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#BecauseICan free school workshops

#BecauseICan free school workshops

with Vanessa Ruck aka The Girl On A Bike

School children are being inspired and encouraged to take a Because I Can attitude with free workshops. The movement is all about giving kids the right tools to take on life, despite the setbacks and uncertainties, such as covid-19. The initiative has come about as a vehicle to motivate kids to go beyond their comfort zone and demonstrate anyone can achieve great things with the right mindset and the appropriate training.

I believe that it’s about realising that wanting to quit is normal, that anxiety and stress can be overcome and that with the right mindset and strategies anything is possible. Born from real life experiences, their workshops bring highly relatable lessons and tools to help better equip youths, and adults alike, for the battles and challenges of life.

At a time when the world is full of doom and gloom, particularly for the ‘lost generation’ of school students interrupted by covid, I want to deliver a real drive and inspiration. Bringing real life challenges, battles and big goals to youth in the hope that it will encourage the future generation to get up and take life by the hands and focus on what they can do.

Organised by me Vanessa Ruck and team mate Tim Bradshaw, I attend schools to deliver free workshops on finding ways to make things work, dealing with the lows and the set backs, whilst moving steadily towards the objective. 

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Longdean School assembly

Vanessa brings fresh perspective to a diverse range of kids from age 13 up to 17. 

“The energy Vanessa and Tim brought to the school was fantastic. Not only are their stories inspirational but they actually deliver actionable tools the kids can relate too.” 

Ben Cordy, Leeds Faith In Schools

The workshops deliver practical advice and focus on: 

  • Learning to accept your situation and love yourself
  • Importance of talking about mental health
  • Working on outcomes, not the process, with goal setting to keep you focused and motivated 
  • The importance of understanding the facts in the situation and pushing aside the ‘noise’ when anxiety hits 
  • Remembering that wanting to quit is normal – but what makes you extraordinary is not quitting 
  • That FEAR is just False-Expectations-Appearing-Real 
  • Dealing with pressure
  • Importance and benefit of gratitude
  • Being part of the solution 

By the end, the children are challenged to come up with their own #BecauseICan challenge. 

What is on offer?

The free workshops that can take a very flexible form:

  • large assembly presentations with audience engagement
  • Smaller more intimate round table sessions
  • Group coaching sessions
  • Interactive mini workshops
  • Evening parent sessions

Really the options are open so please do get in touch and we can discuss the best plan for your school.

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Intimate coaching workshops

How it works:

  1. Contact Vanessa Ruck
  2. Discuss your school’s needs, programmes and how best to fit the workshops into your programmes
  3. Book a date and ideally organise multiple sessions across the day /days to get the largest impact for travel
  4. Vanessa will come and deliver for FREE

What is the cost? – FREE!

Nothing. There is no cost to the schools. I’ve been on a mission since my accident to help others with life’s battles. If I can help just one kid each time I share my story it somehow makes everything I’ve been through so much more worthwhile. The workshops do cost me money, I give up my time and cover my own hotel, fuel and food expense, but I am happy choosing to do that. I want to share my experiences.

How can you help?

– Schools message me to book your free speaking event
– Brands reach out to support the big picture and schools programme
– Individuals please share this far and wide

I offer youngsters a new perspective on life’s outcomes and highlight an approach to reaching life’s goals. Be part of the solution!

About Vanessa Ruck

As a motorcycle rider and racer, Vanessa speaks passionately and authentically about the challenges of recovery from a life changing accident and making the most of every day. After being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, Vanessa’s world was turned upside down, resulting in 7 surgeries and a roller-coaster of mental and physical recovery spanning 7 years. Through her recovery she discovered motorcycles, becoming known as “The Girl On A Bike”.  

‘Motorcycles, something I started post-accident, have become my love and passion. If you’d asked me 7 years ago whether I would be racing off-road motorcycles I’d have probably choked on my drink! But life takes us on some amazing journeys.’ 

‘People can relate to my story because everyone goes through bad times. Hopefully I am inspiring others to show that if I can bounce back after 7 surgeries, others can get through their hard times.’ 

