Coles-Lys­ter Heads to Europe

Joins Lares-Waowdeals Women’s Team

Pedal Magazine - - Out in Front -

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.

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