Raf Van Hulle : his book about Sun Trip 2018

The Belgian Raf Van Hulle, champion of the Sun Trip Lyon-Canton 2018, has just published a book, 220 pages, to tell in detail his adventure.

This book, only available in Flemish and English, gives an impressive vision of the preparation and the efforts necessary to play first places on a Sun Trip. Raf gives a lot of advice, reveals some new anecdotes, illustrating everything by the photos taken during 45 days on the road. A practical guide that will interest all lovers of performance and surpassing oneself.

For English version please order directly from the author (Facebook : Raf Van Hulle).

For deliveries in France and outside Belgium&Netherlands , you can order (English version only) through the organization of the Sun Trip, by sending an email to: organisation@thesuntrip.com
29 euros + 9 euros delivery for France.
  29 euros + 17 euros for delivery outside France.

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The Silk Road has been a trade and transport route for thousands of years. Luxury goods like spices and silk could be in transit for two years by horse and camel. In the Middle Ages, merchant ships from Europe took four months to reach Asia. After WWII, man started pumping and consuming oil on a massive scale. Transport times dropped dramatically, but this addiction to fossil fuels has in only one century created the current Climate Crisis. If we care about the future of our children, new and sustainable solutions are needed.

Raf Van Hulle designed a solar bike that makes it possible to take long journeys without using one drop of oil. Not in a heaving sailboat on the high seas, but overland using a combination of muscle power and sun. On a bicycle that converts light into speed.

In 2018, Raf participated in the Sun Trip, an international race for solar-assisted bicycles. 12000 km from Lyon in France to Canton on the east coast of China; the longest unassisted land race ever! The asphalt of the new Silk Road was still steaming when Raf as the very first user raced over it, like a pioneer trying to herald in a new age of sustainable travel. He swept through the East bloc and Russia, traversed the hot steppes of Kazakhstan, and made his way through jungle and karst mountains. After 44 days, he reached the finish line 1500 km ahead of his competitors. A very convincing win!

In this exciting travel book, you look over his shoulder and take part in the adventure. A story about colourful but also dangerous roads, vodka, police checks and bush meat, surviving on your wits and adapting to local conditions. He describes the secrets of his solar bike and the challenges you must face and overcome.

Raf Van Hulle, designer-architect by profession, tries to live and work in a healthy, balanced and sustainable way. His solar bike was designed for his own needs, but carries a message for all mankind…

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