Lachlan Morton

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I didn't see a thread on Lachlan so I thought I'd start one to see what is up with him. He was previously with Garmin but he didn't like the travel, schedule and lost his motivation. Then he was able to to find his love for cycling again (Thereabouts) and wanted to race. He was lucky enough to get signed with Jelly Belly where he could ride with his brother again. Now after his victory after Utah he said he has not been contacted by any WT teams yet. So does anyone know if he wants to go back to the WT? It seems like if he were motivated he would be a very solid rider. But he will still have to deal with the travel and everything he hated before. Would he be willing to sign with a team if his brother were not to go with him? He seems like a really talented kid but also kind of a free spirit. Anyone have any info on him?
 
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He does want to give the WT another shot.

And it's understandable that he hasn't been contacted by a WT team yet. The Tour of Utah just finished. It's not like offers were going to rain the day he took yellow for the first time.
 
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GenericBoonenFan said:
I know he doesn't want to give WT a second go but he should. A talent like him can't stay riding those level races in the US. Is he domiciled in the US or in Australia?
USA. He lives in Colorado. His parents has moved there as well.
 
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GenericBoonenFan said:
I know he doesn't want to give WT a second go but he should. A talent like him can't stay riding those level races in the US. Is he domiciled in the US or in Australia?
Yes he does. That's precisely what he wants to do.
 
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yaco said:
I doubt a WT team will take a chance on Morton - He is a flight risk like Borbridge, though Morton is WT level - He can get a gig with a European PCT.
I could see BMC giving it a shot, have have as a leader in the US stage races and let him race a few smaller stage races in Spain and the Vuelta (he seems to hate cold weather).
About Bobridge he's only WT level, or at least a strong ProConti rider, when he's racing in the heat, so what were the first 3 races that Trek let him race in Europe after the Herald Sun Tour? A snowy L-B-L, Romanie and the Giro, both races that are known for often having pretty bad weather. :eek:
With the right schedule (mostly races with hot weather) he could be a pretty cheap rider that is able to give you some results, otherwise he's just able to fight for the awesome Maglia Nera.
 
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Mayomaniac said:
yaco said:
I doubt a WT team will take a chance on Morton - He is a flight risk like Borbridge, though Morton is WT level - He can get a gig with a European PCT.
I could see BMC giving it a shot, have have as a leader in the US stage races and let him race a few smaller stage races in Spain and the Vuelta (he seems to hate cold weather).
About Bobridge he's only WT level, or at least a strong ProConti rider, when he's racing in the heat, so what were the first 3 races that Trek let him race in Europe after the Herald Sun Tour? A snowy L-B-L, Romanie and the Giro, both races that are known for often having pretty bad weather. :eek:
With the right schedule (mostly races with hot weather) he could be a pretty cheap rider that is able to give you some results, otherwise he's just able to fight for the awesome Maglia Nera.
With respect, Bobridge was a WTF signing for Trek given his season priority was going to be the teams pursuit on the track at the Olympics so his availability was always going to be a question mark. As to whether either party can say they're satisfied with how things have panned out is very much open to question but thankfully, its only a 1 year deal and Trek can give him the heave ho at season's end.

As for Morton, his family is sufficiently wealthy that he doesn't have to wonder how/where his next pay cheque is coming from .... and thus his attitude has clearly been indulged all his life. His talent is unquestioned, his work ethic and dedication is another matter. It clearly seems he's content beating up the 2nd division amongst US Conti riders than taking the risk of potential failure when racing the big boys regularly
 
Quality rider there, Lachlan. Seeing that he did well in a challenging race tells me he is capable. Riding WT, meh, if he would like to, great, if he doesn't great. Helluva fine bike rider, LachlAN, best of luck to him.
 
