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Norfolk Wire: The first woman to finish the 1000 Dunes Desert Rally in Morocco

As seen in The Norfolk Wire: Vanessa Ruck, a British motorcycle rider and UK based adventurer, has completed the 1000 DUNAS RAID in Morocco, making her the first female to ever finish on a standard production large-capacity adventure bike.

According to the 1000 Dunas organisers, this event is all about being the ultimate test of how far you can go, and not all riders are expected to finish every single day. The paper-based roadbook navigation is tricky, the terrain is hard, and the distances are long.

“Most people were there on more typical smaller rally bikes. I was part of a very small group of nutters on large motorcycles”, Vanessa says. The terrain was incredibly challenging at times and recovering a bike over 3 times your body weight in soft sand presents a real struggle. “We had a section of small, uneven dunes covered in camel grass where Aled and I were in full survival mode.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck Triumph 1000 Dunas 1

We got more and more tired, so it was teamwork to recover the bikes until the unthinkable happened, Aled’s clutch burned out. The bike was dead. I was left with no choice but to continue through the dunes and remaining 180km day alone. As I pulled away, leaving him to be rescued, I knew I was riding for my life. Just one mistake, one drop in the deep sand could be game over. My heart was racing and it took every bit of determination, strength and fight to make it through. Being alone in a desert on a bike like that… that was brutal, and the heat, and fatigue and fear builds very quickly”, Vanessa explains.

The Adventure of a Thousand Dunes

The 1000 Dunas starts in Granada, Spain, takes riders across the Moroccan desert to Merzouga, then loops back to Granada for the finish covering over 1,500km. It’s a seven-day rally that isn’t timed but is designed to give riders the opportunity to test their roadbook navigation skills, their endurance, and their bikes. Riders are ranked according to navigation accuracy and whether they finish each stage, and Vanessa came in 8th out of eleven Hard Trail finishers.

Vanessa – also known as ‘The Girl on a Bike’ rode the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro motorcycle from the UK to Spain carrying all her camping gear, tools, and spares with her. Then, she spent one day familiarising herself with the bike off-road at Triumph Adventure Experience in Spain, did some minor tweaks on the Tiger, and lined up at the 1000 Dunas start.

Most would want weeks to prepare but Vanessa just jumped straight in. Vanessa shares she would have perhaps hesitated a little more before saying “yes” to entering the 1000 Dunas on an adventure bike if she’d known just how brutal it was going to be. “Then again, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, so I was determined to give it my all to get over that finish line. However, while I think going into the desert with rocky riverbeds, boulder fields, dunes, hill climbs, and sand on a Tiger is brave, doing it alone would have been stupid, which is why I chose to ride with Aled”, Vanessa explains Vanessa covered the distance and made it to the finish line every single day, although teammate Aled Price completed 6 of the 7 days due to a mechanical issue leaving Vanessa to brave the barren desert solo.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck 1000Dunas

Each day their arrival at the bivouac elicited cheers and support from other riders on smaller motorcycles. According to Vanessa, they had no idea whether the Triumph Tigers would hold or whether they would be capable enough for a rally raid like this – yet day in and day out, the motorcycles just plowed on.

It’s not hard to imagine that wrestling a heavy 900cc adventure motorcycle over sand dunes rather than a lighter bike is a much harder job.

“The feeling of finishing 1000 Dunas is absolutely incredible. Male or female, getting across that finish line is an achievement. Doing it as a female just makes me feel really proud for other women out there and hopefully show some inspiration and encourage others to give it a go. Sure, I have to fight a little harder, I’m smaller and not as strong as a guy, but women absolutely can do it, and it’s a very powerful feeling. I’m utterly exhausted right now but buzzing at the same time.

Vanessa’s story is one of true resilience and utter determination so it’s no surprise to her social media followers that she finished! She describes herself as just a normal girl who faced one of life’s big curve balls. But after being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, resulting in 7 surgeries and a roller-coaster of mental and physical recovery spanning 7 years, taking on 1000 Dunas was no mean feat!

Who is Vanessa Ruck?

