Maria Costello - Queen of Bikers

Maria Costello - Queen of Bikers
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Maria Costello - Queen of Bikers

By Maria Costello

Maria Costello is one of the most instantly recognisable faces in British motorsport. Blonde, petite, pretty and bubbly, she is the exact opposite of most people's image of a motorbike racer. Yet Maria has competed on equal terms in this most demanding man's world for over a decade, smashing the Isle of Man TT lap record, entering Guinness World Records and being awarded the MBE. She has a fan club numbering in its thousands and has been the subject of intense media coverage. Maria survived a near-death crash at the Isle of Man and has broken many of the bones in her body at least once. Each time she has repaired her battered body and got back on her racing bike, yet despite her undoubted bravery she struggles for acceptance in an environment in which women are often viewed as little more than playthings for the men. In this frank and honest biography, Steve Pitts, author of the acclaimed 39 Days of Gazza, reveals all about Maria's amazing life and career as one of Europe's top bikers: how it all began with a nasty accident and three broken bones, the racing dramas, the trophies, the records, the tragic death of her mentor, the horrific crashes, her mangled love life, the sex bias of the big-race paddock and her never-ending battle to be treated as an equal by men she regularly beats on a bike. This is much more than just a sporting story: it's the tale of one defiant woman's battle against all the odds to succeed in the most hostile of male worlds.

ISBN: 9781906015541

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