CW’s Dep Ed reckons he’s ready for the Marmotte Etape double header next weekend. He’s even shaved his legs.

My Independent bike that I’m to ride the Crazy Bet on arrived today. Unfortunately I wasn?t in the office early enough to take delivery. UPS tried to deliver it at 4.30am. They then helpfully inform us that ?there was no one in the office to take delivery?. Nice one guys.

With a bit of luck, the bike will turn up tomorrow.

I got an email the other day from a friend of mine who lives out in the Alps. He had heard of my Crazy Bet to ride the Marmotte and Etape in two days with Rapha and so couldn?t wait to send me a picture of the top of the Col du Galibier that is currently covered in snow.

The road has been cleared, but is only just open to cars and cyclists, a lot latter than normal. With a bit of luck the snow will be replaced by parched soil as the temperature starts to ramp up just in time for my arrival.

Col du Galibier 2008

I?m getting more confident that my form, or at least some of it, will soon arrive too. I?ve now done two races and a cyclo sportive, and even recorded my first victory.

I finished my first sportive of the year two weekends ago at the Dragon Ride. I managed to dip below six hours by just a couple of seconds and thoroughly enjoyed the event. I even managed to avoid overloading on bananas at the feed stations.

The organisers came in for a bit of stick from our readers on the feed stations, but they?ll no doubt take it on board and improve it for next year as they bid for their UCI Golden Bike status.

Last weekend I went for something totally different, the Mountain Mayhem 24hr mtb race at Eastnor Castle. I was part of a Cycling Weekly Norwood Paragon team that (no thanks to me) won the mixed category.

You?ve got to feel sorry for the team we beat though. On the penultimate lap, their rider left the pts with my team mate, Marcus Brueton. The two were neck and neck up the first long climb and through the singletrack. Then the other guy?s chain broke. Marcus had to laugh as he rode on to assure us of victory, but after 24hrs of riding (and plenty of walking as the mud became unridable through the night) we did feel for them. Honest.

But there is now just over a week to go until we fly off to the Alps for our weekend of mega miles. There?s no chance to bump my mileage up, I?ve now got to hope that I?ve done enough.

And that my bike turns up.

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