The Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic rejoices in the nicknames, 'Britain's Belgian Classic' and 'Britain's Paris-Roubaix'.
Feared for its notorious gravel sections, including the infamous Somerberg and Sawgate sectors, Colin Lewis' race has gone from strength-to-strength in its 15-year history.
Team manager and owner Cherie Pridham sent a strong squad to the 2019 edition, led by former UCI WorldTour rider Scott Thwaites, who provided further evidence for his rapid readjustment to domestic racing by finishing tenth.
With riders like Ed Clancy, Chris Latham, Adam Kenway, Ali Slater and Mikey Mottram in support, Vitus Pro Cycling Team, powered by Brother UK arrived on the start line in Oakham with a show of strength.
Enjoy this gallery from photographer Alex Duffill, which contrasts the beaming smiles of the presentations with the exhausted expressions worn by the riders after several hours of gruelling competition.