Vanessa found her love for motorbikes seven years ago while recovering from a cycling accident. After a lengthy recovery involving five hip and two shoulder surgeries, she found new adventures on a motorcycle, and never looked back. Having no previous rally experience, Vanessa took on the Qatar International Baja, Rallye du Maroc and then became the first woman to have ever competed in the Tunisia Desert Challenge and has now competed in numerous rallies, including the notorious Red Bull Romaniacs and Dinaric Rally. She has since made it her mission to break barriers and expectations, whether through upskilling her knowledge of motorcycle mechanics or mastering unforgiving terrain.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck 1000 Dunas Rally

Vanessa continued: “My accident was the hardest thing I ever had to go through, and my love for riding has meant I can embrace new challenges that are within my control. Mental attitude is a huge contributor to success – for me, staying positive and not being afraid to fail have allowed me to continue to push my limits to places I never thought I could go.”

And Vanessa isn’t giving up any time soon. “I refuse to let what happened in my past completely control my future, she asserts. “Yes, I could have less pain if I didn’t push my body as much. But my mental pain would be worse. Getting up and getting out there and managing the pain, I can take control of my mental state and get the satisfaction and the energy from it to manage the rest.”

For the rest of the Norfolk Wire 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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Monmouthshire Beacon: Monmouth’s Girl On A Bike wins the Moroccan challenge.

As seen in The Monmouthshire Beacon: Vanessa Ruck of Monmouthshire, also known as the ‘Girl on a Bike,’ has just completed one of her most difficult challenges yet.

She took part in the 1000 Dunas Raid in Morocco making her the first female to ever finish on a standard production large-capacity adventure bike. She battled dry riverbeds, sand, camel grass, dunes, and long distances over rough terrain every day.

Vanessa finished the 7-day rally with teammate Aled Price, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. According to the 1000 Dunas organizers, this event is all about being the ultimate test of how far you can go, and not all riders are expected to finish every single day.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck 1000 Dunas

The paper-based roadbook navigation is tricky, the terrain is hard, and the distances are long. “Most people were there on more typical smaller rally bikes. I was part of a very small group of nutters on large motorcycles”, Vanessa says.

We had a section of small, uneven dunes covered in camel grass where Aled and I were in full survival mode. We got more and more tired, so it was teamwork to recover the bikes until the unthinkable happened, Aled’s clutch burned out. The bike was dead.

‘’I was left with no choice but to continue through the dunes and remaining 180km day alone. ‘’As I pulled away, leaving him to be rescued, I knew I was riding for my life. Just one mistake, one drop in the deep sand could be game over. My heart was racing and it took every bit of determination, strength and fight to make it through.

‘’ Being alone in a desert on a bike like that… that was brutal, and the heat, and fatigue and fear builds very quickly”, Vanessa explains. According to Vanessa, they had no idea whether the Triumph Tigers would hold or whether they would be capable enough for a rally raid like this – yet day in and day out, the motorcycles just plowed on.

It’s not hard to imagine that wrestling a heavy 900cc adventure motorcycle over sand dunes rather than a lighter bike is a much harder job. “The feeling of finishing 1000 Dunas is absolutely incredible. Male or female, getting across that finish line is an achievement.

‘’Doing it as a female just makes me feel really proud for other women out there and hopefully show some inspiration and encourage others to give it a go.

‘’Sure, I have to fight a little harder, I’m smaller and not as strong as a guy, but women absolutely can do it, and it’s a very powerful feeling. I’m utterly exhausted right now but buzzing at the same time.’’

Vanessa’s story is one of true resilience and utter determination so it’s no surprise to her social media followers that she finished! She describes herself as just a normal girl who faced one of life’s big curve balls.

But after being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, resulting in seven surgeries and a roller-coaster of mental and physical recovery spanning seven years, taking on 1000 Dunas was no mean feat!

For the rest of the Monmouthshire Beacon 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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Dirt Hub: Vanessa Ruck is the first woman to complete Morocco’s 1000 Dunas Desert Rally.

As seen in The Dirthub: Vanessa Ruck, a British motorcyclist and adventurer from the UK, completed the RAID 1000 DUNAS in Morocco, becoming the first woman to finish on a standard-production, large-capacity adventure bike.

According to the 1000 Dunas organisers, this event is all about being the ultimate test of how far you can go, and not all riders are expected to finish every single day. The paper-based roadbook navigation is tricky, the terrain is hard, and the distances are long.

