Here you can find a synthesis of the rules applied to participants as per the Sun Trip 2018 Adventure Regulations for the greatest overland adventure in the world!
SOLAR ENERGY BATTERY CHARGING
Participants must ride on a solar electric bicycle and charge their batteries using only solar energy. If participants recharge using other energy sources, they are automatically eliminated from the Solar challenge. Participants may carry a wall charger, but it will be sealed by the organizers to reserve its use for imperative need.
FREEDOM TO CHOOSE AN ITINERARY
After the start proper (in Chamonix), there is no imposed route! Each adventurer decides in which countries they ride and the route will follow to Canton! They must have all the appropriate visas before departure and must not go through some prohibited geographical zones defined by the organizers (as indicated on this map). Participants not respecting the exclusion zones will be eliminated immediately.
As with yacht races in high seas, the Sun Trip adventurers are not to be followed by support vehicles. Nevertheless, they can get help from people they meet on their way and even get spare parts sent to them. They all carry geolocated beacon for safety purposes and may send an emergency call if the situation warrants it. Participants are also subject to an obligation to assist to each other.
NIGHT RIDING PROHIBITED
During the 2018 edition, the night riding ban will be effective consistently throughout the event from 9 pm to 7 am, local time. This night driving ban has been enforced since the very first edition, in an effort to make the roads safer for all. The organizers wishes to make sure that the adventurers rest properly and that moments that can be devoted to meeting locals or communicating on the adventure.
A SOLAR CHALLENGE
The first adventurer to reach the finish line having charged his batteries solely with solar energy will be pronounced the winner of the Solar Challenge. Through their performance, they will demonstrate the efficiency of mobility-applied renewable energy. They will become a global ambassador for clean energies. The Adventure Regulations further specify that participants must arrive in Canton within 100 days in order to be considered finishers on the Sun Trip 2018.
A DOUBLE CHALLENGE FOR THE BEST COMMUNICATOR
The Sun Trip adventure brings various people together and we wish to underline work of the best communicator, be it on the website, on social media or in traditional media. This challenge comes in two versions: the people’s choice and the jury’s choice award. The Adventure Regulations further specify that participants are required to communicate regularly on their trip during the Sun Trip 2018 event.