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Meet the coolest team from this year's Cape Epic

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Team EF Education-Nippo, Lachlan Morton and Kenneth Karaya during stage 6 of the Cape Epic (Photo: Kelvin Trautman/Cap Epic)
Team EF Education-Nippo, Lachlan Morton and Kenneth Karaya during stage 6 of the Cape Epic (Photo: Kelvin Trautman/Cap Epic)

The Cape Epic attract some of the most celebrated names in mountain biking and cycling.

For the last decade and a half, this has included several former World Tour road cycling professionals. 

One of the most notable riders at this year's Cape Epic, was Australia's Lachlan Morton. The EF Education Nippo rider, who made headlines for his Alt Tour during the Tour de France, came to have fun at the Cape Epic. 

Morton has developed an alternative racing calendar that has allowed him to do the events that appeal to him. 

His most recent standout achievement, was riding the entire Tour de France route, including the transitions on his own and unsupported. And beating the pro peloton to Paris.

"The Cape Epic looked like a fun event and it turned out to be great fun. It is certainly not the toughest thing I have done. But it is better than I expected. The routes are a great mix of terrain that is always interesting and engaging, not just slogging along," said Morton.

Morton has raced on the world's biggest stages but enjoyed mixing with mere mortals at the Cape Epic. 

"The event is very competitive, but there is still an adventure atmosphere about it, and the routes are varied, presenting a new challenge every day. I really like the village atmosphere. Everyone is in it together. There is great camaraderie and shared respect despite where in the field people are finishing," said Morton

Morton's EF Education Nippo World Tour outfit allows him to enter alternative events that have a broader appeal to his fans and followers.

"I think we are in a unique opportunity that we are supported by sponsors that are passionate about alternative races. We have a budget, not a massive budget, but a budget to do whatever. With that budget, we are punching well above our weight in terms of exposure," says Morton.

"Road cycling at the highest level is great to watch, but it doesn't translate to the relationship that most people have with their bicycle. I am here to have fun and participate in events and rides that I am interested in. It seems that more people can relate to the rides that I am doing and understand the immensity of the effort that is required in certain cases," added Morton.

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