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Belgian cyclist wins 12,000-km race

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Added On August 5, 2018

A Belgian cyclist has won the Sun Trip 2018 competition, after completing a 12,000-km journey from France's city of Lyon to south China's Guangzhou city.
 
He made the long-distance journey over 45 days, with only means of transportation-- a solar-powered electric bicycle.
 
Belgian cyclist Raf Van Hulle arrived in Guangzhou on Friday, after completing a 12,000-km journey on his solar bike.
 
He made the journey as part of the competition known as Sun Trip 2018, where he secured first place.
 
The event was founded 5 years ago, and is one of the largest overland adventure races in the world.
 
This year's participants are required to ride from the French city of Lyon to China's Guangzhou either solo or in pairs.
 
Their only transportation for the trip is a solar-powered bicycle.
 
Van Hulle, who finished the trip in only 45 days, rode across France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and China.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): RAF VAN HULLE, Champion, Sun Trip 2018
"The most difficult part on the way are the side winds in the Gobi Dessert. Some moments the wind was so hard that I ... two times I go off the road."
 
Van Hulle, a designer and architect, rode an average of about 270 kilometers a day. He also set a personal best for distance travelled in a day with an astonishing 397 kilometers.
 
His attributed not only to his physical and mental power, but also to his aerodynamic and high-tech bike.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): RAF VAN HULLE, Champion, Sun Trip 2018
"I work long on this project. I had three companies who work with me. The solar panels are very good. You cannot sell them, they're made for universities and for the NASA. So they have efficiency that's not normal."
 
Other finishers of Sun Trip 2018 are expected to arrive in Guangzhou later in August.