About Me

About Vanessa Ruck, The Girl On A Bike

The Girl On A Bike, About Vanessa Ruck

Born and raised in England. I’m a go-getter, a chase-your-dreams kind of girl.  I grew up in the great outdoors, getting muddy and messing around keeping fit with horses and quad-bikes and always up to mischief.

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Female motorcycle rider UK Vanessa Ruck also known as The Girl On A Bike 
Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike

At 18 I flew the nest to find my place in the world, university, masters degree, first job. Life took a turn in 2014 when I was hit by a red light jumping car, and since that day I’ve made it my goal to make the most out of life, and to also help others do the same.

My escapism has always been through sports, whether that’s kite surfing, snowboarding or mountain biking, it’s always been about getting physical, but the accident changed that and motorbikes came into my world. They’ve swiftly become my favourite form of adventure; the open road, the power, the ability to simply disappear into the unknown and travel the world.

I started @TheGirlOnABike when bed bound after my 3rd surgery following the accident, the first on my hip, and decided that I needed something positive to channel my energy into. Since this day I have continued to share my journey with you, but not just the happy days you expect on social media. I’ve also tried hard to be real, showing the down days, the days you have to find all your inner strength to even just get out of bed.

Ultimately, life is short, so it’s so important we don’t waste time or let life just slip through our fingers. Even with injuries and full-time jobs, we have so much to be grateful for and can do so much with our precious existence.

Girl motorcycles?

With a 7 year recovery seeing 7 surgeries and two reconstructed body parts, it’s been a roller coaster for me, but through this I’ve discovered motorcycles. Starting with cruising but rapidly ramping up to trials, adv and now even full hard enduro as her my heals. Bikes have swiftly become my favourite form of adventure; the open road, the power, the ability to simply disappear into the unknown and travel the world.

Over the years I’ve become known for sharing my journey with the world, but not just the happy days you expect on social media. I feel social media can be so toxic with all too perfect ‘unreal’ lives projected. I work hard to be real and honest, showing the rough and the tough days too.

My love for two wheels has seen me riding all over the world in recent years, including Bolivia, Ukraine, Sardinia, Iceland and many more. I want to prove that anyone get get up and enjoy life on two wheels, proving girls on bikes is normal, possible. We need more girl motorcycle conversations!

What’s my mission? To make the most of each day and help others do the same. 

Join the ride!

Much love, Vanessa Ruck

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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About Me

How to Help You Reduce Stress When Going on Vacation: 3 Quick Tips

Going on vacation should not be as stressful as it often ends up being. You might have a lot on your mind, and you don’t want to have to take that on board with you when you are supposed to be putting your feet up and relaxing.

You need to make sure that you teach yourself to relax when it is time for your long-anticipated vacation, and you put your heart and your soul into enjoying it. You might find that it can be helpful to take on a few tips before you go, to save you the stress of worrying about every little thing. So, to take some of that weight off your shoulders, here are three top tips to help you reduce stress levels when you are on vacation. 

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#1 You Are Going to Need to Think About Your RV

There is no such thing as a great American vacation without an RV. This means that you should be keeping it maintained and you should be getting it ready to go across the country. However, you might not want to drive it all that way, and you might just want it to be waiting at your destination without having to take two cars.

It would save on gas money, which can add up quickly with the current prices. So, you could investigate what RV transport there is available to you at respected sources such as https://www.shiply.com/us/rv-transport. This can help take away a lot of the stress of going on vacation, especially if you are flying over to California from Florida and you don’t want to do it in an RV.

#2 You Are Going to Need to Plan Your Trip 

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This can cut out a huge chunk of the stress you might be feeling. The unknown can be particularly nerve-wracking, especially if you are someone who likes to know what is going on most of the time, and you might find that this is a good way to settle the nerves.

It can help you with thinking and planning and making the most out of the time you have with your family, instead of worrying about what you are going to cook for dinner. Even preparing a meal before you go can be useful, and it can be something that you feel is crucial to making sure that your vacation is an unqualified success.

#3 Try Going to a Spa

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Going to a spa can be the only right way to kick off a holiday with a chilled-out vibe. You are going to want to make sure that you are feeling thoroughly relaxed, your back is knot-free, and you are refreshed. Your family on vacation does not deserve to see you the way you are when you are at work, so you should be making the most of the time you have off to spoil yourself. Having a massage and sitting in a sauna can help you sink into that holiday mood too. 