“Most people were there on more typical smaller rally bikes. I was part of a very small group of nutters on large motorcycles”, Vanessa says. The terrain was incredibly challenging at times and recovering a bike over 3 times your body weight in soft sand presents a real struggle. “We had a section of small, uneven dunes covered in camel grass where Aled and I were in full survival mode. We got more and more tired, so it was teamwork to recover the bikes until the unthinkable happened, Aled’s clutch burned out. The bike was dead. I was left with no choice but to continue through the dunes and remaining 180km day alone.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck 1000 dunas raid1

As I pulled away, leaving him to be rescued, I knew I was riding for my life. Just one mistake, one drop in the deep sand could be game over. My heart was racing and it took every bit of determination, strength and fight to make it through. Being alone in a desert on a bike like that… that was brutal, and the heat, and fatigue and fear builds very quickly”, Vanessa explains.

The 1000 Dunas starts in Granada, Spain, takes riders across the Moroccan desert to Merzouga, then loops back to Granada for the finish covering over 1,500km. It’s a seven-day rally that isn’t timed but is designed to give riders the opportunity to test their roadbook navigation skills, their endurance, and their bikes. Riders are ranked according to navigation accuracy and whether they finish each stage, and Vanessa came in 8th out of eleven Hard Trail finishers.

Vanessa – also known as ‘The Girl on a Bike’ rode the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro motorcycle from the UK to Spain carrying all her camping gear, tools, and spares with her. Then, she spent one day familiarising herself with the bike off-road at Triumph Adventure Experience in Spain, did some minor tweaks on the Tiger, and lined up at the 1000 Dunas start.

The girl on a bike

Most would want weeks to prepare but Vanessa just jumped straight in. Vanessa shares she would have perhaps hesitated a little more before saying “yes” to entering the 1000 Dunas on an adventure bike if she’d known just how brutal it was going to be. 

“Then again, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, so I was determined to give it my all to get over that finish line. However, while I think going into the desert with rocky riverbeds, boulder fields, dunes, hill climbs, and sand on a Tiger is brave, doing it alone would have been stupid, which is why I chose to ride with Aled”, Vanessa explains

Vanessa covered the distance and made it to the finish line every single day, although teammate Aled Price completed 6 of the 7 days due to a mechanical issue leaving Vanessa to brave the barren desert solo. Each day their arrival at the bivouac elicited cheers and support from other riders on smaller motorcycles. According to Vanessa, they had no idea whether the Triumph Tigers would hold or whether they would be capable enough for a rally raid like this – yet day in and day out, the motorcycles just plowed on.

It’s not hard to imagine that wrestling a heavy 900cc adventure motorcycle over sand dunes rather than a lighter bike is a much harder job.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck 1000 Dunas Rally 1

“The feeling of finishing 1000 Dunas is absolutely incredible. Male or female, getting across that finish line is an achievement. Doing it as a female just makes me feel really proud for other women out there and hopefully show some inspiration and encourage others to give it a go. Sure, I have to fight a little harder, I’m smaller and not as strong as a guy, but women absolutely can do it, and it’s a very powerful feeling. I’m utterly exhausted right now but buzzing at the same time.”

Vanessa’s story is one of true resilience and utter determination so it’s no surprise to her social media followers that she finished! She describes herself as just a normal girl who faced one of life’s big curve balls. But after being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, resulting in 7 surgeries and a roller-coaster of mental and physical recovery spanning 7 years, taking on 1000 Dunas was no mean feat!

For the rest of the Dirt Hub 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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Wales Online: I had seven procedures after a terrible bike accident, and now I’m riding across the desert.

As seen in The Wales Online: Vanessa Ruck, who was in a terrible cycling accident a few years ago, is the first woman to finish the arduous 1,800-kilometer 1000 Dunes rally in the desert.

A woman, who suffered a horrific cycling accident a few years ago, has become the first female to complete a grueling 1,800km motorbike rally in the desert. Vanessa Ruck, aged 36, is from the Wye Valley and recently rode from her home in Wales to Spain.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck Tiger 900 Rally Pro

She then undertook a difficult challenge across the Moroccan desert to complete the 1000 Dunes challenge. Vanessa only started riding motorcycles seven years ago after recovering from life-changing injuries after being knocked off her bicycle. Vanessa had undergone several surgeries, including five hip operations.

But now, Vanessa has completed the 1000 Dunes rally making her the first female to ever finish on a standard production adventure bike. The ride is spread over seven days with over 70 hours of riding through some of the harshest conditions imaginable.

Vanessa said that when she initially started riding her motorcycle, little did she know that she would eventually become a full-time rider. “I was bed-bound and started @TheGirlOnABike without thinking that much of it,” she said. “I needed something to give me energy, something to focus on as at the time my mental health wasn’t great.

“But if anyone would’ve told me I would eventually become a rider all those years back, I probably would’ve choked on my drink. But the world takes you on some crazy journeys.”

