STT19 : participants


Discover below the 55 participants of the Sun Trip Tour 2019. They come from France, Switzerland, Belgium, USA, Italy, Germany. They are 4 years old to 72 years old

We will have 12 official teams, 8 of them are composed by EDF and EDF Renouvelables employees


Arnaud Roulland SunTrip
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Team Cyclable

Arnaud Roulland
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- 30 years old -

Arnaud is French and works in Germany, in Karlsruhe.

He works as an R&D engineer on Hydrogen production from renewable energies, in order to decarbonise transport and industry.

Since his early childhood, Arnaud makes his daily trips by bike. Seven years spent in Germany gave him a taste for adventure. Since then, he often cycles leisurely in the Vosges or the Black Forest after work.
Mocellin Family Sun Trip
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Mocellin Family

Pierre, Céline & Thomas
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First family registered on a Sun Trip, along with the youngest participant ever, Thomas, 4 years old!

Pierre works for EDF Hydro in Grenoble, whereas Céline is a travel blogger who shares her adventures and advice on a blog dedicated to Ecotourism (see links above).

Their participation will undoubtedly be under the watch of many young parents. Their Solar Bike Trailer can open new horizons of family travel.
An & Peter
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An & Peter

Belgium
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- 40 and 44 years old -

Already participating as a couple on the Sun Trip Tour 2017, they are back after Peter’s solo adventure on the Sun Trip 2018.

They are back with new bikes: Peter transformed the cargo bike he used to reach China, adding a solar roof.

Is the couple preparing a duo participation on the Sun Trip 2020? Suspense ...
Ralf Lewien
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Ralf Lewien

Germany
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60 years old

Ralf is an automotive engineer, but also a real DIY handyman and a great bicycle traveller (with or without electricity).
Laurent Brochard team Icube Sun Trip
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Team Icube

Laurent Brochard
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58 years old

Laurent as a passion about e-bike technologies and already build over 15 models of e-bikes! Skilled sportsman, he toured France and he will represent Icube on the Sun Trip Tour 2019.

Icube is a connected object testing lab. The company demonstrates its support for the Sun Trip values by sponsoring this team.
Patrice Plozner Sun Trip
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Patrice Plozner

France
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52 years old

A participant and a poet on the Sun Trip 2018 where he chose to turn back upon arriving in Georgia, Patrice comes on the STT19 to prepare the 2020 Lyon-Canton!

As usual, he will participate with a 100% DIY homemade solar trike.
Paul Bermejo Sun Trip
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Paul Bermejo

France
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71 years old

Paul already took part in the Sun Trip 2015 and the Sun Trip Tour 2017. Perhaps the most faithful among the faithful, he will ride this year to prepare for 2020!
Perrine & Nate Sun Trip
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Perrine & Nate

France - USA
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- 35 - 31 years old -

They are a young travelling couple and Nate is the second American to come to Sun Trip. Their presentation:

"Nate and I met on a trek in New Zealand early 2016. We have travelled on foot, by car, by bus, hitchhiking, snowshoeing, kayaking and sailing since then. We have just crossed the Atlantic and are preparing to reach England via the Azores from Menorca. We love the slow, quiet journeying, closer to locals and from grandiose landscapes.Therefore, it's logical that bike adventures are next on our list ...I am the fearless super-optimist, and Nate is the patient handyman. Both of us are easygoing, we like people and generosity going in circles: I help you, you help someone else, and it's the butterfly effect."
Team URI CFDT
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Team URI CFDT

Benoit Ganivet
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43 years old

From Normandy, Benoit as been longing for solar travel for a long time.

Fan of the Sun Trip from the early year, he was hesitating to go to China in 2018. Finally, he chose the Sun Trip Tour 2019 for starters, while preparing his participation on the Lyon-Canton 2020 ...

His bike has been designed in collaboration with a class of students. On this event, he will be wearing the colours of his union, the CFDT, via the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes delegation.
Olivier Norbert Sun Trip
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Olivier & Norbert

France - Germany
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40 - 60 years old

A Franco-German friends’ team from Ulm.

They ride on a Pino tandem with a solar roof and a Sun Travel trailer.

Beyond the technology, the pair is clearly in to earn the communication challenge! They will use a small 360° camera to tell their adventure’s story behind the scenes.
Team Photowatt
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Team Photowatt

Stéphanie & Christophe
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- 44 and 46 years old -

Christophe is photovoltaic specialist working for Photowatt. He took part on the Sun Trip Tour in 2017.
This year, he will have built 10 solar modules himself, equipping mainly the EDF teams. He has the pleasure of participating with his wife Stephanie this time.
Francois Guille Sun Trip
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Francois Guille

France
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- 45 years old -

A real off-road adventurer and sportsman, François has already travelled around France, Ireland, and Iceland by bike. In 2015, he even had the opportunity to discover the French Overseas Territories in the South Indian Ocean.

