For a completely different take on the Tour de France, Lachlan Morton is riding the full route (and more) completely self-supported in effort to beat the peloton to Paris and raise money for World Bicycle Relief. Learn more here…

Lachlan Morton decided to approach the world’s greatest bike race from a fresh perspective this year by taking on his own Alt Tour. Inspired by the 1903 inaugural edition, he’ll ride every stage and every transfer completely unsupported, covering a distance of 5,500km and climbing over 65,000 meters in just 23 days. Starting just before the first stage, Lachlan will ride nearly twice the distance and make the equivalent of an extra thirteen ascents of the Tourmalet, all with the ultimate goal of beating the peloton to Paris. With no teammates to draft, no mechanical assistance, and zero rest days, the Alt Tour is Lachlan’s toughest challenge yet. Watch the trailer below and scroll down to learn more about the effort.

  • The Alt Tour, Lachlan Morton on Tour de France
  • The Alt Tour, Lachlan Morton on Tour de France
  • The Alt Tour, Lachlan Morton on Tour de France
The Alt Tour, Lachlan Morton on Tour de France
“An ode to the roots of cycling’s biggest race, Lachlan will attempt to capture the exploits the early riders of the Tour had to endure. From the 500km stages to stopping in cafés and climbing France’s mountains along the way, he’s in search of the old-school Tour magic. No one thought the first Tour was possible.”

Lachlan set off for his 5,510km journey at 1:00pm CET. Self supported for the next three weeks, he’s riding this challenge to raise money for World Bicycle Relief. Rapha and Education First will be donating 500 bikes each, and if you’re inspired by Lachlan’s challenge and would like to support this cause, you can donate to WBR and help provide even more young people with the bikes they need to access an education. Learn more about his route, the challenge, and follow Lachlan’s progress at

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