SALT LAKE CITY, UT (October 15, 2019) – The DNA Pro Cycling team is happy to announce the signing of Maggie Coles-Lyster from Canada and Nicole Shields from New Zealand for the 2020 season. Both are 20 years of age with track backgrounds, racing for their respective national teams. Notching substantial results on the velodrome, which include a UCI Junior World Championship and an Oceania Championship, the pair are sure to add excitement to road racing competitions in North America.
Based in British Columbia, Maggie Coles-Lyster began racing at the age of 8. After testing her legs across all disciplines of cycling, she found herself excelling in both track and on the road. An advocate for women’s equality in sport, she is hoping to have the opportunity to represent her country in future Olympic Games.
A tactical all-rounder, Coles-Lyster earned the rainbow stripes becoming the 2017 Junior Track World Champion in the points race, she was also second in the omnium. This season she took first at the Tour of Somerville, first in the scratch race at the UCI US Sprint GP, and silver medals at the Pan Am Games in team pursuit and the madison. She finished second in the downtown criterium at the 2019 Tour of the Gila while racing for Team Canada, behind stage winner Chloé Dygert-Owen.
Raised in a small town in the South Island, Nicole Shields moved to Cambridge to pursue cycling with New Zealand’s national track team. After reaching the podium in 2017 at junior worlds in the team pursuit, she also hopes her development on the road will act as an important stepping-stone towards her Olympic dreams.
As a U19 rider, Shields took first place in both New Zealand’s Individual Pursuit Track Nationals and the Team Pursuit at the Oceania Championships. This year she took first in the madison at the UCI Fastest Women on Wheels race (with Michaela Drummond) and first in the omnium at the UCI Keirin Cup.
“We are really excited for next seasons’ completed roster,” said Cathy Fegan-Kim, director sportif for the team. “We have a strong variety of riders from climbers to all-rounders to sprinters with a range of experience from up-and-coming talent to seasoned pros. We are confident that we will maximize our opportunities in the women’s side of the sport, hoping to be competitive, inspire, and contribute to the future of women’s racing.”
The 2020 DNA Pro Cycling Team Roster:
- Katie Clouse (Park City, UT)
- Margot Clyne (Boulder, CO)
- Maggie Coles-Lyster (British Columbia, CAN
- Michaela Drummond (Cambridge, NZ)
- Heather Fischer (Boulder, CO)
- Sarah Kaufmann (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Mia Kilburg (Cincinnati, OH)
- Kimberly Lucie (Tuscon, AZ)
- Hanna Muegge (Monterey, CA)
- Liza Rachetto (Los Altos, CA)
- Nicole Shields (Cambridge, NZL)
- Brenna Wrye-Simpson (Portland, OR)