The Girl on a Bike in the Media

Desert Rose Riding Academy: The Girl On A Bike & Desert Rose

As seen on the Desert Rose Riding Academy: Vanessa Ruck, The Girl on a Bike, was with the Desert Rose Team this week delivering her kit for the upcoming Tunisia Desert Challenge which she is competing in, on a Desert Rose supplied, Beta rally bike.

The bike has been prepared by Desert Rose Dirt Tech and is now ready for some custom graphics to be applied. The Tunisia Desert Challenge is an 8 stage rallye, taking in infinite dune sections of the mythical El Borma to iconic Star Wars sites in Tunisia’s seemingly endless desert.

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The girl on a bike vanessa ruck Dessert Rose Riding Academy

Whilst with us in Sussex, Vanessa took the opportunity to join us on one of our off road training days. Although already an experienced rider, having taken part in competitions from Red Bull Romaniacs to Valleys Xtreme, The 2021 Qatar Baja and the Rallye du Maroc, Vanessa threw herself into the exercises with enthusiasm along with the rest of the group.

We covered all the basic, underpinning skills needed for any off road rider, from body positioning and bike handing, to clutch control, braking on uneven and loose terrain, to tackling up hills, down hills and even a little technical stream crossing.

For the rest of the Dessert Rose Riding Academy 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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South Wales Argus: Vanessa Ruck, a Motorcross rider, leads motivational courses.

As seen on South Wales Argus: Vanessa Ruck visits schools to tell the pupils about her story and how they can achieve their goals and also provides practical school workshops.

In 2014, Vanessa Ruck’s life was turned upside down after she was knocked off her bike when a car ran a red light.

“Before my accident, I was working full-time and passionate about sports,”

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She was left bedridden for a period of time and needed seven reconstructive surgeries over the next seven years, including one on her right shoulder and five on her hip. It was during the period when she was bedridden that she became interested in motorbikes.

I was led in bed and said to my husband that I wanted a dirt bike,” she said. “He looked at me like I was mad and said ‘let’s get you that bike.

It took me five months to get to even sit on the bike as I couldn’t even get out of bed to go to the toilet so I set myself little goals like getting out of bed to go to the toilet rather than using a bedpan.

The Girl on a Bike Vanessa Ruck Leads Motivational Courses

It is this kind of goal setting that Mrs Ruck is using to help young people. Alongside competing at motorbike events across the world, she is now giving motivational talks and practical sessions in schools.

“When you believe in yourself, it’s absolutely incredible what you can achieve,” she said. This is the message that she aims to get through to young people who see her sessions.

She was inspired to give these sessions after the pandemic hit and seeing media reports of how children and young people will be losing out on 40 per cent of their future income due to time lost in school and losing out on vital education and experiences.

“It’s so sad to see that written,” she said. “And they will believe it too because they’re seeing it in the media.

I wanted to use my story to show that you can achieve anything you want to and to show how people can achieve their dreams and goals by setting smaller goals and creating a positive mindset.

In one school workshop, one of the pupils was causing some distractions and was sat at the side of the room,” she said. “They were still listening and when it came to writing down goals, I went over to them and asked what their goals were.

She said that the pupil ‘didn’t have any’ but then said they wanted to do a 180 wheelspin on their bike and couldn’t because they were grounded for not doing well in school. Mrs Ruck said that when she explained how with setting goals such as being better in school would lead to being able to ride the back by not being grounded and then the goal was closer, the pupil’s eyes lit up as the penny dropped.

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For the rest of the South Wales Argus 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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International Women’s Day – Vanessa Ruck

With IWD’s themed to #BreakTheBias, smashing the gender stereotypes out the window it feels like a really natural fit! I’m honoured to have seen so many International Women’s Day features. Men, women, boys, girls, any human, can get up and get out there. I’ve been on a mission to help encourage others to just get up and grab life by the horns.

As a female fighting on with chronic pain following my accident, I’m putting myself outside my comfort-zone on two wheels, and I’m sharing the ups and the downs – not just the ‘pretty’ stuff. I’ve also, with a little support from LFIS, found the believe in myself to put myself out there even more… with my #becauseIcan free schools workshops [more info].

