Guy Napert-Frenette- Canadian Cycling Association (October
13, 2010)- After three bronze medals in the track cycling competition at the
Commonwealth Games, Tara Whitten of Edmonton has crowned her competition here
in Delhi with a gold medal.
On a day
when the temperature on the pavement was over 40 degrees, Whitten captured
first place in the final road event, the 29km individual time trial. For this
event, riders race individually against the clock, starting at one-minute
On such a
hot day, at her first major Games, Whitten reserved enough energy to win the
event against a competitive field.
about energy and the heat,” said Whitten, “All riders worked hard with ice
towels, ice vests and ice chairs to keep our core temperatures down.”
race began, Whitten started the race with ice on her back to help keep her
cool. At the 10km mark of the 29km race, Whitten’s time was 11.20. At the 19km
point, her time was 23.55 and she finished the race with a time of 30.59.3,
five seconds faster than her closest competition.
knew that after competing in five cycling events in Delhi, if she was going to
give her all, today was the day.
excited that it would be my last event,” said Whitten during media scrums
following the race. “I wanted to give my all; this is the event I have been
training hardest for.”
the gold medal with New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen capturing silver and
England’s Julia Shaw winning bronze.
average speed for the race was 44.628 km/hour. Throughout the race, she said
she felt good, but was not sure if her time was ahead.
hard to tell because we don’t have radios anymore,” said the gold medallist.
“Because they are phasing the radios out, it is just you and the road.”
competing today in the time trial events were Erinne Willock (Victoria, BC) who
placed 11th, and Julie Beveridge (Calgary, AB) who placed 13th. For the men,
the individual time trial distance was 40km. Zach Bell of Watson Lake YK placed
7th, and Ryan William Roth, of Kitchener, ON placed 10th .
Whitten, the 2010 World Champion in the points race, only started racing
competitively in cycling in 2007, and competes in road cycling as well as on
the track. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Whitten won bronze in the 25km
points race, the team sprint with partner Monique Sullivan, the 3,000m
individual pursuit and a gold in the road time trial.
“It has been really busy and challenging here in Delhi,” said Whitten after completing her sixth race to win gold. “I guess I saved the best for last."