/h
Conso
Wh
Solaire
Wh
27/04 164 5:42 28,9 2355 1902
24/04 203 6:49 29,7 2732 2327
23/04 104 3:38 28,6 1372 1178
15/04 81 3:06 26,1 1175 633
10/04 71 2:48 25,4 825 159
08/04 52 2:00 27,9 670 171
02-04 232 8:40 26,8 2545 2010
Avril 908 32:19 28,1 11674 8380

Preparation of the Sun Trip Europe (March)

At the end of March, I took advantage of a period of full sun to restart my solar bike. I was able to carry out 3 outings before confinement, with several objectives:
– test the various modifications or repairs carried out on the bike this winter,
– get used to pedaling again for a whole day,
– test different settings to better manage engine consumption (my average consumption in Wh / km on the Sun Trip France in 2020 was quite high).

Another objective, not the least, was to take advantage of this beautiful spring atmosphere by visiting the Côte-d’Or and the Saône-et-Loire.

Course

Date GPS Dist.
km
D +
m
Tps
h: mn
Vit.
km/h
Conso
Wh
Solar
Wh
24-03  188 1625 6:45 27.8 2129 1722
31-03  210 1975 7:44 27.2 2354 1982
02-04  232 1590 8:40 26.8 2545 2010

Solar production

In this season, the solar radiation is obviously less strong than in summer, the available energy is about 60% of what it is in July. If during the summer of 2020 I collected around 3000 Wh / d on the best days, here I have recovered up to 2000 Wh / d, which is already not so bad.
The solar charge was increased thanks to the absence of wind which made it possible to ride with the panels tilted at the start and end of the day. But the wooded parts of the course made it difficult to catch the light, even with trees without leaves!

Engine consumption

To maintain a balance between consumption and production, I tested different settings in the Cycle Analyst depending on the terrain (maximum speed, maximum power, etc.)
On the first ride, I used too little the battery in the morning. So much so that during the meal break, with the panels perfectly oriented, my battery recharged very quickly. At half-time during the break, I had the feeling of “losing” this precious solar energy which could no longer enter my full battery!
During the next 2 outings, I corrected the shooting by increasing the speed in the morning and therefore the fuel consumption. Downtime is in fact privileged moments of charging when the panels can be perfectly oriented towards the sun.

Balance sheet

Overall, I managed to balance production and consumption until 5:30 p.m., then production became too low to cover consumption. And no question of reducing consumption: I had to be home by 7 p.m., curfew time!

April 2: 3rd Sun Trip Europe preparation outing

It was the 3rd great preparation outing for the Sun Trip Europe before the reconfinement.
I was able to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Côte-d’Or, visit corners that were unknown to me. And I even drove a bit in Saône-et-Loire. It was good to ride in the sun, without fear of miles.
To say that the confinement will soon lock us into a 10km perimeter around our home!
Tour: 232 km
Elevation +: 1590m
Consumption: 2540 Wh
Production: 2010 Wh

March 31: 2nd Sun Trip Europe preparation outing

The first outing being conclusive, I wanted to continue my momentum and exceed 200 km during the day. The sun was 100% with me, but the solar power is obviously less in March than in summer (between 60% and 70%). I wanted to see the amount of energy produced by the panels under these conditions.
Consumption: 2130 Wh
Production: 1720 Wh

Sun Trip 2021: discovering Europe!

In spring 2020, the departure for China had been postponed to 2021. Unfortunately, the global health situation still does not allow such a destination.
It is the reason why the 2021 edition of the Sun Trip will take place in Europe! We all hope that spring will bring an improvement in the health situation and a relaxation within the European area.

After a prologue between Lyon and Brussels in the first half of June, the big start will be given in mid-June in Brussels for an arrival in Lyon in less than 100 days. Participants will have to go through 5 compulsory check-points:
– Stockholm in Sweden,
– Constantza in Romania,
– the Passo dello Stelvio in Italy,
– the Pico del Veleta in Spain,
– Porto in Portugal.

Between these compulsory passage points, participants are free to choose their route.
Some countries are essential: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Italy, Spain, Portugal.
But in Eastern Europe in particular, many alternative routes are possible between Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria …

Voir en plein écran

Solar bikes in Corsica, with Vécolo association

Cycling as therapy is an objective pursued by the Grenoble-based association Vécolo, which promotes a return to sports. To encourage people to resume physical activity after a long battle with illness or medical treatment, she organized a challenge on the road to GT20 (Grande Traversée). A bike ride through Corsica, which took place in 8 stages from Bastia to Ajaccio, with nearly 500 kilometers covered for more than 8,000 meters of vertical drop.

© viatelepaese.tv

In total, 16 participants took part in this first edition, which was held from September 19 to 27, 2020. All were equipped with an electric bicycle, in order to offer more autonomy and mobility to everyone, everything. by enhancing self-esteem.
Beyond physical and mental performance, this challenge is a vector of social diversity. The different stages were punctuated by moments of conviviality, which united the whole group.
Interview with Jean Bizet, member of the association, and Christophe Bayard, project manager.

Return via Jura and Saône-et-Loire

August 10, from Albertville (Savoie) to Bois-d'Amont (Jura)
Unlike previous editions of the Sun Trip where my solar bike could get on a train (TER), this year I have to return by road.
I'm not going home by the fastest route, I'm going to go up to cross the Jura where I will find calm roads and landscapes, and too bad for the drop! Or rather, so much the better, because it is the height differences that provide beautiful panoramas!


