Canadian track cyclists Tara Whitten and Zach Bell were crowned World Cup champion of the Omnium as the 2011 UCI World Cup season came to an end in Manchester, Great Britain -reported by CCA. Tara Whitten is one of the Canadian women on Dr. Vie Superfoods Team Tibco as they start the new season 2011. In her interview by Dr. Vie ( Watch Dr. Vie TV interview with Tara Whitten ) after her recent gold medal win in China, Tara answered Dr. Vie’s question: “What was one of the challenges that you had along the way?”
Tara replied: “My ski career….not going as planned…led me to make choices….that led to my cycling career. Keeping perspective, and realizing that you are not always stuck where you are is important.”
Dr. Vie interviewed Tara after her recent World Cup Champion crown:
Dr. Vie: ” Where are you calling in from today, Tara?”
Tara Whitten: “Flagstaff, Arizona.”
Dr. Vie “Share with us your feelings after this fantastic win.”
Tara Whitten: ” I am so excited to have won the World Cup overall in the first year that the Omnium has been contested at the World Cup level. This is a great way to start out the build-up to the 2012 Olympics, and it is also really special to share the victory with my friend and teammate Zach Bell who won the World Cup Omnium title on the men’s side.
Tara Whitten from Edmonton, AB, the defending World Champion in the event, will enter the World Championships next month bearing the title of World Cup champion. Whitten stepped on the podium in all three races she competed in, winning her first ever World Cup gold medal in an individual event last month in Beijing, China. Whiten took two silver medals to open up the season in Melbourne and Cali. ( Watch Dr. Vie TV interview with Tara Whitten )
Zach Bell from Watson Lake, Yukon who trains in North Vancouver, BC, also had a great year stepping on the podium in all three races. Bell won the silver medal in Melbourne to kick off the 2011 season, then took the bronze medal in Cali. In his last World Cup race in Beijing, Bell took the second place to secure enough points for the title.It was the first time that the omnium title was awarded on the UCI World Cup tour since the discipline is new. The omnium will make its Olympic deput at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, GBR.
“It has been a great year and I am proud to find a level where I can take a title like this on behalf of all Canadians. To do this in conjunction with my friend and teammate Tara is a dream come true for sure. Both of us reaching the top of the World cup Ranking in its first year, in the Olympic qualification process is a result of the hard work of each of us as athletes, as well as the hard work put forward by Richard, Tanya, Adam, Jon and Sandy and all the other members of the IST team,” said Zach Bell.“These results only draw attention to the fact that with the right support, Canada can produce the best athletes in the world. Tara and I are a cross country skier and a wrestler turned into World Cup Champions by a program that has only started to do things right. With a steady increase of support and a progression of the staff’s vision for the team all the athletes involved in the program can reach this level. It is a truly exciting era of Canadian sport and I am sure I am just as excited as Tara to be one of the athletes leading the charge towards summer podium success at the 2012 Olympics,” added Bell.
The Canadian track cycling team is led by Head Coach Richard Wooles of Vancouver, BC.“This is a great day for Canadian cycling, for Zach and Tara. We are all very proud! Looking ahead we are building our team outwards to have a system in place for more results can come our way, said Wooles. “This is a great start in our build up to London 2012. Thanks for all the people that make thing work; we are all very lucky to have such a great team helping us at the track and back in Canada.”
Jacques Landry, high performance director at the Canadian Cycling Association, is confident of great results to come for Canadians at the World Championships and at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“With two World Cup titles from Tara and Zach, we are very optimistic for the immediate future leading into Worlds in March, but also for London in 522 days! The success that these two athletes have demonstrated is a reflection of their tremendous talent and work ethics supported by a professional team. This will contribute to building a solid system that will put Canada in a position as one of the top track countries in the world,” said Landry.
The Canadian track cycling will now prepare for the 2011 UCI World Championships, which will be held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, from March 23 to 27. Dr. Vie Superfoods Canadian women cyclists Tara Whitten (from Dr. Vie team Tibco) and Laura Brown and Stef Roorda (from Dr. Vie Superfoods Local Ride Team, BC) ride together on Team Pursuit as they represent Canada in Netherlands- home of Stef Roorda. Click here to watch Dr. Vie interview of Laura Brown and Stef Roorda after their recent silver medal win in Beijing, China.
Canada currently has three World Cup title holders: Whitten, Bell and Catharine Pendral in the women’s cross-country Mountain bike.
Dr. Vie Superfoods Tara Whitten World Champion Track Omnium
“Tara is an amazing woman. She moved from a career in skiing to a professional cyclist – to excel in it and be crowned the World Champion yesterday. She is also the recent recipient of the Presidents Award. Furthermore, she is a Ph.D. student and emits a wonderful strong aura. We invite you to meet Tara at our events in Canada this year, ” says Dr. Vie, founder of Dr. Vie Superfoods. Click her to watch our interview with Tara. Dr. Vie interviews Tara Whitten after her Gold Medal win in Beijing China 2011
Lots of hugs and congratulations dear Tara from Dr. Vie team, Montreal, Canada.