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Vanessa Ruck from accident to racer

Helping Inspire Others to Make the Most of Each Day

Combining her ten-year career in marketing and her resilience for life, Vanessa has built a following of over 240,000. She now inspires others to get up and tackle the battles life throws at us with gratitude and happiness. Instead of adding to the sometimes-toxic social media landscape filled with ‘all so perfect’ lives, she’s real and honest, sharing the highs and the lows. Showing the strength needed to come out stronger against life’s curve-balls.

Vanessa is on a mission to show that nothing is impossible if you work hard enough, even as a slightly reconstructed person following the accident. Vanessa has successfully leveraged the power of social media, passionate storytelling and marketing to share her story and inspire others. She empowers others with the lessons she has learned through her emotional, thought provoking and highly engaging story.

​If you can pull her away from her bikes, she will bring an incredible energy to your school for pure resilience, determination and inspiration.

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Vanessa speaks from the heart

What the audience can expect

An exciting story of sports and challenges from the point of view of Vanessa, who as a fit and active individual with many passions was struck down by an easily avoidable accident and went on to find new ways of slaking her thirst for adventure by becoming “The Girl on a Bike”.

Presentation Approach

Vanessa speaks from the heart, and as such will take the group on a journey of emotions. They will feel they are with her through the adversity and adventure alike and will come away from the presentation with a renewed vigour and outlook.

For further information, including booking a school visit for your school, please get in touch 

You never grow in your comfort zone

The Girl On A Bike
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Finish line of the first hard enduro race

Hear what some of the schools have to say:

“Tim and Vanessa worked with 440 children in one afternoon across years 9, 10 and 11. Each session had clear messages linked to their personal experiences, but they also managed to carefully reflect the needs of each group to maximise possible impacts. Their ability to create links between their own seemingly untouchable achievements and the everyday mindset needed by us all, captured their audience’s attention.”

Matt Skinner – Personal Development and Wellbeing @CMCS

Want to donate and support more school free workshops?

I unfortunately do have somewhat limited resources so I am always welcome to sponsors supporting me. Please do get in touch to donate and help me fund more school visits.

BecauseICan team

My team mate, Tim Bradshaw, is a former intelligence officer and Everest mountaineer, and great lover of setting extraordinary goals. It is also possible to have us both join together. We’re working together to bring inspiration to as many youth and adults as possible.

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Nerves got to me – Qatar International Desert Baja

Nerves got to me – first rally -Qatar International Desert Baja

What’s it like taking on your first rally, first road book rally and first desert race? Here’s my experience doing the Qatar International Desert Baja with QMMF. The nerves full on got to me, it was tough. But here’s more on my first rally:

That was the toughest thing I’ve ever done, bar my accident recovery. As my first ever roadbook event, first time in the desert and first time in the dunes it was definitely a dive into the deep end! The Qatar temperatures is what made it quite so brutal…with day two’s temperature peaking at 55 degrees the heat was overwhelming. Riding, focusing on the navigation, reading the terrain and trying to keep the pace up with a body battling overheating meant for an intense race. Pausing or slowing even slightly resulted in near unbearable intensity.

At one point, deep amidst the 80km of sand dunes, I had to ride 2km at a time. Focusing just on making it another 2km. And then another 2km. I knew if I stopped the heat would be worse, I also knew I was not going to quit! So I dug deep and kept going!

I’d say it was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. There is so much new information and regulations to get your head around, it was hot, a new type of terrain and a complex navigation system using road books, and did I say it’s hot!? 39 degrees and humid. HOT. I went through moments of sheer panic, stress levels escalating, anxiety and even moments questioning everything I’m doing, am I mad?? In these moments I worked to break down what I was tackling. Taking little chunks at a time, deep breaths and trying to calm my mind. I realise these emotions are normal and I’m certainly not going to be quiting! But yikes I’m nervous.

Here’s my ranking in the Qatar International Baja desert race, my first rally:
🥈 2nd place in Women’s
13th in class of 26 riders
22nd overall of 40 including moto and buggies
Only 25 finished the race…!
🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

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Qatar International Baja

Shattered would be an understatement!! But I would rather be completely exhausted from the hard times that breed success and see me grow, than well rested from achieving nothing! The Qatar rally was a serious push on my body, my mental capabilities and required some serious grit to keep pushing on. I genuinely didn’t realise it was possible to sweat so much or use so much brain capacity all at once. There were moments of pain. Moments I questioned if I could make it. But fighting on meant that the satisfaction at the end was just that much more epic! I did it!

