DELHI, India: Tara Whitten employed a not-so-secret weapon before starting the Commonwealth Games women's time trial on the Noida Expressway.
The 30-year-old Edmontonian stuffed the back of her jersey with ice to keep cool amid windy, 40 degree Celsius heat on Wednesday, the penultimate day of the Games. It worked, because she raced the 29 kilometres in 38 minutes, 59.3 seconds to win the gold medal.
Earlier in the Games, Whitten won bronze medals on the track in the points race, individual pursuit and team sprint with Calgarian Monique Sullivan.
She averaged 44.628 km-h in the time trial and admitted she struggled over the final 10 km. New Zealand's Linda Villumsen was 4.85 seconds behind Whitten for silver. Julia Shaw of England got bronze.
"I knew this course would suit me well," Whitten said. "I'm not so good on technical courses, so straight and fast is ideal for me. I just put my head down and went. My only strategy was not to go too fast in the beginning."