“Anytime you take on something like this, it is good to have a healthy respect or fear for it.” -Lachlan Morton On August 29th, Lachlan Morton will set out to ride the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route as fast as he can go.
The Great Divide is ultra-endurance racing’s grand tour, in some ways. The route travels from Banff in Canada’s Rockies, down the Continental Divide, the long ridge of mountains that splits North America’s western watershed from its east. Climbing remote snow-packed passes on logging roads, whirring under the boughs of old-growth trees on rocky single track, and traversing desertscapes on trails that are most often trodden by pronghorns and bighorn sheep, the course takes riders south to Antelope Wells, New Mexico on the US-Mexican border, 2,671 miles and 156,617 feet of elevation gain after they set out.
“It is a little bit scary,” Lachlan says. “Anytime you take on something like this, it is good to have a healthy respect or fear for it, because there are a lot of things that could go wrong and probably will go wrong. Being prepared with equipment, and also mentally, will hopefully help turn that fear into a bit more excitement. It is going to be just a huge challenge, but it will be a pretty enjoyable one. The route travels through a lot of country that I haven’t seen, so I think it will be pretty special to explore all of that by bike.”
For Lachlan, this trip will be first […]