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SUN TRIP 2018

June 14, 2018

I was introduced to the Sun Trip rally by Bernard Cauquil who did the Sun Trip 2015 from Milan Italy to Capadocia Turkey loop, and finished in first place.  His designed recumbent bike 'Dragofly' uses the eZee brushless permanent magnet planetary geared DC motor with very high efficiency and reliability.  The balance within the PV panel out, electric power consumption and his legs power is almost perfectly balance.

 Bernard Cauquil ,  champion of the Sun Trip 2015,  who is participating in this Sun Trip 2018 rally with a tandem recumbent with his son Yann.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eZee Longabike with PV panel of 260 watts fitted  and that is Wai Won Ching on it.

 

THE IDEA

 

Being 68 years old with a weak disposition and slow reflexes , there is no need to participate in the challenge to arrive first in Guangzhou within the constraints of the rally rules.  Therefore I disqualify myself from the challenge but just to participate as a fun adventure. To complete the journey is already a very big challenge.

I understand the energy or power requirement very well being in the electric bike manufacturing business for 18 years and have take taken several epic riding trips that was wired with the Cycle Analyst that measure and shows energy performance.  In general to make an average speed of 25 kmph for the day, I would have to go at 35 kmph, with some stops and rest in between.   The energy consumption would be about 400 watts,  while the PV panel will provide an average of 200 watts, and legs will do 50 watts average for the day of 10 hrs ride, and I will still need another 150 watts which will be provided in reserves in the battery and charged at night.  In any event, I am equipped to take measurement and record of the energy pattern for the entire trip and will report it here.  To get 400 watts would require very large solar panels which I am not keen in because a very long vehicle would be cumbersome and I don’t have fast reflexes.

In any case I think my entire journey from Chamonix France to Guangzhou China will take more than 13500 km on the road.  Another constraint is the days I could take off from work,  and I would not want to miss the opportunities of touring some of the very interesting place, especially as I have extra ordinary interest in history.

 

THE PREPARATION

 

THE VEHICLE . 

 

I use is a semi recumbent trike that is manufacture at eZee that was designed in essence by Vincent Longagna , France.  On which I have added the electrical drive train, solar PV panel of 260 watts rated capacity.  Vehicle specifications:

Frame

Hi Ten steel :  colour option :  Green

Fork - Cr Mo front fork

Chainwheel- Prowheel Alloy 48 T

Brake - 1 Front/2 Rear Shimano M375 Disc brake,

Wheel - 1 Front 20", 2 Rear 26 x 2"  Marathon Plus tires,  Stainless steel 13g spokes

Transmission hub- NuVinci N380  Right wheel, Left wheel eZee Motor

Electric System

Motor - eZee Brushless Planetary gear motor 250 watts , 250 rpm at 36V.

Battery - 36V 34 Ah ,  48V 14.5 Ah

Charger - Satiator - Grin Technologies

Controller - 36 – 48V, Max Amps: 20 amps Field Orientated control by Eloquent Design

Display - LCD diplay,

User interface- Due mode, PAS sensor with 8 power level selection and throttle.

Lighting - Front Roxim  X4E 400 lumen /   Red LED Tail lights x 2

Performance - Average 10 - 12 Wh / km

Weight of bike - 45 kgs

Weight of solar panel & structure - 12 kgs

 

Vehicle spares parts:

Controller, brake caliper , brake pads, suspension shock, tyres and inner tubes, spokes, tools. Battery.

 

MATERIAL AND ACCESSORIES

Clothings:  The usual and  light warm clothing in the event of night camping in desert and mountain. Water proof Pakka,  cap and gloves, slippers.

Light towels and lots of wet wipes.

Protective gears : Sun Glasses, Helmet,  elbow guards

Camera : Canon EOS6 and zoom lens 200mm ,  Samsung

Action video camera : Sony XDR X3000 and Casio Exlim EX-IR100

Drone : DJI Mavic Pro

Mounting devices,  chargers, Extension cord with USB and A/C ports.

Protegear GPS devices

Labtop, and cell phones –iphone / IOS and Oppo / Android

Bath gels, shampoo, and toiletries

Knife, spoon and fork.

