Runner EF Education-Nippo rose to fame for riding these alternative routes, one being the race between Land’s End and John O’Groats in the UK. His current ride, supported by Rapha, is called ‘The Alt Tour’.Morton’s plan is to ride the 2021 Tour de France route alone, while trying to beat the Tour peloton all the way to Paris.
So far Morton has covered, at the time of writing, 806 miles with a whopping 51 hours of driving as well as 42,822 feet or 13,052 meters of elevation gain. But it is a long way from the final target of 3,424 miles, more than 1,000 more than the actual Tour route.
However, he had some problems on the bike. Mainly with knee problems. In an EF Education-Nippo Instagram post, the team said: “A sore knee made the 300-kilometer day a little more difficult, but riding in sandals on flat pedals seemed to help. His average speed was the same as in the previous stages, and at the end of the day he said his knee was doing a lot better. “
As the rider continues to wear sandals (Wednesday June 30), as he continues to try to get rid of the knee pain, but he can even keep the sandals on as he seems to enjoy them, saying, “The sandals are a hit, man! I truly appreciate it. “
It’s not just a ride to hell, the Alt Tour is all about raising money for charity. More precisely the World Bicycle Relief. And he has already raised 1,372 bikes for children in underprivileged areas of the world, allowing them to have freedom, transportation and, hopefully, bring joy too.
As of this writing, Morton is halfway through the sixth stage of the Tour, a full stage ahead of the peloton, this is after having completed all the transfers as well, but the peloton has plenty of time to catch up. , especially with the huge 600 km trip from Bordeaux to Paris planned for the last two days.
The idea is, in a sense, to go back to the original Towers where riders had to navigate through the country, feed and find places to sleep in places like fields or by rivers, which Morton is used to. with his enormous endurance races that he has practiced in recent years.
He was supposed to do it at the Giro d’Italia, but he ended up riding the real one. He therefore turned to the Tour.
If you want to track Lachlan Morton’s progress over the next couple of weeks, be sure to check out alttour.ef.com where you can see where he is on the GPS tracker app.
For more information on World Bicycle Relief and even to donate to Morton’s cause, be sure to click HERE.
Meanwhile, his EF team will be looking to win the time trial on stage five of the Tour, along with TT specialist Stefan Bissegger.