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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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Richard Defay

Richard Defay

Age 53 years
Nationality French
Participations The Sun Trip 2024

The solar bike of Richard

Motor GRIN T
solar Solbian 48 cellules
Weight 36kg
Photoniqmomentum is a two-wheel drive recumbent bike with an electric hub-motor at the front and human crankset and callipers at the rear. Its Czech genetic make-up has been radically altered, with a choice of German, Canadian and French ancestry. But that's not all. Based on a tried and tested cruiser with selected components, it is said to be bilingual for road and track; we'll see. I hope it's agile and reliable. Its Italian photovoltaic saps extend the autonomy of two Asian reactors. Their mecanovation® support, pronounced "meccano for adults", is designed and machined locally, just a few kilometres from home.
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About Richard

No Sun Trip experience to share, this being a first time participant. Instead, there’s a story of a little bike, a story of cranial mechanics, a story of appointments, some missed, some not. One… two… three… go!
A meeting of the third kind on a Saturday morning at the market in Le Puy, the start of the Sun Trip Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 2019.
Then it was time for an odyssey-style shock as we discovered the official film of the Sun Trip Lyon-Canton 2018. Then cyclo-(chantier)-ciel in Villeurbanne in October 2019. A shipowner in June 2020, here I am on the roads of the County in July.
Heart transplant in the front wheel and adjustment of the first pacemaker at biketothefuture in October.
Then one more madness shatters the dream of reaching Samarkand by bike. Farewell to the Silk Roads… Sadness. Forget 2021.
Then give up on the first California ST 2022.
Enter the legend of the Sun Trip? Sahara? 2024? Question or necessity? It depends.

Motivations for 2024

Feel the legacy of giants such as H. Becquerel, H. Hertz and N. Tesla. Thank you to Bell Laboratories, whose first cells returned 6 per cent.
Thank you Florian for paving the way in 2010.
Thank you to the previous Sun Tripers for digging this furrow.
Joining the pioneers means giving up the idea of being one, but the assurance of feeling alive several times over. So that’s it. Let’s get on with it.

Cycling helps children grow up. It helps me stay a child. It’s democratic, it connects people. Electro-solar, it offers the beauty of the silence of enlarged horizons. At the level of the Sapiens-Man. Immense and tiny at the same time.

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