I am buzzing that YouTube have recognised me for such an incredible feature AGAIN.

It was a huge honour to see how many brands featured me for International Women’s Day:

#IWD #BreaktheBias

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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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Rhyl Journal: Meet the motorcycling social media star who suffered a life-changing accident

As seen on the Rhyl Journal: Meet the motorcycling social media star Vanessa Ruck, 35, who describes herself as a motorcycle rider, racer and adventurer, and content creator.The 35-year-old, who lives in the Wye Valley, has 97,000 followers for her Instagram account.

Why did you set it up and what is your Instagram about?

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After being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, my world was turned upside down. Motorcycles weren’t a part of my life before the accident, but have been instrumental in my recovery.

I’ve been sharing life, I’m putting myself outside my comfort-zone on two wheels, and I’m sharing the ups and the downs – not just the ‘pretty’ stuff.I’ve been on a mission to help encourage others to just get up and grab life by the horns.

If I can do it, you can do it!

Social media star Vanessa Ruck
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What has been your favorite post – and why?

Too many to pick from!

But any post where I am struggling. For me they are the most vulnerable moments I put myself in, being so open with the world. But the response from others seeing that they are not the only ones who struggle. That energy is incredible and helps me find the energy to keep going with my pain.

I wish the world was more honest and open about our battles.

What is the best thing about Instagram?

Meeting other people and knowing that the battles I have gone through are helping other people battle life’s challenges.

In the world of perfectly presented lives on social media, I work hard to give a honest and raw personality of real life.

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What other Instagrammers do you like to follow?

Gosh, lots of brands, pro riders, adventures. I like inspiration for adventures and making the most of every day.

What is the most surprising thing that has happened to you because of Instagram?

I quit my full time job as a director in marketing and am now a full time rider.

For the rest of the Rhyl Journal Post 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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North Wales Pioneer: Meet Vanessa Ruck, thegirlonabike on Instagram

As seen on North Wales Pioneer, North Wales Chronicle and South Wales Argus: Today we meet Vanessa Ruck, 35, who describes herself as a motorcycle rider, racer and adventurer and content creator.The 35-year-old, who lives in the Wye Valley, has 97,000 followers for her Instagram account.

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Why did you set it up and what is your Instagram about?

After being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, my world was turned upside down. Motorcycles weren’t a part of my life before the accident, but have been instrumental in my recovery.

I’ve been sharing life, I’m putting myself outside my comfort-zone on two wheels, and I’m sharing the ups and the downs – not just the ‘pretty’ stuff.

I’ve been on a mission to help encourage others to just get up and grab life by the horns.

If I can do it, you can do it!

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What has been your favourite post – and why?

Too many to pick from!

But any post where I am struggling. For me they are the most vulnerable moments I put myself in, being so open with the world.

But the response from others seeing that they are not the only ones who struggles. That energy is incredible and helps me find the energy to keep going with my pain.

I wish the world was more honest and open about our battles.

What is the best thing about Instagram?

Meeting other people and knowing that the battles I have gone through are helping other people battle life’s challenges.

In the world of perfectly presented lives on social media, I work hard to give a honest and raw personality of real life.

What other Instagrammers do you like to follow?

Gosh, lots of brands, pro riders, adventures. I like inspiration for adventures and making the most of every day.

What is the most surprising thing that has happened to you because of Instagram?

I quit my full time job as a director in marketing and am now a full time rider.

Tips for getting the most out of Instagram?

Consistency, authentic and natural content, and storytelling. Give something to the reader.

For the full article see North Wales Chronicle, South Wales Argus and North Wales Pioneer.

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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South Wales Argus: 100 amazing women of Gwent – Vanessa Ruck

I’m honoured to be featured in the South Wales Argus 100 amazing women of Gwent: WITH tomorrow’s International Women’s Day Wales celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the globe, we’ve compiled our own 100 Amazing Women of Gwent.

Vanessa Ruck

A Monmouth-based social media influencer who has won national awards for her YouTube and creative online content.

