Free hugs, pickle juice and a broken derailleur: Lachlan Morton's monster Tour Divide effort

The Australian endurance-specialist broke the record for the 4296km, and had to contend with just three gears at the end

Lachlan Morton on the Tour Divide
(Image credit: Ryan Hill (Instagram: ryanhill))

Some riders would take it easy once they left the WorldTour peloton, but not Lachlan Morton, who completed his latest long-distance challenge at the weekend, cycling the Great Divide mountain bike route from Canada to the USA's border with Mexico.

Along the way, the Australian EF Education-EasyPost rider had to contend with a broken derailleur, very worn brake pads, saddle sores, and lots of inclement weather.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.