Maria Parker, Podcast Co-Host



Maria is a CEO of the Cruzbike Company and Founder of 3000 Miles to a Cure Charity. Mother of four, grandmother of six and wife of 34 years. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling from University of North Carolina, Pembroke & a BA in Biology from University of Virginia.  Maria believes that the lessons that athletics teach us can be applied to overcoming life's challenges and succeeding like a champion. 

Advocate / Activist


Maria is featured in the film documentary HOPE which was produced to cover her amazing come from behind victory of RAAM and to raise funds & awareness for the need for Brain Cancer Research. Maria lost her sister, Jenny, to Brain Cancer. She believes that we will change the future for people diagnosed with brain cancer.

Cycling Champion


A long-distance  endurance cycling champion, including winner of Race Across America (RAAM) and the holder of  multiple cycling records. Including:  24-hour road record: 469.198 miles at  19.550 mph average, Maria calls herself an adult-onset athlete as she was in her 50s when she really hit her stride. Her husband, James Parker, MD is also a champion cyclist.