WHITTEN Tara < Back  
Sport Cross-Country Skiing, Cycling - Road, Cycling - Track
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 13 Jul 1980 in Toronto, CAN
Height1.66 m
Weight 67 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Edmonton, AB, CAN
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English
Higher education Neurological Science - University of Alberta: Edmonton, AB, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up cycling at age 25 in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Why this sport? She tried cycling as a form of cross training for cross-country skiing. She realised she was pretty good at cycling so decided to put more effort into the sport.
Club / Team The Cyclery-Opus: Ottawa, ON, CAN
Name of coach Jacques Landry [national]; Craig Griffin [national]
General Interest
Hero / Idol Canadian speed skater and track cyclist Clara Hughes. (canadiancyclist.com, 12 Jun 2014)
Awards and honours She was chosen as the Canadian flag bearer for the closing ceremony at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (coldfx.ca, 2011)
Other sports She was a cross-country skier before making the transition to road and track cycling in 2008. She competed at the 2005 World Nordic Ski Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. (velodrome.org.uk, 2011; olympic.ca, 01 Jan 2015; canadiancyclist.com, 12 Jun 2014)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (canadiancyclist.com, 12 May 2014)
Other information TIME OUT
She took a break from the sport for almost three years after competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London to pursue her doctoral degree and made her comeback in 2014 by signing with The Cyclery-Opus Racing Team in Ottawa, Canada. (canadiancyclist.com, 12 Jun 2014; cyclingmagazine.ca, 08 May 2015)

FOCUS CHANGE
She has competed in both track and road cycling but decided to focus on the road individual time trial ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I definitely miss the track, and it is something that I really love. But I feel like I need to focus 100% on one thing. I only have so much time, so I want to focus 100% on the time trial and see where that takes me." (canadiancyclist.com, 12 Jun 2014; cbc.ca, 22 Sep 2015)