Pro racer, ultra-endurance athlete, adventure icon—Lachlan Morton carries many titles, and we’re proud to add one more to his considerable stack: fizik rider. Meet the newest member of the extended fizik family of athletes below.
Australian-born Lachlan Morton has been pinging on most cycling fans’ radars for many years. Maybe you first heard of him through his appearances alongside brother Gus in their self-produced Thereabouts and Outskirts film series, which saw the pair embark alongside a rolling cast of characters on far-flung bike adventures in Australia, the US, Colombia, and beyond.
Or perhaps it is his racing career that has resonated. On what can best be described as an atypical trajectory, the Education First rider has been plying roads and trails on the pro circuit for nearly a decade, with strong showings in traditional Grand Tours and off-kilter competitions alike.
Outside of racing, Lachlan tends to spend his down time smashing records—a task he’s recently had plenty of practice at. When his world’s fastest Everesting attempt was nullified last year due to an error in the elevation data that meant he hadn’t quite met the threshold, he simply went back out and did it again a few days later, riding the collective elevation of Mount Everest (8,848 meters) in 7 hours, 29 minutes, and 57 seconds. Of course, this all came just a few weeks after he’d set another notable FKT—completing the 142-mile Kokopelli Trail in Utah and Colorado with record-breaking speed.
But even to those who’d managed to miss his previous feats, this past summer, Morton embarked on an adventure too bold to be overlooked by anyone in the wide world of cycling: Lachlan’s Alt Tour. Part throwback Grand Tour, part super-endurance solo challenge, Lachlan set out from the port city of Brest in northern France an hour after the main peloton’s Grand Depart at the start of this year’s TDF. He would follow the same route on the same roads as his fellow pros, the only differences being Lachlan would go alone, self-supported and riding all the transfers, adding an extra 1,300 miles to the 2,082 covered by the regular stage racers.
His goals were twofold: to beat the TDF riders to the finish in Paris and to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief en route—both of which he achieved in characteristic style. As he circled the Arc de Triomphe, days ahead of the next closest rider, he did so having raised nearly half a million dollars for the cause that had spurred him on throughout his seventeen-day odyssey.
With Lachlan on a flight path that shows no signs of slowing down, we’re honored to welcome him to the fizik family of athletes and look forward to equipping his many exciting, unpredictable adventures ahead.