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
Team CyclableArnaud Roulland
- 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 FamilyPierre, Céline & Thomas
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 & PeterBelgium
- 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 ...
Team IcubeLaurent Brochard
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.
Perrine & NateFrance - USA
- 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 CFDTBenoit Ganivet
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 & NorbertFrance - Germany
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 PhotowattStéphanie & Christophe
- 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 VecoloChistophe Bayard
- 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.
- 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 & StephenSwitzerland
- 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.
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.
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.
Rain & RyanUSA
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
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!
- 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.
Beatrice & YannickFrance
Corentin & LaurentSuisse
Catherine & Jean-MichelFrance
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.
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.
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...
- 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!