Sun Trip 2018 – Participants


Here comes a first wave of adventurers! They will have us dream all Summer long in 2018 between Lyon and Canton, on the New Silk Roads!

True to its nature, the Sun Trip will gather once again a wide variety of profiles, including Sun Trip alumni and newcomers, younger and older participants, experienced and budding travelers…

You will find here a first selection from the 50 teams currently under validation.


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Stephane Bertrand

With Declic-Eco

FRANCE
Stephane Bertrand
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43 years

Ranking fifth on the Solar Challenge on the Sun Trip 2013 between France and Kazakhstan, participant on the Sun Trip Tour 2017, Stéphane is a key figure for the event. Man of a few words, he prefers to focus on his target. In 2018, he comes back from Southern France on to the Sun Trip roads aiming to step on the podium in Canton.

He can again count on his loyal technical partner, Declic-éco. Also located in Souther France, this e-bike specialist already designed his first machine in 2013.

He's an adventurer to follow closely.
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Justin Lemire Elmore

CANADA
Justin Lemire Elmore
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36 years-old

Originally from Vancouver, Justin is one of the most well-known personalities of the e-bike field worldwide!

Inventor of the CycleAnalyst, he gathers a huge community of technologies and new mobility fans. His participation in 2018 is a major factor for the Sun Trip as he is a strong ambassador for the project overseas.

Inventor of the CycleAnalyst - www.ebikes.ca -, he gathers a huge community of technologies and new mobility fans. His participation in 2018 is a major factor for the Sun Trip as he is a strong ambassador for the project overseas.
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Alain & Jean-Claude Viguier

FRANCE
Alain & Jean-Claude Viguier
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52 & 53 years-old

Two brothers on the adventure
Jean-Claude is a technology teacher with a passion for cycling and running. Since 2015, he has been contemplating taking part in the Sun Trip and even prepared a pedagogical project with his students so that they design... a solar bike. 250 High School students worked for the last two years on this project!
As for Alain, he is a craftsman on eco-housing and travels by bicycle for many years already. An avid amateur photographer, he already set his wheels in motion in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium & Ireland, and also went around France.
The two middle-aged men are now ready to write a new page of their brotherhood history, a 12.000 km-long one!
Peter Helsen
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Peter Helsen

BELGIUM
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43 years-old

He discovered the Sun Trip state of mind during the Sun Trip Tour 2017 in which he took part with his wife An. In 2018, he registered as a solo rider.

After two cycling experiences from Belgium to Morocco and Saint-Petersburg, Peter is setting off for his life's greatest two-wheeled challenge.
Jack Butler
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Jack Butler

UNITED KINGDOM
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23 years-old

Until now, he's the youngest participant on this edition! His enthusiasm can be summarized in his own words:

« I'm Jack, 23 and British. My main passion in life is travel! I have been to many places and am always looking for new experiences in life. I also enjoy working with electronics, building little projects to solve everyday problems ».
Bruno Vannier & Christine Lhermette
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Bruno Vannier & Christine Lhermette

FRANCE & UNITED KINGDOM
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62 & 61 years

Bruno (French) et Christine (English) define themselves in three words: athletic, adventurers and green! With the Sun Trip 2018, they ticked the right square.

Fan of the Sun Trip since 2013, Bruno always dreamed of setting off on the silk roads. on April 1, 2018, he will retire and in June he will ride with his other half on the road to Canton. What's more to ask?
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Jenni Daniel

SWITZERLAND
Jenni Daniel
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30 years-old

Coming from Deutschschweiz, Jenni works as an e-bikes technician. It goes without saying that his solar bike will be homemade!

Jenni already cycled from Switzerland to Spain, and traveled extensively in his own country. With the Sun Trip 2018, he's going afar for the first time.
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Thierry Rassat

FRANCE
Thierry Rassat
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40 years-old

Athletic, computer scientist with a passion for ecology and technology, Thierry seems tailored for the Sun Trip ! Living in the Paris area, he's already fan of electric bikes but is just discovering that they can work with solar energy.

He registered on the 2018 Edition hoping to be one of the fastest riders.
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Pierre Laprade

FRANCE
Pierre Laprade
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56 years-old

A commuter by bicycle riding 6.000 km per year, Pierre crossed Spain in 2012, then Europe in 2016 on his machine. He now aims for Eurasia.

