Sun Trip 2018 – Participants


Here comes a first wave of adventurers! They will have us dream all Summer long in 2018 between Lyon and Guangzhou (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.


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 MND
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Team MND

Eric Morel, avec Douze Cycle - FRANCE
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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…
Team CATW
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Team CATW

Lizhao Hou - CHINA
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- 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.
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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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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 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.
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WaiWon Ching

CHINA
WaiWon Ching
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- 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.
Raf Van Hulle SunTrip
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Raf Van Hulle

BELGIUM
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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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Francoise Denel

FRANCE
Francoise Denel
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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!
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Dirk Huyghe

BELGIUM
Dirk Huyghe
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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.
Youssef & Mohamed
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Youssef & Mohamed

MOROCCO
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- 50 & 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.
Justin Lemire Elmore & Anne-Sophie Rodet
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Justin Lemire Elmore & Anne-Sophie Rodet

CANADA
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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 technology 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.Anne-Sophie is most famous for her unicycling exploits in Patagonia (4600km) but also for her mountain unicycle crossing of the Alps on single tracks and fairly technical terrain.  
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!
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Corinne Courvalin

FRANCE
Corinne Courvalin
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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.
Francois Medalle & Gilles Coural
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Francois Medalle & Gilles Coural

FRANCE
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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.
Michael Polak
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Michael 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 Guangzhou.
Jurgen Burkholz
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Jurgen Burkholz

Germany
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56 years old

Jurgen 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!
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Laurent Souchet

FRANCE
Laurent Souchet
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- 54 years-old -

A road cyclist at heart and a computer technician by day.

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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Andrei Chiver

Romania
Andrei Chiver
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30 years old

This young electrical engineer, a cycling lover, has already made great trips inside his beautiful country. As good technician, he already built a trike before becoming a velomobile lover.

"The Sun Trip is a great opportunity to see what are the best options for sustainable transportation" he says in his entry. Challenge accepted by the organizing team!

If these aerodynamic cycles have always been allowed on the Sun Trip (today only if bodywork provide to shows the head of the participant), the only attempt of participation dates back to the 2013 edition and it was unfortunately ended by a abandonment.
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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!
Michel Olchewsky
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Michel Olchewsky

FRANCE
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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?
Michael Joguet SunTrip
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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.
Alain & Jean-Claude Viguier
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Alain & Jean-Claude Viguier

FRANCE
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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!
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Peter Helsen

BELGIUM
Peter Helsen
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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.
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Jack Butler

UNITED KINGDOM
Jack Butler
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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 ».
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Daniel Jenni

SWITZERLAND
Daniel Jenni
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30 years-old

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

Daniel 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.
Thierry Rassat
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Thierry Rassat

FRANCE
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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.
Pierre Laprade
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Pierre Laprade

FRANCE
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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. »
Herman Segers
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Herman Segers

BELGIUM
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55 years old.

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!
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Camille & Auguste Colle

Belgium
Camille & Auguste Colle
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28 and 29 years old. Two brothers sharing a passion for cycling and ice cream, one a theoretical physicist and the other an industrial engineer. Camille just finished his PhD in nuclear physics and cycled 12,000 km through the USA during Summer. Auguste is equipping a tandem-trike with a solar roof to ride electrically. Both ingredients seem to add up to a fine mix...
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Eymeric Thuliez

France
Eymeric Thuliez
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Eymeric is a 27 years-old photovoltaic engineer fond of cycling who had a project to go round Europe by bike.Then, one of his colleagues told him about the Sun Trip, and he changed his plans! "It's a project that will allow me to live an extraordinary adventure, while promoting an ecological means of transportation".

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Stefano Passeri

Italia
Stefano Passeri
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Stephano comes from the Adriatic coast in Italy. He is our 3rd and last guest.Second youngest participant of Sun Trip 2018, He will celebrate his 25th birthday on the adventure, probably in China!His boldness will be its greatest asset. The young Stephano works in the sailing industry and has no experience of bike traveling.
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Lionel Serra

France
Lionel Serra
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Lionel is from Savoy where he also works for the National Institute for Solar Energy (INES), one of the historic partners of the Sun Trip.Passionate about all forms of solar mobility, he drove many solar car prototypes on famous races such as the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge (2015) and the Moroccan Solar Challenge (2016). But this time, it's with a solar and human powered vehicle that Lionel will ride towards Canton, on a solar trike prototype fitted with ultralight solar panels designed by his own colleagues!
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Paul Baudry

France
Paul Baudry
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56 years old

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...