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…
Arrival ranking (Solar Challenge):
1. Raf Van Hulle (Team Huyndai elevator) : in 44 days and 19 hours. 100% solar powered.
2. Mickaël Joguet : in 50 days and 23 hours. 100% solar powered.
3. Eric Morel (Team MND – Douze Cycles) : in 52 days and 20 hours. 100% solar powered.
4. Stéphane Bertrand (with Déclic-éco et Photowatt) : in 55 days et 23 hours.(including a 2-days bonus).100% solar.
5. Herman Segers : in 59 days. 100% solar.
6. Jack Butler (Team NewQuest) : in 64 days. 100% solar.
6. Laurent Souchet (Team EDF-Bel Air Camp) : in 64 days. 100% solar.
Auguste and Camille Colle (KU Leuven) : in 64 days, out of the Solar Challenge.
8. Romain Neauport (Team O2Feel) : in 70 days. 100% solar.
9. Daniel Jenni : in 77 days. 100% solar.
9. Dirk Huyghe : in 77 days. 100% solar.
10. Peter Helsen : in 82 days. 100% solar.
Team Hyundai Elevator - UniKuuRaf Van Hulle
Arrived on 5/8/17
Mickael Joguet - FranceArrived on August 9
Team MND - Douze CyclesEric Morel
Arrived on August 11
Stephane Bertrand - Declic-Eco & PhotowattArrived on August 16
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 Guangzhou.
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.
Herman Segers - BelgiumArrived on August 17
Herman is an experiences traveler who already walked thousands of kilometers : the Pacific Crest Trail (USA, 4250 km), the Via Alpina (Alps, 2000 km), the Te Araroa trail (New Zealand, 2400 km), etc.
He also reached the North Cape by bicycle and was aiming for the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa with his new recumbent bike.
But that was before meeting Raf Van Hulle... Then without hesitation, he decided change his course and head East, joining the pack of the Lyon-Guangzhou Sun Trip!
Team NewQuestJack Butler
Arrived on August 22
Until now, he's the youngest participant on this edition! His enthusiasm can be summarized in his own words:
« I'm Jack, 24 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 ».
Team EDF-Bel Air CampLaurent Souchet
Arrived on August 22
The Colle BrothersArrived on August 22 - out of the challenges
28 and 29 years old
Two brothers - one an industrial engineer and one a theoretical physicist - sharing a passion for cycling and eating ice cream. They ride under the banner of KU Leuven where Auguste is employed. The KU Leuven Took part in the Sun Trip Tour 2017. Camille cycled 3 months through the USA in the Summer 2017 and discovered a passion for long distance touring. Auguste is equipping a tandem-trike with a solar roof to ride electrically.
Team O2FeelRomain Neauport
Arrived on August 29
- 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.
Dirk Huyghe - BELGIUMArrived on September 4
- 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.
Daniel Jenni - SWITZERLANDArrived on september 4
Peter Helsen - BELGIUMArrived on September 10
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.
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.
- 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!
She discovered solar bikes thanks to the Sun Trip Tour 2017 and means of transportation became for her a synonym of cycling freedom. As she trains in the mountain passes of Diois (Drôme), she get every day more familiar with her beautiful machine. Loving challenges, she could not resist trying out for this great adventure.
Michael PolakCZECH REPUBLIC
Team GL EventsGregory Lewyllie
- 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.
Francois Medalle & Gilles CouralFRANCE
- 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.
Youssef El Haouass & Mohamed Said JebarriMOROCCO
Jean-Claude ViguierAlain withdrawal on 3/8/18
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!
Corinne CourvalinOut of adventure - 7/7/18
- 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.
Her project and her strength of character convinced Guangzhou-based France Passion to support her official team. And cherry on top, the famous Azub Recumbents act as her technical partner!
Catherine & Didier PozzobonOut of adventure - 7/7/18
- 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.
Team Oscaro PowerPaul Baudry
Abandon le 9 août
For 20 years Paul worked in the field of lithium batteries and solar energy. In 2009, he underwent a heart transplant and in 2013, he climbed a submit over 6000 meters in the Andes mountains, a record! In 2018, in a heartbeat, he becomes the last addition to the Sun Trip adventure. An unusual challenge that will get our hearts racing all around the world...
Eymeric Thuliezwithdrawal on 7/8/2018
Team INES - CEAwithdrawal on 5/8/2018
Juergen Burkholzwithdrawal on 5/8/2018
Jürgen is the first German to join The Sun Trip.
Specificity of this adventurer: his solar trailer will also serve as a bed for bivouacs!
A prototype that he built himself and with which he has already driven more than 6000 km in Germany and France.
2.40 m long, 23 kg, 160 Wp solar panel on the roof and as much extension, this trailer will offer Jurgen quiet nights and will arouse the curiosity of the people he will meet on the road to Guangzhou!
Bernard & Yann CauquilAbandon le 22/07/18
Patrice Ploznerwithdrawal on 22/7/2018
- 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!
Justin Lemire Elmore & Anne-Sophie Rodetwithdrawal on 25/7/2018
Michel Bampswithdrawal on 12/7/2018
Michel OlchewskyWITHDRAWALS - 19/6/18
- 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?
WaiWon ChingOut of adventure - 19/6/18
- 68 years-old -
Originally from Singapour, WaiWon lived in Shanghai for the past 22 years. In 2000, he founded Shanghai eZee Kinetic Technology Co., Ltd., so he has been in the business of electric bikes for 18 years. While he did not exercise nor participate in any sports for the past 40 years, he is as healthy as he can be. He travelled worldwide for the past 46 years on business and vacations, and for decades, he spent more than 200 days abroad every year.
Lizhao HouWITHDRAWALS - 19/6/18
- 34 years-old -
Formerly candidate for completing the Sun Trip team during the adventure, Lizhao Hou did not resist the urge to get back on the road. Ten years after taking part in the Paris-Beijing cycling adventure organised by French Federation for Cyclotourism, he becomes one of the first Chinese participants on the Sun Trip 2018.
Lizhao also remains a strong support for the organization. With his help and through his Franco-Chinese bicycle school project in Guangzhou, we hope to reach out to Chinese youths and generate new vocations, be them solar or not.