I’m on a mission to prove that I can, even with a slightly reconstructed body! No excuses! Fight on!

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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Energica Eva Ribelle RS Review

Energica Eva Ribelle RS Review

This is the Energica Eva Ribelle RS and this is a big first for me…it’s the first time I’ve ridden an electric motorcycle and thought: “wow this is a motorcycle, that’s electric”. It’s no longer a strange attempt to be a bike. It’s solid, handles like a bike should and blinking heck it brings smiles! With instant torque propelling you to 60 in 2.6 secs it’s like a legal high!! Here’s my technical review of the Eva Ribelle RS from Energica.

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Energica Ribelle RS

Everyone knows electric isn’t known for it’s mega range, however with ever improving battery technology we decided to mission across Italy on the Energica Eva Ribelle RS. As part of Energica week we started at the HQ and rode over to Misano for the MotoE. This was my first ride too and as you’ll see… I was impressed. And the biggest learning for me was that you really have to try electric before you say it’s not for you. There’s seriously something epic about the instant linear power….and 2.6 seconds 0-60…we’ll that’s just naughty!

I hope you enjoy. Let me know in the comments!

You have two videos to watch, the full ride adventure across Italy and then also a technical run through of the bike. See below:

Will we make it? | Electric Mission across Italy on the Eva Ribelle RS

This is an animal! Energica Eva Ribelle RS technical review – segment game changer

Filming supported by STUDIO K7

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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Tips for Your First Month of Riding a Motorcycle

Tips for Your First Month of Riding a Motorcycle

Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience. It is a kind of adventure on its own. The feel of the wind as you cruise along the highway, the rush of blood, the excitement. It is a freeing experience. No wonder why many pursue motorcycle riding not only as a hobby, but as a passion, a way of living. 

If you want to chase your motorcycle dreams, you need to be prepared. If you don’t know how to ride a motorcycle, it’s not too late for you to take lessons, buy a motorcycle, and hit the road. With constant practice, determination, patience, and right information, you can make your dream a reality.

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My first two stroke

If you are new to this hobby or passion, here are a few tips that will help prepare you for your first motorcycle riding adventure:

1. Do some research before buying your first motorcycle.

Excited on your first ride? If you don’t have a motorcycle yet, it is important that you do some research first before buying one. There are many types of motorcycles available in the market. When buying a motorcycle, here’s a big no-no: don’t buy based on price or style alone. 

There are many factors to consider when buying a motorcycle. Research on the types of motorcycles appropriate for beginners. You can also visit a local motorcycle dealership near to to ask around. Better yet, if you have motorcycle-riding friends, you can ask for their advice. Just don’t buy on impulse. 

2. Study the motorcycle handbook.

If you still have not secured a motorcycle license, then you will need to study the motorcycle handbook, take the Motorcycle written Test, and pass the road test. Even if you already have a license, it still helps if you review the motorcycle handbook. It contains information on motorcycle operation, motorcycle laws, gears you need to ride a motorcycle, handling mechanical problems and dangerous road situations, among others. This handbook is a lifesaver, especially for your first month of riding.

3. Buy and use proper gear.

Using the handbook as a guide, you can get an idea of what gear to buy. Motorcycle riding can be dangerous, especially for new riders as they are more prone to accidents and tipping over. Even when you are a careful rider, other riders and drivers on the road may not be. For your safety, always wear essential gears when riding. These include helmet, eye protection (if you are not wearing a full-face helmet, leather jacket, pants, boots, and riding gloves. Here is my top tips for what gear to wear for:

4. Take a motorcycle class.

If you are new to riding, you need to consider enrolling in a basic motorcycle riding class. There, you will learn the essential riding skills. They can provide you with a motorcycle. This will help you get accustomed to a particular motorcycle before buying one. You will learn a lot from taking classes, especially with regards to riding skills and safety. Honda off road motorcycle school in the UK is a great option – see more here.

