Official supports

Edouard Philippe – French Prime Minister-


The Sun Trip is very honored by the official support of the French Prime Minister, Mr Edouard Philippe.

« It is my pleasure to support the Sun Trip 2018 Lyon-Canton, a world-class solar bicycles adventure that completely reflects the French national policy for promoting new energies« .


Nicolas Hulot – French Minister of ecology –


Great support from Nicolas Hulot, with a press conference in this ministry in June.


Roland Jourdain – Official mentor –


Since the Sun Trip was designed on the same model as the Vendée Globe, a famous non-stop single-handed yacht race around the world, we were hoping for a strong figure from the sea world to mentor our incredible 2018 Edition.

His outlook on the Sun Trip will give participants energy, and we hope to see him among them for the official departure and between Lyon and Chamonix.

Twice winner of the Route du Rhum and the Jacques Vabre transat, three times departing on the Vendée globe, he is the current leader  Kairos team, Roland Jourdain is one of the world’s greatest navigators. As a media personality, he has been compaining for environmental awareness and the development of  bio-based composite materials for many years.


David Kimelfeld – Président du Grand Lyon –


Here on the new Velo’v bike sharing system, the President of the Greater Lyon Are, Mr David Kimelfeld, is expressing his support for the Sun Trip. The Métropole de Lyon and their commitment are at the origin of the Sun Trip 2018 project, which will be one a highlight of the Guangzhou-Lyon cooperation 30th anniversary!

« Since their twinning in 1988, Guangzhou and Lyon have been very active in their exchanges, notably in the fields of culture, economy, education and tourism. In 2018, the two cities will celebrate the 30th anniversary of this partnership.

The « Lyon-Guangzhou Sun Trip 2018, on the New Silk Roads » has its full place in the programming planned for this anniversary. This adventure must allow more links to be developed between both our territories in the fields of innovation and sport. 

You can count on the support of the teams of the Metropole de Lyon« .


Wen Guohui – Mayor of Guangzhou –


« In the name of the Guangzhou City Council, I bid you a warm welcome.

Since their twinning in 1988, Guangzhou and Lyon have been exchanging and cooperating in the fields of economy, trade, technology, culture, sports, education, etc.

As part of the 30th anniversary of our two cities’ twinning, I am convinced that this Sun Trip 2018 initiative geared towards the future, technology, and an open world will allow for a deeper friendship and better relations between Guangzhou and Lyon.

The Guangzhou City Council will support it, mostly to prepare together the Guangzhou arrival celebrations and the public relations for the event.

I am waiting impatiently for those courageous Sun Trip sportsmen to arrive in Guangzhou, to get them acquainted with the Southern Chinese culture and the Cantonese gastronomy. I wish a great success to the Sun Trip 2018 Lyon-Guangzhou initiative. »


Alain Giordano – Deputy Mayor of Lyon


In charge of the environment in the city of Lyon, Alain Giordano has already welcomed our solar bikes of the Sun Trip Tour, at the arrival of the 2017 edition.

This time it will welcome us for the departure 2018, organized in the city center.

« I am glad to support this atypical adventure that uses sport to put the spotlight on renewable-energy development. Travelling from Lyon to Guangzhou is not trivial, it is also linking our cities around topics that have been uniting us for decades: silk, of course, but also roses, gastronomy… All the things that this event can reveal and unveil. »