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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What’s on Adventure Bike Rider Festival discount tickets

  • ABR Festival returns to Ragley Hall Estate on the 24-26 June 2022
  • Organisers promise to make festival a premier motorcycle event
  • A host of on and off bike activities return including masterclass sessions, off-road schools, inspiring guest speakers, greenlane rideouts and live music
  • The 20km long AX41 Adventure Trail to now include a beginner’s loop
  • The REV’IT! stage to host a full line-up of the UK’s best party and tribute bands
  • 2023 on course to sell out with thousands of riders expected

Get your ABR discount tickets here and use “GOAB5” for 5% off: www.adventurebikerider.com/adventure-bike-rider-festival/

Billed as the UK’s greatest celebration of adventure biking, the Adventure Bike Rider Festival will return this summer, and organisers have promised their best event yet.

Set in the magnificent grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate on the 23-25 June, the show will open its gates to thousands of like-minded riders for three days of biking action and festival entertainment.

This year’s festival will be a far-cry from any antiquated ‘park-up and shop’ biking rally. As ever, the show promises to deliver a premium visitor experience, with a host of on and off bike activities for visitors to enjoy.

Held in the stunning grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate, Warwickshire, on the weekend of 23-25 June 2023, the Adventure Bike Rider Festival is the ultimate weekend motorcycle event. It’s where thousands of likeminded riders all come together to make new memories and friends and experience a weekend of great entertainment, riding, and food and drink. Everyone shares a common interest and bikes are the glue that forms unbreakable bonds, memories, and experiences.

Visitors to the ABR Festival consistently say that it’s one of, if not the, best festival they’ve been to. Across the weekend you can take part in a host of on and off bike activities (all included in your ticket price) including live music, rideouts, masterclass sessions, off-road tuition, and much more. It’s been described as ‘Glastonbury with motorbikes’, and we’ll not argue with that.

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A weekend of great Entertainment

Fancy riding the Adventure Trail in the morning, catching a masterclass session before lunch and then listening to Led Zeppelin live? OK, we didn’t quite manage to get hold of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, but last year’s visitors will tell you that the ABR Festival music lineup is a highlight of the weekend. The lineup for 2023 will be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled for the big announcement.

Away from the main stage, you can enjoy acoustic sets on the campfire stage, a good ‘ol knees up in the quirky Magic Teapot, and talks and demonstrations from the biggest names in adventure motorcycling.

Ride the 20km-long ax41 adventure trail

There aren’t many places in the UK where you can ride 20km of uninterrupted trails, but at the ABR Festival you can. Take your big adventure bike off-road on a purpose-built route and experience the thrill of riding a long and varied trail.

Ragley Hall Adventure Bike Rider Festival

Adventure in a special location

The ABR Festival is so much more than another bike rally in a muddy field. Ragley Hall is a special location with stunning grounds in the heart of England. The magnificent great hall will form the backdrop for the weekend, while the spectacular grounds give you the feeling of being in your own world. Combine this with first-class facilities like plenty of posh, regularly cleaned toilets and hot showers, and you’ve got a festival experience fit for a king or queen.

meet adventure biking legends

Ignite that spark inside you which could lead to your next greatest adventure by hearing from those who have done it themselves. Our extensive guest speaker lineup is here to help you get inspired, learn more about two-wheeled adventures, be entertained, and meet your adventure motorcycling heroes.

Be part of something special

It’s a powerful feeling when thousands of people with a common interest get together. At the ABR Festival it’s a love of two wheels which binds each and every one of us, and it leads to an atmosphere like no other. Make new friends and riding buddies, create new memories that’ll last a lifetime, and become part of the friendliest community in biking.

Test ride the latest adventure and touring bikes

At the ABR Festival, every major adventure motorcycle manufacturer will be there with one purpose: to let you ride their new bikes. By riding the latest motorcycles in one location, you can be sure you’re making the right decision when you next come to upgrade your ride.

Experience the ABR Arena

The kit you choose can make or break an adventure. At the ABR Festival, you’ll find the biggest and best adventure motorcycling brands in one place, all there to help you make the best choices for your next big trip. It’s your opportunity to speak to industry experts and get the right gear to make your next big adventure a success.

