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Dainese: Vanessa Ruck “Preparation defines the confidence to push your limits”

I had the honour of writing a piece for Dainese following joining their Expedition Masters

Extract from Dainese:

It’s ironic how you feel most alive when your heart skips a few beats. We’d been warned during the morning’s training on some rocky terrain with a mix of deep sand, hard cracked slabs and loose stone that it might be tricky at times. But as my eyes skip ahead reading the terrain, I knew I needed to focus. A deep breath as I calmed my mind, relaxing into the bike’s rhythm and powering on. The deep sand laces its fingers through the Ténéré’s wheels, like a million little sand hands all desperate to guide me away from my chosen path.  

I roll on the throttle, throwing my 62kg weight as far back as possible to let the Ténéré’s front wheel float through the shifting sands. Our rhythms settle and it feels like we’re part gliding, part surfing. My peripheral vision captures flashes of the sea crashing down below the jagged cliff tops just metres from the track as I try to keep my focus on what lies ahead. My senses are in override – but I’m feeling smooth. And then ‘bang’ – we hit the hidden slabs of bedrock like icebergs in a sea of sand. The front wheel jumps up towards me as the suspension compresses, quickly followed by knees, and we absorb the shock like one long spring. It’s awesome riding here. 

Pulling to a stop a mile later, my heart is racing, breath coming fast and deep, and a smile spread across my face as wide as the expansive views. I was just delighted to still be upright, and the adrenaline fuelled smiles of the other riders with me told the same story. A glance over my shoulder reveals that not all the others following have been quite so lucky. I spot two bikes laying down in the deepest patch of sand. Bars dug in, bikes a dead weight.  

Watching the riders as they draw on their strength and training to lift them free of the sandy embrace, feet struggling for traction, I was very grateful to be watching and not down there with them.  

The full adventure package  

On a trip designed to deliver awesome adventure riding and training in one package, it’s becoming clear why it’s such a winning concept. We’re in Sardinia with Dainese’s Expedition Masters team, riding a lap of the island on a fleet of Yamaha Ténérés, soaking up as much training as our tired brains can absorb, while riding through some of the most incredible mixed riding terrain on Earth. […abstract from Dainese]

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Vanessa Ruck writing for Dainese Expedition Masters

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Real People Magazine: Skin in the game

Following living with a skin condition vitiligo since the age of 13 it was an honour to talk to Real People Magazine about how my accident helped me realise that my skin was far less of a concern than I once though.

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Real People Magazine

Vitiligo is a challenging condition to live with, changing ones appearance on an ongoing basis, always changing and spreading. But with the trauma of my accident, it made me realise that the colour of me skin is nothing of importance compared to the battles life can throw as us. Real People Magazine helped me share my story.

My accident made me realise that life is too short!

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Vanessa Ruck in Real People Magazine with vitiligo

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Rumble On: Vanessa Ruck aka The Girl On A Bike with a Determination to Ride

The Brain Bucket

I had the honour of chatting to Kelly Kawasaki from Rumble On, here’s what we discussed:

Extract from Rumble On:

Why did you start your account?

I started @TheGirlOnABike when I was bed-bound after my third surgery following the accident. It was the first on my hip and decided that I needed something positive to channel my energy into. I wanted to find others battling life’s challenges and see if we could help each other. Since that day I have continued to share my journey, but not just the happy days you expect people to share.

I feel social media can be so toxic with all too perfect ‘unreal’ lives projected. I work hard to be real and honest and show the rough and tough days too. There are down days, the days you have to find all your inner strength to even just get out of bed. Life can be brutal and I hope my energy helps others.

What is the best life lesson you’ve learned from owning/riding a motorcycle?

That anything is possible if you put your mind to it and train. This really applies to my hard enduro side of riding where I’m often sat on my bike eyes wide looking at some horrific terrain ahead. But breaking it down into 16 foot sections at a time, working on my technique and fighting on, it’s possible. For me, with a slightly reconstructed body, I’m more determined than ever to prove to myself that I can!

A secondary lesson is about looking after what you have. If you look after your bike, maintain it, clean it, and keep it ready to ride, it’s amazing what you can achieve together. But when neglected, things can go wrong, and having something fail out in the wilderness or mid-race, purely because you ‘didn’t bother’ to sort it earlier is insanely frustrating. Look after the bike and it looks after you [mostly, it still tries to throw me on the ground frequently.]