Vanessa was cycling home one day from work, when a car came the other way and knocked her off her bike. She was taken to hospital and was later discharged that evening with bruising. Over the years however, the impact of the accident became evident on her body and health.

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She had seven surgeries, including five on the hip and two on the shoulder. “My physical recovery was horrific,” she explained. “But my mental health recovery was harder – I was diagnosed with multiple disorders, it took a lot of time, energy, crying and patience to process and work through that.”

Vanessa said that she would set herself some “crazy goals” during her recovery. After her hip surgery however, she decided to get herself an off-road bike five months before she could even sit on it. “It was there as a goal, as a reminder when I was hurting too much to even try and get out of bed,” she added.

Her daily motivation eventually became her passion and now she is a full-time professional rider. Since then, Vanessa has taken part in countless races such as the world renowned rallies of Red Bull Romaniacs and Dinaric Rally, but none were as challenging as the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro she embarked with her teammate, Aled Price.

Vanessa took on the challenge of riding a Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro motorcycle between Granada, Spain and Morocco, only seven years after taking up riding motorcycles. During the challenge, she would encounter unpredictable terrain, including loose rocks, ruts, riverbeds and sand dunes.

She said: “I had done some desert races previously. It is some kind of sadistic adventure – they are brutally hard, both mentally and physically. You’ve got the heat, the navigation, you’re sleeping in a tent that you have to pack it in the morning, you are working on your own bike – it’s just brutal.

“But the sense of achievement and the satisfaction of when you keep pushing beyond your last minute of strength and when you find more strength, is the most empowering feeling ever. I realised that this was the hardest thing I’d gone through but I was in control, it was no longer the accident.”

When talking about the most challenging part of the journey, she said: “So day three, there was a section of about 60k of about one-storey high sand dunes. They were short, uneven and just horrible. There was no rhythm and no straight lines. But Aled and I were in survival mode, we had to stop sometimes as we were getting stuck.

“We were about 12k at the end of these dunes when Aled’s clutch had been burnt out. That was his bike done. I had to make the decision of either sit here and admit defeat, or do I keep going on. When I pulled away from him, the fear in my head of going into those dunes solo was huge. My heart was racing and I knew I was riding for my life.

“But I made it out and that feeling when I made it out was just absolutely incredible. It was such a huge buzz of excitement. To actually finish the challenge, I was so tiring but I was so proud of myself. The biggest thing for me was showing the world and other people that females can get up and do stuff like this. I just want to inspire young kids and especially young girls that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.”

For the rest of the Wales Online 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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Motociclismo: Vanessa Ruck First Female To Finish 1000 Dunas Desert Rally In Morocco

As seen in The Motociclismo: Vanessa Ruck, a British motorcycle rider and UK-based adventurer, has completed the 1000 DUNAS RAID in Morocco, making her the first female to ever finish on a standard production large-capacity adventure bike.

The British firm culminates its participation in the demanding raid with much more than a victory. The 1000 Dunas has tested the physical and psychological capacities of dozens of expert and amateur pilots, as well as the performance of their mounts. Seven intense days, between October 22 and 29, in which the participants have covered between 1,500 and 2,500 km.

Among them, four lovers of two wheels with the most varied profiles at the controls of different Triumph Tigers: the five-time Enduro World Champion Iván Cervantes with his Tiger 900 Rally Pro who won the Hard Trail; Josu Orozko, an amateur mechanic by profession with a Tiger 800 XC for more than 10 years who has made a podium in the Trail category; and Aled Price and Vanessa Ruck, two semi-professional riders who traveled by road from South Wales to Granada on the Tiger 900 Rally Pro to take part in the raid and who have made Vanessa the first female ‘Finisher’ with a motorcycle of more than 200 kg and totally series.

The passion for motorcycles and for adventure, as well as the desire to excel, have united the 66 participants of the 1000 Dunes raid in what has been one of the most demanding and exciting experiences of their lives, covering all kinds of lands across two continents. The Plateau de Rekam, the infinite slopes of Bouarfa or the majestic dunes of Merzouga have been some of the impressive territories that have been crossed. An experience in which Triumph, which continues to take steps in its firm commitment to off-road, has been more than victorious.

The effort and work of the drivers who faced this challenge on the back of their Triumphs has resulted in enormously positive results in a particularly tough edition . And although the difficulty of the route has taken its toll on part of the caravan, with several abandonments and re-enlistments in the following days, the four British mounts that have participated in the challenge have successfully completed it, highlighting the performance, resistance and mechanical reliability of the Tiger in the harshest conditions.