 

NUTRITION SUPPORT, MEDICATIONS AND FIRST AIDS

30  sachets of Precision Hydration electrolytes drinks

2 tins of electrolytes with Amino acid

This1  energy food

Disinfectant, antibiotics, aspirin, Band aid of various sizes, insect repellents

Plasters for body aches and

 

The Sun Trip 2018 planned route for Wai Won Ching

DAY  DATE     Bike Route   Total km   Destination City  Country         remark

 1      9-Jun                                            Chamonix            France 

1      19-Jun     249                249          Vercelli                 Italy 

2      20-Jun     267                516          Modena               Italy 

3      21-Jun     279                795          Ancona                Italy 

4      22-Jun                                                                                            allowance

5      23-Jun                FERRY                 Bar                       Montenegro 

6      24-Jun     226                1021         Elbasan               Albania 

7      25-Jun     189                1210         Bitola                  Mercedonia 

8      26-Jun     197                1407         Thessaloniki       Greece 

9      27-Jun     261                1668         Xanthi                 Greece 

10    28-Jun     226                1894         Edirne     X          Turkey 

11    29-Jun     166                2060         Tekirdag              Turkey 

12    30-Jun           Rest day                   Tekirdag              Turkey           allowance

13    1-Jul              Ferry 11 hrs              Bandirma           Turkey 

14    2-Jul       333                 2393         Eskisehir             Turkey 

15    3-Jul       271                 2664         Ankara                Turkey 

16    4-Jul       258                2922          Yozgat                 Turkey 

17    5-Jul       296                3218          Sivas                    Turkey 

18    6-Jul       250                3468          Erzincan               Turkey 

19    7-Jul        187               3655          Erzurum               Turkey 

20    8-Jul        274               3929          Gogubeyazit       Turkey 

21    9-Jul       57                  3986         Maku                     Iran              Visa  obtained

22   10-Jul      270                4256         Tabriz                    Iran 

23   11-Jul      180                4436          Mianeh                 Iran 

24   12-Jul       220                4656          Abhar                   Iran 

25   13-Jul       240                4896          Tehran                  Iran 

26    14-Jul      216                5112          Semnan                Iran 

27    15-Jul      179                5291          Shahroud              Iran 

28    16-Jul      254                5545          Sabzerar                Iran 

29    17-Jul     149                  5694         Quchan                 Iran 

30    18-Jul     128                 5822        Ashgabat               Turkmenistan    Visa obtained

31    19-Jul            Camp                                                    Turkmenistan 

32    20-Jul    352                   6174          Mary                   Turkmenistan 

33    21-Jul    275                   6449          Farab                  Ubezkistan

34    22-Jul     77                    6526          Bukhara               Ubezkistan 

35     23-Jul    258                  6784          Samarkand          Ubezkistan 

36     24-Jul            Rest day                    Samarkand          Ubezkistan 

37     25-Jul    318                   7102         Tashkent               Ubezkistan 

38     26-Jul            Rest day                     Tashkent              Ubezkistan 

39     27-Jul      236                 7338         Kokand                Ubezkistan 

40     28-Jul     172                  7510         Osh                     Kyrgyzstan 

41     29-Jul     83                    7593         Gulcha                 Kyrgyzstan 

42     30-Jul     45                   7638          kolduk                  Kyrgyzstan 

43     31-Ju     l59                   7697          Sary Tash              Kyrgyzstan 

44     1-Aug    69                    7766          Irkeshtam             China 

45      2-Aug   220                  7986          Kashgar                China 

46      3-Aug    256                 8242          Kargilik (Kagelekezzhen)  

47      4-Aug   257                  8499          Hotan  

48      5-Aug   276                  8775          Niya  

49      6-Aug     312                9087          Qarqan 

50      7-Aug     276               9363           Ruoqiangzzhen  

51      8-Aug     323               9686           Luobubozhen  

52      9-Aug    381              10067           Kumul ( hami )  

53    10-Aug            Rest day   

54    11-Aug     203             10270            Xingxingxia  

55    12-Aug     229             10499            Guazhou  

56     13-Aug    274             10544            Jiuchuan  

57     14-Aug    222              10766           Zhangye  

58     15-Aug    239              11005           Wuwei  

59     16-Aug    273              11278            Lanzhou  

60     17-Aug   332               11610           Pingliang  

61     18-Aug    292              11902           Xian  

62      19-Aug   243              12145          Sanmenxia  

63      20-Aug                                            Louyang  

64      21-Aug    269           12414             Xiatangzhen  

65      22-Aug    232            12646            Xiangyang  

66      23-Aug   205             12851            Jingzhou  

67      24-Aug    303             13154           Changsha  

68      25-Aug    239            13393            Leiyang  

69      26-Aug    266            13659            Shaoguan  

70      27-Aug    236            13895            Guangzhou ( Canton )  

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