He also completed the route, transfers included, unassisted to benefit World Bicycle Relief, raising around £ 500,000.The video features the course Morton had to tackle on his own, as he climbs some of the country’s toughest mountains in the Alps and Pyrenees. Most spectacular is the journey the 29-year-old has managed just using sandals and platform pedals, after suffering excruciating pain in his knee from the new crampons he had fitted to his shoes.
“I’m not a superhuman,” Morton said. “I think it’s important to show this human element in sport, especially in cycling, because you don’t see it. You see the four hours of guys fighting on the road, and the rest of what’s going on is a bit of a mystery. “
Morton’s less-than-ideal nutrition during the course is also captured, with the Australian eating at roadside cafes and shops instead of the usual high-quality meals offered to Tour riders.
Unlike Tour riders, Morton slept in a tent for the duration of his 18-day challenge and also had to carry all that extra gear throughout his ride – adding a bunch of unwanted weight to make his Alt Tour a little more difficult.
What’s most impressive is witnessing Morton’s unwavering positivity along the way, as he tries to inspire others to get on their bikes. 5,510 kilometers after leaving Brittany on the same day as the Tour de France peloton, Morton’s arrival in Paris was greeted with a bottle of champagne, rather than the yellow jersey.
However, the ups and downs of the grueling task are available to all in the brilliant video, providing insight into the difficulty of the Tour, albeit under much more trying circumstances.