Jon Dale has told his Fareham Wheelers young guns to make the most of their Perfs Pedal experience.
But the team manager insists the talented quartet of juniors will not be overawed by the quality of the opposition.
Brendan Drewett and Harvey Morcombe, both 17, James Brickell, 16, and Doug Tandy, who is celebrating his 18th birthday today, will line up against a stellar field tomorrow morning.
A total of 10 elite riders will sign on at the D Day Memorial Hall in Southwick for the 72km battle, which serves as the annual curtain-raiser for the region’s road season.
Among them are former winners Chris Opie and Marcin Bialoblocki and the vastly-experienced Yanto Barker.
‘It’s quite daunting for our lads,’ said Dale.
‘It is a pretty tough race with 10 elites in there but they won’t be overawed.
‘Realistically, to start with they are aiming to finish.
‘Above that anything from middle to top order would be a target for them.
‘But without a doubt, it is an opportunity to gain experience of racing against top riders.
‘We don’t see people like Yanto Barker very often in our local races.
‘So it is a great opportunity for them and part of their learning curve.
‘The experience will be crucial.’
The quartet are under no illusions about the task that faces them.
They do have local knowledge in their favour, though, having ridden the roads on numerous occasions.
And Dale reckons their presence is a feather in the cap of the Wheelers.
‘It’s not the longest race but it will be cold and it is a tough circuit,’ he added.
‘The pace will be quite hard.
‘But I think the entries reflect well on the club.
‘We are endeavouring to grow the club through the youth element.’
Portsmouth North End are represented by Andrew Carter, Kris Jasper and Tom Morris.
And David Billings, James Champken and Liam Walsh will race for host club VC St Raphael.