A Maple Ridge teenager won big at the Provincial Track Cycling championships in Victoria on the weekend.
Maggie Coles-Lyster, 13, was racing for her home team Local Ride Dr. Vie Superfoods+.
She brought home four gold, and one silver.
"It was an amazing experience. I raced as hard as I could, and it paid off," said Coles-Lyster of her U15 provincial championship titles. "I love each race, but especially the ones that contain elements of both endurance and sprinting."
The Provincial Track Championships were held on an outdoor velodrome and consisted of about 10 races over three days.
"Track cycling is a great way to develop confidence and skills for both young and old cyclists. It helps riders improve speed, strength, and race tactics," said team manager Barry Lyster.
Melanie Von Stetten, another development rider racing for the Maple Ridgebased team, also took home two elite provincial titles - one in the individual pursuit and the other in the Omnium event.
Von Stetton is in her first year of elite competition, and has shown tremendous progression this season, said Lyster.
"Developing women's cycling is one of our foremost goals, so we are delighted to see such success," said Lyster.
Gillian Carleton, recent Olympic medalist and member of Local Ride race team, also attended the races.
Although she was not competing, she was busy signing autographs and showing off her 2012 Olympic Team Pursuit bronze medal in track cycling.
"She presented medals to the winners of each championship, an example to young riders of the success hard work and dedication can bring," said Lyster.
Local Ride Dr. Vie Superfoods+ women's cycling team is a partnership between Maple Ridge's Local Ride Bike Shop, and Dr. Vie Superfoods+ nutrition, which supports women's road and track cycling in B.C.