Elsewhere in the ABR Arena, you’ll find community competitions, including the legendary Slow Bike Race, over 50 tasty street food stalls, a selection of bars, plenty of seating, and a great, friendly atmosphere.

Founder of the ABR Festival, Alun Davies, stated, “I’ve always viewed the ABR Festival as a feelgood celebration of motorcycles where we are all (that’s industry and public) in it together, and that’s what we are going to continue to deliver. Following on from the success of the 2021 ABR Festival, the aim is to keep growing the event at the magnificent Ragley Hall and provide outstanding facilities for the industry and public alike. It was mentioned in 2021 that the ABR Festival had the vibe of Glastonbury with motorcycles. And with that in mind we’re working flat out on the 2022 Festival which will feature more live music, more festival attractions and more riding opportunities. In short, I’m determined to make the ABR Festival a premier motorcycle event we can all be proud of.”

Tickets for the 2032 ABR Festival are still available but are selling fast, with every previous festival selling out weeks in advance. Discounted three-day weekend tickets, with camping included, are priced at £114 and can be purchased directly from www.abrfestival.com. Ticket holders are covered by a ‘Coronavirus Guarantee’ ensuring that if event is postponed because government enforced restrictions, purchasers have the choice of rolling tickets over or claiming a refund.

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XLMoto: YouTube Presenter Vanessa Ruck

As seen in The XLMoto: XLMOTO product expert Vanessa Ruck gives her best tips on what to look for when buying a new helmet. Helmet buying guide by Vanessa Ruck!

It’s a great honour to have been selected by XLMoto to be the face of their YouTube channel. The channels a range of areas from kit reviews, to how-to and knowledge sharing on selected XLMoto products. Here is an example video discussing things to think about when buying a motorcycle helmet.

For the rest of the XLMoto YouTube videos see here.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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Web Bike World: Interview with Vanessa Ruck, ‘The Girl on a Bike’

As seen in The Web Bike World: Vanessa Ruck – and she had just come out of the Tunisia Desert Challenge as the first woman to have ever competed in the competition (35th out of 55 bikes, no less).

What does a woman like Vanessa do after a french kiss with a car, seven surgeries, and one of the more extensive rehabilitation therapy schedules I’ve ever seen? She buys a motorbike and signs herself up for THE hardest style of riding known to our kind. I’m itching to pick her noodle about anything and everything, so let’s dive in.

The accident that changed everything for you; tell us what happened.

So I was cycling. I was on the way to the wakeboarding lake to meet my husband and some friends – just a really normal Tuesday. 

Traffic lights turned green, I carried on peddling through, and a car coming the other way decided not to stop. 

I went straight into the side of the car, and life, in that moment, changed very dramatically. 

Just to be clear; I was not a bleeding, scraped up mess on the side of the road – nothing like that. Obviously I was shaken up – I’d just been hit by a car – but the insane bit is that I was discharged later that night with a diagnosis of bruising…just bruising! 

Since then I’ve had one surgery per year, spread across seven years. So it was just a constant kick in the face of going backwards, and it didn’t get easier. 

With reoccurring surgeries, every time you go back into surgery, it gets harder. The expectation is all wrong – you think you get the hang of recovering, and then the old tissue is dug into again and the mental battle gets worse and worse. 

My mental health recovery has always been harder than the physical, and I’m very open about that. I started with multiple health disorders and it took a lot of processing time to heal…there were some really dark days, and that’s the side of things that are normally invisible – even little things, like overcoming the trauma of fear of the road after an incident like that.

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Seven surgeries in as many years. An insane testimony, given what you do today – but what blows my mind is that you had to convince the medical industry that you had more than bruising…?

It was ridiculous, and yeah, it was incredibly hard – because they’re telling you to trust the medical profession, They were being so inaccurate, messing me around and I was constantly being put in situations where that trust was being misplaced – but at the end of the day, you’ve gotta trust them because they’re the professionals.

So I’d just been hit by a car and I was being told I’d be ‘back to normal, back on my feet, boom, no problem,’ maybe just have a little bit of rest at home. 

As I listened to their advice, though, I realized the pain wasn’t changing – the swelling wasn’t going down. So, I went to see my GP again. 

