The SunPedal Ride – France Edition – June 2017
Day 1: 1st June 2017 – Istres to Montpellier
1st June 2017. Sushil & Rajendra started the ride from Istres, France at 8 am from Guillaume Devot’s home – an amazing host and the technical guru of the Sun Trip organisation. After seeing him & his family off – Angelique, Julliet and Gabrielle, Sushil & Rajendra started the ride from Istres.
After a long day of more than 100 kilometres, we reached Lea’s place in Narbonne who hosted us for the night.
We rested in Novotel, Toulouse for the night
Day 5, 6: Toulouse to Bordeaux
The next two days we rode for more than 250 kilometres with a nightstop at Agen. We were hosted by Amanda at Agen.
As we approached Bordeaux, we could see the vineyards!
In Bordeaux, we were hosted by a lady.
Day 7: Rest Day in Bordeaux
We had a seminar at IMS Borbeaux university with the showcase and display of the solar ebike. This interaction was organised by Corinne Dejous via the French Embassy in India.
We were hosted by the parents of Chris in Royan
Day 9: Royan to La Roche Sur Yon
Passing through the French scenic countryside via La Rochelle and La Roche Sur Yon, we reached home of Clemence Holleville. She agreed to host us and also write a story about our journey in France
Day 10: La Roche Sur Yon to Nantes.
Day 11 to Day 14 – Rest Days in Nantes
A short ride to reach Nantes in the afternoon. Half way stage with more than 1000 kilometres done on the solar ebike.
A short tour of the city, a night spent at Ibis hotel and 3 nights with our superhosts – Chris and Cecile. We cooked Indian food for them! A welcome change after all the wine and cheese.
Day 17: Le Mans to Chartres
A long riding day as temperatures started to soar as we neared Paris.
We were received by Phillipe of The Solar Cup team at Chartres who also hosted us for the night.
Day 18: Chartres to Versailles
We stayed at Ibis budget hotel at Saint Quentin. We met Pierre Trotobas of Wattway(COLAS Group) as he showed us the demonstration of the solar road at Versailles.
The same day, we visited Chateau of Versailles.
Then, we had seminars at HEC university, INSEAD university and Maison de L’Inde
Hosted by Elena and her cat – Gustav at Dijon
Hosted by Cecile
Day 28 to 31: Macon to Lyon and rest in Lyon
We had Indian food with some people from the IIT community in Lyon.
There was a solar awareness session organised by INSA Lyon for their international students workshop
Day 32: Lyon to Clermont Ferrand
The end – The SunPedal Ride – France edition – 32 Days, 2254 Kilometres
We thank our sponsors and partners – SolarEdge, LAVA International, Exhibitions India Group, QOS Energy, Fastrack, SunTrip Organisation, Declic Eco, La Sun Travel, The French Embassy – Science and Technology Division, Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Accor Hotels.