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46-seconds of Maria Parker in action

CRW_0734.CRW Maria Parker, recumbent cyclist, sets a world record riding Silvio Cruzbike Recumbent Cycles for a distance of just over 241 miles along a 20-mile loop at White Oak, in Bladen County, North Carolina on October 10, 2009. Congratulations to Maria and her team. CRW_0723.CRW

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Maria Parker’s World Record Quest ~ 10/10

Maria rode her Cruzbike Silvio [her “Yellow Bike“] & her husband’s Black Silvio. They are movable bottom bracket recumbents, with front wheel drive. She is looking to ride a longer distance on her ‘bent than any other woman has in a 12-hour time period, where the ride was a Ultramarathon Cycling Association (UMCA) sanctioned event. The best to Maria and her team.
Maria's Loop

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In addition to lap metrics, I’ll post pictures & videos to my flickr photostream. To the degree I can, I’ll post articles about the event. Check this site for the most current info on Maria’s ride.

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In memory of September 11, 2001

9-11RibbonThe Tour de Force’s dual mission is to honor the victims of 9/11 by keeping their memory alive through cycling events and to raise funds, to benefit the families of police officers, who were killed in the line of duty, each year, nationwide, making the ultimate sacrifice.

TDF 2009: Boston to Ground Zero
In 2009 the Tour de Force will have a New England feel. The tour kicks off today in Boston and goes through Massachusetts, Connecticut & Long Island, New York, concluding on 9/14 at Ground Zero in NYC.

the agenda

Sun Sentinel Article

Kindred Sprits ~ BrothersI am bless to have had this article [Selma journey brings kindred spirits together] published on the Opinion Page [Page 16A] in the Saturday, 08/29, Sun Sentinel. Thanks to Mr. Giraldo [Rafael] and to Mr. Antonio Fins of the Sun Sentinel.

I trust you have read my three blog articles relating to the civil rights struggle in the United States. If not, here are the titles and links to them:

  • Today—Selma, Alabama
  • From Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
  • March 25, 1965

    These were tough times for our country. As a people, we are better for them.

    Mr. Giraldo [Rafael] and I are close because of his many riding experiences as he trekked across the country. His riding experiences are similar to some of my touring experiences. His ride through Alabama is particularly poignant and drew us closer together.

    We rode together as brothers the last two days of his awesome recumbent trike ride across the country.

    Saturday, 08/29, I met him as he resolved a flatting issue with Manifest Destiny, his trike. We rode together, Mr. G. on his Expedition and me on my RANS Citi Crank Forward bike. It was a wonderful ride with GREAT conversation. We spent the evening together in my room after a scrumptious dinner from Hans Meijer. Thanks Hans!

    Sunday, the final day of the tour, we awakened early, to ride the final miles. This time both of us on trikes—one Catrike Expedition and one Catrike 700.

    We experienced a spectacular sunrise, followed by a day that became increasing hot as we came to the end of his journey. Rafael’s family and friends gave him a warm and loving reception.

    March 25, 1965

    Goals of the March

    In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.

    James Bevel’s initial plan was to march to Montgomery to ask Governor George Wallace (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) if he had anything to do with ordering the lights out and the state troopers to shoot during the march in which Jimmie Lee Jackson was killed. Bevel called the march in order to focus the anger and pain of the people of Selma, some of whom wanted to address Jackson’s death with violence, towards a nonviolent goal. The marchers also hoped to bring attention to the violations of their rights by marching to Montgomery. Dr. King agreed with Bevel’s plan, and asked for a march from Selma to Montgomery to ask Governor George Wallace to protect black registrants.

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