After a thriving decade-long career, Australia's most successful female enduro racer, Alison Parker, has hung up her boots, swapping motorcycling for motherhood. The long term Yamaha rider, and founder of Australian Women's Enduro Development (AWED), has achieved ten consecutive Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) podiums - including eight wins; three International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) podiums (as well as being the first Australian female to contest the ISDE); an Australian Safari class win (against the men); and she was the first non-European woman to compete in the Women's Enduro World Cup, in 2010.
"When I bought an old motocross bike and started racing in 2000, my imagination didn't extend past club motocross events. After meeting enduro racers Jason and Chris Cater, Stu Morgan and Geoff Ballard, my riding took on a whole new path. By 2002, I was to race my first A4DE, the Australian Safari in 2003, the inaugural Australian Off-Road Series (now AORC) in 2005 and, definitely the highlight of my career, the 2006 ISDE, where I was the top placed female by over 44 minutes," Parker reflected.
"I'm so pleased to have been able to see the increasing opportunities and participation of females in motocross and enduro over the last decade. When I started AWED, my motivation was to boost numbers participating in the women's class at the A4DE and AORC, as well as improving Australia's prospects of sending a female team to the ISDE. It's great to see so many woman involved now, and for Australia to have two podiums in a row at the ISDE is fantastic."
Alison Parker wishes to thank everyone who supported her throughout her career.
Alison and her husband are expecting their first child in August.