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Education First's Lachlan Morton finishes fourth at Three Peaks Cyclocross race

Joe Robinson
16 Sep 2019

WorldTour pro rolls in four minutes down on Three Peaks and 12-time winner Rob Jebb

WorldTour professional Lachlan Morton finished fourth at the Three Peaks Cyclocross race in Yorkshire over the weekend. The 27-year-old rolled across the finish line on Helwith Bridge, just north of Settle, in fourth place, four minutes adrift of winner and Three Peaks Cyclocross legend Rob Jebb.

Jebb took the 12th Three Peaks victory of his career and his first title since 2014, in a result that also secured him the win in the Male Veterans over 40 category. He beat fellow Three Peaks legend Nick Craig by a 30-second margin to prevent the Scott-UK rider from a fourth title.

Second on the day for Craig also saw him finish first in the Male Veterans over 50 category.

The results of both Jebb and Craig proved that local knowledge and rugged experience were more useful than WorldTour watts across the challenging terrain of the Three Peaks.

An annual cyclocross race, the Three Peaks tackles three hills in the Yorkshire Dales across 61km of racing.

The race climbs to the summit of Whernside before cresting Ingleborough and then Pen-Y-Ghent before the final run to home at Helwith Bridge.

Along the way, the course is divided into 28km of road, 33km of unpaved surface and a final 8km of 'unrideable' terrain - depending on bike handing ability - that forces competitors into running with their bikes. 

The Education First rider raced the off-road event in the UK as part of his team's 'Alternative Calendar', an initiative for pro road riders to compete in a series of races outside of their usual calendar.

So far, Morton has competed in Dirty Kanza, GBDuro and the Colorado Trail race.

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