StarCrossed and Rapha-Focus Gran Prix attract top ‘crossers

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) just before she left the field for good.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) just before she left the field for good. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/

The double UCI C2 events of StarCrossed p/b Stanley, round two of the Cross After Dark series, on Saturday, September 17 and the Rapha-Focus Gran Prix, formerly known as Rad Racing, on Sunday September 18 have attracted strong fields to the state of Washington. Among the heavy-hitting contenders are Czech National Champion Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and former two-time world champion Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) who while vie for victory at the events' new venue at Lake Sammamish Park in Issaquah.

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

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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.

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