Solar bike race over 10 000 km to traverse Europe
Some forty cyclists are planning to traverse Europe by solar bikes over a distance of 10 000 km. One-quarter of them are Belgians. The departure of the so-called ‘Sun Trip Europe 2021’ is officially planned in Brussels on June 16th.
It’s not the first time this free-riding competition takes place, but it is the first time it passes through Belgium. The Belgian capital will be the point of departure because the city represents a symbol of Europe. During the last editions, participants cycled all over the world, even in Kazachstan and China.
30 European countries
This year, the trip will be limited to the European continent, due to corona. The participants will pass through up to 30 European countries and visit five bonus cities. The Flemish participant who won the race in 2013 and 2018, is also one of the candidates this year.
Participants of the Sun Trip will cover 10 000 km by solar bike. They are free to set their own course, as long as they pass by the five imposed checkpoints in Riga (Latvia), Constanta (Roumania), Passo Stelvio (Italy), Pico di Veleta (Spain), and Porto (Portugal). The point of arrival will be Lyon (France). They are not allowed to get any (technical) assistance and will not be able to ride at night.
The Sun Trip adventure is open to a variety of human-powered electric vehicles: upright and recumbent bikes, upright and recumbent tricycles, handbikes, tandems, and velomobiles. All cycles shall be equipped with one or more assisting engines, one or more batteries, and one or more solar panels.
Participants are free to build their bikes themselves, but they may under no circumstances be followed by a technical team of any kind during the journey. In case of technical problems, they must fend for themselves, relying on the help of the people encountered during the trip.
The organizers are proud to have mobilized more than 15 partners for this European project, private and institutional partners, both loyal and new to the adventure. Among them are John Cockerill, EDF, Ville de Lyon, Wallonia.be, and Nokia. In the context of the current crisis, their support is a real sign of commitment to the values of Sun Trip.
Registrations are closed, of course, but those who want to read the adventure rules or technical regulations can find them on the website www.thesuntrip.com.