Coles-Lyster Heads to Europe
Joins Lares-Waowdeals Women’s Team
After a big year in 2016, 17-year-old Maple Ridge, B.C. cyclist Maggie Coles-Lyster is looking for even better results in 2017, her final year competing as a junior.
Coles-Lyster has her sights set on the Junior Track World Championships in China this August, where she will compete in the Omnium, as well as in the road race at the Road Worlds in Bergen, Norway this coming September.
While competing in Belgium last year, ColesLyster caught the eye of the team director of Belgium-based Union Cycliste Internationale women’s team Lares-Waowdeals, and was offered a contract with its newly formed development team for 2017.
Concluding her successful season last year by winning bronze in the Omnium at the Junior Track World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland and finishing 14th in the junior women’s road race at the Junior Road Worlds in Doha, Qatar, ColesLyster is eager to upgrade her skills in Europe.
“After racing in Belgium and at the Road World Championships, I knew that if I was to reach the next level in my racing career, I would have to spend more time racing in Europe,” says ColesLyster. “The competition is so strong and the racing so physical that it really suits my style.”
The rising star will attend a team training camp in Spain this spring, and plans to move to Belgium in July, once she graduates from high school. Coles-Lyster will start the season with TaG Race Team and represent the B.C.-based squad at North American races until she can make the transition to Belgium full-time.
B.C.’s Maggie Coles-Lyster will race more in Europe during 2017
to reach the next level.