Sun Trip Tour 2017

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Sun Trip Tour 2017

Post by the e wind » Jun 12 2018 2:53pm

Ok these are a little late, but I now give a few pictures from the Sun Trip Tour 2017. This tour started in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and ended in Lyon, France, by a way through both Saint Bernard passes (the Petite as well as Grand, done in the same day actually), and then around lake Geneva. I can't wait until the 2019 tour, and following the advancements of the 2018 participants is making me jelly (in a good way). Anyways, here are some memories for y'all

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Florian Bailly - one of the happiest individuals on planet earth. I was the first participant to arrive in his city (Chambery, FR) before the trip, hence, I was presented the first jersey.
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My bike for the majority of the trip. This bike, the 'ski bike' was borrowed, designed and assembled (with a lot of help) in less than 4 hours, because my first one bit the dust on day 3 (damn the GnG mid drive - never again).
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Expo in Val d'Isere - we were the only group of solar powered vehicles amidst hundreds of EV's. One even had fake solar panel stickers.
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Left to right: David of the Smile Team (and my joke translator), Bernard Portugal of France 3, myself w/stupid hat, Jean-Christophe Solari of France 3, Sushil Reddy - Guiness Record Holder for solar e-bikes, Thomas of Smile Team.

Like I said, I'm mostly posting this because I'm exited to watch the 2018 rally, and can't wait to participate again in 2019.
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Re: Sun Trip Tour 2017

Post by markz » Jun 12 2018 4:16pm

That is completely rad, I dig the Sun Trip Tour.

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edit - I was thinking of the Sun Trip Tour today on my 65km ride, why not have a roll up panel so when you take a break you unroll it, get more surface area hence get more juice into the battery.

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Re: Sun Trip Tour 2017

Post by the e wind » Jul 31 2018 4:47pm

Many ppl add more solar when parked (stacked on top of each other while in motion) they just tend to use semi flexible mono crystalline panels vs thin film because of efficiency (>20% vs ~8%). But hey, itll work, and I don’t know of anyone else doing it:) if u wanna be first, use something containing sun power cells. If u wanna be mid-pack, buy off ebay, and if u want your bike to break down 1/2way there, buy from aliexpress.
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