Home   |   About GZ   |   Directory   |   Contact Us   |   Help Center
Government  |   Residents  |   Visitors  |   Business 
City news
Solar-Powered Belgian bicyclist Raf Van Hulle reaches Guangzhou after 45 days
Update: 2018-08-07     Source: chinadaily.com.cn

Belgian bicyclist Raf Van Hulle was the first rider to pull up to the People's Park in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou 45 days after he joined a 12,000-kilometer solar-powered bicycle rally in Lyons of France in June.

The 43-year old cyclist Raf Van Hulle is the first to reach Guangzhou in the Sun Trip 2018 cycling challenge. 

The Sun Trip 2018 cycling challenge, founded in 2013, is one of the largest overland adventures in the world and advocates green travel. This year's participants, solo or duo, are required to ride from Lyons to Guangzhou with solar energy as the sole source of electricity for recharging and conservation of bicycles.

The bike rally is also considered a celebration of the establishment of a sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Lyons.

Van Hulle finished his route in only 45 days, crossing France, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and China.

The Belgian cyclist celebrates his victory at the People's Park in Guangzhou on Aug 3.

The 43-year-old rider is a professional outdoor off-road athlete. He has participated in the previous two Sun Trips. He made the bicycle he used this time himself, designing it to be capable of 30 kilometers per hour.

"The most difficult part was the side winds in the Gobi Dessert. Sometimes the wind was so hard that I fell off the road twice. And it was very difficult to hold the bike straight," said Van Hulle according to a report in Xinhua.

"Another challenge was the heat in Kazakhstan." He added, "With hot wind it felt like 50 degrees and you constantly had to drink and put water on your T shirt to get fresh."

Raf Van Hulle rides his bike in People's Park, Guangzhou on Aug 3. 

The Sun Trip 2018 attracted 41 contestants from many countries and regions around the world. Currently, 13 riders have arrived in China. The rest are expected to arrive in Guangzhou sometime in August.

All materials marked with "source: English.gz.gov.cn" on this website (including but not limited to text, photographs, audio and video materials) are the copyrighted property of Guangzhou International (the official website of Guangzhou Municipality). Without prior authorization from Guangzhou International, any media, website, organization or individual shall not transmit, interlink, distribute or republish such materials in any form. Any media and website authorized to republish such materials shall mark them with "source: Guangzhou International (English.gz.gov.cn)". Infringement of these copyrights will result in legal action.

If you find out anything wrong with the information, links and the translation, please offer your comments by selecting the relative content with your mouse and holding "CTRL" and "ENTER" simultaneously. Thank you!
Copyright © 2010 The People`s Government of Guangzhou Municipality.All RightsReserved
Email: gzportal@gz.gov.cn ICP备案号:粤B2-20040244