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The Alt Tour

Watch the most hotly anticipated episode of Rapha Gone Racing yet to find out how Lachlan Morton defied the odds to ride every stage and every transfer of the 2021 Tour, beat the peloton to Paris and raise thousands for World Bicycle Relief in the process.

26 June 2021

La Grande Boucle is cycling’s ultimate challenge, with the biggest audience, the toughest parcours and the most prestigious prize. From the outside, the race is a constantly moving feast of sound, colour, effort and emotion but for the racers inside the bubble, life on Tour travelling from one hotel to the next can be somewhat sterile particularly in the midst of a pandemic.

This year, for a fresh perspective on what it takes to compete at the world’s greatest bike race, Lachlan Morton took on his own Alt Tour. In a challenge inspired by the inaugural edition of 1903, he rode every stage and every transfer, covering a distance of 5,500km and climbing over 65,000 metres in just 18 days. Starting just after the first stage, he rode nearly double the distance but still beat the peloton to Paris by four days.

As well as a fresh perspective, Lachlan rode with a new purpose. To make every kilometre really count, Rapha and EF Education First donated 500 bikes to World Bicycle Relief and, with the help of dot watchers around the world, we raised a final total of over £500,000.

With no teammates to shelter behind, no mechanics and no rest days, the Alt Tour was Lachlan’s greatest challenge yet. But just how did he go the distance and beat his friends in the peloton back to Paris? There’s only one way to find out…


 

Ahead of the film’s general release, Rapha Cycling Club members get 48 hours’ exclusive early access. Head to the RCC App to find out more.


 

RIDING FOR A REASON

Swapping points and prizes for a more meaningful purpose, Lachlan is riding in support of World Bicycle Relief. By donating bicycles, WBR enable young people around the world to access education. If you’re inspired by Lachlan’s ride and want to help him on his way, please donate to WBR.

Amount Raised

£ 502,532

 

Bikes Donated

4,187

“On behalf of all at World Bicycle Relief, our gratitude goes to Lachlan, his team and family, EF Education First, Rapha, and everybody who has contributed to this incredible activation. Chapeau to all!”

 

– Allison Dufosee – CEO of World Bicycle Relief UK

LACHLAN'S KIT

Covering mind blowing distances and riding around the clock, Lachlan has a specific set of needs on the bike. For maximum comfort, adaptable weather protection and visibility in low light, he opts for a mix of race-ready Pro Team garments and adventure apparel from our Explore collection.

EXPLORE HOODED GORE-TEX PULLOVER

A waterproof hooded rain jacket with a chest pocket for storage, designed for year-round adventure.

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BAR BAG

A rainproof handlebar bag with a stowable cross-body strap.

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MEN'S PRO TEAM JERSEY

An all-round summer jersey for racing and training.

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WOMEN'S PRO TEAM JERSEY

An all-round jersey with a dual-fabric design perfectly suited to summer racing and training.

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MEN'S PRO TEAM BIB SHORTS II

A pair of elite performance bib shorts, raced from cobbles to cols.

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WOMEN'S PRO TEAM BIB SHORTS

A high-performance bib short worn in the WorldTour by CANYON//SRAM and ready your fastest rides.

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PRO TEAM SOCKS

Rapha’s ultimate performance socks, high-wicking fabric that is softer and more comfortable.

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