North America's top riders to watch out for in 2011

The US racing season is about to kick off with its first National Racing Calendar (NRC) 29-event series at the Redlands Bicycle Classic held from March 31 to April 3 in California. Featured on this season's NRC calendar are 18 criteriums that have been added to the International Cycling Union's (UCI) Criterium Calendar. In addition, the highest level racing returns to North America with nine UCI events including the Amgen Tour of California, TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championships, Tour de Beauce, Tour of Elk Grove, Tour of Utah, Quiznos Pro Challenge, Univest Grand Prix and the World Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Montreal.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.