Lachlan Morton is riding a modified Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc road bike on his Alt Tour trip around France. The EF Education-Nippo rider, who has specialized in riding long, multi-day 'alternative events', is riding the entire Tour de France solo, including the transfers.
This massive feat requires a lightweight bike, which is why he's opted for Cannondale's SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Disc road bike, which tips the scales at under 7kg off the shelf. Unlike the Tour's peloton, Morton is riding unsupported, so he's carrying his own supplies and resupplying throughout the route from Bretagne to Paris. That's why he has bikepacking bags from Rapha strapped to his bike.
“I’ve done a lot of bikepacking on that bike and it’s the perfect tool for the job,” Morton said in a post on the team's website.
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Another major feature of this rig is clip-on aero handlebars from Vision. Since Morton has no advantage of drafting behind other riders, the aero bars allow him to take on a more efficient position through the elements.
The bike uses standard Vision Metron wheels and Vittoria Corsa tires in addition to a Prologo saddle and Speedplay pedals. To navigate the roads of France, the Australian has a Garmin Edge 1030 strapped to his bars which is considered to be one of the best MTB GPS computers.
Furthermore, Morton is carrying a variety of bikepacking gear such as a sleeping bag and bivy - no five-star hotels here.
“It’s not a huge amount of excess,” Morton said, “but the amount of stuff that you need to ride and live for three weeks accumulates pretty quickly.”
Morton is now just under 700km into his journey. He is starting his days early in the morning and riding well into the night in order to buffer his lead on the peloton.
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Tech specs: Lachlan Morton's 'Alt Tour' Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc
- Frame: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Disc
- Wheels: Vision Metron wheels
- Tires: Vittoria Corsa tires
- Saddle: Prologo Saddle
- Bars: Vision Aero bars
- Pedals: Speedplay pedals
- Power meter: Power2Max NGeco power meter
- Pump: Silca tattico minipump
- Computer: Garmin Edge 1030 bike computer, Followmychallenge GPS tracker
- Bags: Rapha bar bag, Rapha Waterproof rear pack, Rapha + Outdoor Voices Bar Bag, Tolcat custom frame bag
- Bikepacking equipment: Foam sleeping pad, sleeping bag, bivy, camping pot, camp burner, water bladder, power bank, spare lights and headlights, spare jerseys, bib shorts, Rapha puffy jackets and extra rain jackets, spare inner tubes and tires