Regular readers may recall the editor heralding his big comeback at the end of last year.

The bad news is that it never really happened and the even worse news is that I’ve got 110 kilometres to do on Sunday.

It’s the Cape Argus ride in South Africa again and I’ll be making my third appearance in the world’s biggest and best sportive, despite my complete lack of training.

It looks likely that there will be a record number of Brits for the Cape Town event with some 522 UK riders amongst the 35,000 entries received at press time.

After two years blighted by storm-strength gales, we’re all hoping for calmer, cooler conditions. I certainly need all the help I can get if I’m not going to be considerably slower than last year’s four-and-a-quarter-hour effort.

I’ve got no excuses for my spectacular lack of fitness, I just simply didn’t get around to going out as much as I had hoped. Just nine one-hour rides is pretty bad even by my standards.

The good news is that several of my team-mates are also claiming to be suitably under-prepared. We’ll see.

Cyclists have got a reputation for underplaying their form, but with some 40,000 riders on the day I’m certainly not going to be short of a wheel to follow.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly