Doctor Whitten has pedalled a long, winding road back to Olympic stage

Canada’s Tara Whitten competes during her women’s track cycling ominium 3km individual pursuit race at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 7, 2012. (Paul Hanna/Reuters) Her memory of the accident is, to this day, still murky. All Tara Whitten can tell you is, back in March, she was testing cycling’s time-trial course in Rio de Janeiro when she had one of those ‘oh-no’ moments.“I’m going fast and I’m not going to be able to stop,” Whitten thought in that flash of a second that you get before an accident actually happens. Whitten ran her bike into the back of a mini-bus, fell and then … nothing. Her memory blanks. Many months later, she is still piecing the incident together – how she managed to get up from…


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