DOUBLE SUCCESS OF 25

Iván Cervantes, competing with his inseparable number 24, has won the first place on the Hard Trail podium , not only piloting with mastery, but also sailing with a very high degree of efficiency , since he has reached 95.5% of the maximum theoretical score in its category (it has achieved 1,390 points out of a possible 1,455, taking into account both the validated Waypoints and the penalties). And that Cervantes had not navigated with a roadbook since the Dakar 2018.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck uk

An unbeatable end of the year for the award-winning rider who is closing an intense season, in which he has not only been immersed in the development and testing of Triumph’s future motocross and enduro range, but has also once again tasted the honeys of success in renowned competitions such as Baja Aragón and Bassella Race1.

But in addition to his stupendous result, the Triumph flag bearer has taken on a far from easy challenge in this edition of 1000 Dunas since, together with Miguel Puertas, he acted as a coach and advisor to the rest of the riders. Thus, his day never ended when the motorcycles rested.

At that time, he took the opportunity to share experiences with the other pilots, amateurs and professionals , and to focus on the former, offering them tricks and advice , in order to improve their performance the next day and, ultimately, their experience.

With his Tiger 900 Rally Pro, the same one with which he participated in the Baja Aragón, already in the Parc Fermé, Cervantes took stock of the experience : “It has been an incredible adventure of more than 1,500 km. The performance of the bike has been perfect on all the terrains that we have encountered: gravel, sand, mud, rocks and river crossings; and once again we have been able to show how capable the Tiger 900 Rally Pro is. I would like to thank the Triumph Spain team for their constant support throughout the rally, as this has allowed me to focus on achieving the best possible result” .

MECHANIC ON THE PODIUM

For his part, Josu Orozko, riding a 2012 Tiger 800 XC, finished in a more than creditable third place in the Trail category. The amateur rider was the winner of the Triumph Scholarship |1000 Dunes and until now he had only participated in short off-road navigation tests, never in such a demanding raid.

The one from Bilbao became the protégé of Iván Cervantes, with whom he shared a tent and cabin, and who waited for him every day at the end of the stage to take an interest in him and help him face the next day. The ties between the two drivers became so close that Iván even gave him one of his tires and mounted it himself on Josu’s rim, who has discovered that in addition to being a brilliant driver, he is a formidable person.

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Josu is the perfect example of how hard work and tenacity, along with some more than appreciated advice and a machine to trust, are key in a challenge like the 1000 Dunes. Already from home, Orozko declared: “It has been a very ‘heavy’ experience, I have lived very bad moments and very good ones. The body is falling apart for days, I think my bike was the oldest of all and navigation is very complicated, although there comes a time when you get the ‘feeling’ and that’s when you learn and really enjoy.

I still have a thorn in my side from an important mistake I made in stage 3 , but I can’t ask for more, since I managed to get a podium finish. I do not have enough words to thank Iván for everything he has helped me and I have also felt very supported by the Triumph Spain team. Everything has been amazing.”

For the rest of the Motociclismo 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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UK Daily: the first British woman to finish a route on a big adventure bike

As seen in The UK daily: Vanessa Ruck, also known as The Girl on a Bike, reached the finish of the 1000 Dunas Rally on her adventure bike.

She battled dry river beds, camel grass and rough terrain for seven days over a distance of 1,500 km. “Most people were there on more typical smaller rally bikes. I was part of a very small group of crazy people on big bikes,” Ms. Ruck said. “The terrain was incredibly challenging at times and it’s a real struggle to recover a bike over three times your body weight in soft sand.”

Portsmouth graduate Vannessa Ruck during the 1000 Dunas Rally in Morocco.

Ms Ruck, who is passionate about off-road racing, rode her Triumph Tiger Rally Pro 900 from the factory to the start point in Granada – and jumped right in without much preparation. The course took the riders through the Moroccan desert to Merzouga before heading back to Spain.

Ms Ruck faced several challenges on the arduous course as she rode with teammate Aled Price. She said she had to make part of the journey – 180km – alone as Mr Price’s bike broke down with a burnt clutch.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck 1000Dunas

She added: “We had a section of small, uneven dunes covered in camel grass where Aled and I were in full survival mode.

“We were getting tired, so it was a team effort to recover the bikes until the unthinkable happened: Aled’s clutch burned out. The bike was dead.

