Milton International Cycling Challenge


The Milton International Cycling Challenge was held at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre on September 29 – October 1, 2016 in Milton, Ontario. Now in it’s second year, this track cycling competition hosted cyclists from eleven different countries from Suriname to Japan and Denmark to Trinidad and Tobago. The Milton International Cycling Challenge is the only international track cycling competition held in Canada and host to some of the world’s best track athletes.

With more than eighty athletes competing, there was no shortage of action at the ‘home of Canadian cycling.’ Over three days, there were many different races fans could go watch including the Men’s and Women’s Elimination Races, the Women’s 500 metre Time Trial, the Men’s 1000 metre Time Trial, Junior Sprint Competitions, Men’s & Women’s Points races, and Keirin competitions. Canada took home the first medals of the challenge from the Woman’s Elimination Race with Kinley Gibson’s win, the Men’s Elimination Race with Aidan Caves’s win, and the Junior Sprint Competitions with Charlotte Creswicke’s win. For the results of the all the races, visit the Cycling Canada Website.

Mattamy National Cycling Centre

Since opening to the public in January 2015, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre has seen a lot of use by not only world class athlete’s, but also members of the Milton community. In 2015, it was host to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and now has over ten thousand members that use the running/walking track or are registered cycling participants.

Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton Ontario.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Milton International Cycling Challenge

The cycling centre offered many different vantage points for me to photograph the cyclists. I was able to get in front of the racers at the starting line from the stands, below them from the bottom of the track (the blue ring), and above them from the running/walking track. Here is just some of the action from the races I captured at the event:

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclists racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist waiting on the track to race at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclists racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclists racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclists racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclists racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

Cyclist racing on the track at the Milton International Challenge at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

©Julie Whelan Photography 2016

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About Julie Whelan

Julie Whelan, professional photographer of over fifteen years, has had the opportunity to shoot all over the globe–from capturing portraits in Vanuatu to shooting off rooftops in Maui to photographing products in Calgary. She now finds herself in Ontario photographing outdoor adventures and the active lifestyles of athletic individuals and athletes in competition & training. Julie has also worked with professional athletes such as Don Cherry, Darryl Sittler, and Roberto Alomar. When not behind the lens, Julie likes to unwind with a good book or spending time in the garden.

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