« In 2018 I want to portray a positive image of disability and pushing oneself throughout the countries where I will go. »
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Team Luminus

Mattijs & Moreno

BELGIUM
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- 31 & 29 years-old -

A fun-filled duo formed by two active Belgians working in the fields of Energy for Luminus. The first official Team of Sun Trip 2018

Mattijs already is well versed in cyclotourism since he travelled around Europe and through Uganda and Rwanda. Moreno is a long distance runner (marathons ultra trails...) but he never traveled by bike.

A beautiful story in the writing...
Team O2FEEL
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Team O2FEEL

Romain Neauport

FRANCE
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- 33 years-old -

A strong athlete on long distance trips, Romain is coming to the Sun Trip 2018 to push the limits and hunt the win.

He has always worked in the cycling field, dedicating two years of his career to a French electric bicycles manufacturer, O2Feel, his official partner for this adventure!

His participation in the Sun Trip as official Team therefore fits perfectly into his life plan.
Team Energie Durable SA
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Team Energie Durable SA

Patrick Schmutz

SWITZERLAND
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- 52 years-old-

Head of this company specializing in energy, he will wear those colors on the Sun Trip 2018!

In a past life, Patrick was a professional motorcycle driver. Today, he sees the world in a more sustainable way, to the point where he even exchanged his company car for a company e-bike on which he rides nearly 8,000 km every year.
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Bernard & Yann Cauquil

With SunPower

FRANCE
Bernard & Yann Cauquil
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- 59 & 27 years-old -

The amazing Winner of Sun Trip 2015 Race with a daily average distance of 280 km is coming back with his son Yann!

In 2018, this fantastic pair will ride a solar trike-tandem once again designed by Bernard himself.
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Raf Van Hulle

BELGIUM
Raf Van Hulle SunTrip
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- 43 years-old -

First winner of Sun Trip Race in 2013, then ranking second in 2015, the Belgian sportsman is a pioneer of the Sun Trip event.

He sure is coming back to win, riding on a new redesigned solar bike, ever more efficient and with an attention to every single component.
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Eric Morel

FRANCE
Eric Morel
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- 33 years-old -

Ranking third on Sun Trip Race and second position for the Jury Award, Eric was a flagship participant on the 2015 Edition.

A fast rider and a good communicator with a charming smile, he should get people talking on the Sun Trip 2018. On the top of the podium? Who knows…
Hobby Ho Chung Yin
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Hobby Ho Chung Yin

CHINA
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- 30 years-old -

This young Chinese adventurer from Hong Kong already traveled all around the world by bicycle.

He is registered on the Sun Trip with a hope of getting his father to ride with him, but this story is to be continued...
Francoise Denel
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Francoise Denel

FRANCE
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- 69 years-old -

Françoise is a medical doctor with extensive bike travel experience including a trip through South America.

Suffering from a rare type of neuromyopathy, she will break beyond herself and carry on to the road the the Sun Trip values!
DIRK HUYGHE
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DIRK HUYGHE

BELGIUM
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- 64 years-old -

The Belgian participated as solo rider in the Sun Trip 2013, and as strong duo in 2015. Dirk is coming back for the third time!

This 2018 edition is a considerable challenge, but could be a piece of cake for this traveller already quite versed in the Central Asian mountain ranges.
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Gregory Lewyllie

BELGIUM
Gregory Lewyllie
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- 47 years-old -

As an extensive traveler, he did not stop at the finish line in Astana in 2013. No, he rather continued his journey towards the limits of the Asian continent. When Gregory sets on a journey, it can always be counted in terms of hundreds of days!

He registered this year aiming at building solar bikes made of bamboo.
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Wai Won Ching

CHINA
Wai Won Ching
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- 67 years-old -

Originally from Singapore, Wai Won settled in Shanghai where he founded an e-bike company.

A traveller at heart, he wants to ride on the Sun Trip on a solar bike designed by himself, from A to Z.
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Youssef & Mohamed

MOROCCO
Youssef & Mohamed
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- 49 & 38 years-old -

This fantastic pair will be the first team of African origin to take part in the Sun Trip.

