Morton reflects on unique Alt-Tour journey

Aussie ultra-endurance rider Lachlan Morton most recent Tour de France experience was one like no other.

The 29-year-old set himself an incredible, albeit audacious, challenge of riding the entire Tour de France route, including hundreds of kilometres in transfers.

To make his ‘Alt-Tour’ even harder, Morton would carry everything he needed on his bike, cook his own meals, camp out at night and arrive before the peloton reached the Champs Elysees.

On Tuesday the boy from Port Macquarie arrived in Paris after 18 days, 5,510 kilometres covered, 65,500 metres of elevation and 220 hours in the saddle.

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Looking back on his extraordinary journey, Morton told Cycling Central there were times while riding along through the mountains when he didn’t know if he would be able to make it to the finish.

“I certainly had an experience of riding the Tour de France which was pretty unique. It was a big departure from regular grand tour life,” he said.

“I think it was definitely more challenging than I thought it would be but I was looking for something which would test my limits.

“The body is not too bad now. I was a bit sore and sorry for a few days but I’m starting to see the light.”

The ride was born from Morton’s fascination for the origins of the Tour de France, where riders would often ride 480 kilometres in a day with no support.

However, it was also a chance for Morton to turn all that hardship into something more meaningful, raising A$890, 000 for charity World Bicycle Relief.

“Cycling is my life and the sport has changed my life,” he said.

“To be able to help change other people's lives by providing bikes as well as food, water and education are for me one of the best causes I can get behind.”



“Bikes can really change lives so I’m so happy to have been able to raise so much money for this cause.”

Ahead of the final stage of the Tour de France, Morton says he is looking forward to being there in Paris to cheer on his EF Education-Nippo team.

“It’s going to be pretty special to be in Paris to see the team riding a few laps of the Champs Elysees,” he said.

“I have a new appreciation for the event, just how big it is and how important it is to the world. It will be great to share that with my teammates.“

The World Bicycle Relief donation drive is still a little short of its target of £500,000 ($AU930,000) you can find


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Published 17 July 2021 at 11:41pm
By Nick Houghton