While he may spend almost all his time on the mountain bike these days, Lachlan Morton isn't someone you'd normally see on Pinkbike's homepage. He's better known in the curly 'bar world, but I'd argue that the Australian's accomplishments on two wheels transcend whatever type of bike he's riding, and they often happen far away from the start line of a World Tour race. In this episode, Lachlan talks about what it takes to race at the highest level and how that can bring out the worst in some people, almost walking away from it all, his Thereabouts adventures in Columbia and around the world, and his recent Alt Tour that saw him beat the Tour de France peloton while riding the entire route unsupported, including transfer stages.
We do eventually talk mountain biking later in this episode, including racing Leadville, setting an FKT on the 142-mile Kokopelli Trail, and even riding in bike parks while feeling like a total rookie.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 104 - LACHLAN MORTON ON HOW TO BE A HAPPY BIKE RACER AND THE WORLD'S LONGEST CLIMB Feb 5th, 2022
Less intervals, more adventures
Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.
@rickybobby18: I hate to say it but I don't think the big-dogs at outside really read your comments. A lot of the "OG PB" crew do. Honestly, good or bad I don't tend to take too much stock in it, however it is annoying when 90% of discussion goes down the shitter immediately on an article you worked hard on. Thanks for having our backs - but if you just be patient, let the northern hemisphere summer roll around (it's not that long to wait) and you'll hopefully see some of the stuff we get to do I think you might just be pleasantly suprised.
Thanks for all the hard work you guys put in.
Hope every change with PB goes on to benefit you guy all personally, and the content you develop for us.
Deleting trailforks didn’t affect my life at all. Losing pink bike won’t affect my life at all.
Please find a way that everyone else can either benefit from all the features, or else reduce the cost for us people. I WANT to pay to access the shop and view the members only tv shows, annual gear guides.
Also, are you going to be getting any more of the Pinkbike Academy Season 2 contestants on? Would love to hear from Kyra, that girl has so much heart. And Laura too. And Bradley. And Cameron. And... well, all of them bar one. And if you do all of them and get Mr fluffy pillows on, can you quote Blackadder's Lord Flashheart at him, "Hey wet pants, this isn't the Women's Auxiliary Balloon Corps, you're in the Pinkbike Academy now."
I will say I enjoyed listening to the episode where everyone tried to build a bike with a budget, and Levy ran out of money after just the frame because he's smart like that. We should probably do another one of those sometime.
And yep, probably good to get a few PBA S2 folks on at some point!
Can't wait to get to the next hardtail episode!
Not sure if this is a good idea but a podcast on mtb frame colours and paint jobs would be interesting to me. I’ve had some out there frame colours over the years (e.g 2016 giant reign advanced 1) and it seems like it’s the easiest ‘free’ option available to bike manufacturers to make their bike look awesome and increase sales. Also why paint durability varies so much between manufacturers as some friends have not been lucky in that regard.
Ps Norcos British racing green frames are the best looking in my opinion
Why don't we use smaller front chain rings and smaller cassettes? It seems like a win win to have a 22 tooth front chainring and a 11-42 rear cassette instead of a 30 front and a 11-52 rear. It should cost less, weigh less and if we use a steel front chainring be as durable (if not more) than a larger aluminum chainring. Extra pluses are the chain is shorter and all the parts (rear derailleur, front chainring, chain) are better protected by being closer to the frame.
2. A smaller chainring is less efficient than a larger one, so you lose some watts. You also have increased wear on a smaller cog, as the load isn't spread out as much. A smaller steel chainring won't be a lot more durable than a larger aluminum one.
Great stuff PB, easily my fave podcast (of seven) and damn - 3 episodes in one week EASILY makes up for the lack of 'em killing us a the beginning of the year...that was a crappy start to 2022 for me but glad y'all got some time off.
Here's a fantastic podcast on UFOs and Aliens (seriously). www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTCc2-1tbBQ
Well it's not anymore, and corporate American has lined up at the trough for a good ol' fashion greed feeding.