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Stéphane: the all-rounder!

22.06.2021 - Stéphane Bujadoux
Stéphane Bujadoux Stéphane Bujadoux


Stéphane Bujadoux is undeniably one of the most versatile participants, capable of going fast, in 100% solar energy, but also of taking the time to meet and communicate. On the first day he was in 3rd position, but a problem with his trailer brought him back to the back of the group, where he is like a fish in water, in the mode of a daily Sun Trip reporter! A few questions as he arrived in Berlin.

Are you playing a role in the race?

No, I wanted to get a bit carried away at first, but I wouldn’t have wanted to do it for too long anyway, I would have been bored. I need variety. And probably not the physical and mental capacity.

A summary of the problem that made you “lose” a day?

The axle manufactured by BobYak, which broke, is replaced by a 2 mm bigger axle (from 6 to 8mm). More solid! And the part broken by the fall, the DIY part, is changed from 10mm mild steel to 12mm stainless steel. Stronger. With the guy who helped me, we thought, each one on our side: if it breaks again, it will be elsewhere! Yesterday, still worried about another breakage. Today, confident. But it must be said that the roads since yesterday are velvet, so there are very few bumps or potholes.  That helps with confidence…

How do you see the performance of the leaders?

Blown away. My tired brain hadn’t even managed to read 403km before yesterday for Jean-marc. I thought I read 303km. 403 and 448 seemed impossible distances, especially in Europe (compared to the roads of Kazakhstan). Frankly, the Sun Trip Europe makes Jean-marc a legend / or the other way around!

The most beautiful meeting?

Angela invited me to her house to please her sweet-heart, Mark, who is very handy. When we arrived at their place, we immediately got along and we worked together like two long-time friends. Both of them are very open, open to each other, open to the world. We talk about Hundertwasser, the green architect whose latest work I have just seen this evening: the Green Citadel in Magdeburg.

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