Pedal Heaven’s bid to race the Tour of Britain will reach crunch time at the Grand Prix of Wales on Sunday (11am).
The 113-mile battle is the focal point of the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling and represents the third round of British Cycling’s Motorpoint Grand Prix Series.
It also doubles as the penultimate scoring event in the battle for a place at the eight-day Tour of Britain, which begins on Sunday, September 4.
With some of the World Tour’s biggest teams set to race, organisers SweetSpot only have room for four of the six British UCI Continental outfits.
Owain Doull’s third place in the general classification last season has earned Team Wiggins an automatic return to the event.
That has left Pedal Heaven to fight it out with Madison Genesis, JLT Condor, NFTO and Team Raleigh for the final three spots.
The ranking events kicked off with the Chorley Grand Prix in March – the opening round of the Motorpoint Spring Cup series.
And they have included Rutland-Melton, Velothon Wales, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and the British Road Road Championships along the way.
With consistent results throughout the campaign, Madison Genesis are expected to be confirmed as starters for the Tour of Britain.
However, Pedal Heaven remain firmly in the mix for one of the other two places. The final points are on offer at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic but Sunday’s contest will go a long way to settling the battle.
Directeur sportif Tim Elverson will name a strong squad for the Grand Prix of Wales and he insists the team are doing everything in their power to make the Tour of Britain start line in Glasgow.
He said: ‘I am happy with how everything is going right now. I would like to be in a better position for the Tour of Britain but it’s tough and we are doing the best we can.
‘We refuse to sit in and just ride to the possibilities. We want to get on and race, which is all we can do and I think a lot of people appreciate that is how we approach it.
‘It is good. It’s going well and it is all to play for. I would say we are in a battle for the second and third spots.
‘It was never going to be easy. We can only do the best we can in every race and I feel we have done that so far.
‘We missed out a little on the nationals with how well Dexter rode. He was brilliant and I thought he deserved so much more than 11th. But we are going well.’
British time trial runner-up James Gullen, Ryedale Grand Prix second Jack Pullar, record-breaking Tour of the Reservoir winner Joe Fry and Cycle Wiltshire runner-up Will Fox are pencilled in to race alongside Gardias on Sunday.
Max Stedman, who was seventh in Velothon Wales, and Chepstow Grand Prix one-two Harry Tanfield and Alex Paton complete the provisional Pedal Heaven line-up.
The Grand Prix of Wales sets out from Llanellen and includes three ascents of the 1km Grosmont climb, with its average gradient of almost eight per cent, before finishing in Abergavenny.