Cycling Weekly’s Deputy Editor has agreed to try and ride the Marmotte and Etape in two days – and he’s not getting any extra time off for training.

Do you ever get the feeling you?ve bitten off more than you can chew? Or maybe you?ve agreed to do something that on reflection isn?t such a good idea. I?ve recently done both by making just one very, very silly decision.

I?ve agreed to ride the Marmotte cyclo sportive and the Etape de Tour this July. The main problem being the two events land on the same weekend. 200 miles of riding, two mountain ranges, six major mountains and one big bag of hurt.

?Why on earth would anyone decide to do such a thing?? I hear the sane people out there mutter. Well there is a good reason for it, and, I should add, it?s not my fault.

It is in fact the fault of the good people at Rapha. They are the ones that came up with the idea, and for some reason (that probably has something to do with pointing and laughing) offered me the chance to join in the fun that has been christened ?The Crazy Bet?.

It?s not that they?re particularly persuasive people, or that I didn?t know what was involved that I said yes. It was because of the mode of transport we going to use to get us from one event to the other.

You see the Marmotte finishes at the top of Alp d?Huez on Saturday July 5th, and the Etape starts in Pau on Sunday July 6th, and thanks to Rapha being better connected with the London elite than Cycling Weekly (hard to believe, I know), they managed to get use of a private jet to take us from one to the other.

So when Simon Mottram of Rapha first asked me if I was interested, all I heard was ?blah blah blah blah blah, free ride on a private jet, blah blah blah blah blah.? And of course I said yes.

I?m now in a training mode that isn?t often referred to in training manuals, but is well known by everyone; panic training.

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