Frequently Asked Questions

Cycling

Is cycling popular in Milton?

Milton is already a hotbed of cycling enthusiasts, with more and more young families moving to Milton to enjoy its wonderful recreation and lifestyle assets. Many, because of career and family obligations, find it difficult to fit in rides during the evenings and even on the weekends. The year-round nature of the track allows these individuals to keep up with their riding as well as making it a family sport. Having an indoor cycling facility in Milton is a draw for the existing road cycling enthusiasts to be able to train year-round.

Youth programming with grassroots development options is also a major focus of the velodrome. Cycling is a great cross-over sport, so many other sports teams may use the track as a way to introduce other training options.

Will the velodrome be used by people from outside Milton?

Visitors from other communities also use the track as members of clubs and as individuals that join and pay user fees. These same people that travel to Milton have a positive impact on the local economy through their visits to local establishments for food, apparel, shopping, etc.  Provincial and national events draw spectators from across the province and country to support their favourite teams and riders. 

What kind of bikes are used on the track?

The bikes themselves are not the same bike you would ride on the trails, roads and in parks because of their fixed gear; however, having a specialty bike is not uncommon. There are already different styles of bikes depending on the terrain; road, cyclocross, mountain and BMX all have variations specific to conditions and discipline. There are also rental bikes available at the facility. Visit our Rentals page for more information.

Do I have to learn how to ride a bike to use the cycling track?

The Town offers a variety of beginner programs, from Learn to Ride Programs to Try the Track programs, for all ages. Visit our Registered Cycling Programs page for more information.

Participation

Who uses the track?

Cycling appeals to people of all ages because it is a low impact, year-round sport that can be added to current fitness routines or become the main source of exercise for many. Youth programming with grassroots development options is also major focus of the velodrome. Cycling is a great cross-over sport, so many other sports teams may use the track as a way to introduce other training options. 

Is track cycling available for everyone?

Yes! In every sport, there are levels of skill and abilities. Most sports allow for multiple levels of participation that range from occasional and recreation to junior development, club competitive and elite. The Mattamy National Cycling Centre is designed with all of these people in mind. With learn-to-ride programs, riders can be up and on the track within the first hours of riding. Programs with qualified coaches are available to introduce all ages and abilities into the facility. As home to Cycling Canada's national team program, elite athletes also train at this location, serving as inspiration to young riders much the same as Sydney Crosby inspires young hockey players or Christine Sinclair inspires young soccer enthusiasts.

How do I get started?

The RBC "Try the Track" and "Intro to Track Cycling" programs cater to riders of all ages and are needed for all riders because of the specialty track bike. The concept of a fixed gear is simple to grasp and most are confident to get riding right away. Graduated programs allow people to advance at their own pace. Rental bikes are available at the velodrome. Visit our Rentals page for more information.

Is it expensive to participate?

Cost can vary depending on the level of participation in all sports. Equipment, registration, and travel costs all add up, not to mention the time commitment if you are with a travelling or Milton representative team. Depending on the number of hours of participation per week, track cycling is less cost prohibitive than many sports such as hockey, skiing and golf. With rental bikes and helmets available, the only other equipment is padded shorts and shoes. If a bike were purchased, the one-time cost would be additional, but as with other equipment programs, exchanges would offer the opportunity to trade-in and move up as needed.

Can I rent a track bike?

Yes. To facilitate those just starting the sport, track bikes are available to rent. Visit our Rentals page for more information.

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