Can you blag your way around La Marmotte?

The challenge of lining up at the start of a foreign sportive or Gran Fondo such as the La Marmotte or Maratona dles Dolomites are extremely popular with amateur riders. But is it possible to blag your way around one of these monumental rides whilst severely lacking in training?

Despite knowing full well what the challenge was that lay ahead of me was, I naively signed up for La Marmotte fully aware that I wouldn’t have a full winter and spring of cycling training in my legs.

Firstly this wasn’t exactly the traditional way I would build up to a sporting challenge and not a case of me spending January to June sitting on the sofa counting down the days, but my lack of on-bike training was mainly down to the fact that I was in marathon training mode until April.

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