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Frattini wins solo in Trexlertown season opener

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The elite men's podium, l-r,: Tyler Wrenn (Colavita Sutter Home), Luke Keough (Champion Systems), Davide Frattini (Team Fuji), Adam Myerson (Cyclesmart) and Mike Garrigan (La Bicicletta/ Jetpower).

The elite men's podium, l-r,: Tyler Wrenn (Colavita Sutter Home), Luke Keough (Champion Systems), Davide Frattini (Team Fuji), Adam Myerson (Cyclesmart) and Mike Garrigan (La Bicicletta/ Jetpower). (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Weston Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) leads the elite men field as they accelerate on the opening lap.

Weston Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) leads the elite men field as they accelerate on the opening lap. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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A group of seven riders pull away from the field.

A group of seven riders pull away from the field. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Adam Myerson (Cyclesmart) sets a pace that splinters the break.

Adam Myerson (Cyclesmart) sets a pace that splinters the break. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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A group fights to stay in contact with the breakaway.

A group fights to stay in contact with the breakaway. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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The course offered a unique natural section of roots.

The course offered a unique natural section of roots. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Tyler Johnson (Target Training) exits the wooded section.

Tyler Johnson (Target Training) exits the wooded section. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Travis Livermon (Champion Systems) would go on to finish tenth.

Travis Livermon (Champion Systems) would go on to finish tenth. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Patrick Bradley (Rutgers) navigates the course with the Valley Preferred Velodrome visible in the background.

Patrick Bradley (Rutgers) navigates the course with the Valley Preferred Velodrome visible in the background. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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After leading the field on the first lap, Weston Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) would eventually finish eighth.

After leading the field on the first lap, Weston Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) would eventually finish eighth. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Davide Frattini (Team Fuji) dropped his breakaway companions and soloed to victory.

Davide Frattini (Team Fuji) dropped his breakaway companions and soloed to victory. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Tyler Wrenn (Colavita Sutter Home) and Adam Myerson (Cyclesmart) lead the chase.

Tyler Wrenn (Colavita Sutter Home) and Adam Myerson (Cyclesmart) lead the chase. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Ryan Knapp (BikeReg.com) rode to a strong seventh place.

Ryan Knapp (BikeReg.com) rode to a strong seventh place. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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The chase group would increase and decrease in size as the race went on.

The chase group would increase and decrease in size as the race went on. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Like many in today's race, Bill Elliston's (Van Dessel) road season ended less than a week ago.

Like many in today's race, Bill Elliston's (Van Dessel) road season ended less than a week ago. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Davide Frattini (Team Fuji) wins the first Mid-Atlantic Cross race of the season.

Davide Frattini (Team Fuji) wins the first Mid-Atlantic Cross race of the season. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Adam Myerson (Cyclesmart) takes the field sprint.

Adam Myerson (Cyclesmart) takes the field sprint. (Image credit: Todd Leister)
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Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) beats Travis Livermon (Champion Systems) to the line for ninth place.

Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) beats Travis Livermon (Champion Systems) to the line for ninth place. (Image credit: Todd Leister)

Davide Frattini (Team Fuji) captured a solo victory at the first UCI cyclo-cross race of the US season in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. At a distance behind, Adam Myerson (CycleSmart) won a convincing sprint for second place ahead of the young Luke Keough (Champion System) in third.

"It's great and I feel surprised because honestly, I took a nice week-long rest after the Tour of Missouri and I wasn't sure how I was going to feel physically," said Frattini who recently joined forces with Fuji Bikes for the 'cross season. "I'm glad to start the season with a win. It's the best way to say thank you when you ride for a team that supports you so well."

Warm summer's end sunshine, typical of east coast Septembers, greeted the some 50 Pro and Elite 'crossers at the Nittany Lion Cross UCI C2 event. The bunch could not have asked for a dryer, flatter or faster circuit to play on. The hard packed grounds along the outskirts of the Lehigh Valley Preferred Velodrome made for a race similar to that of a criterium on the grass.

"It was a nice course," Frattini said. "It was definitely fast with some technical sections that you had to negotiate at speed. Under dry conditions it was pretty much an advantage for riders who just finished the road season. It also had some off camber parts and Fuji made this new bike that I found worked well, reacted quickly and easy to corner."

One rider who knows the road season all too well is runner up Adam Myerson who found himself mano-a-mano with Frattini setting pace at the front of a select group of seven riders after the first lap. The leaders also included Luke Keough, the younger brother of well-known American riders Jake and Nick Keough, Tyler Wren (Colavita-Sutter Home), Ryan Dewald (Battley-Harley Davidson), Ryan Knapp (Bikereg.com) and former Canadian-national champion Mike Carrigan (La Bicicletta).

