Morton and Padun to present bicycles and gear to Ukrainian juniors

Mark Padun (EF Education-EasyPost)
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Lachlan Morton is again using the bicycle to make a difference. This time he joins forces with EF Education-EasyPost teammate Mark Padun on Saturday to distribute Cannondale bicycles to 13 Ukrainian junior racers who have been displaced in Poland and are now refugees because of the Russian invasion.

Padun, now 26 and a veteran of six years as a WorldTour professional, knows first hand about having his world turned upside down. He fled his home in Donetsk, Ukraine to avoid a Russian invasion when he was 17 years old. He spent time at a cycling academy near Kyiv, then moved to Italy to race for a Under 23 team near Bergamo. By 2017 he had turned pro with Bahrain Merida. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).