Coles-Lyster off to world championships

Bronze medal in Winnipeg qualifies Maple Ridge cyclist for chance to compete against world's best

Maple Ridge’s Maggie Coles-Lyster celebrates a win at the Canadian Championships in October.

Maple Ridge’s Maggie Coles-Lyster celebrates a win at the Canadian Championships in October.

A bronze medal at the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships has propelled Maggie Coles-Lyster to a spot on the Canadian  under-23 cyclocross team and a chance to compete at the World Cyclocross Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

Coles-Lyster  won the bronze in Winnipeg on Oct. 24 and the 16-year-old Maple Ridge cyclist will have an opportunity to compete at a world championships in January 2016.

The bronze comes after Coles-Lyster competed at the Canadian National Track Championships in Milton, Ont. in early October, winning five medals, including three national championships.

“Maggie loves to race her bikes, and loves to do the many different disciplines our sport offers,” said her coach and father, Barry Lyster.

“As her coach, it presents a fun challenge on how to structure her training plan to allow her to compete at all the top competitions”

He said this year has been especially challenging with track and cyclocross national championships being two weeks apart. The coach said she was able to have such strong performances at both championships is a testament to her hard work and passion for her sport.

Coles-Lyster will be eligible to compete in three world championships in 2016, and there is a strong chance she will qualify.