End to End & Etape
I am hoping to ride the Etape next year. As part of my preparation I will ride some domestic sportives in the three months leading up to the event to guage my training progress. However, I have also been asked to accompany a friend to cycle the End to End during the first two weeks in May. We will cycle the route on road bikes, travelling as light as possible and hope to complete the challenge in 10 or 11 days. My main question is whether this trip is likely to be detrimental or beneficial to my etape bid, or if there are ways I can make it the latter (e.g. having hard days and easier days). I will not be cycling on the same bike as I'll use any of the sportives, but it is pretty much set up the same.