5. Get familiar with your motorcycle.

Whether you’re using a motorcycle provided by the motorcycle class or a motorcycle of your own, it’s important to get familiar with the motorcycle you’re riding. Riding a motorcycle takes practice, as it involves eye, hand, and foot coordination. Get familiar with the controls and functions of your motorcycle to the point that riding it would be an instinct. A few basic motorcycle controls you need to get acquainted with are as follows:

  • Throttle grip. This is located on the right handlebar. You just twist it to control the speed of your motorcycle. It functions similarly to a foot accelerator of a car. 
  • Front brake. Similar to the throttle grip, this is located on the right handlebar. To apply pressure on the brake, just squeeze this gently. 
  • Rear brake. Located on the right side of the motorcycle, the rear brake is some sort of a pedal. You need to press it gently with your right foot to brake the rear wheel.
  • Gearshift lever. Located on the lower left side of your bike, the gearshift lever is used to change gears when you drive. 
  • Clutch lever, Not all motorcycles have a clutch. If your motorcycle does, it is found on the left handlebar. You need to squeeze this when changing gears.

Here are my top tips on how to start doing your own mechanics:

6. Practice.

Make the most of the motorcycle classes to practice. When you have acquired a temporary permit, practice driving on the road. After getting confident riding in a safe and controlled space, move to an area with few pedestrians and low traffic volume. Once you have gotten acquainted with the motorcycle and have become comfortable riding it, you can start riding in more congested areas. 

Now that you have a license, a motorcycle, the proper gear, and the right skills, it’s time to hit the road. But make sure that you get insurance first. Remember all that you have learned from the motorcycle handbook and the riding class. Be a responsible rider and always ride safe.

Here is an example of practice practice practice!

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Triumph Tiger Sport 660 first ride review

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 first ride review

This bike it definitely going to stir up some trouble in the mid-weight adventure sport category! Introducing the brand-new Tiger Sport 660 from Triumph. I had an incredible opportunity to ride the Tiger Sport 660 prototype with Triumph Global and experience it before the world even knew it was coming. After a day riding here are my thoughts on the Tiger, including why I think this bike is going to take the segment by storm! I also got to ride two rival bikes, the Yamaha Tracer and Kawasaki Versys 650, riding them both in identical conditions, on the same roads back-to-back.

Here are some of my key highlights on the Tiger Sport 660:

  1. Triple engine more powerful and more responsive for an energetic ride, including ride by wire. Triple 660 is proven with the Trident 660 – see Trident review here.
  2. Class leading spec – this sounds dull but it’s pretty noticeable with the British quality, attention to detail and finish with 3 colours. Plus the list of branded equipment such as Showa suspension and Nissin brakes. On paper it’s not a huge up on rivals, but in the saddle, you can feel it’s all tuned together for a superior experience.
  3. Value for money – with a mid-market entry price and the lower cost of ownership with 10k service intervals it’s an affordable option
  4. Versatility – with a poised upright stance the Tiger Sport 660 is comfortable and makes adding luggage or a pillion easy. I particularly like the rear luggage mounts that come as standard and are seamlessly designed into the bikes lines – no big ugly brackets
  5. Technology – this is where it stands out particularly well over rivals, with multiple riding modes, a clear TFT display screen and smooth slip assist clutch
  6. Confidence – seat height is 835mm with a narrow stand over. Add the chassis feel and 206kg weight, it feels solid and balanced for low-speed manoeuvrability
  7. Tyres – it comes with Michelin Road 5s – a very well known and highly rated tyre option

Let me know in the comments what you think of the new Tiger Sport 660.

My trousers, as people often ask, are by Revolution Race and are available in mens and womens, and in a wide range of colours – https://revolutionrace.co.uk/

Triumph Tiger Sport 660
Triumph Tiger Sport 660

Tiger Sport 660 with The Girl On A Bike

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The importance of suspension

The importance of suspension broken down so even the non-mechanically minded can understand – K-Tech

A highly under valued element of the motorcycle is the suspension but there is so much jargon and tech that it can seem overwhelming. Here I chat through why suspension is so important but in a way that hopefully every motorcycle rider can understand, even those less mechanically minded. Consider it the suspension for dummy’s, breaking down the importance of suspension:

  1. Correct weight spring
  2. Compression and rebound damping
  3. Inner suspension functions
  4. Sag

I spent the day with Michael from K-Tech talking about the importance of suspension and getting my Honda CRF 450 RX set up ready for my new rally riding adventures.