The two friends will rely on a unique tandem that will allow Mohamed to ride despite a handicap. He contracted polio at a young age and that left him with a leg disability.
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Mickael Joguet

FRANCE
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- 38 years-old -

A brillant participant of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region Sun Trip Tour 2017, he’s taking himself to the next level and should perform well in 2018!

As Environmental Consultant and an adept of electric mobilities, Michael is like a fish in the water on the Sun Trip adventure.
Michel Bamps
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Michel Bamps

BELGIUM
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- 57 years-old -

The president of Friends of the Earth Belgium cycles on a day to day basis but also advocates for ecomobility.

In addition, he suffers from Type II Diabetes. He therefore sees intensive sports activity as cathartic and his Sun Trip adventure as a testimonial.

Cherry on top, his girlfriend agreed to marry him if he finishes the Sun Trip!
Corinne Courvalin
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Corinne Courvalin

FRANCE
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- 67 years-old -

Corinne recently crossed Canada with an electric bicycle. She barely rested and immediately added photovoltaic modules on her machine, bracing herself for another cross continent trip across Eurasia by solar bike.

Top shape!
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Catherine & Didier Pozzobon

FRANCE
Catherine & Didier Pozzobon
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- 58 & 60 years-old -

They discovered the Sun Trip in 2015 through their friends’ experiences : Béatrice and Yannick. Now, it’s their turn to live the dream!

Last training to date: crossing the Atlas in five weeks, from Tanger to Ouarzazate with a solar bike for Cathy and on a non motorized trike for Didier.
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Andoni Rodelgo

SPAIN
Andoni Rodelgo
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- 44 years-old -

Following the extraordinary seven years round the world cycling trip he made with his wife and children across five continents and fifty countries, Andoni became a well-known figure of the cycling world.

He will ride alone on the Sun Trip, on a solar bike designed entirely in the Basque Country where he’s originally from.
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Francois Medalle & Gilles Coural

FRANCE
Francois Medalle & Gilles Coural
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- 66 & 53 years-old -

A great adventurer and connoisseur of the Moroccan Deserts which he has already reached with his solar bike, François will be on the Sun Trip for the first time, along with his friend Gilles. Both are from the South West of France, but this great bike trip will be a first for Gilles..

The two companions will be riding a solar trike tandem that they found in Germany.
Mikael Polak
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Mikael Polak

CZECH REPUBLIC
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- 44 years-old -

Lagging behind in 2015 with a solar bike fitted with bamboo. He’s back in 2018 with a completely rethought machine!

His goal is now to ride a daily average of over 250 km on the 12 000 km between Lyon and Canton.
Fabio Russo
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Fabio Russo

ITALY
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- 33 years-old -

Living in Calabria in Southern Italy, Fabio is a real handyman that built his machine piece by piece.

After several cycling trips within his own country, he finally dares to embark on a greater adventure...
Laurent Souchet
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Laurent Souchet

FRANCE
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- 54 years-old -

A road cyclist at heart and a computer technician by day, Laurent will take part wear his employer’s colors, a large telecommunications firm.

A good handyman convinced by solar energy, Laurent also sees in the Sun Trip an opportunity to relive the sensations of the bike trips he made at a younger age, in XXL format.
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Pierre-Yves Hubert

SWITZERLAND
Pierre-Yves Hubert
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- 39 years-olds -

Originally from Brittany, Pierre-Yves now lives in the Valais in Switzerland. I will therefore have a chance to go home after the departure in Chamonix.

He travels only by bicycle and by train and has already traveled around Europe with an electric bike, so he only has the solar to add, and bingo!
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Patrice Plozner

FRANCE
Patrice Plozner
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- 51 years-old -

An executive in the automotive industry, Patrice hopped on the sustainable mobility train several years ago: he got an electric car, an electric bike, and more recently a solar trike that he assembled himself for less than €1300.
Despite not having much cycling experience to his credit, the dream of reaching China on two wheels will lead him on!
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Michel Olchewsky

FRANCE
Michel Olchewsky
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- 57 years-old -

A formidable sportsman used to long-distance foot races (national French champion of 100km and 24-Hours, in 2009 & 2010), Michel will now discover the world of cycling.
To put all the chances on his side, he got his inspiration from the solar bike that won the Sun Trip 2015.

Is he one more contender for the win?