Maria Parker is a woman of both grace and grit. She is a world record holding long-distance cyclist, wife and mother of four and sister to Jenny Mulligan. Jenny's brain cancer diagnosis inspired Maria to found 3000 Miles to a Cure and tackle Race Across America (RAAM) 2013 to raise $1 million dollars to cure brain cancer.
Maria is an American long-distance cyclist and the holder of multiple cycling records:
24 Hour Road Record: 469.198 miles (19.550 mph)
12 Hour Road Record: 257.804 miles (21.48 mph)
200 Mile Road Record: 9:17:03.0 (21.54 mph)
100 Mile Road Record: 4:27:19 (22.45 mph)
Read an excerpt from her own account of her record-setting 24 hour ride and the full list of records here.
Read a personal letter to you from Maria here.