For more on K-Tech see – https://www.ktechsuspension.com/

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Talking the importance of suspension with K-Tech

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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Jarvis Signature Tours Romania Review

Jarvis Signature Tours Romania Review

Graham Jarvis, the legend Extreme Enduro rider and probably the first name that comes to most riders’ minds when they think of the crème de le crème of enduro talent. And it just got better…the legend has started a series of Jarvis Signature Tours, I’ve already been to the Spanish and Welsh ones but now it’s time for some Romanian fun with Jarvis Signature Tours Romania.

If you’re after your own Red Bull Romaniacs experiences or full training for Romaniacs then Jarvis Signature Tours Romania is the place to go!

Vanessa Ruck

Set up by an absolute legend, if you want riding progression and an epic adventure this is the place to go.

Riding progression and an epic adventure GUARANTEED

Jarvis Signature Tours:

✅ global locations
✅ full tuition available
✅ suitable for ALL experience levels
✅ bikes and gear
✅ enjoy trail riding, brush up skills or BOTH!

Watch the trip here or read on:

The first thing to mention is that by going to Jarvis Signature it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to ride with the man himself, Graham – you can but the dates are limited and you of course pay more. I had an absolutely incredible time there even without him. Graham has years of riding experience to teach, however he’s also still a full-time professional rider and so had equipped his school with some absolutely nails riders to stand in and deliver the ultimate hard enduro coaching.

Taking your riding to the next level

Depending on your goals they’ll push you as little or as much as you like. Nail some new skills or simply enjoy some chilled riding, either way you’ll have one hell of a time.

They’ve cornered the market for guided tuition trail riding for sure and I think the tuition really is the reason to head to Jarvis. Yes, it’s an amazing experience riding in Romania, but the big push for me is the riding development. Many tour operators can give you the odd tip but being able to really push you, spot your bad habits and take you to the next level is rather unique for the Jarvis offering.

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Yes… I rode up that with Jarvis Spain!

The team will push you as hard as you’re wanting to go!

Here’s a video from my other Jarvis Signature Tours experiences:

You can see how hard they pushed me, within my limits but outside my comfort zone. It was incredible.

Jarvis Signature Wales

Jarvis Signature Spain

Back to Romania:

Bikes

In terms of bikes Jarvis of course has his factory racing hat on, opting for a fleet of the latest Husqvarna enduro bikes from across the range of sizes. They’re made of hard enduro!

Facilities

Jarvis Romania is based on a large farm set in the rolling Romanian landscape. The large farm house provides a comfortable solace with comfortable rooms and a family feel. Enjoy a spread of breakfast options prepared on sight under the lovely terrace and hear the horses neigh in the background. There are lots of horses too as the family also run pony camps for children.

The bikes are stored in a large barn on sight with space for kit storage, keeping the mud out of your room.

Riding is a 30-40 minute drive from the farm, which the team organise with the bikes in a trailer. This enables you to start your riding in the best terrain, not having to do any road slogs to get into the depth of the Carpathian mountains. It also keeps local villages more at one with the bikes as big tours are not passing through at such a frequency. Happy locals means happy bike tours.

Jarvis Signature Tours Romania Facilities:

  • Gorgeous farm house accomodation
  • Latest Husqvarna enduro bikes
  • Limited kit rental available [orgnaise before trip]
  • Experienced hard enduro team
  • Onsite breakfast
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurants
  • Access to Red Bull Romaniacs trails

Terrain at Jarvis Signature Tours

If you picture Red Bull Romaniacs then this is the terrain you’re riding! They team know all the best trails, they know previous Romanicas routes including Atom, Iron, Bronze, Silver and even the madness of Gold. If you want a Romanicas training trip or a way to experience the likes of Romaniacs riding then they is the ideal place to go.

