Maria Markov was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and grew up in Vancouver, BC. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia, with a combined major in Computer Science and Physics. She stays in touch with the UBC community through the Varsity Outdoor Club, where she frequently organizes and takes part in backcountry skiing, mountaineering, climbing and cycling trips.
Maria currently works as a software developer at McKesson Medical Imaging Group, and as part of the McKesson Environmental Council she raises awareness for environmental responsibility in the organization. Also, as a member of Richmond Community Cycling Committee, Maria provides input and feedback on cycling infrastructure to the City of Richmond.
As a photography geek and nature enjoyer, Maria is eagerly anticipating the unfathomably varied and beautiful Canadian landscapes on this ride. As an adventuring spirit, she can hardly contain her excitement at the idea of cycling 8000km.