Sun Trip 2018 Departure: Where To Join Us

The Sun Trip Adventurers are inviting you to join them June 14-18, on the last days before embarking on their solo and unassisted 12,000 km journey from Lyon to Canton.

Before following them on the map and on the website all summer long, discover the different possibilities of meeting them below. You will also find more information about the “Sun Trip Friends’ Friendly Loop” coordinated by Vecolo and the Sun Trip Association.

Basecamp at the Domaine Saint Joseph (private) 

10 minutes away from downtown Lyon, the Domaine Saint Joseph (hotel and convention center) is an ideal basecamp before departure. Participants will set their tent there two days before the official start and gather for the official briefing, the technical inspection and the final preparations.

Reserved access for family and the media.

June 14, 2018, 5-9pm: “Chinese-themed Afterwork” Place des Terreaux

The day before the official departure, the ambiance will be festive downtown Lyon.  Some participants will showcase their solar bike on the prestigious Place des Terreaux and share a moment with the people of Lyon. In connection with the Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois (New Franco-Chinese Institute) and the House of Culture Chinese of Lyon, this evening will feature several Chinese cultural events, the presence of Chinese food truck, etc.  Come celebrate the French-Chinese friendship with us as part of the 30th anniversary of the Lyon and Canton cooperation.

A detailed program will be disclosed in the upcoming weeks.

June 15, 2018, 10am-1pm: Official Start

The 2018 Sun Trip bikes will be back at Place des Terreaux at 10 am on Friday, June 15. A press conference will be held in the City Hall Salon while the Sun Trip and its partners will be exhibiting on the place in connection with the Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois and the la Maison de la Culture Chinoise de Lyon, many entertainments will make this official moment a very festive one.

The Official Start will be given at 1 o’clock in the presence of elected officials and international media. A solar lunch not to be missed!

A detailed program will be disclosed in the upcoming weeks.


June 16, 2018: Savoy Between Lake And Mountains 

After sleeping on the shores of the largest natural lake in France (Lake Bourget), participants will travel to Aix-les-Bains and meet people near the market (9:30-11am). They will then ride towards Chambéry, where they will be welcomed on the Marché des Continents (Parc du Verney), before stopping at the Inukshuk bicycle café for lunch, a press point and a solar bicycle presentation (1-3pm).

The pack will then ride towards the Bauges massif for a night in altitude at the base de l’île du Cheran.

June 18, 2018: Chamonix 

Under the Mont Blanc peak, the Sun Trip will be showcasing in the Chamonix downtown area from 10am to 14:30 in connection with the town government.

Our adventurers will have a time reserved for the discovery of the beauties of the Mont Blanc massif.

A detailed program will be disclosed in the upcoming weeks.

June 19, 2018: Start Proper!

At 9am in front of the Chamonix town hall, participants will gather one last time. It will be the ultimate moment to bid farewell to their families, as the adventure will be really launched.

From this point on, the adventurers must not be followed as they begin their incredible crossing of Eurasia in total freedom.

Sun Trip Friends’ Friendly Loop: 

Will it be possible to physically follow the adventurers during this prologue?

Because of logistics and group cohesion, the Sun Trip Team does not allow a convoy of followers in the Sun Trip caravan for the whole prologue.  The Sun Trip and the Vécolo Associations teamed up to design a beautiful cycling circuit allowing fans, friends and relatives to meet and support the Sun Trip adventurers during the prologue at organized times.

Find all the informations on the groupe Facebook

Lyon-Chamonix Press Trip

This Sun Trip 2018 prologue will also be an opportunity for a press trip mainly gathering French, Chinese and Belgian journalists, organized in conjunction with Only Lyon and Savoie Mont Blanc Tourisme with Aix-les-Bains, Chambéry and Chamonix cities. For more information:

On the road Lyon-Chamonix :

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