There’s totally an element of ‘the squeaky wheel gets fixed first’ to all this, and the shoulder was really the worst part (even though the hip ended up having five of the seven surgeries, it was dormant so wasn’t picked up at first). 

The doctors’ answer to my pain was that I had ‘a little bit of a sore shoulder’ and I needed some steroid injections to get better. 

Three steroid injections later, and nothing was improving; that’s when he said the next option was surgery, and he told me the procedure. 

In the fine print, I was gonna lose at least 25% of my range. 

25%.

I didn’t like this. 

I saw another shoulder specialist – the second opinion. Before I’d even sat down, he asked me why I would refuse surgery – and I’m like, “I haven’t refused surgery.”

So yeah, loads of stuff like that.

That first incision was apparently ‘a little cleanup thing,’ which did jack all. Then after that, the second opinion did the right scans and actually looked at my shoulder properly – and that’s when my arm was diagnosed as ‘not attached to my shoulder’. 

After 13 months? Insane.

My column collarbone was like 3mm up and 10mm back and you could bounce it around. 

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What’s been the biggest factor in getting your health back on track?

The biggest part…definitely mindfulness. 

It goes a long way with fear, anxiety, even stress – and I really emphasize mindfulness in the UK school programs I do as a way to give back.

When I talk about mindfulness, loads of people think about, you know, sitting on the floor and humming with your hands folded, knees crossed, whatever. 

I’m not the sort of person that’s gonna just sit on the floor and try and think of nothing. That method just won’t work for me, haha. 

To me, mindfulness is all about the realization that we are in control of our thoughts and that we can have far more control of our conscious selves than I ever imagined could be possible. 

By having control over ourselves, we also have more control over our subconscious thoughts – and our emotions are directly linked to our thoughts. 

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To recover from everything I’ve been through, I’ve kind of trained my thought process around my pain, to recognize the trigger thoughts that come into my mind

I’ll just go, “S***, my hip is really hurting right now,” and if I start with that as my initial thought and I let that thought stay in my mind, I spiral. 

I’ll start to focus on the fact that it hurts so much, and it hurts again today, and it hurt yesterday, and why does it have to keep hurting, why does my body have to be so s***, I’m useless… It’s a freaking mind game, and now I’m upset and there was no benefit in me letting that thought stay. 

If I catch these thoughts and I’m mindful, I’ll be like, “let’s focus on something else” – the birds singing, calling a friend, focusing on anything else. 

Ultimately, spiraling clouds judgement and judgement affects emotions – and when you’re in a scary situation, you can actually quite often rationalize the situation and work it out. 

Can you tell us a bit about those two days of being stranded?

Well I was in the thick of things and I realized it was half past five, and it was going to be dark in about 45 minutes – pitch black. 

I was completely on my own, in the middle of the sand dunes, kilometers after kilometers from anything – so I went right into survival mode. 

The bogeyman is totally real for me, so I knew was gonna be terrified alone like that; I got my survival kit out and I took extra electrolytes, all my vitamin D things to help me physically.. I also worked out exactly what was gonna help me, how long everything was gonna last, figuring I could have something now and something about 1:00 AM and then something in the early hours of the morning. It wasn’t enough to what my body needed based on the fact that I’d been riding 11 and a half hours, but at least everything could be timed out. 

I spent about half an hour collecting firewood, making sure that I never let my bike go out sight – it’s crazy out there, you can get disoriented so quickly. I also took everything off, down to my base layers and let them air dry in that last 45 minutes of sunlight so that I didn’t go into the evening wet with sweat. 

A little fire pit was dug later with my head torch around my neck – knowing there was no way it was gonna last all night – and I had laid everything out exactly where it needed to be and shielded my little area a bit with the sand. 

In the last 10, 15 minutes of light, I got the fire lit and then I basically just sat there and tried to stay calm, loaded the mindfulness on – just freaking out about being on the desert my own, haha. 

Oh, it was pitch black; I could hear things – there was nothing there, but in a state like that when you’re just on high alert it’s another ballgame – but I knew the fire, it was a comfort.

I focused on the fact that I had a fire and animals weren’t gonna come near me cause animals don’t like fires. 

After a bit the wind started to pick up, which I found really scary, cause the sand is blowing everywhere and it’s incredibly loud. I put my earplugs back in so I could just try and stay calm by not hearing the wind. It helped me kind of process that. 