The Romanian Carpathian mountains offer a huge variety of riding. the scenery is incredible and so is the riding. I would describe it as enduro on steroids! Take the riding nearly everywhere else on the planet and put it on steroids… hello Romania! They have different types of terrain, from beautiful high and medium mountains, big forests and green meadows, to rocky or muddy sections – and some serious hills climbs…of should I say mountain climbs. They go on an on!! So everything you need for the best guided enduro tours in Romania with Jarvis Signature Tours Romania.

Mr Graham Jarvis was of course with us too, as we know he’s a shy one, but I was really warmed to to see his energy towards the tours. He was welcoming and engaging and bloody awesome and showing me how things should be done. Tips from the king of hard enduro, that’s a winner!

The tuition is perfectly suited for ANY riding experience, from total novice through to expert. These guys are the top spec in riding capabilities and so there is something to learn for everyone.

Given that Jarvis has a busy race calendar, if you can’t get a date to ride with him I would not threat….For the very, very large majority of riders you’re going to learn as much progression from Graham’s team as you will from him as he really has employed a fantastic caliber of guys so don’t threat if you can’t get a date with Jarvis.

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Riding with Graham Jarvis

How far can you push it with Jarvis Signature Tours?

A huge attraction to me here is that Graham’s team know what it takes to push your riding to the next level. That means the guys know and are familiar with putting you into terrains that can at times be a big step up for you. But it’s ok, they are right there with you! They assess your capabilities and quickly know where they can safely push you. It’s not about reckless fun as at the end of the day no one wants to come home broken, and they certainly don’t want damaged bikes. But they do know how to safely push the limits and will talk you through exactly what needs to be done.

How to get there

Fly into Sibui in central Romania and the team will collect you from the airport.

Check flight cost and availability here.

Summary

In three days riding I went from totally unprepared for Red Bull Romaniacs to ready to race and feeling confident. Here’s why you need three days minimum pre Romaniacs:

  1. Day one you realised the terrain is like nothing else you’ve ridden, it’s like you have forgotten how to ride. Getting stuck, falling, failing. But the Jarvis team are there feeding you tuition.
  2. Day two the tuition starts to make sense, you’re adapting to the terrain, to the sheer scale of the riding in Romania. Confidence is building
  3. Day three it all starts to click and you’re riding like a boss with confidence. Romaniacs ready!

I learned more like a few months’ worth of progression. Graham Jarvis you’ve made something special here! Just a short flight to Sibui and you’re there. This is the place to train!

Jarvis Signature Tours Contact:

https://www.grahamjarvis.org/tour-explore

Here’s some video form riding Red Bull Romaniacs the week after visiting Jarvis Signature Tours Romania:

If you’ve had any similar life challenges, then I would love to hear from you. I’d also love to know if there are any topics you’d love to see me cover! Get in touch with me via email or Instagram!

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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Red Bull Romaniacs Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know about Red Bull Romaniacs

Red Bull Romaniacs 2021 Finisher – here’s the full behind the scenes low down & lots of info you might not know on the vertical madness

I did it!!! I’m officially a Red Bull Romaniacs finisher…or should I say survivor? That was epic. I loved every second of it. Here is my behind the scenes low down on the whole event. I hope it enables you to learn a little more about how Romaniacs runs and some of the behind the scenes fun of becoming a Romaniacs finisher!

There is a lot to know about Romaniacs so I hope you enjoy. Let me know in the video comments:

My body…saying I’m proud of it would be an understatement. While I did have to push through some pain management for my hip it held up. Each morning, with good nutrition overnight, as much shut eye as possible, Compex deep tissue support and active collagen, my body felt ready for the day ahead [discounts below]. Day four was the biggest mind game for me as the hip pain was more intense but I wasn’t going to let it hold me back. See why this was so tough for me with my accident story here:

I used all the Jarvis tips learned the week before and I just focused on riding smoothly and consistently. I had very few falls but definitely a few heart skipping a beat moments of fear (particularly on the ridiculous finish line crowd pleasing obstacles 😱).

I wasn’t fast but I’m insanely delighted to say I actually ranked!! 57th place of 91 riders with a total riding time of 18h23m20s following the Garmin GPS route of vertical madness!

