Our group of under-prepared Englishmen heading off to France has now expanded to four people after Bobby - Oktoberfest drinking buddy, cricketer and enthusiastic exponant of lunges - joined out merry band.
He's bought a racing bike and signed on the line to join us in Annecy, but missed out on the hotel the rest of us are staying in. He's only a few minutes walk away, so we should see him out there.
However, this is a concern. Bobby is a bit taller than me and already at my target weight. He's also naturally fit and athletic, and is off on a cycling holiday in December.
He's going to take me apart on the hills and I hate losing.