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Follow Lachlan Morton’s journey to the cancelled Cape Epic in the latest episode of Gone Racing

Education First’s Lachlan Morton and Alex Howe on the road to the race than never was, Thursday at 21:00 BST

Joseph Delves
2 Apr 2020

Just like the regular racing schedule, Education First’s alternative calendar has taken a battering. A programme where the American WorldTour team’s racers throw themselves into unusual events, it’s generated lots of publicity - more according to team director Jonathan Vaughters than the squad ever got for winning the Tour of Flanders with Alberto Beitiol.

Last year the programme saw team member Lachlan Morton complete the inaugural GB-Duro, a 2,000KM solo race from Land's End to John o'Groats, along with the famously wild Three-Peaks cyclocross.

This season he and Alex Howes had been due to take on a new challenge in the form of the Cape Epic mountain bike race. Held around the Western Cape in South Africa, it’s a roughly 700KM stage race that’s considered one of the world’s toughest.

Having seen Morton crush the amateur field in the GB-Duro and finish fourth at the Three Peaks, it would have been interesting to find out how he’d manage against some of the world’s fastest pro mountain bikers.

Unfortunately, like much of the early season, the Cape Epic got cancelled two days before it was due to start. The latest instalment of the Rapha Gone Racing series instead finds itself following the duo as they prepare for the race that never was.

Premiering tonight (Thursday) on Youtube at 21:00 BST, it’ll be followed by an interactive Q&A immediately afterwards. More details can be found over at Rapha’s YouTube channel.