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dirkprovin said:
Mayomaniac said:
yaco said:
I doubt a WT team will take a chance on Morton - He is a flight risk like Borbridge, though Morton is WT level - He can get a gig with a European PCT.
I could see BMC giving it a shot, have have as a leader in the US stage races and let him race a few smaller stage races in Spain and the Vuelta (he seems to hate cold weather).
About Bobridge he's only WT level, or at least a strong ProConti rider, when he's racing in the heat, so what were the first 3 races that Trek let him race in Europe after the Herald Sun Tour? A snowy L-B-L, Romanie and the Giro, both races that are known for often having pretty bad weather. :eek:
With the right schedule (mostly races with hot weather) he could be a pretty cheap rider that is able to give you some results, otherwise he's just able to fight for the awesome Maglia Nera.
With respect, Bobridge was a WTF signing for Trek given his season priority was going to be the teams pursuit on the track at the Olympics so his availability was always going to be a question mark. As to whether either party can say they're satisfied with how things have panned out is very much open to question but thankfully, its only a 1 year deal and Trek can give him the heave ho at season's end.

As for Morton, his family is sufficiently wealthy that he doesn't have to wonder how/where his next pay cheque is coming from .... and thus his attitude has clearly been indulged all his life. His talent is unquestioned, his work ethic and dedication is another matter. It clearly seems he's content beating up the 2nd division amongst US Conti riders than taking the risk of potential failure when racing the big boys regularly
Some riders just aren't made for what it takes to ride the WT and maybe Morton is one of them, if he's happy living and riding in the US then good luck to him as long as he's enjoying himself, if he wants to have another go at the WT great but I reckon he would need to ride another successful season to show WT teams that he's committed to making it back. But he needs to be sure he wants to make that commitment, no point heading back to the WT just to be unhappy again.

Bobridge is a funny rider, I was amazed Trek signed him for this season considering his year was always going to based around the Olympics, I would of thought if he was going to be signed by a WT team then next year would of been it if at all. Still surprised he actually finished the Giro, doubt he gets a contract with Trek next season but hope he lands somewhere for next year as on his day he can pull out a good result and is a bit to good to be racing the NRS.
 
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StryderHells said:
dirkprovin said:
Mayomaniac said:
yaco said:
I doubt a WT team will take a chance on Morton - He is a flight risk like Borbridge, though Morton is WT level - He can get a gig with a European PCT.
I could see BMC giving it a shot, have have as a leader in the US stage races and let him race a few smaller stage races in Spain and the Vuelta (he seems to hate cold weather).
About Bobridge he's only WT level, or at least a strong ProConti rider, when he's racing in the heat, so what were the first 3 races that Trek let him race in Europe after the Herald Sun Tour? A snowy L-B-L, Romanie and the Giro, both races that are known for often having pretty bad weather. :eek:
With the right schedule (mostly races with hot weather) he could be a pretty cheap rider that is able to give you some results, otherwise he's just able to fight for the awesome Maglia Nera.
With respect, Bobridge was a WTF signing for Trek given his season priority was going to be the teams pursuit on the track at the Olympics so his availability was always going to be a question mark. As to whether either party can say they're satisfied with how things have panned out is very much open to question but thankfully, its only a 1 year deal and Trek can give him the heave ho at season's end.

As for Morton, his family is sufficiently wealthy that he doesn't have to wonder how/where his next pay cheque is coming from .... and thus his attitude has clearly been indulged all his life. His talent is unquestioned, his work ethic and dedication is another matter. It clearly seems he's content beating up the 2nd division amongst US Conti riders than taking the risk of potential failure when racing the big boys regularly
Some riders just aren't made for what it takes to ride the WT and maybe Morton is one of them, if he's happy living and riding in the US then good luck to him as long as he's enjoying himself, if he wants to have another go at the WT great but I reckon he would need to ride another successful season to show WT teams that he's committed to making it back. But he needs to be sure he wants to make that commitment, no point heading back to the WT just to be unhappy again.

Bobridge is a funny rider, I was amazed Trek signed him for this season considering his year was always going to based around the Olympics, I would of thought if he was going to be signed by a WT team then next year would of been it if at all. Still surprised he actually finished the Giro, doubt he gets a contract with Trek next season but hope he lands somewhere for next year as on his day he can pull out a good result and is a bit to good to be racing the NRS.
Borbridge ( assuming he's not resigned by Trek ) needs to spend time at PCT level in Europe - See what he can produce in that company - Yet to be convinced he is WT standard.
 

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