She set up her thegirlonabike Instagram account having undergone surgery for a third time after being hit by a car that jumped a red light in 2014.

Now shares her adventures and passion for bikes with thousands of followers on social media.

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For the rest of the South Wales Argus article and to see the other 100 amazing women of Gwent see here. Let’s International Women’s Day Wales!

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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Bennetts: Motorcycles making a difference to school children – BecauseICan

Article as seen on Bennetts by Ben Cordy on BecauseICan: One of the remarkable qualities about the biking community is its willingness to give back, make a difference and exercise generosity, writes BikeSocial member Ben Cordy. From the kindness of more experienced bikers when I first began, through to the legendary service of blood bikers up and down the country, we have a well-deserved reputation for doing good.

It has been such a great pleasure ­– and a privilege – to see another side to that generosity, that impetus to give back, after connecting with Vanessa Ruck (aka theGirlonabike) in her pursuit of sharing a #BecauseICan mindset with young people.

Making a difference to young people

As a youth/schools worker by day and an avid biker by night, I know better than most the vast array of struggles and battles that shape teenage life. The uncertainty of covid and the seemingly endless disruption to the routine of school has led to many in the mainstream press professing a bleak picture for young people, describing them as a lost generation, doomed to failure or insurmountable challenge.

Thankfully the truth is far more positive, but in the face of difficult times the biking community – as it so often does – has stepped up to make a difference and to bring some positivity to young people.

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Vanessa has a powerful story of overcoming seemingly impossible circumstances following a bicycle vs car accident in 2014. Vanessa battled through seven years of recovery and seven surgeries, discovering a passion for motorbikes in the midst of all this and finding deep purpose in the pursuit of riding both on and off road.

Describing herself as a motorcycle rider, racer and adventurer, Vanessa has now taken on some of the most challenging off-road motorcycle races in the world, tackling everything from Red Bull Romaniacs to the desert Rallye Du Maroc. Her dogged determination to overcome the struggles of her recovery and to progress as a rider and racer has earned her a committed following online with over a quarter of a million followers worldwide.

Over the past six months, motivated by the negativity towards young people in the media and her drive to promote and overcome, Vanessa’s #BecauseICan mindset has been giving her time to support schools up and down the country through engaging sessions sharing her recovery journey, the lessons it’s taught her along the way and passing her passion for all things two-wheels on to the next generation of riders and adventurers.

For more on the #BecauseICan sessions see – Free school workshops

Through these sessions Vanessa has recently completed her second ‘mini’ tour of schools in Leeds working closely with the charity I work for, Leeds Faith In Schools, to encourage and inspire as many young people as possible to step up, take control of their situations and seeking help where needed to pursue their dreams however big or small. Having now shared her story with over 4,000 young people across Leeds, and many more elsewhere, the impact and feedback has been amazing with young people walking away with tools to face their circumstances, inspired to overcome and dream big.

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Her energy, enthusiasm and passion has made her a favourite with our schools and we’re already seeing young people acting on the encouragement left in her wake.

The sessions, available free to schools, are supported by ‘Horsepower’, presenting a massive opportunity to promote the positive side of biking, to support and encourage your local young people in being their best selves.

For the rest of the Bennetts BecauseICan 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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Yorkshire Evening Post: Female motorcycle racer visits Leeds schools

As seen in the Yorkshire Evening Post: A woman who was left in a hospital bed for months following an accidents while cycling has been telling Leeds school pupils how riding and racing motorbikes has been key to her recovery.

Vanessa Ruck, known as The Girl on a Bike, recently spent four days in Leeds where she visited Carr Manor, Garforth Academy and Wetherby High School to talk about a project she has deemed a ‘Because I Can’ attitude #becauseIcan. The movement is about giving young people the right tools to take on life, despite the setbacks and uncertainties that we all face, especially in light of covid-19.

Born from real life experiences that Ms Ruck has had, the workshops bring highly relatable lessons and tools to help better equip youths, and adults alike, for the battles and challenges of life. Vanessa Ruck, known as The Girl On A Bike, delivered inspiration talks to hundreds of pupils during her visits to Leeds schools last month.