Vanessa Ruck riding a horse
Your love affair with motorcycles started before your bicycle accident, how did you get into riding?

Surprisingly to many, I didn’t grow up with motorcycles and I wasn’t a small kid braaping around at an early age. I was into the world of four-legged friends and was obsessed with horses.

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The Custom Fit Guards discount code hearing protection is a must have accessory for motorcycle riding

As a rider our ears are often neglected in our protection. We use chainsaws with hearing protection etc, but on the bike many neglect their hearing. I’ve been riding with custom molded ear protection for years now. It’s comfortable, fits under my helmets and with inbuilt filters, I can hear everything I need. The filters work to protect your hearing from the damaging sounds, such as wind noise which can seriously fatigue the hearing. I’m a big fan or custom Fit Guards, hence offering a Custom Fit Guards discount code to others looking to save their hearing for the future.

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One of the really cool features that is unique to the CF Auto V2, is that it gives the rider the option to choose whether they want the noise lessened or blocked out completely. The design team at CFG have craftily combined 2 of their most popular plugs, the CF Auto (lets in minimal sound in by utilising a filter) and the CF Block (blocks around 30db as CFGs most protective plug) into one product, giving the rider choice with their protection level. Having the filter uncovered is perfect for road riding so you can still be aware of traffic sounds and having the filter covered is ideal for track since you’re usually sitting at eye watering RPM whilst giving it the berries.

Comfort wise, as a custom molded option, they fit my ear lugs perfectly. The material they are made of is surprisingly soft adding to comfort. After initially putting my lid on, you’ll find you quickly forget their there in after a few minutes of riding as they don’t dig in anywhere.

The manufacturing processes uses soft medical grade silicone enabling the ear plugs to be very comfortable and be a perfect match of your ear impressions. Each earpiece is individually moulded to your ear which gives a much more comfortable fit compared to off the shelf products you can pick up on a budget.

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The magic is Taplink is it allows you to custom design a single landing page with all the key places you might want to send someone from your social profiles. Consider Taplink as your one link for multiple destinations tool. Taplink helps you create a high-converting landing page for your business on Instagram in 10 minutes. Use numerous marketing features to increase your sales too. Use the below Taplink discount code to get 10% off.

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Compex: VANESSA RUCK AKA THEGIRLONABIKE & HER ROAD TO RECOVERY

I’m a huge user of Compex products in the management of my on going pain and it was a an honour when Compex asked to talk to me about my journey, here’s what they wrote:

Extract from Compex:

With a world facing some unprecedented times, here at Compex we’re determined to share good news and with International Women’s day, what more fitting topic than celebrating women’s achievements. There are countless women out there, particularly those who enjoy the benefits of our products, but today we would like to introduce Vanessa Ruck.

Vanessa Ruck aka TheGirlOnABike
After being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, Vanessa’s world was turned upside down. Enduring an ongoing rollercoaster of recovery, with 7 surgeries including a reconstructed hip and shoulder, life as she knew it changed. However, while some might have given up on a life of extreme sport, Vanessa discovered a new love for motorcycles. Having tackled the fear of the road, she’s an off road enduro, adventure and Harley rider, and is determined to make the most of every day. She’s out there in the mud getting sweaty doing off-road riding on a mission to prove than anyone, even slightly reconstructed people and females, can do it too.

With a body that will never quite be the same again Vanessa has used a range of Compex products throughout her journey. “With considerable surgical invasion, building muscle strength back, or even just maintaining some of what I still had, was really quite tricky.” Vanessa told us how any joint movement would exasperate the pain around the joint that needed to rest and heel, but she was determined not to face unnecessary muscle degeneration. She started to use the SP 4.0 to stimulate her muscles. Enabling her to lie still in bed, hip relaxed but muscles working. She next progressed to the SP 8.0 to give more flexibility to use it in life situation’s; “I use to walk around the office with it on under my clothes, switching it on for up to 6 sessions through the day. In an office based environment I didn’t want my rehabilitation to be impacted” and the 8.0 allowed Vanessa to stimulate healing, muscle strengthening and pain relief while working.

