Lachlan Morton is bikepacking the entire Tour de France route, transfers included
Lachlan Morton has a long history of doing things his own way.
As the spearhead of the EF Education-Nippo team’s ‘alternative racing’ program, the Australian rider has competed in major gravel events like Unbound Gravel, crossed countries in ultra-endurance races, tackled Cape Epic, and for a time held the Everesting world record.
His newest challenge, though – they’re calling it the ‘Alt Tour’ – may be the most daunting yet.
While his EF Education-Nippo teammates are riding the Tour de France – itself a ludicrously punishing event – Morton will be racing them to Paris. But he’ll be doing it solo and unsupported, carrying all his own gear in bikepacking bags, and riding all the transfers himself. No mechanic, no draft.
What are the stats?
Morton will set off after the peloton to ride the full Tour de France route, along with all the in-between bits that the race convoy whooshes between in buses and trains. That equates to an extra 2,400 kilometres of distance – a massive chunk of which comes from the 700+ km transfer up north to Paris for the final stage – and more than 15,000 metres of added vertical gain.
In total, Morton will tackle 5,510 kilometres and 65,500 metres of climbing. He has 23 days to achieve this – there are a couple of days of catch-up while the Tour stops for its rest days – with Morton estimating that he’ll be in the saddle for 238 hours all told.