Tara Whitten

Tara Alice Whitten (born 13 July 1980) is a Canadian track racing cyclist from Edmonton, Alberta.[1]

Tara Whitten
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Personal information
Full nameTara Alice Whitten
Born (1980-07-13) 13 July 1980 (age 40)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Team information
DisciplineTrack
RoleRider
Rider typeEndurance

CareerEdit

A former cross country skier, she began track racing seriously in 2008 having dabbled in it since 2005.[2] The same year she won the points race and individual pursuit at the Canadian National Track Championships, and also took the bronze medal in the scratch race and 500 meter time trial events.

Whitten began the 2008–2009 track cycling season strongly, winning two silver medals at first round of the Track World Cup in Manchester, United Kingdom, in October. She went on to take two bronze medals in the third round in Cali, Colombia, and a further two silver medals in the fifth and final round in Copenhagen, Denmark, in February 2009.

In March 2009, Whitten won the silver medal in the Omnium at the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszków, the first time the event was included in the championships.[2]

In December 2009, Whitten rode on the team that won the gold medal in the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics Women's Team Pursuit in Cali, Colombia, along with fellow Canadian National Team members Laura Brown (cyclist) and Stephanie Roorda, concurrently setting a new Canadian National Record in this event as well with a time of 3:27.289. Of note, the Women's Team Pursuit has been added as an Olympic event for 2012. She also won two silver medals, in the Individual Pursuit (time of 3:34.547) and Points Race.

In March 2010, Whitten won the gold medal in the Omnium and Points race at the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Ballerup.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she was part of the Canadian team that won the bronze medal in the women's team pursuit.[3] She finished fourth in the omnium.[4][5]

In March 2016 Whitten was injured in Rio de Janeiro during a visit to inspect the road course for the 2016 Summer Olympics, running her bike into the back of a bus and being knocked unconscious and breaking a bone in the base of her skull. The interruption to her training delayed her qualifying for the Olympics; she is awaiting a decision from Cycling Canada as to whether her result in a June UCI race in Quebec has earned her a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.[5]

Whitten was awarded a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Alberta on June 10, 2016, having first earned a science degree in 2006 and been accepted into an electrophysiology lab as a master's student in 2007, while taking periodic breaks from her studies to focus on cycling full-time. She will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in concussion research at the University of Calgary in fall 2016.[5]

In 2016, she was officially named to Canada's 2016 Olympic team.[6]

PalmarèsEdit

2008
1st   Points Race, Canadian National Track Championships
1st   Individual Pursuit, Canadian National Track Championships
3rd Scratch Race, Canadian National Track Championships
3rd 500 m TT, Canadian National Track Championships
2nd Individual Pursuit, Round 1, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Manchester
2nd Scratch Race, Round 1, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Manchester
3rd Individual Pursuit, Round 3, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Cali
3rd Points Race, Round 3, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Cali
2009
2nd Individual Pursuit, Round 5, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Copenhagen
2nd Omnium, Track World Championships
1st Team Pursuit, 2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali
2nd Individual Pursuit, 2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali
2nd Points Race, 2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali
2010
1st Omnium, Track World Championships
1st Points Race, Track World Championships
3rd Points Race, Commonwealth Games
3rd Individual Pursuit Commonwealth Games
3rd Team Sprint Commonwealth Games
1st Time Trial (Road) Commonwealth Games
2011
1st Omnium, Track World Championships
2nd Omnium (Track) 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Tour, Melbourne, AUS
1st Omnium, 2010–11 UCI Track Cycling World Ranking
2012
2nd Team Pursuit, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in London
3rd Team Pursuit, Track World Championships
3rd Team Pursuit, 2012 Summer Olympics
2015
2nd Pan American Time Trial Championships

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tara Whitten at Cycling Archives
  2. ^ a b "Track World Championships - Silver Medal for Tara Whitten". Canadian Cycling Association. 28 March 2009. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
  3. ^ "London 2012 - Track Cycling - Women's Team Pursuit". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  4. ^ "London 2012 - Track Cycling - Omnium Women". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Brown, Michael (13 June 2016). "There and back again: from the Olympic podium to the convocation stage". University of Alberta: News & Events. University of Alberta. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ Tozer, Jamie (29 June 2016). "Returning Olympians highlight Canada's cycling team". www.olympic.ca. Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 29 June 2016.