Big goals for cycling season

The local teen who became a cycling national champ in 2014 is moving on to bigger things in the coming cycling season.

  • Jan. 29, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Maggie Coles-Lyster leads out at Giro de Burnaby

Maggie Coles-Lyster leads out at Giro de Burnaby

The local teen who became a cycling national champ in 2014 is moving on to bigger things in the coming cycling season.

Maple Ridge cycling club Local Ride Racing’s focus for 2015 will be working with Maggie Coles-Lyster, the 16-year-old cycling sensation who is one of Canada’s top junior bike racers.

Her hugely successful 2014 was highlighted with her winning four gold medals at the Canadian National Track Championships.

She is working hard toward her goals of winning World Championships and even Olympic Medals.

“Maggie is very enthusiastic and driven to reach her goals,” said Barry Lyster, her father and coach.

“For 2015 she is gunning for National Championships in road, cyclocross and track.”

Sponsors are getting on board.

He said that to achieve such high goals, it is important to have a supportive team of professionals and resources to not only provide her the best chance of success, but to allow her to enjoy the other parts of being a 16 year old high school student.

Support for Maggie from the cycling community has been incredible, he said. Code Sports has stepped up as a clothing sponsor.

Colnago Canada is on-board for the 2015 season, providing road, time trial and cyclocross bikes

Local Ride Racing’ will again offer event organizing, with new and exciting offerings planned for Jeremy’s Roubaix, Race The Ridge and Pumpkin Cross.

The first race will be Jeremy’s Roubaix, formerly Barry’s Roubaix, to be held on April 12 in Pitt Meadows.

Local Ride Racing decided to change the name in memory of Jeremy Story, the longtime coach, organizer and cycling personality who passed away in 2013.

Story was a big part of Local Ride Racing, working with the club’s elite women’s teams and responsible for some of today’s Canadian top cyclists. He also won this race back when it was Harris Roubaix.

Race The Ridge will return on April 25 and 26 with new races in the plan.

Pumpkin Cross, will also be returning to the calendar on Nov. 1, and will also be part of the new B.C. Premier Cyclocross series.