October 1, 2010/ Jim Parker
A new 100 mile world record under the auspices of the UMCA for women’s recumbent or upright bike was set on October 1, 2010 by Maria Parker on the pre-production Vendetta prototype.
Pending certification by the UMCA and World Recumbent Record Association, Maria Parker, my lovely wife, has significantly raised the mark for the women’s 100 mile road event. She set the current record of 4:48 (four hours, forty eight minutes) last October on the Silvio (on her way to the 200 mile and 12-hour Records). On 1 October 2010, she completed the 100 miles in 4:27, averaging a blistering pace of 22.5 mph.
Starting at 6:18 am in darkness, in White Oak, NC. She fought wind gusts up to 20 mph under overcast skies as the last remnants of a deadly tropical depression cleared the area. The Cruzbike Vendetta performed flawlessly. Even when heading directly into the headwinds on the 20-mile loop course, she was able to sustain speeds over 20 mph.
Many thanks to John Tolhurst, Doug Burton, and the entire Cruzbike community for helping bring to life such an amazing bicycle. Together, we have created a speed machine for the open road that may have no equal.