Organised via Leeds Faith in Schools, The Girl On A Bike, delivered free workshops and assemblies on finding ways to make things work, dealing with the lows and the setbacks, whilst moving steadily towards one’s goals. After being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, Ms Ruck’s world was turned upside down, resulting in seven surgeries and a roller- coaster of mental and physical recovery spanning seven years.

Through her recovery she discovered motorcycles, becoming known as “The Girl On A Bike”. It started with getting a commuter bike after the accident as she needed to get to work but found the physicality of riding helped with body strength and then she decided to get a dirt bike, even though it was five months following another bout of surgery before she could get on it.

Then she started competing and racing at events and this has since taken her The Red Bull Romaniacs extreme hard enduro rally – a 600km race in Romania.

She added: “Motorcycles, something I started post-accident, have become my love and passion. If you’d asked me seven 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 seven surgeries, others can get through their hard times.” #becauseIcan

The girl on a bike vanessa ruck Yorkshire Evening

For the rest of the Yorkshire Evening Post article on BecauseICan 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: biker tears up Valleys Xtreme for a silver medal

As see on Monmouthshire Beacon: Monmouth’s motorbiking superstar Vanessa Ruck, also known as The Girl On A Bike has brought home yet another medal. This time from the Valleys Xtreme 2022, at the Walter’s Arena.

Valleys Xtreme claims to provide the hardest and most challenging riding in the UK Enduro calendar. Set in the Welsh Valleys over two days at Walters Arena, Valleys Xtreme offers a big challenge for professional and expert riders.

Running late to the event as a result of having to take care of a faulty killswitch, Vanessa prepared for the track the night before by watching video footage.

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With the help of her husband, she signed up, kitted up and rolled out the bikes in time for a run on the prologue stages.

The track features obstacles, such as skips, rocks, think mud, and ‘terrifying stuff’.

Following the first timed lap is the fast lap, where riders battle it out for the fastest time. Performance on the fast lap determines her starting position for the race the following day.

Vanessa can be seen on the prologue tearing through thick mud between concrete and softer barriers around a treacherous and dangerous track.

Following the fast lap she said: “That lap was longer than I expected it to be, super muddy and sloppy, but fast.”

Vanessa Ruck (A Girl On A Bike)

Checking out the track ahead, she scoped out five rows of placed boulders, which bikers had to tackle, puddles a foot deep, and hurdles made of tyres. She explained how when she reviewed the Neil Hawker track preview she was terrified, however scoping out the track from ground level allowed her to assess and strategise in a way she felt relatively confident about.

Back on the track with the other riders, she battled the obstacles as the sun was going down. A collision with another rider knocking her front tyre out almost caused her to retire early, but she powered on.

After the qualifying stage, she said: “I’m quite pleased that I survived it, I got around it, I think I actually enjoyed it in the end. I’ve got a broken gear shifter from where the guy rode into me.”

On the morning of the race, Vanessa had found herself placing on row two, which meant she achieved a relatively fast time in previous day’s qualifier.

After what she describes as a ‘gruelling, beautiful’ lap, she won a silver finish.

This win was a milestone for Vanessa, marking two years on from her very first race, which was also at Valleys Xtreme.

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Vanessa’s Valleys Xtreme laps can be found on her Youtube channel (The Girl On A Bike).

Vanessa worked in marketing for 10 years when life took a devastating turn, cycling to work and being run over by a car jumping a red light.

She said: “Motorcycles, something I started post-accident, have become my love and passion. If you’d asked me seven 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 and I think they’re cheering me on to keep doing better and better. Hopefully I am inspiring others to show that if I can bounce back after seven surgeries, others can get through their hard times.”

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Vanessa is an accomplished social media star, standing at nearly 30,000 subscribers on Youtube, gaining around 600 every month. Her channel pulls in around 60,000 monthly views.

The competitive Enduro Rally racer had just come back from the Rallye Du Maroc when bagged the prize. She thinks that it is because of the footage of her entering really challenging events or travelling to stunning countries, is why her videos on Youtube are energetic and inspiring.

Check out the Monmouthshire Beacon for the full Valleys Xtreme article 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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