Portsmouth graduate Vanessa Ruck became the first British motorcyclist to complete the 1000 Dunas Raid Rally on a large adventure bike. Pictured is her with Aled Price at the desert rally finish line.

“As I drove off and left him to the rescue, I knew I was riding for my life. My heart was racing and it took every bit of determination, strength and struggle to get through it. Being alone in a desert on a bike like that was brutal and the heat, fatigue and anxiety build up very quickly.”

Riders are ranked based on their navigation accuracy and when they complete each stage. Ms. Ruck finished eighth out of eleven Hard Trial finishers and battled on her heavy 900cc adventure bike while users used lighter vehicles.

Ms. Ruck hopes her performance has inspired other women. She added: “Sure I have to fight a little bit harder, I’m smaller and not as strong as a man, but women absolutely can do that and it’s a very powerful feeling.”

Portsmouth graduate Vanessa Ruck during the 1000 Dunas Rally in Morocco.Portsmouth graduate Vanessa Ruck at the start line of the 1000 Dunas Raid Rally.Portsmouth graduate Vannessa Ruck during the 1000 Dunas Rally in Morocco.

For the rest of the UK Daily 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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Kent TV: The first woman to finish the 1000 Dunes Desert Rally in Morocco

As seen in The kentonline: Vanessa Ruck as the first finisher at the wheel of a production trail bike. The British company crowned its participation in the demanding raid with far more than a victory. The 1000 Dunes will test the physical and mental abilities of dozens of experienced and amateur pilots, as well as the performance of their mounts.

Seven intense days, between October 22 and 29, in which the participants have covered between 1,500 and 2,500 km. Among them, four lovers of two wheels with the most varied profiles at the controls of different Triumph Tigers: the five-time Enduro World Champion Iván Cervantes with his Tiger 900 Rally Pro who won the Hard Trail; Josu Orozko, an amateur mechanic by profession with a Tiger 800 XC for more than 10 years who has made a podium in the Trail category; and Aled Price and Vanessa Ruck, two semi-professional riders who traveled by road from South Wales to Granada on the Tiger 900 Rally Pro to take part in the raid and who have made Vanessa the first female ‘Finisher’ with a motorcycle of more than 200 kg and totally series.

The passion for motorcycles and for adventure, as well as the desire to excel, have united the 66 participants of the 1000 Dunes raid in what has been one of the most demanding and exciting experiences of their lives, covering all kinds of lands across two continents. The Plateau de Rekam, the infinite slopes of Bouarfa or the majestic dunes of Merzouga have been some of the impressive territories that have been crossed. An experience in which Triumph, which continues to take steps in its firm commitment to off-road, has been more than victorious.

The effort and work of the drivers who faced this challenge on the back of their Triumphs has translated into enormously positive results in a particularly tough edition. And although the difficulty of the route has taken its toll on part of the caravan, with several abandonments and re-enlistments in the following days, the four British mounts that have participated in the challenge have successfully completed it, highlighting the performance, resistance and mechanical reliability of the Tiger in the harshest conditions.

The double success of number 25: Hard Trail winner and coach of excellence

Iván Cervantes has won first place on the podium, not only piloting masterfully, but also sailing with a very high degree of efficiency, as he has reached 95.5% of the maximum theoretical score in his category (he has achieved 1,390 points of 1455 possible, taking into account both the validated Waypoints and the penalties). And that Cervantes had not navigated with a roadbook since the Dakar 2018.

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck 1000 Dunas 1

An unbeatable end of the year for the award-winning rider who is closing an intense season, in which he has not only been immersed in the development and testing of Triumph’s future motocross and enduro range, but has also once again tasted the honeys of success in renowned competitions such as Baja Aragón and Bassella Race1. 

But in addition to his stupendous result, the Triumph flag bearer has taken on a far from easy challenge in this edition of 1000 Dunas since, together with Miguel Puertas, he acted as a coach and advisor to the rest of the riders. Thus, his day never ended when the motorcycles rested. At that time, he took the opportunity to share experiences with the other pilots, amateurs and professionals, and to focus on the former, offering them tricks and advice, in order to improve his performance the next day and, ultimately,

The mechanic who crossed Morocco to reach the podium of the 1000 Dunas

For his part, Josu Orozko, riding a 2012 Tiger 800 XC, finished in a more than creditable third place in the Trail category. The amateur rider was the winner of the Triumph Scholarship |1000 Dunes and until now he had only participated in short off-road navigation tests, never in such a demanding raid.

