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Patrice  Plozner

Patrice Plozner

Age 57 years
Nationality French

The solar bike of Patrice

Front motors Crankset, 500w 48v
Back motor Wheel motor 48v 1000wh
Battery 48v 610w et 980w
Solar 2 x 170wc & 100 wc
Weight 77 kilos
The base of my bike's frame is a self-built trike with essentially square tubes and aluminium flats assembled with bolts. The steering is made with ball joints. The seat is also self-built from fibreglass moulded to my back. It is driven by 2 motors. A 500w 48v pedal motor and a 1000w 48v rh205c direct drive motor on the rear wheel. They can be used I designed it as a tandem trike for the Suntrip Europe. Still based on a square, flat aluminium tube. It has already covered more than 17,000 km.
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About Patrice

A former executive in the car industry, I’m passionate about travelling 100% solar with a bike I’ve cobbled together in my garage at minimal cost. Destination les portes du sahara will be my 4th major Suntrip.

His motivations for ST24

Quite simply to turn the wheels of my bike on the African continent, while leaving France. Can’t wait to meet the Moroccans!

Interview before the ST24

Since 2018, he has been one of the Sun Trip’s leading figures, taking part in both international and regional editions. In 2024, Frenchman Patrice Plozner is one of the participants in the great “Destination Sahara” adventure, driven by passion and conviction, but also with a very specific performance in mind!

Read his interview here, which opens a series of exchanges with 2024 participants.

1. Patrice, your name is once again on the ST24 startinglist. Can you list your entries since 2018?
ST 2018, STT 2019 Auvergne Rhône Alpes with Jean Louis, ST Corsica 2019, ST France 2020 and ST Europe 2021…. With a score on the first 2 days of ST Alpes 22 & 23. So this will be my 8th presence!

2. You have experience of both the “big Sun Trips” and the regional editions, and we get the impression that you like both equally. How do you explain these two types of adventure to people who don’t know about them?
The big Sun Trips are all about adventure, discovery and surpassing yourself. The experience of unforgettable encounters. The real challenge! Whereas the regional editions are all about sharing with old adventurers and newcomers, and helping each other out. And yes, I like this concept just as much.

3. Compared to your 2018 and 2021 participations, how do you imagine your 2024 participation? Is it safe to assume that this time you’ll be playing it solo from start to finish, with the podium in your sights?
Yes, you’d think so! I really want to be at the top of the ranking. But without forgetting the mutual aid between participants, the true values of the Sun Trip.

4. Beyond the performance aspect, what do you like about the Sun Trip spirit?
It’s all about sharing experiences and traveling with 100% solar power, without any impact on the environment. And build your own device.

5. What is your analysis of the 2024 route project? Decisive sectors?
The start of the adventure, especially in mid-April, and of course the big Moroccan part of the Atlas.

6. Which bike will you be using?
My Tandem in cargo version worked well for me in 2021…. A few minor modifications and I’ll be ready.

7. What has the Sun Trip changed in your life?
It gave me the desire to travel in a more ecological way, taking the time to enjoy every encounter and every landscape. The solar bike opens hearts and borders.


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