Cycling Weekly?s Deputy Editor rode a one hour race round Crystal Palace park last Tuesday and now thinks he can conquer the Alps and Pyrenees.

The crazy bet is getting closer and although I?m getting a little fitter week by week I think I?m going to need a little more help if I?m going to make it round the Marmotte and Etape du Tour in two days

So I?m going to take a leaf out of British Cycling?s track squad. More specifically their endurance riders. Our world beating pursuit squad and their coaches have become masters at riding to schedules and look where it?s got them; gold medals galore.

Once they?re worked out their schedules the rest seems easy as they float around the track at 65kph. Training might also have something to do with their success, but I?m pinning my hopes on the whole schedule setting thing.

My theory is that if I can set myself the right schedule for the rides it?ll all go swimmingly and I?ll finish the Marmotte with fresh legs and a smile on my face and enough energy to sprint past a cheating Dutchman who?s wife drove him round the course and let him out at the bottom of Alpe d?Huez (it does happen ? I?ve seen it). Right? Well, maybe. My schedule for the Marmotte is as follows:

Marmotte, 172km. July 5, 2008

0hrs 0km Start

3hrs 25km Top of Col du Glandon

4hrs Bottom of Col du Telegraphe

5.15hrs Valliore (feed station)

6.45hrs Top of Col du Galibier

7.30hrs 156km Bottom of Alpe d?Huez

9hrs 172km Finish

My schedule for the Etape du Tour is a little more, well, simple. Here it is:

Etape du Tour, 156km. July 6, 2008

Get over the Tourmalet and I?ll be alright.

If you?re doing either event and have set yourself a schedule, let me know, if it looks better than mine, I?ll probably pinch it. This weekend I?ll be doing the Dragon ride in south Wales, which will be my longest ride of the year.

If you?re at the Dragon Ride this Sunday, we want to hear about it. Send us your stories from the day and we?ll put them up on our website and the best ones will make it in to the magazine. Oh, and be sure to say hello if you pass me.

Don?t forget, you can win the Independent Fabrications Xs bike I?m riding the crazy bet on by entering the competition on Rapha?s webiste.

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