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The one from Bilbao became the protégé of Iván Cervantes, with whom he shared a tent and cabin, and who waited for him every day at the end of the stage to take an interest in him and help him face the next day. The ties between the two drivers became so close that Iván even gave him one of his tires and mounted it himself on Josu’s rim, who has discovered that in addition to being a brilliant driver, he is a formidable person.

Josu is the perfect example of how hard work and tenacity, along with some more than appreciated advice and a machine to trust, are key in a challenge like the 1000 Dunes. Already from home, Orozko declared: “It has been a very ‘heavy’ experience, I have lived very bad moments and very good ones. The body is falling apart for days, I think my bike was the oldest of all and navigation is very complicated, although there comes a time when you get the ‘feeling’ and that’s when you learn and really enjoy. I still have a thorn in my side from an important mistake I made in stage 3, but I can’t ask for more, since I managed to get a podium finish. I do not have enough words to thank Iván for everything he has helped me and I have also felt very supported by the Triumph Spain team. Everything has been amazing.”

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UK Knews Media: I suffered a bad biking twist of fate and wanted seven operations – now I’m cycling throughout the desert

As seen in The UK knews media: TheGirlOnABike, who suffered a horrific cycling accident a few years ago, has become the first female to complete a grueling 1,800km motorbike rally in the desert. Vanessa Ruck, aged 36, is from the Wye Valley and recently rode from her home in Wales to Spain.

Vanessa stated that once she first of all commenced driving her bike, little did she realize that she could in the end emerge as a full-time rider. “I changed into bed-sure and commenced TheGirlOnABike with out questioning that a good deal of it,” she stated. “I wanted some thing to present me energy, some thing to cognizance on as on the time my intellectual fitness wasn’t great.

“But if each person could’ve informed me I could in the end emerge as a rider all the ones years back, I probable could’ve choked on my drink. But the sector takes you on a few loopy journeys.”

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Vanessa changed into biking domestic in the future from paintings, while a automobile got here the opposite manner and knocked her off her motorbike. She changed into taken to sanatorium and changed into later discharged that nighttime with bruising. Over the years however, the effect of the twist of fate have become glaring on her frame and fitness.

She had seven surgeries, together with 5 at the hip and at the shoulder. “My bodily recuperation changed into horrific,” she explained. “But my intellectual fitness recuperation changed into harder – I changed into recognized with a couple of disorders, it took a variety of time, energy, crying and persistence to method and paintings thru that.”

Vanessa stated that she could set herself a few “loopy goals” all through her recuperation. After her hip surgical procedure however, she determined to get herself an off-street motorbike 5 months earlier than she ought to even take a seat down on it. “It changed into there as a goal, as a reminder after I changed into hurting an excessive amount of to even try to get out of bed,” she added.

Her every day motivation in the end have become her ardour and now she is a full-time expert rider. Since then, Vanessa has taken element in endless races including the sector famend rallies of Red Bull Romaniacs and Dinaric Rally, however none had been as tough because the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro she embarked together along with her teammate, Aled Price.

Vanessa took at the project of driving a Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro bike among Granada, Spain and Morocco, most effective seven years after taking over driving motorcycles. During the project, she could stumble upon unpredictable terrain, together with free rocks, ruts, riverbeds and sand dunes.

She stated: “I had executed a few wilderness races previously. It is a few form of sadistic adventure – they may be brutally hard, each mentally and physically. You’ve were given the heat, the navigation, you’re napping in a tent that you need to percent it withinside the morning, you’re running to your personal motorbike – it’s simply brutal.

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“But the experience of fulfillment and the delight of while you hold pushing past your final minute of electricity and while you locate extra electricity, is the maximum empowering feeling ever. I realised that this turned into the toughest factor I’d long past thru however I turned into in control, it turned into now not the accident.”

When speaking approximately the maximum tough a part of the journey, she said: “So day three, there has been a phase of approximately 60k of approximately one-storey excessive sand dunes. They had been short, choppy and simply horrible. There turned into no rhythm and no immediately lines. But Aled and I had been in survival mode, we needed to prevent every so often as we had been getting stuck.

“We had been approximately 12k on the stop of those dunes while Aled’s take hold of were burnt out. That turned into his motormotorcycle done. I needed to make the selection of both take a seat down right here and admit defeat, or do I hold going on. When I pulled farfar from him, the worry in my head of going into the ones dunes solo turned into large. My coronary heart turned into racing and I knew I turned into using for my life.

