Lachlan Morton (EF Education-Nippo) reached Andorra and continued to climb the Pyrenees as he raced the Tour de France peloton in his Alt Tour charity race. The support of his team-mate Jimmy Whelan, fellow Australian Rohan Dennis and wife Rachel cheered him up after covering nearly 4,000 km in 160 hours in the saddle.
The Australian, who will be “racing” the Tour de France to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief, started his challenge in Brest and travels the entire Tour de France route, including transfers between stages, alone and without assistance. He plans to cover a total of 5,500 km in just 23 days.He’s been riding for over 160 hours so far and is several days ahead of the Tour de France, so he has enough advantage to beat the field in Paris. The total amount raised for World Bicycle Relief to date stands at over £ 246,000.
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“I hope to feel a little better today and continue as I wish, but you know, as they say, there will be days like this. We hope tomorrow will be better, and here is tomorrow so let’s see what happens, ”said Lachlan after a tough day in the mountains after crossing the south of France.
“My toes are very cold but the legs are good and I’m sure once that sun comes out on my head I’ll be very happy. “
As Morton embarked on one of his toughest days of climbing in Andorra, he was greeted with the warm support of his friends and family.
EF Education-Nippo teammate Jimmy Whelan rode with him and Rohan Dennis came from his home in Andorra to offer homemade banana bread. There was also a quick stop for lunch with his wife Rachel who reassured him that the large bar of soap he was carrying was worth the extra weight.
“It’s just nice to see familiar faces,” Morton said, revealing the secret issues of endurance.
“If I’m being honest I was worried to see Rachel halfway through something like that, because sometimes you let your guard down a bit, you let yourself think about the finish and what it’s up to.” home, and it just breaks that mentality you had. But I’m really glad I got to see her… she said I couldn’t stink! Which was a huge relief. ”
“If you’ve ever smelled someone ultra-run, they usually stink quite badly. Well I do it anyway, I don’t mean to speak for everyone. Normally I smell really horrible. It’s like a very specific smell. Somewhere between a dead animal and some feet. A hot and humid smell. There will be a day when you have a little tailwind and you wonder “what is that smell?” Ah, it’s me.
On his way out of Andorra, Morton stopped at a bicycle shop and upgraded the supermarket pedals he bought on day three for mountain bike pedals, which turned out to be a game-changer. He traded in his road shoes for better comfort after suffering from blisters.
Mortoni should finish stage 16 and leave the Pyrenees towards Toulouse for the transfer before looping back to Muret and descending to stage 17.