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Vanessa Ruck using Compex Fixx 2.0

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Once a crowdfunded start-up making phone mounts for cyclists, Quad Lock has grown to become an international name. The Melbourne-based company launched right around the time the iPhone was finding its feet and has since expanded its product offerings to allow the vast majority of smartphones to be mounted securely to bicycles, motorbikes, inside cars and even on office desks.

Water resistant and featuring a dual stage lock, you can ride with confidence knowing your smartphone is securely mounted to your bike. Compatible with all Quad Lock Motorcycle Mounts and Wireless Charging Devices. USB Charger. The Moto USB Charger integrates seamlessly into your Quad Lock Motorcycle Mount.

Is Quad Lock good?

Quad Lock works. It is efficient, reliable, and strong. I’ve got mounts for each of my bikes and cars. I love that it is secure and with a simple twist is locked into place and then it can be removed just as easily.

What is Quad Lock?

Quad Lock, as it’s called due to the four tabs which are integral to the patent pending system, is a unique solution which allows you to securely and conveniently attach your smartphone to your bike, car, or arm and that’s just the start of the many mounting options available. Get 10% off with the Quad Lock discount code.

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Adventurers Assemble!

The Armchair Adventure Festival Bootcamp is here to help you go on the adventure of your dreams. With workshops on everything from funding to photography, it’s a crash course on how to make that dream trip a reality, and how to capture the memories when you go.

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Hosted by The Sidecar Guys and with masterclasses, workshops and presentations from leading adventurers like Austin Vince, Simon and Lisa Thomas, Sam Manicom, Vanessa Ruck aka The Girl On A Bike and Steph Jeavons this is a ‘must do‘ for anyone who is in to adventure travel. Includes a free screening of ‘Home’ a film by Jen Randall and Sarah Outen followed by a live Q&A with Sarah.

Date: 26th-28th February

Price: £45

Includes access to over 16 hours of live sessions and access to recordings for 6 months after the event. Plus free festival notebook and sticker worth £13! 

*One ticket grants one person access to the Bootcamp. For more than one person on the same link (in the same house) you are welcome to buy a ‘plus one’ ticket for £10 – this gets you official access to the event plus your own festival notebook (an absolute necessity!)

They’re assembling the word’s most knowledgeable adventurers to teach a world class, crash course in adventure. Check out the speakers who are already released and make sure you keep an eye on that page for the many more speakers to come! Convinced you’re ready for the adventure?

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Adventure Bike Rider: The incredible story of The Girl On A Bike

I had the honour of chatting to Ollie Rooke at Adventure Bike Rider, here’s what he wrote:

Extract from Adventure Bike Rider:

If you’ve ever scrolled through adventure biking photos on social media, chances are you’ve come across images of Vanessa Ruck, aka The Girl On A Bike, ripping up the trails on various mud-splattered motorcycles. But behind the action shots and infectious smile that she shares with her thousands of followers online is a story of grit, determination, and a refusal to give up on a motorcycling dream. Ollie Rooke caught up with Vanessa to discover the incredible story behind The Girl On A Bike and to find out how the Adventure Bike Rider Festival inspired her.

It was a bicycle accident of all things that got Vanessa Ruck into motorcycling. She was cycling home from work one night when a car ran a red light and knocked her flying. After being rushed to hospital, doctors failed to properly identify her injuries and sent her home. It was a fateful decision that would have painful repercussions and change the course of Vanessa’s life.

She says: “Back then I was fit, I was athletic, and I was healthy but that all changed when I got on my bicycle after work. If I fast-forward to now, I’ve had seven surgeries including a reconstructed shoulder and hip. They couldn’t have been more wrong that night at the hospital. I was actually sent home with bruising! 

“When I finally got treatment, my recovery was a bit of a rollercoaster. They’d tell me I was doing alright but then I’d hurt and I knew it wasn’t right, so I’d go back and do more tests and they’d spot something else that they’d missed. Then I’d be back in for more surgery.”

Despite enduring several years of reconstructive surgeries and painful rehabilitation, Vanessa admits, perhaps surprisingly, that she wouldn’t change anything because it was that accident that led to her pursue her motorcycling dreams and the creation of The Girl On A Bike….

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Vanessa Ruck in news with Adventure Bike Rider magazine

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