Improving the world by getting more people on bikes is Maria Parker’s mission. She is the CEO of Cruzbike, an innovative manufacturer and retailer of bicycles that allow people to experience the joy and freedom of cycling without the discomfort associated with traditional bicycles.
Parker works closely with designers to imagine and bring to market bicycles that are comfortable, safe and put the rider in an ideal position to view the world - bikes that are a delight to ride.
As an ultra-endurance cyclist who holds the over-50 record for Race Across America, and multiple 12 and 24 hour cycling records on her Cruzbike, she spends hours each day on her Cruzbike both for exercise and as practical transportation around her hometown of Lumberton, NC.
After her sister’s diagnosis of brain cancer, Parker began using her bicycle racing as a platform to raise money for desperately needed research through a non-profit called 3000 Miles to a Cure. Many have now joined her and together they have raised more than $300,000 for research.
One of Parker’s greatest pleasures is working with her family in both her company and non-profit work. She is a frequent speaker at non-traditional cycling events.Website
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