February 06, 2018 (Copenhagen, Denmark) – The 2017 Junior World Track gold and silver medalist, Maggie Coles-Lyster, 18, crashed during the Scratch Race in the women’s Omnium on Feb. 3 while competing at the Six Day Copenhagen event in Denmark.here and here and Twitter detailing the events that led to her injuries of which there were many. But, the good news is that the promising young Canadian athlete was released from Herlev Hospital yesterday and is already on the road to recovery.
According to Coles-Lyster, when she went down during the race she lost consciousness right away so she still isn’t sure what happened. But, the list of injuries includes a mild-to-severe concussion, two fractures on her face around her cheekbone and eye socket, fractured ribs, road rash and air bubbles above her lungs.
Although the air bubbles are still in her lungs, and she needs to see a specialist about her “broken face,” as she calls it, Coles-Lyster was released and will stay in Copenhagen for the next two weeks to determine the extent of further care and rehabilitation needed.
“Oh well, that’s bike racing,” she said, via Instagram. “Really bummed to have missed doing the final Madison with @alli_bev (fellow Canadian rider Allison Beveridge, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist who Coles-Lyster was paired with at the competition) but stoked that we still pulled off second in the overall Omnium.”
Earlier this year, Coles-Lyster announced that she would be riding for the Quebec-based racing team Macogep-Argon18-Girondins powered by Mazda in 2018.
Pedal joins the cycling community in wishing Maggie Coles-Lyster a speedy recovery.