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The Sun Trip The Solar Bike Adventure
Adventurers on solar bikes choosing their course through Eurasia. Inspired by unassisted yacht races around the world, the Sun Trip is writing a new page in the world of overland adventures.

The Sun Trip is a showcase for new forms of mobility. Each adventurer is an ambassador of solar energy and eco-mobility, proving their efficiency and their humanist dimension.
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Patrice  Plozner

Patrice Plozner

Age 55 years
Nationality French

The solar bike of Patrice

Front motors Crankset, 500w 48v
Back motor Direct drive, rh205c - 1000w 48v
Solar 4 x 100 Wc by set of 2
Weight 60 kilos
The base of the frame of my bike is a self-built trike with essentially square tubes and aluminum plates assembled with bolts. The direction of it is made with ball joints. The seat is also self-constructed in fiberglass molded to my back. It is driven by 2 motors. A 500w 48v bottom bracket motor and a direct drive rh205c 1000w 48v rear wheel. They can be used interchangeably. The two motors are connected to a set of 2 48v 11.6 Ah batteries in parallel. The solar collector part is made up of 4 100w solar panels coupled 2 to 2 with two 48v mppt booster regulators that charge the batteries. Consumption and load are monitored using power meters. All the panels can tilt manually. The whole makes 60kg.
Patrice Plozner

Patrice, the Soul of the Sun Trip!

Patrice arrived in the history of the Sun Trip in 2018. He was then noticed for his state of mind, his smile, his poems and for his decision to turn back along the way. While in Georgia he undertook a return home, always respecting the objective of solar recharging.

A return to better return!

On the Sun Trip Tour 2019, with an improved “home made” bike, he was awarded the jury prize and above all he was on a joint journey with his future adventure companion, Jean-Louis Machado. They will be a shocking duo of Lyon-Canton 2021!

Patrice also participated in the test edition of the Corsica Sun Trip 2019.

In images

On video

Interview during the Sun Trip 2018

With his friend Jean-Louis in 2019 :

His Vision of the Sun Trip

“I, who had never traveled apart for work, signed up for the 2018 Lyon-Canton Sun Trip by discovering their website. It was with a bike that I built from A to Z that I started in this crazy adventure. 9 months of preparation during which I met an extraordinary world that is the suntrip and this family of suntripers. Our bikes are passports that open borders but also open the hearts of people of all countries.

Even though the Canton goal was not achieved, it was an incredible journey , surpassing oneself and meeting others, it was more than achieved. Which made me register for STT 2019 by accompanying a friend: Jean Louis Machado with whom we hope to reach the Tibetan plateau and Guangzhou in 2021.

As I had never been to Corsica, I wanted to test it… great experience of crossing the Isle of Beauty in a small group.

In fact, traveling by solar bike means riding more than 100km per day without being exhausted, enjoying the scenery, no longer having the apprehension of climbing a pass and taking the time to meet people, It’s freedom without pollute”.

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