The Sun Trip 3rd Edition: Lyon-Canton

THE SUN TRIP ENTERS IN THE LEGENDS OF THE SILK ROADS !

After Kazakhstan in 2013 and Turkey in 2015, we’re proud to confirm a 3rd Edition of the Sun Trip for Summer 2018 between Lyon and Canton!

On a 12 000 km route crossing 10 countries, the Sun Trip 2018 will ride along the New Silk Roads to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Lyon-Canton (Guangzhou) twinning, the cities being respectively the second- and the third-biggest cities of France and China.

This 3rd edition aims to make the Sun Trip into the world’s largest overland adventure.


PRACTICAL INFORMATION

The Sun Trip 2018 official start will take place in Lyon, on Friday, June 15 at midday. Start proper will take place in Chamonix, June 19 in the morning.

From Lyon to Chamonix, through Aix-les-Bains, Chambéry and the Bauges massif, the Sun Trip 2018 adventurers will ride on a recommended route and take part in a few collective moments.

The participants must respect restricted areas, adventure rules (synthesis) and technical regulation (here).


PARTICIPATION CONDITIONS

The Sun Trip 2018 registration are now closed. If you want information about the waiting list, please send us an email to organisation@thesuntrip.com or  complete the form. If you’re really motivated, you never know …

Participants are registered under two distinct registration categories.

Individual Registration :

Individual teams (solo or duo) will take part under their own name and will be invited to bring visibility to a cause: association, foundation, school, university or non-profit working in the field of energy or mobility.

Business Registration :

Business teams (solo or duo) will take part under their own name and that of the partnering business. The Organizer will refer to the partnering business every time the team is mentioned in official communication.



AN ULTRA LARGE ROUTE TO BE INVENTED

More than ever, the Sun Trip adventurers will have many different possibilities to link Lyon and Canton overland.

The official departure will take place in the Gallic capital center.  Then, a four-day prologue will take participants in the heart of the Alps, between the lakes and mountains of Savoie-Mont-Blanc. From Chamonix, on, participants will ride by themselves unassisted.

The first half of the route will see lands already familiar to the Sun Trip fans, towards the steppes of Kazakhstan and the Central Asian mountains. Some participants could even try to ride further north, through Siberia and Mongolia.

Finally, the adventurers will have to cross a large part of China, facing the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts, crossing the high central plateaux and some of the most emblematic landscapes of China to finish in hot subtropical climate of the Guangdong Province!

The route should be 11,000-12,000 km long depending on the itinerary choices.

This 2018 edition will be a total adventure and certainly the most spectacular since the Sun Trip’s creation.


SOLAR BIKE RETURN : BY TRAIN!

Return of bicycles to Europe (by the new rail transportation) will be coordinated by the organizers under terms that will be given at a later time.


LEARN MORE ABOUT CANTON (GUANGZHOU) :

China’s third-biggest city with 14 million inhabitants, Canton (or Guangzhou in Chinese) is located in the South-East part of the country.

Rich with history, Canton today is turned towards modernity. At the heart of the megalopolis, the Canton Tower will be the extraordinary symbol of the Sun Trip 2018 arrival line!

Discover this incredible city through this video.