Madison Genesis has named a six-man team for the Beaumont Trophy, taking place on Sunday June 18 in Stamfordham, Northumberland.
The UCI 1.2 ranked event takes place one week before the British Road Race Championships and will be a key testing ground for riders perfecting their form.
Starting at 1315 from Stamfordham village, the 117-mile race will see a showdown between sprinters trying to make it to the finish and hardmen attempting to distance them.
The biggest opportunity for the climbers are the Ryals – a series of three short, sharp steps, separated by flatter section over one mile.
The following descent however, will give ample opportunity for any distanced sprinters to return to the bunch making this a brilliantly balanced race.
The team selection reflects the unpredictable nature of the race with climbers Handley, Holmes and McEvoy named to mark any dangerous moves.
Alongside Alex Paton, Tobyn Horton has been picked for his ability to sprint at the end of a long race – his top-10 at last year’s RideLondon a reminder of his strength.
Finally, Connor Swift will hope his Tour Series form translates to a result at an event that is expected to last nearly five hours.
The event is contested over six laps, starting with a 13.9-mile short loop, before heading on four extended 22.9-mile circuits, which include the Ryals. The sixth and final lap will repeat the 13.9-mile short loop with the finish expected at around 1740.
Madison Genesis last won the Beaumont Trophy in 2013, with Dean Downing – to find out if the team can do it again follow the race live on Twitter on Sunday.