Time to plot a new ridiculous challenge 🤪

Red Bull Romaniacs topics covered in this video:

  • Different classes available
  • Qualifier time trial
  • Sign on
  • Event format with paddock and race days
  • Garmin navigation set up with eTrex 22x and eTrex 32x
  • Food and race nutrition
  • My make up for off road riding
  • Hydration and Leatt mouth piece
  • Bivouac marathon stage setup, tent hire and packing
  • Bike hygiene
  • Fuel stops in the mountains
  • Health with my reconstructed hip
  • Finish line madness
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Romaniacs finisher 💪🏼

Please note that due to Red Bull Media licencing there is no race footage in this video – they send me a legal threat if I recorded anything – all riding footage was captures on ‘similar’ terrain the week before with Jarvis Signature Tours Romania.

For more information on details shared in the video:

Here’s more on how I trained for Red Bull Romaniacs the week before with Jarvis Signature Tours Romania:

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Strata Florida – the UK’s best green lane

Strata Florida – the UK’s best green lane

With over 9 river crossings the Strata Florida is a very fun legal byway in Wales. It’s wide enough for big 4x4s but also great fun on two wheels. But be warned…it is a wet ride! Both with a lot of puddles and standing water that tend to been murky with hidden rocks, and also from the many rivers, it can be a sporty ride – making it my best green lane. This was a day riding with two friends, I was on the Honda Africa Twin along with Alex my husband, and then Nick was on a Tenere 700 – all three ADV bikes are largely standard with the addition of some extra protection bars / plates. We were also running 50:50 road to off road tyres, so nothing fancy. We’d had a few dry days so the water was manageable on the big ADV bikes but certainly some hairy deep parts, with 9 river crossings the Strata Florida is not one for after heavy rain.

This is quite possibly… one of my favourite byway green lanes in the UK.

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Here is the GPS route for the ride that I call the best green lane in the UK https://www.outdooractive.com/en/route/hiking-route/strata-florida-nick-and-vanessa/216659270/?share=%7Ezqdfsfzp%244osgopjn

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Jarvis Signature Tours Wales Review

Jarvis Signature Tours Wales Review

Graham Jarvis, the legend Extreme Enduro rider and probably the first name that comes to most riders’ minds when they think of the crème de le crème of enduro talent. And it just got better…the legend has started a series of Jarvis Signature Tours, I’ve already been to the Spanish one but now it’s time for some Welsh fun with Jarvis Signature Tours Wales.

Set up by an absolute legend, if you want riding progression and an epic adventure this is the place to go.

Riding progression and an epic adventure GUARANTEED

Jarvis Signature Tours:

✅ global locations
✅ full tuition available
✅ suitable for ALL experience levels
✅ bikes and gear
✅ enjoy trail riding, brush up skills or BOTH!

Watch the day here or read on:

The first thing to mention is that by going to Jarvis Signature it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to ride with the man himself, Graham – you can but the dates are limited and you of course pay more. I had an absolutely incredible time in Spain even without him BUT I’m excited to say Graham, the main man, was there for my Welsh trip! AND oh-my-goodness watching his precision and riding execution in person is even more epic than seeing it online. He’s like nothing I’ve seen before. As you he sits there, you can see his mind scanning the surroundings for things to play on, whether that’s rocks, banks, river beds or even full blown growing trees [see YouTube video below to see that…]. Graham has years of riding experience to teach, however he’s also still a full-time professional rider and so has equipped his school with some absolutely nails riders to stand in and deliver the ultimate hard enduro coaching.

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The Girl On A Bike with Jarvis Signature Tours Wales

The Team

The main guy to mention here is British Hard Enduro Rider Grant Churchward. He’s the man behind Jarvis Wales and boy does he know how to ride. Grant has been exploring the Welsh mountains for over 40 years so if he doesn’t know where’s best to ride, no one does. Add to the fact he is a seasoned expert with multiple wins and podiums throughout the enduro scene…you have a winning combination.

Top location and top riding.