The whole thing that night was pretty routine; just sort of lay there and try to snooze and have a little nap and then throw more wood on and have a little nap again, trying to focus on how noisy the fire was , etc.

Closing my eyes cuz helped me in processing the fears, trying to rationalize. And you know what?I was okay; I was nice and warm. I was safe. I had a fire and the organization know where I was. My bike sat there pinging every 30 seconds and I got picked up in the middle of the night ( which was awesome) by the sweeper truck. 

And they got me back to the bivouac at 3:30 in the morning, my mechanics immediately jumping on my bike and me heading to bed until the bike was fixed two and a half hours later. 

For the rest of the Web Bike World article see here.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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Motorcycle News: Time for Adventure

As seen in Motorcycle News [print]: After an epic adventure in Belize with Motourismo, Big Little Rides it was awesome being able to share the story in MCN. Here it is:

Waking up early in the morning, still a little jetlagged, we make our way to our breakfast spot. It’s a local eatery run by Raquel, a cheerful Garifuna lady always ready with a smile and a generous plate of eggs and bacon. Hopkins feels a lot Like Jamaica rather than Central America because of its vibrant Garifuna population: originally from West Africa, the Garifuna in Belize are famous for their hospitality, delicious cuisine, and drumming parties.

As we approach our first creek crossing. I’m a little worried about whether Alana and Mariska are going to make it across. It’s rocky and slippery, and neither have much experience off-road. Egle and Jurga wade into the creek, ready to help them across. I’m waiting on the other side in case they need a hand or stall – it’s a slight uphill after the water crossing, and I know just how intimidating wet rocks can be.

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Belize is hot and humid, so we make a habit of stopping at waterfalls and swimming holes to cool down. Soon, I realize the best policy is to simply wear a bikini under the riding gear: we braap, then we swim-that, in a nutshell, is a Belize survival guide.      

Mud, Bikes, and Coral

As we press on riding ever-deeper into the Belizean countryside, I’m starting to realise this trip is jampacked with off-bike activities I’d never have had the time to organise myself. On ride days, we stop to make traditional tortillas with local Mayan women, visit waterfalls and caves, explore incredible Mayan ruins and eat lunch with the locals. During the rest days, the gals opt for a snorkeling trip to an island, while Suzanne and I go for a diving expedition to explore the reefs.

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As the trip draws to an end, I realize we’ve ridden across Belize’s most remote rainforest trails, savannah, and beaches. We’ve done long days in the saddle and covered some dusty miles, helping each other along the way. We’ve battled mud, bent gear shifters, and the limits of our own comfort zones. From jaguar sanctuaries and remote Mayan villages to Caribbean towns and spectacular landscapes, we’ve experienced Belize in the best way: on two wheels, and in the company of like-minded adventuresses.

Best of all, we’ve all learned a thing or two about pushing our own edge. For me, riding dirt and traveling on bikes is all about challenging myself and exploring places off the beaten path. Having survived a road accident that’s left me with a reconstructed body, I seek out adventures and physical and mental challenges – if I’m to grow as a rider and as a person, that’s the way to do it.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys, and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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The Female Lead: May 2022 – Celebrating Women

As seen in The Female Lead: From worldwide politics and business, to sports and eyewatering physical challenges, we’ve put together a list of ten milestones in the gender equality sphere that will make you smile. There’s a long way to go, but we believe every step in the right direction is a step worth celebrating.

1) The first ever woman finishes an extreme endurance ride in the Tunisian desert

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Vanessa Ruck – also known as The Girl on a Bike – recently battled sand dunes and blistering temperatures to complete the Tunisia Desert Challenge.

The 35-year-old motorcyclist went on to complete the gruelling eight-day endurance event, covering up to 469km each day and enduring sandstorms with up to 85km/hr winds. Vanessa told The Female Lead: “Tunisia really was brutal but such an adventure!”

2) The first woman wins UK’s Fisherman of the Year

Ashley Mullenger is a whelk fisherman who fishes off Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. She says she was determined to normalise the role of women in the industry, after becoming the first woman to land a Fisherman of the Year accolade.

“Men have worked hard to build this industry that I’m now part of. It is part of my honour and respect for them,” she told the BBC.

