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Maple Ridge cyclist chosen as a hometown hero

Maple Ridge cyclist chosen as a hometown hero

Maggie Coles-Lyster said she was “born into racing.” (Special to The News) Maple Ridge’s Maggie Coles-Lyster is a professional cyclist and member of Team Canada…

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Maggie Coles-Lyster said she was “born into racing.” (Special to The News) Maple Ridge’s Maggie Coles-Lyster is a professional cyclist and member of Team Canada who is just entering the prime of her promising career.

Coles-Lyster races in both track and road cycling. She’s travelled all over the world to compete, but when you speak with Coles-Lyster, you meet a young woman who loves her home town of Maple Ridge, and is genuinely honoured to have been named a Hometown Hero.

She will be one of four athletes honoured at the annual Hometown Heroes Night – when some of the community’s greatest athletes are honoured – being held after a two-year absensc on Oct. 12 at Garibaldi Secondary School. Brian Malfesi and Sara Hopkins are the 2020 inductees, Coles-Lyster for 2021, and Jaycee Affeldt for 2022.

In August of 2017, Coles-Lyster became a world champion for the first time, winning the junior points race at the world track championships in Italy. She had won silver in the omnium just the day before, and the win made her Canada’s first-ever junior world champion in track cycling.

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The teen’s win was likely no surprise to people who had watched her ripping around the dikes and roads of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows in races put on by her father and coach Barry Lyster. He owned Local Ride Racing, and has been putting on well-run local cycling races for many years.

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