August 11, from Bois-d'Amont (Jura) to Saint-Désert (Saône-et-Loire)


From Saint-Désert (Saône-et-Loire) to Dijon (Côte-d'Or)


Nice meeting in Bresse

Saint-Germain-du-Bois, 4 p.m.

I sip a soda in the shade of a bistro. Someone is walking down the street. Seeing my bike, all panels exposed to the sun, he stops. And he looks for his owner on the terrace.
Here we are at a table and we are talking about cycling. Tanguy has been riding a bicycle or electric trike for more than a decade, as have his 3 children. For all their trips: work, studies, shopping etc …
His solar panels are installed on the roof of his house, not on the bikes!

Note that Tanguy wears a motorcycle helmet and a motorcycle airbag vest to protect himself from cars … in memory of a bad experience.
Bravo Tanguy, for your radical commitment to the planet!

Beautiful meetings in Switzerland

In Lausanne, a deviation from the cycle path leads me into inextricable meanders with my long trailer. I pity, I tell myself that I would have done better to follow the road.
However, after an umpteenth detour, surprise! Under a bridge, I discovered Emmanuelle’s installation. It intrigues me … Is it Contemporary Art? I question her.

Emmanuelle finds that people live isolated, they cannot imagine how much they would gain from being in contact, sharing, helping each other, exchanging, in order to achieve their dreams. So, she decided to launch here, under this bridge, a solidarity sharing scholarship. Everyone is invited to write down their dream, the help they would need to make this dream come true, and everything they can give to others.

I start to write my contribution when Nanga arrives by bike also stops and discusses. Born of a Congolese father and Angolan mother, both of the same ethnic group, Nanga is acutely aware of the artificial boundaries drawn between men, of the links that have been lost …
Emmanuelle, bravo for your project which sparks meetings and exchanges!
 


– Are you doing the Sun Trip? this cyclist asks me.
– You know the Sun Trip ??? I asked him.
I will discover that she is the sister-in-law of Paul Baudry, a Suntripeur from Plouguerneau!


 


In Divonne-les-Bains, meeting with a family of English cyclists attracted by my bike: Tom, Joe, Anna, May, Katy, Esther, Sam …
Have nice holidays!


Just before the French border, in a café in Saint-Cergue, Siméon asks me about my solar bike. We are also talking about the other bikes on the Sun Trip. Automotive engineer, he is very interested in the concept of transmission known as “series hybrid” of the bikes of Edgar Tournon and Bernard Cauquil.

And a big thank you to Simeon for paying for my soda. He saved me while I was grappling with a restaurant manager, barking every word: I had no Swiss money and she refused my credit card!

On the way back home from # SunTrip2020 #SunTripFrance

D-5 before the Sun Trip France!

In the last issue of Télérama magazine, the article entitled “Happy traveling differently” offers the reader to “give character” to his vacation by visiting Bourgogne-Franche Comté.
For my last test trips, I followed this advice with a tour of Southern Burgundy. Because testing your solar bike does not prevent you from discovering the heritage and the landscapes!
The excellent sunshine of yesterday allowed me to cover 207 km in just over 6 hours.

July 8:

July 7:

Training with the Solarduino Bike 2020 solar bike

Two months is the time, from May 11 (deconfinement) to July 11, to test and test my new solar vehicle. You have to work hard!
The challenge # 1: taming the recumbent bike, for me it’s brand new! Know its road behavior with the solar roof, with the trailer, in turns, potholes, in gusts of wind.
I also have to test the mechanical part, in particular the supports of the solar panels on the bike as on the trailer.
Finally, I need to know my new engine, its performance, its consumption …
A beautiful program!

Voir en plein écran

Date GPS Dist.
km
Déniv+
m
Durée
H : mn
Vitesse
km/h
Conso
Wh
Solaire
Wh
Régen
%
08-07 207 1290 06:11 33,5 1536 2456 4,1
07-07 103 800 03:08 32,9 707 1264 2,3
01-07 82 965 03:00 27,3 592 985 8,7
30-06 132 1245 4:15 31 881 955
27-06 55 768 1:55 28,5 370 424
26-06 72 430 2:19 31,1 465 441
23-06 157 1395 5:15 29,8 1085 2171
20-06 63 170 1:44 36,3 420 76
19-06 29 130 0:51 33,4 208 52
17-06 108 617 3:21 32,1 713 443
16-06 65 570 2:04 31,1 461 287
15-06 72 590 3:20 25,2
24-05 111 710 4:20 25,4
21-05 93 705 4:25 21
DateGPSDist.
km
Déniv+
m
Durée
H : mn
Vitesse
km/h
Conso
Wh
Solaire
Wh
21-01937054:2521,0
24-051117104:2025,4
15-06725903:2025,2
16-06655702:0431,1461287
17-061086173:2132,1713443
19-06291300:5133,420852
20-06631701:4436,342076
23-0615713955:1529,810852171
26-06724302:1931,1465441
27-06557681:5528,5370424
30-0613212454:1531,0881955
01-07829653:0027,3562176

Sun Trip 2020 France-China will not happen !

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:

But the Sun Trip 2020 will not take place as we had dreamed!
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic!

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.

Crossing a Chinese desert, on foot and in solar mode!

I discover this amazing video made by Olivier Coste. He designed a solar powered machine to carry his equipment in a desert environment: “Solar Explorer”. In 2018, he crossed the Badain Jaran Desert in China. His vehicle allowed him to tackle the highest dunes in the world loaded with more than 150 kilos of equipment, water and food. Without such a carrying system, these arid areas would be inaccessible to a single individual. Congratulations to Olivier for this innovation!

Sun Trip 2020 preparation seminar

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.

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