He will test his solar bike on the Sun Trip Tour 2019 road, before perhaps aiming beyond.
Team Vecolo
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Team Vecolo

Chistophe Bayard
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- 54 years old -

Electric-solar bike technology super specialist, Christophe will be one of the relay riders from our partner Vecolo.

The Isere association already took part in 2017 with an 8-people team. They will once again get involved, this time with a volunteer-run mobile technical workshop throughout the adventure.
Bertrand Touzet Sun Trip
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Bertrand Touzet

France
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46 years-old

Bertand is an R & D engineer living in Germany since 2003.

A bike enthusiast and handyman, he is always on the lookout for mobility and energy production/saving solutions. That's what brought him to e-bikes in 2007, then recumbent and solar bikes.
Jean-Jacques Floret Sun Trip
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Jean-Jacques Floret

France
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- 66 years old -

Jean-Jacques’s path led him to focus on solar cycling and the Sun Trip. We are proud of him:

"I have gotten back to riding on my bike and walking for a few years following a heart attack and being severely overweight. With my disabled right arm, a recumbent bike is my solution to remain comfortable on long distances.

The electrical assistance is still very useful for hills. I came to solar energy out of curiosity and to get some autonomy. "
Cherries & Stephen Sun Trip
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Cherries & Stephen

Switzerland
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- 50 and 51 years old -

A mountain guide, Stephen started using a trike 2 years ago has convinced his partner Cherries, also a sport and mountain enthusiast, to embark on this Sun Trip experience.

Stephen is affected by Meniere's Disease (with vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss). He hopes to bring attention to this disabling, rare and incurable disease with this trip.
Daniele Gonano Sun Trip
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Daniele Gonano

Italy
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An Italian man living in France for many years, Daniele already took part in the Sun Trip Tour 2017.

He is back with a unique tricycle, he who’s so passionate about futuristic machines!
Dario Ciani Sun Trip
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Dario Ciani

Switzerland
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An inventor and a talented mechanic, Dario is renown in Switzerland for his two- and three-wheel designs! He also contributed to many solar bikes that we have seen on the Sun Trip.
He was supposed to be on the 2017 Sun Trip Tour, but had to give up for health reasons. Therefore, 2019 will be his first time on a Sun Trip event.
Francis Cottard Sun Trip
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Francis Cottard

France
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64-year-old

A merry participant in 2017, he’s back on the Sun Trip Tour roads this summer.

Francis has been following the Sun Trip for many years, notably with Tom Papay in 2013 and 2015. As a true fan, he bought the winning machine from Bernard Cauquil in 2016 to participate in his first Sun Trip Tour.
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Partner

Official Teams
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EDF Renewables will be represented by 7 official teams in this adventure, all of which are formed by its employees.

More information to come.
Rain & Ryan Sun Trip
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Rain & Ryan

USA
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- 24 & 26 years old -

Ryan made an impression in 2017 when he came by himself for his first trip out of the USA. This time, this electric bike enthusiast is returning with his friend Rain, who will discover the joys of cycling in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes mountains!
Jean-Claude Keller Sun Trip
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Jean-Claude Keller

Switzerland
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70 years old

Swiss participant Jean-Claude is among the most experienced adventurers, both in age and in terms of new energies knowledge.

He is passionate about cycling and also a strong advocate for the environment. For over than 10 years, he has been sharing his renown expertise on climate and energy through lectures: www.conferences-climat-energie.ch
Jean-Louis Machado Sun Trip
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Jean-Louis Machado

France
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45 years old

A participant with a disability, he was the star of the 2017 regional Sun Trip. Nicknamed "Abrasracourcix" (French for Vitalstatistix, literally meaning “with shortened arms”), he received the jury’s prize for his impressive courage and autonomy.

He is back in 2019 and aims to take part in the 2020 Lyon-Canton project!
Stephane Bujadoux
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Stephane Bujadoux

France
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- 60 years -

Also a participant on the first Sun Trip Tour Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in 2017, he is back again with a Go Pro on his head and an improved homemade solar bike!
Gilles Andrea Sun Trip
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Gilles Andrea

France
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- 58 years old -

Sharing his time between Bordeaux and the Greater Paris, Gilles is a mechanical engineer by trade. He spent his entire career working on drinking water and sanitation in close connection with environmental protection issues.