“But I made it out and that feeling once I made it out turned into simply honestly incredible. It turned into this sort of large buzz of excitement. To simply end the challenge, I turned into so tiring however I turned into so pleased with myself. The largest factor for me turned into displaying the sector and different humans that girls can rise up and do stuff like this. I simply need to encourage younger children and in particular younger women that in case you positioned your thoughts to it, you may attain anything.”

For the rest of the UK Knews Media article see here.

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Moto Sport: TT: CERVANTES E TRIUMPH TIGER 900 RALLY PRO DOMINAM O ‘1000 DUNAS’

As seen in The Moto Sport: The Triumph off-road ambassador won the Hard Trail category while riding the Tiger 900, adding up to 95.5% of the points available across the seven stages of the Raid 1000 Dunes in Morocco. He received 1390 out of a possible 1455 points, taking first place.

With the same Tiger 900 Rally Pro in which he won the Baja Aragón Trail category in July, Iván’s feat in this incredibly technical and challenging 1500km rally shows his determination and Tiger’s class-leading ability.

Adding to Tiger’s growing list of racing achievements, Aled Price and Vanessa Ruck also completed the 1000 Dunas aboard the standard Tiger 900 Rally Pro in the same hard trail category as Iván, making Vanessa the first female rider to complete the challenge in a series adventure bike. Triumph enthusiast and mechanic Josu Orozko joined the impressive list of achievements with third in the Trail category on his own 10-year-old Tiger 800 XC, which he personally prepared for this race.

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The 1000 Dunas raid was designed to test the physical and psychological capabilities of each of the participating riders, pushing endurance, concentration and ability to navigate road-books in challenging terrain to the limit. Passing through some of the most spectacular terrain in North Africa, the 66 participants of the 2022 edition completed long stages through the heat and dust, reaching the Recam Plateau, the endless slopes of Bouarfa, and the great dunes of Erg de Merzouga.

Iván Cervantes: “It was an incredible adventure, 1500km, where the Tiger 900 Rally Pro behaved perfectly. We tackled every type of terrain we could imagine – gravel, sand, mud, rocks and river crossings – without having any problems, proving just how capable the Tiger 900 Rally Pro is. I would like to thank Triumph Spain for their constant support during the event which allowed me to focus on achieving the best possible result.”

For the rest of the Moto 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.

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The News Portsmouth: the first British woman to finish a route on a big adventure bike

As seen in The Portsmouth: A Portsmouth graduate who overcame the Moroccan sand dunes has become the first female motorbike racer to finish a demanding desert rally on a big bike.

Vanessa Ruck, aka The Girl on a Bike, reached the end of the 1000 Dunas rally on her adventure bike. She battled dry riverbeds, camel grass and rough terrain over a 1,500km route across seven days.

‘Most people were there on more typical smaller rally bikes. I was part of a very small group of nutters on large motorcycles’, Ms Ruck said. ‘The terrain was incredibly challenging at times and recovering a bike over three times your body weight in soft sand presents a real struggle.’

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Passionate about offroad racing, Ms Ruck rode her Triumph Tiger Rally Pro 900 from the factory to the starting point in Granada – jumping straight in with little preparation. The course took riders across the Moroccan desert to Merzouga, before looping back to Spain.

Ms Ruck faced several challenges on the arduous course while riding with teammate Aled Price. She said she had to cover a section of the journey – 180km – alone as Mr Price’s bike broke down due to a burned-out clutch.

She added: ‘We had a section of small, uneven dunes covered in camel grass where Aled and I were in full survival mode. ‘We got more and more tired, so it was teamwork to recover the bikes until the unthinkable happened, Aled’s clutch burned out. The bike was dead.

‘As I pulled away, leaving him to be rescued, I knew I was riding for my life. My heart was racing and it took every bit of determination, strength and fight to make it through. Being alone in a desert on a bike like that was brutal, and the heat, and fatigue and fear builds very quickly.’

Riders are ranked according to their navigation accuracy and if they finish each stage. Ms Ruck finished eighth out of eleven Hard Trial finishers, wrestling with her heavy 900cc adventure bike while users used lighter vehicles.

Ms Ruck hopes her achievement inspired other women. She added: ‘Sure, I have to fight a little harder, I’m smaller and not as strong as a guy, but women absolutely can do it, and it’s a very powerful feeling.’

For the rest of the The News Portsmouth 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.

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