SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (July 1, 2022) DNA Pro Cycling capped off a successful week of national championship competitions around the globe with Maggie Coles-Lyster and Anet Barrera celebrating wins. They are joining the current Colombian National Road Champion, Diana Peñuela, who earned her stripes in Pereira earlier this year.
Barrera began the celebrations last Thursday by winning the Mexican elite individual time trial championship in Jalisco. She followed that up on Sunday with a silver medal in the elite road race. Her Canadian teammate, Coles-Lyster, kept the momentum high, winning both the crit and road national championships held in Edmonton, Alberta. The sprinting specialist beat WorldTour rider Alison Jackson (Liv Racing Xstra) in the road race and criterium, exemplifying her depth and talent in earning the national jerseys.
“We started this season knowing that we have a strong international roster, and circled the national championship races as a goal in the 5 countries that our team represents,” said Catherine Fegan-Kim, team co-owner and director. “We couldn’t be happier with the results and are proud of how hard all of our riders trained and competed in their respective races.”
The team has been a driving force in elite racing since the beginning of the season. Peñuela was a close second on Oak Glen in their first stage race of the year, the Redlands Bicycle Classic in April. Erica Clevenger would follow up with a victory in the final stage on the Sunset Loop. At the Tour of the Gila, one of the hardest races in North America, Barrera climbed into the Best Young Rider points lead. Coles-Lyster had led the points classification but suffered a crash in the crit and was forced to abandon the race. She would return at the Joe Martin Stage Race, winning the final stage in a photo finish with L39ion of LA’s Skylar Schneider.
Coles-Lyster is currently leading the American Criterium Cup (ACC). She took over the lead at Tulsa Tough by a third-place finish on day 1 before extending her lead with a win at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. Next on the ACC calendar is the Boise Twilight Criterium and the Salt Lake Criterium. Stage racing will resume in August and September with UCI races in Colombia and France.