The under 10-metre award, which Ashley won, refers to the size of fishing vessel. Judges looked for an individual who has demonstrated skill, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to change.

3) Spain take the lead on menstrual leave for women

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Women who suffer from severe period pain might be allowed to take leave from work for up to three days each month, which could be extended to five days in some circumstances.

If the bill passes, Spain would join Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Zambia in having a policy that grants. menstrual leave.

For the rest of the Female Lead article see here.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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Glorious Sport: The Road Ahead With Vanessa Ruck

As seen in The Glorious Sport: Pushing the sport to the extreme, Vanessa Ruck’s love of motorbikes and tough races is taking her all over the world. We chat to her about Harleys, happiness and where she’s off to next

Vanessa Ruck is @TheGirlOnABike, a rider who’s not only pushing sporting boundaries and winning awards* from the motorbiking community, she’s also inspiring a community of fans with her popular YouTube channel and social media accounts. And recently she added to her accolades, as the first – and only – woman to enter and finish the Tunisia Desert Challenge, an extreme rally raid over sand dunes and in blistering temperatures. The eight-day gruelling endurance venture was the toughest you could imagine.

Have a flick through Vanessa’s videos and you’ll get a feel for this wonder woman. See her riding a monster of a Harley Davidson Pan America in a recent Welsh Winter Warmer race for big bikes; despite being one of only two female competitors (out of 22), hers was one of the biggest bikes in the field and, during the gruelling two-hour battle, she negotiated extremely hard terrain in first gear, deep puddles, thick mud, climbs and slippery off-camber turns. And Vanessa has added some dramatic footage of that Tunisian adventure too, facing brutal conditions in the desert, coping with sandstorms, burning heat and getting stranded.

Scroll further and you’ll see her prepping her darling Buddy – a Husqvarna TE 250i – for a race, giving her the full works including oil change and filter, switching the tyres for a clean edge, and firing up Thug, her beloved Harley Davidson DYNA Street Bob.

Vanessa owns five bikes (Buddy, Thug, Bear, Big Red and Woody), has travelled to 21 countries on rides and has entered – to date – ten big races, including the British Extreme Championship, the British Hard Enduro Championship, Rallye du Maroc and Red Bull Romaniacs. She’s definitely making her mark in the biking community as one of the precious few women who ride – and you get the feeling she’s only just begun.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck life changing accident

“However, I’ve now had seven surgeries on my hip and my shoulder. I didn’t have all of them in one go; it was more a case of one every year for seven years – when a previous op didn’t work, complications happened or things were missed. I’ve effectively got a reconstructed right shoulder and right hip involving bone work, ligaments, soft tissue, tendons and cartilage.” As well as hours and hours of rehab, loads of time on crutches and many days in bed, Vanessa’s mental health took a huge hit. “I’ve had some of the darkest days you can imagine; in fact, I’d say that the mental recovery has probably been harder than the physical and I’m quite open about that.” “Mindfulness is now a big part of my life. When my hip is hurting particularly badly, most of the time I can cope with it but there are moments when I get angry and can quickly spiral down into a toxic, negative mental state. Through mindfulness, I’ve learned to be conscious of my thought processes and recognise early triggers.”

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“We loved it so much we went through a bit of an early mid-life crisis and ordered two of our own as a result and it turns out they were the best purchase we made for my mental health recovery. My Harley DYNA Street Bob – yes, the beloved Thug – is like a sofa and to this day, riding it hurts me less than driving a car. Once you sit on it, your hip is in a pretty open position because it’s a cruiser and you don’t have to move your leg around.”

Ultimately, the Harley made Vanessa realise she could have some adventure, some adrenaline, some wind in her hair, without needing to do much physically. It was a real turning point and soon afterwards, while recovering from a surgery, Vanessa had another bike-shaped brainwave – this time she wanted an off-roader. Dirt bikes are specced to handle intense off-road landscapes; they have kicked suspension so they can handle rough terrain with big knobbly tyres for grip, they tend to be light and agile but they’re also rugged in order to handle the inevitable falls and drops.

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“I did some research and got a little Yamaha WF 250 F which seemed like an ideal first dirt bike. Five months after buying it, though, I still hadn’t recovered enough to sit on it,” she explains. “But it was there as a reminder every single day of what I was working towards. Those days when I hurt too much, and I couldn’t find the energy to get out of bed, it sat there as a goal.”

