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North Carolina Grand Prix returns

The second edition of the North Carolina Grand Prix returns on November 18-19 to Jackson Park in Hendersonville, NC. This weekend of UCI racing is the south’s most prestigious cyclo-cross race and a showcase of southern cyclo-cross talent. The event will consist of two races, the North Carolina Grand Prix Race #1 presented by Cheerwine on Saturday the North Carolina Grand Prix Race #2 presented by Cane Creek on Sunday.

Racers from across the country are scheduled to compete, including last year’s winners Jon Hamblen and Mike Cody. Racers from Colorado, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts Alabama, and across the southeast will compete. The weather forecast calls for beautiful autumn weather, although recent heavy rains may have left a bit of mud behind on the course, which spread over the 300 acre spectator-friendly Jackson Park.

The racing starts 10:00am with races in all categories UCI racing begins with the elite women race at 1:30pm, and then the elite men take to the course at 2:30pm. The ever popular kid’s race will take place at 1:00pm both days. For full details visit the race web site at

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.