The Girl On A Bike with Jarvis Signature Tours Wales logo
Jarvis Signature Tours Wales logo

Grant was the key energy behind my tuition and he really was spot on. He has a very patient tone and a real art in translating what you need to do into directions. He analysed my riding and then delivered focused and tailored tips to help me improve. My cornering stepped up dramatically as a result. You can tell he know what he’s doing when you see him ride too!

Mr Graham Jarvis was of course with us too, as we know he’s a shy one, but I was really warmed to to see his energy towards the tours. He was welcoming and engaging and bloody awesome and showing me how things should be done. Tips from the king of hard enduro, that’s a winner!

The tuition is perfectly suited for ANY riding experience, from total novice through to expert. These guys are the top spec in riding capabilities and so there is something to learn for everyone.

Given that Jarvis has a busy race calendar, if you can’t get a date to ride with him I would not threat….For the very, very large majority of riders you’re going to learn as much progression from Graham’s team as you will from him as he really has employed a fantastic caliber of guys so don’t threat if you can’t get a date with Jarvis.

Taking your riding to the next level

Depending on your goals they’ll push you as little or as much as you like. Nail some new skills or simply enjoy some chilled riding, either way you’ll have one hell of a time.

They’ve cornered the market for guided tuition trail riding for sure and I think the tuition really is the reason to head to Jarvis. Yes, it’s an amazing experience riding in Wales, but the big push for me is the riding development. Many tour operators can give you the odd tip but being able to really push you, spot your bad habits and take you to the next level is rather unique for the Jarvis offering.

Bikes

As a Jarvis venture they are of course kitted out with a fleet of Husqvarna TE 300i motorcycles, fully Jarvis style kitted. You can also ride with your own motorcycle if preferred.

Accomodation

I did not stay but the team can organised accommodation for you if needed. There are some great options in the area so just ask them. Wales is stunning!

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Loving the Jarvis style riding

The team will push you as hard as you’re wanting to go!

Here’s a video from my Jarvis Signature Tours experience:

You can see how hard they pushed me, within my limits but outside my comfort zone. It was incredible.

Bikes

In terms of bikes Jarvis of course has his factory racing hat on, opting for a fleet of the latest Husqvarna enduro bikes from across the range of sizes. They’re made of hard enduro!

Facilities

In terms of location they couldn’t be closer to the trails, out the driveway, up the hill and you’re off road. Straight out of the private compound and the trails start. They’ve got an ace setup with onside toilets, all important beer fridge and easy parking.

Jarvis Signature Tours Wales Facilities:

  • Set in stunning Welsh mountain countryside
  • Rockstar energy fridge
  • Latest Husqvarna enduro bikes
  • Full kit rental
  • Experienced hard enduro team including Grant
  • Onsite post ride snacks
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurants
  • Easy on site parking

Terrain at Jarvis Signature Tours

You’re off-road immediately from the house with a mix of large fire tracks, small single track, technical rocky streams, hill climbs and slipper forest. The views are just wow too, it’s incredible.

How far can you push it with Jarvis Signature Tours?

A huge attraction to me here is that Graham’s team know what it takes to push your riding to the next level. That means the guys know and are familiar with putting you into terrains that can at times be a big step up for you. But it’s ok, they are right there with you! They assess your capabilities and quickly know where they can safely push you. It’s not about reckless fun as at the end of the day no one wants to come home broken, and they certainly don’t want damaged bikes. But they do know how to safely push the limits and will talk you through exactly what needs to be done.

How to get there

Fly into Bristol, which is 1 hour 20 minute drive to Surgery Road, Blaina, Abertillery in Wales. If you contact them, I’m sure they can collect your for the airport too. Another option is London airports [Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham] but the drive to Javis Signature Tour Wales will be longer.

Check flight cost and availability here.

Summary

In a few days riding I learned more like a few months’ worth of progression. Graham Jarvis you’ve made something special here! Set in epic Welsh countryside. This is the place to train!

Ideal for UK based riders OR those international travellers wanting to see some epic UK countryside while also learning and enjoying the trails.

Jarvis Signature Tours Contact:

https://www.grahamjarvis.org/uk/jarvis-tours/wales.html

Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip with Jarvis Signature Tours Wales:

As another option is Jarvis Signature Tour Spain here’s my video and review

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