Vanessa’s dirt bike purchase was six years ago and she’s now making a name for herself on trails, in rallies and races in the UK and abroad. “With an off-road bike,” she says, “there’s a lot of risk, and my body is more vulnerable than it used to be. I make sure I wear the right protection and I work hard on my skill, because the more skill you have, the less likely you are to have big offs and falls.”

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She’s focused on the basics and trying to get as good as she can, using YouTube as her teacher and taking part in a few training days too. It’s the biking community and her new friends that have taught her the most though, she says. “My husband and I are quite social and happy. We go places and meet new people, end up riding with them, and a lot of the time they are much better than us so we learn from them. They give us tips, they’re able to look at me and tell me what level I’m ready for and I trust that they’re not going to put me into some suicide attempt race which I won’t be able to handle!

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I had water as, thankfully, passing cars, trucks and buggies gave me some, but by 5pm I was bad. I called for an emergency evacuation and when they saw me, they were clearly scared,” Vanessa recalls. “I was terrified. I had been trying not to breathe in the hot sand but it felt like my head was going to explode. I was delirious and was put on a drip. One competitor sadly died due to the heat as they didn’t activate emergency support from the organisers, I’m glad I found the strength to hit the button.

Vanessa has lots of plans for the future: “I’m on a mission to achieve some big races and put myself into horrifically uncomfortable and unpleasant situations,” she says, “but I also have to manage my expectations and keep in mind what my body can cope with.” For her, it’s not about trying to be the best. She explains: “It’s about trying to prove to myself that I still can, and trying to give other people a bit of energy too. It’s about saying yes, bad things happen, and we all have horrible battles and challenges, and that’s okay, it’s normal. With the right attitude, and some determination, you can come through, and come out stronger.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck Vanessa At the finish line of Red Bull Romaniacs 2021

Talking of strength and determination, Vanessa has picked one of the most male-dominated sports there is, involving some of the heaviest, most powerful machines. “Yes, it’s hugely male dominated,” Vanessa laughs, “In fact, I’m usually one of only three women in an event. At Red Bull Romaniacs, I think there were five women out of about 600 riders. On reflection, she says she understands why. “It’s brutal. The bike is heavy and your body to weight ratio is much smaller.

Also, it can feel quite intimidating, because there just aren’t many women.” But with the challenge comes the reward and The Girl On A Bike is happy to admit the taste of victory is slightly sweeter if you’re smashing it as a woman in a traditionally male sport. “I definitely get a buzz from competing with and beating men. They look at you and judge you, thinking you’re not going to be capable, so when you can actually get on a bike and ride pretty well, it’s really satisfying,” she smiles.

For the rest of the Glorious Sport article see here.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

The Girl on a Bike in the Media

Motorcycle News: Tunisia’s Queen of the Desert nailed it.

As seen in Motorcycle News [print and online]: British rider Vanessa Ruck, who is more commonly known on social media as ‘TheGirlOnABike’, has become the first woman to start and finish the Tunisia Desert Challenge.

First run last year, the ‘TDC’ desert rally covers 2500km over eight days. With four different rider categories ranging from experienced racers to relative novices, it’s a ‘pay and play’ affair with bike entry fees ranging from £2800-£3500.

“It was a gruelling endurance event, covering up to 469km each day,” Ruck said. “But it wasn’t all sunshine! I slept in the dunes with a camp fire awaiting rescue, I had a medical close call after seven hours in 45°C sand dunes and a helicopter med evacuation and got lost in a sand storm with 65km winds… But I just kept going!”

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck desert challenge

A total of 398 vehicles – including cars, buggies, race trucks and 55 bikes – took part, although Vanessa was the only female rider.

She tackled the trip on her Beta 480 RR, riding with the Desert Rose Racing Academy, and finally came home 35th in the bike category as the first-ever female to finish.

The 35-year-old from Kent developed her social media platforms while undergoing numerous surgeries and extensive recovery after being hit by a car while cycling in 2014.

No longer able to cycle, motorcycling – particularly off road – became her favourite form of adventure and her accounts of her experiences all over the world in places such as Bolivia and Iceland have been featured in MCN before.

The Girl on a Bike In MCN News Paper

For the rest of the Motorcycle News article see here.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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