Thanks to Azub team for this interview of Samuel and Baptiste : https://azub.eu/winners-of-the-short-sun-trip/
You have heard about the Sun Trip probably. Our marketing guru Honza has raced in its first edition in 2013 and few others have participated in 2015 and 2018 on AZUB recumbents. This year Samuel & Baptiste from Team Urbasolar used the Ti-FLY 26 and came first to the finish of the short version. Samuel was kind enough to give us an interview.
Give us some statistic data first, so we know what we are talking about.
We were registered on the Sun Trip for the “small version”. It represents around 7000 km, the complete one is around 10000km. We were on the road for 26 days, 24 days cycling, and 2.5 days off for race communication needs and visits. So roughly 285km per day. And even more on the way back from Constanta to Lyon (305km/day). The race started from Brussels (Belgium), then we had to reach Riga (Baltic Sea coast, Latvia), Constanta (Black Sea coast, Romania), Passo Stelvio (2758 high, Italy), and Lyon (France). Itinerary, accommodation in between is free, without any assistance. There is a rule on the race, we are allowed to cycle from 6 am to 9 pm.
When have you decided to participate in The Sun Trip and why?
We were keen on preparing some adventure, we had some other experience on other parts of the world. This race is also a good opportunity to demonstrate how a bicycle is an efficient means for transportation. And with solar panels, it works very very well! The Sun Trip is a good mix of adventure, sport, people and landscape discovery. Exactly what we like.
Why have you chosen the Ti-FLYs?
We had a revue of different kind of bikes : “normal”, recumbents, 2 wheels, 3 wheels, with or without a trailer. We concluded that a trike was a good compromise between weight, stability, comfort. AZUB trikes were a good choice as they seems to be robust. Last question with or without front suspension…as we expected some different road quality, we choose the Ti-Fly.