By taking part in the Sun Trip, he wants to embody his travel passion and prove that (solar) cycling is a means of transportation for the future.
Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes logo
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Partner

Major
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As a founding partner of the Sun Trip Tour, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region has enabled us to proof our concept in 2017.

The regional authority is once again supporting us in 2019 and we are very happy about it.
Beatrice & Yannick Sun Trip
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Beatrice & Yannick

France
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- 54 and 56 years old -

Beatrice and Yannick were on the spotlight during the Sun Trip 2015 towards Turkey. Beatrice gave us a life lesson as a participant fighting cancer. Four years later, she fights still and they grant us the pleasure of being for a second time with us on a Sun Trip Tour.
Claude Lagriffoul Sun Trip
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Claude Lagriffoul

France
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- 72 years old -

He is our Dean for 2019! Claude is not at his first attempt, sine he has already participated in 2017. He was noticed for his kindness and his state of mind. To us, he is a worthy ambassador of the Sun Trip spirit.
Michel Consandier Sun Trip
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Michel Consandier

Suisse
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- 67 years old -

After testing an electric Brompton on a 600-kilometer trip, Michel turns into solar mode and is coming to experience the Sun Trip.
Michel Olchewsky Sun Trip
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Michel Olchewsky

France
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- 59 years old -

A skilled sportsman and former marathon and long distances champion, Michel should have taken part in Lyon-Canton Sun Trip 2018, but he was forced to resign following a knee issue.

He will certainly be among the top 2019 performers, pending his 2020 registration, perhaps?
Corentin & Laurent Sun Trip
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Corentin & Laurent

Suisse
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25 and 40 years old

Two friends and two passions for travel, with a hint of sport for Corentin and a more technophile approach for Laurent. They will leave on a tandem they equipped themselves.
Logo EDF partenaire majeur Sun Trip
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Partner

Major
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EDF is one of the founding partners of Sun Trip.

They have been contributing to the development of the event since its very start in 2013.

2019 will be marked by the participation of 8 teams formed by their collaborators: CIH, Hydro, Photowatt, EDF Renewables!
Catherine & Jean-Michel Sun Trip
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Catherine & Jean-Michel

France
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36 & 39-year-old

An upwind couple who’s introducing itself with style:

“Jean-Michel is French and I’m German-Canadian-French.
Favourable winds made us meet at the foot of a wind turbine in 2004, in Germany.

Since then we got married and bred two little cyclists: Clara & Guillaume (6 & 4 years-old). We conceived them in Belgium, where we have been living for over ten years.

What we like in Belgium is: chocolate, waffles, beer and cycling!
We both work in the field of wind energy and, for my part, I devote half of my time to sewing lessons and upcycling trashed materials, making bike & tractor inner tube jewellery, for example.
Alain Ietter Sun Trip
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Alain Ietter

France
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- 65 years old -

In 2017, the Ardèche man experienced major technical issues that drove him to abandon in Val d'Isère. He’s back in 2019 with a better tested bike.
Fabrice Gadoin Sun Trip
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Fabrice Gadoin

France
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62 years old

Riding on a recumbent trike for years, Fabrice developed an interest for new technologies, especially solar technologies. He followed the Sun Trip Tour closely in 2017.

A proficient handyman, he already built his own trike and, cargo bike. Fabrice then began studying, designing and manufacturing a solar trike and a motorized solar trailer that is suitable for the 2019 Sun Trip Tour adventure.

Jerôme Inacio Sun Trip
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Jerome Inacio

France
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45 years old

As a Science teacher in Puy de Dôme, Jérôme is a French solar cycling pioneer. He has led major school solar travel projects and takes part in a regional Sun Trip for the first time.
Jean-Marie Volluz Sun Trip
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Jean-Marie Volluz

Switzerland
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64-year-old

Jean-Marie discovered the Sun Trip when it crossed Switzerland in 2017. This retired teacher was first trained as an engineer.

"Taking part in this adventure is for me a very beautiful human, technical and physical project. I will have the feeling to bring a small stone to the necessary and ambition general environmental awareness and ensure a future for our grandchildren...
Jean-Claude Trouche Sun Trip
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Jean-Claude Trouche

France
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- 69 years old -

He is well in line with the Sun Trip Tour values:

 "I am retired and have been riding electric bikes for over 10 years. I now have an electric mountain bike that I built from a Decathlon Rockrider base, with which I ride over 100 km per day or more. With a trailer, my bike could easily be converted into a solar bike. " All is said! Welcome to the Sun Trip family!
Fabio Russo Sun Trip
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Fabio Russo

Italy
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34 years old

Fabio is from Calabria. He registered on the 2017 Sun Trip Tour, but resigned before the start.

He is a technology specialist and designed his bike, largely by himself.
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