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I hit rock bottom but then found my love for cycling

Lachlan Morton is a WorldTour professional but has become one of the best-known off-road riders thanks to his spearheading of EF Pro Cycling’s ‘Alternative’ race programme, which has seen him race Dirty Kanza, GB Duro, and the Three Peaks. 

Last year, Procycling spoke to Morton for the ‘Experience’ section of the magazine, and the Australian recounted how he lost his way in the sport before rediscovering and reinventing his passion for cycling. After hitting “rock bottom”, Morton saw there was more to cycling than winning, and has since carved out a niche combining high-performance with pure adventure.

This article first appeared in Procycling magazine issue 253, March 2019

I look back to 2013 when I joined the WorldTour, and as a person I was very imbalanced. I was young, I had one thing that I thought mattered in my life – bike racing – and when I subsequently realised

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Pistons stun Lakers for NBA glory, Jack Nicklaus makes history

June 15 is a momentous sporting date that the Detroit Pistons and their fans will not forget in a hurry.

Sixteen years ago on this day, the team earned an emphatic 4-1 win over favourites the Los Angeles Lakers to seal glory in the NBA Finals.

This date also represents the 40-year anniversary of a famous day in golfing history, when Jack Nicklaus broke a record at the U.S. Open.

We look back at some of the top moments to occur on June 15 in the world of sport.

2004 – Pistons top Lakers 4-1 in NBA Finals

The Pistons sealed a stunning 4-1 series win over the Lakers on this day in 2004, with a 100-87 win in Game 5 ensuring they secured glory in Michigan.

Richard Hamilton top-scored with 21 points, Ben Wallace starred with 22 rebounds and Chauncey Billups had a game-high six assists.

Billups was named

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Every day is Ladies’ Day in Doyle’s relentless pursuit of winners

Hollie Doyle has been locked in her garage during lockdown with one focus – taking another hammer blow at her sport’s glass ceiling at Royal Ascot, writes James Toney.

Ladies’ Day has a whole new meaning for Doyle, 23, who is fast underlining why it should be every day, not just one Thursday in June.

Doyle – who last year broke the record for the most winners in a year by a female jockey – has collected so many bottles of winner’s champagne she could open an off licence but she’s no intention of cracking one open to celebrate just yet.

She’s fully focussed on landing one of her sport’s biggest prizes at Flat racing’s most fabled meeting – and would like to do it before Tom Marquand, her partner and another rising star of the sport.

Marquand headed Down Under during lockdown to ride a series of big winners

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William joined by Jonny Wilkinson and Jamie Murray on call

Prince William has joined sports stars including England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson and tennis champion Jamie Murray on a zoom call to talk about mental health as sport returns.

William, 37, has spent much of the last year looking at how the stigma around mental health can be broken down, and has used football to encourage men in particular to start conversations with friends.

Now he has joined together stars from across the sporting world, telling them it is “vital” to talk about mental wellbeing as life begins to get some semblance of normality after the coronavirus pandemic.

Also on the call were Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, Paralympic cyclist Dame Sarah Storey, skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold, and former Arsenal and Lionesses footballer Alex Scott.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden also joined them, as did former England international Ledley King, and England international hockey player Maddie Hinch.

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