Lachlan and Gus Morton are just absolute legends in the world of cycling. Not simply because of their racing palmares, or the fact that Lachlan is one of the most gifted climbers in the world right now. No, what’s so intriguing and inspiring about these two brothers is their philosophy towards cycling. On one hand, they are both professional bike riders, racing at the highest level of the sport. And on the other side, they ride around in flannel shirts and bucket hats through the Outback, or from Boulder to Moab. Their mindset is one of adventure, of passion, and of not taking yourself too seriously. That’s why they created their documentary film series, Thereabouts. Thereabouts is about getting out of your comfort zone via the bicycle as the vehicle. Riding insane terrain and distances, while seeking adventure and camaraderie, and meeting with the locals.
First, a little background. Lachlan and Gus are two brothers from Australia, who grew up and rose quickly through the sport of cycling after moving to Boulder, Colorado at a young age. Lachlan found early success as a junior, taking a top 5 overall finish at the professional race Tour of Utah at just 18 years old. He then eventually signed with the WorldTour team Garmin-Sharp before having a terrible season and struggling with motivation, nearly quitting the sport. Gus was a promising junior rider as well, and had a professional contract lined up before suddenly deciding to walk away from the sport and instead pursuing a career in film (and paving the way for Thereabouts). Lachlan needed to reignite his love of the sport and invited Gus to get back on his bike and ride across the Outback in Australia in a soul-searching pilgrimage which turned into the first Thereabouts film. This kickstarted both of them deciding to race again for a U.S. based pro team together, and Lachlan, along with Gus’ help, took the biggest win of his career at the 2016 Tour of Utah, winning the final stage and the overall victory.
Since then, the two brothers have produced two more films, one from Boulder to Moab, and the latest, exploring Colombia. I had the honor and privilege of sitting down with these guys for a really engaging and thoughtful conversation about:
- The history and evolution of Thereabouts
- Stories and laughs from their recent trip to Colombia
- What the adventure aspect of cycling means to them
- Lachlan’s rise and struggles within the sport
- His recount of that final stage of the 2016 Tour of Utah
- What they want to accomplish with Thereabouts
- What they have learned about each other through this process
- How they balance the fun and adventure with the professionalism and seriousness of racing
- And more!
I’m incredibly proud of this conversation and think you will really enjoy it, whether you’re a cyclist or not. I want to extend a massive thank you to Lachlan and Gus for joining me on Thought For Food, it was a really great experience to sit down with these two. I highly recommend checking these guys out on Instagram as well as watching their films (links are below). Check out the first 15 minutes or so of the conversation which I recorded on my camera and is up on the YouTube channel, or right here:
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