The Girl on a Bike in the Media

Gloria: She almost made it, but now she has ridden a motorcycle up Croatia’s tallest mountain.

As seen in The Gloria: After being seriously injured in a traffic accident seven years ago, the British Vanessa Ruck decided to take up motorcycling, so at the recent race on Dinara, she was second in the competition out of two hundred competitors.

The highest mountain in Croatia, Dinara – where a motorcycle rally took place recently – will remain forever in the memory of the British Vanessa Ruck . Not only because of the natural beauty, but also because of the results she achieved there by performing at the Dinaric Rally in competition with around two hundred participants from 25 countries. Vanessa finished the race in second place (out of a total of nine female competitors), she was 20th in her class, and 30th overall.

Her result is all the more impressive because she fell in love with motorcycling after barely surviving a serious traffic accident when she was hit by a truck that ran through a red light. The treatment was long, with as many as seven operations, and the recovery was equally demanding. When Vanessa realized that she would never be able to hike, ride a mountain bike or fly a kite again as a result of a car accident, she decided to try her hand at being a motorcyclist.

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Vanessa Ruck died in a car accident seven years ago when she barely survived being hit by a truck.

“My life changed completely because of the accident, because the consequences remained. Even today, I often discover some new obstacle, for example, I can’t put on a tight sweater normally because my shoulder doesn’t work as it should. But that’s why I’m stronger and more determined as a person,” says Vanessa Ruck .

Although she occasionally rode motorcycles before, for example in a remote part of the Bahamas with no public transportation, where she lived for a year and a half after college, it was only after the accident that she found a sport in which she would satisfy her addiction to adrenaline.

“If someone had asked me seven years ago if I would ride a motorcycle rally, I would have just laughed. But now I’m in love with driving in wild nature, hills and muddy tracks. For me, it’s a real adventure,” points out Vanessa Ruck and highlights which her competitions were the most exhausting.

“One of the most difficult races for me was the Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rally in Romania. It’s brutal, difficult both emotionally and physically, but I enjoyed every second. I’m happy to boast that I lasted until the finish,” she said.

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Vanessa Ruck also revealed that she has the most difficult time before the start of every race because she is overwhelmed by emotions of fear and panic, she is drenched in sweat and her nerves are overstretched with excitement.

“I have to admit that the taste of victory is sweeter when you are a woman in a traditionally male sport. At first they looked at me suspiciously, thinking that I wasn’t skilled, strong and durable enough, but I proved them wrong,” says Vanessa Ruck, who was not the first visit to Croatia.

For the rest of the gloria news article see here.

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