Tim Elverson will send his BIKE Channel Canyon troops into battle in the UCI 1.2 Beaumont Trophy in Northumberland on Sunday (1.15pm).
The sports director has plenty of options in his six-man squad, which consists of George Atkins, Dexter Gardias, Jack Pullar, Max Stedman, Harry Tanfield and Rory Townsend.
With the roll of honour featuring climbers, puncheurs and sprinters, the feature race of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling is an unpredictable beast.
But if the peloton are to be denied a bunch kick in Stamfordham, the selection will most likely be made on the renowned Ryals climb.
At less than 2km and with an average gradient of six per cent, the bare statistics will not have too many of the pure sprinters quaking in their cleats.
However, a closer inspection highlights a trio of ramps in excess of 10 per cent, with short stretches topping the 20-per-cent mark.
Those tests will be enough to split the field if the race is on, particularly as the riders will tackle the ascent on four occasions.
But there remains more than 25km to the finish after the leaders crest the climb for the final time, offering hope to those giving chase.
The race is made up of two circuits, raced anti-clockwise. The larger one, which features the Ryals climb, is 35.9km (22.3 miles) long and will be tackled four times by the riders.
Those laps are sandwiched by two laps of a smaller 22.4km (13.9 miles) circuit, for a total distance of 187km (116 miles).
More than 1,800m (around 6,000ft) of climbing is in prospect. And the winner should be crowned shortly before 6pm, based on an average speed of 40kph.
The Beaumont Trophy was first run in 1952 and then elevated to the UCI Europe Tour calendar in 2014, when Kristian House clinched the crown.
Since then Team Wiggins’ Chris Latham and Kiwi Dion Smith have taken the title – with the latter the first non-Brit to win it.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has triumphed twice, including 2011 when it doubled as the British Road Race Championship.
Meanwhile, the roll of honour also features Russell Downing, Dean Downing, Rob Hayles, Chris Newton and Malcolm Elliott.
The two foreign teams invited to this season’s race are Guerciotti Redondela, from Spain, and French amateur outfit ESEG Douai.
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