"I'm trying to change my style a little bit and be more aggressive," said Myerson. He not only races but also organises the pair of Cycle Smart International events held in North Hampton in November. "I want to race with more confidence. When Jeremy [Powers] and Tim [Johnson] and Ryan [Trebon] are back, I want to make the front group. I'm a little blocked today from racing Thursday night in Dallas, Texas and flying yesterday left me under recovered and not so fresh today. But, the form is there and I wasn't afraid to go hard today."

Myerson and Frattini took turns taking monster pulls but it was Frattini's one jump over the barriers and through a technical chicane that broke the elastic band and gained him a valuable 10-second cushion. "It was clear that Davide and I were going to be the two strongest guys," Myerson said. "Davide hit it after the barriers and I just wasn't right on his wheel. I know Davide is a little stronger than I am but I turn a little better than he does. So I thought I would get him back at the next corner, except I didn't. For the next two laps it was my responsibility to chase."

Keough smartly sat on Myerson's wheel forcing him to commit to the chase as the remaining five riders fell off pace and splintered behind Frattini's attack. Myerson spent nearly two laps chasing and emptying his tank in an effort to catch the escapee but without help from Keough, Frattini's advantage grew to a damaging 30 seconds.

"I had a bad starting spot 'cause I have no points," said Keough who is competing in his first season as an Under 23. "I worked my way up to Adam and Davide who were working it at the front. I knew Myerson was so experienced and strong so he wasn't making me do much work. I pulled through when he asked me too but we knew Davide was gone 'cause he kept gaining so much time on us."

The six chasers gradually came back together and Myerson was able to take a breather when Wren, Carrigan and Keough took their turns pulling. With Frattini well on his way to victory, a tactical game for second place started with attacks from Wren and Carrigan. Myerson, known for his fast finishes, took matters into his own hands stealing the first position through each technical turn toward the finish line – until it was time to sprint.

"I want to race hard but I'm still not going to be stupid," Myerson said. "Trying to drag five guys around was just going to bring myself down to the point where they were going attack me. So with two to go, I rode to win the race against the group. I knew I was the best sprinter in the group and if I got to the end first no one would be able to come around."

Results
1Davide Frattini (Team Fuji)0:57:57
2Adam Myerson (CYCLESMART)0:00:31
3Luke Keough (Champion Systems Pro Cyclocross)0:00:32
4Mike Garrigan (La Bicicletta/ Jetpower)
5Tyler Wrenn (COLAVITA SUTTER HOME)0:00:33
6Ryan Dewald (Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON)
7Ryan Knapp (BikeReg.com)0:01:01
8Weston Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)0:01:14
9Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)0:01:25
10Travis Livermon (Cannondale)
11Jared Nieters (Haymarket Bicycles/Trakkers)0:02:10
12Stephen Cummings (Indiana Regional Medical Center)0:02:35
13Guillaume Nelessen (Van Dessel Factory Team)0:03:01
14Greg Wittwer (ALAN North America Cycling Team)0:03:13
15Bill Elliston (Van Dessel Factory Team)0:03:23
16Christopher Consorto (Allied Milk (MTB) / Allied Milk (road))
17Richard Visinski (Exodus Road Racing)0:03:32
18Nathanael Wyatt (Carolina Fatz pb Santa Cruz Bicycles)0:03:40
19Shawn Adams (Lake Effect)
20Gavriel Epstein (RadicalVelo.com)0:03:47
21Jordan Kahlenberg (Breakawaybikes.com)0:04:25
22Ian Mathias (Team BBC)0:04:39
23Zach Adams (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)0:04:51
24Michael Jenks (Highland Park Hermes p/b Kim's Bike Shop)0:05:38
25Matt Spohn (Dynaflo Racing)0:05:52
26J Gabriel Lloyd (Van Dessel Factory Team)0:06:15
27Adam Szczepanski (Wissahickon)0:06:35
28Patrick Bradley (Rutgers University Cycling Team)0:08:10
-2 lapsBradley Ford (South Mountain Cycles)
-2 lapsJacob Florence (Boone Velo)
DNFDan Langlois (Embrocation Cycling Journal)
DNFNoah Niwinski (Boone Velo)
DNFTim Ciarkowski (Hudz-Subaru Cycling Team)
DNFTyler Karnes (Hincapie Development)
DNFTyler Johnson (YSG Racing)
DNSNicholas Keough (Champion Systems Pro Cyclocross)

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