We all watched Lachlan Morton’s self-supported Alt Tour de France this summer, beating the peloton to Paris on his Cannondale SuperSix EVO laden down with bikepacking bags. That gargantuan 5510km, 17-day effort already helped raise £521,000 / $709,331 for World Bicycle Relief, enough to supply 4341 bikes for WBR’s effort to outfit poor students, healthcare workers, or entrepreneurs who need to travel long distances on foot with sustainable transportation. Now, Morton and his sponsor team of Cannondale, EF Education-NIPPO & Rapha have figured they could raffle off the actual SuperSix EVO bike he rode on the Alt Tour to raise even more money for World Bicycle Relief…
Lachlan Morton Cannondale SuperSix EVO bike raffle for World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief partnered again with Cannondale, Rapha, EF Education-NIPPO Pro Cycling & Lachlan Morton himself to offer a one-of-a-kind Alt Tour prize and raise even more money to get bikes to those in need. Open now through Nov 1, for every £25 you donate to WBR, you get one ticket towards the raffle draw of Lachlan’s Alt Tour Cannondale SuperSix EVO. (Donate £250, and get 10 shots at it.)
All money raised goes straight to World Bicycle Relief’s project of mobilizing youth & communities in need around the world with bikes and cycling support infrastructure. Add that on top of the first round of Alt Tour supported Buffalo bikes that are set to “support children’s access to education across communities in Colombia” with delivery in early 2022 according to WBR, together with “community-supported programming, training for field mechanics, and a supply of spare parts to keep the bikes running for years to come”.
First prize is Lachlan’s Alt Tour used, 54cm carbon Cannondale SuperSix EVO road bike in EF-Nippo team paint with a Dura-Ace Di2 groupset & carbon Vision Metron wheels, valued at around $11,000, plus a signed team jersey. Four more signed EF jerseys are also up for grabs as runner Up prizes.
The contest is open globally to anyone 18+ who donates £25 +, or mails a proper postcard to the UK. Full details on the contest at: WorldBicycleRelief.org/Alt-Tour
What do the Alt Tour team & sponsors have to say about Lachlan’s success and motivation?
Lachlan Morton, EF Education-NIPPO Pro Cycling, said: “Unsupported endurance riding is historically a solitary experience. A test of your own personal limits that strips you back to your most basic self. I’ve had a privileged upbringing and more opportunities than anyone could hope for. I still choose the bike. The bike brings me freedoms and joy that I’ve yet to find anywhere else in my life. During The Alt Tour, in my deepest holes, I wasn’t alone. I could draw on the idea that with each pedal stroke I was sharing that freedom and joy with someone who hadn’t yet had the opportunity to experience riding. I could smile at the endless possibilities that a bike could bring them. In many ways, World Bicycle Relief helped me achieve my goals as much as they helped bring the beauty of the bicycle to so many. And for both those reasons, I’m forever grateful.”
Allison Dufosee, CEO, World Bicycle Relief UK, said: “It is difficult to verbalise the effect of Lachlan’s Alt Tour for World Bicycle Relief – it seems as though we are seeing the effects of his incredible efforts build on a weekly basis, which has a significant impact upon the work that we can do to bring bicycles to people who need them throughout the world. To date, the Alt Tour has raised some £521,000, with donations coming in from more than sixty countries – it has been a truly global effort. We have also been delighted to see so many people engage with Lachlan’s message and create their own ‘Alt Tour’ – it is a joy to see so many people who believe in the power of bicycles!”
Jonathan Geran, Director of Global Sports Marketing, Cannondale, said: “The Alt Tour started out as a personal adventure for Lachlan that Cannondale was excited to follow and share with him on, along with the EF team and our partners. While the stories from his personal journey remain, the broader connection Lachlan made through the power of a bicycle has had a profound and lasting impact on the entire cycling community. Through the initiative with Lachlan and World Bicycle Relief, so many more people will experience the joy of a bicycle and a world of new possibilities.”
Tom McMullen, Rapha Global Marketing Director, said: “The Alt Tour inspired the masses to fall in love with cycling in a whole new way, and most importantly, will help provide even more young people who are challenged by the barrier of distance with the means to access an education. We’re blown away by the generosity shown by supporters all around the world, and are delighted the prize draw will provide another opportunity to raise more valuable funds and help mobilise even more communities through all of World Bicycle Relief’s great work.”
Maria Norrman, Global Chief of Staff EF Education First, and President, EF Pro Cycling, said: “Watching Lachlan’s ride unfold during the Tour was an inspiration to the entire team and to those at EF every day. He reminded us there’s more than one way to tour France in July, and I hope more people explore their worlds by bike no matter where they find themselves. Beyond Lachlan’s adventure, his effort raised half a million pounds — enough to donate 4,245 bicycles to those who need them to gain better access to education. At EF, we believe that education and understanding can help solve many of the world’s problems, and we’re so proud of Lachlan and honored to help empower people with access to education. Thanks to Lachy for reminding us that the bike isn’t only a tool to explore, but also one to better humanity.”