After being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, Vanessa’s world was turned upside down, resulting in 7 surgeries and a rollercoaster of mental and physical recovery spanning 7 years. Through her recovery she discovered motorcycles, becoming known as “The Girl On A Bike”.
Vanessa is a motorcycle rider, motivational speaker and racer. She speaks passionately and authentically about the challenges of recovery from a life changing accident and making the most of every day
Contact – Email Great British Speakers today to book motivational speaker, “The Girl On A Bike”, Vanessa Ruck for your next corporate event or call +44 1753 439289.
The Tunisia Desert Challenge is a new cross-country Rallye-Raid, from the organisers of the Morocco Desert Challenge.
It’s a gruelling 8 day endurance event, covering up to 469km each day involving a race across 2400km of Tunisian desert in some of the harshest racing conditions in the world.
Against all the odds and showing true grit and determination Vanessa came 35th of 55 motorcycles and the first women to ever enter and finish the @tunisiadesertchallenge on a bike. It was a gruelling 8 day endurance event, covering up to 469km each day
Vanessa has an unquenchable desire for adventure and her biking adventures have taken her to Bolivia, Romania, The USA, Sardina and Iceland.
Combining her ten-year career in marketing and her resilience for life, Vanessa has built a following of over 270,000 and racked up over 2 million YouTube plays! 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 curved 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. “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” says Vanessa.
If we can pull her away from her bikes, she will bring an incredible energy to your speaking events.
Below – Life before the accident
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”. Expect to laugh and cry in the same minute.
The sessions deliver practical advice and focus on:
Vanessa speaks from the heart, and as such will take your audience 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.
Below: is Vanessas presenter showreel which also gives and insight into her global adventures:
“What a refreshing presenter!
Vanessa delivered an emotional and hard hitting story, with clear and concise strategies for thriving in life, in a cool, calm and professional manner. She showed a deft ability to switch between the styles needed in these different environments and has built a lasting impression with many of the students she interacted with. Vanessa lures the students attention with her knowledge and experience and when their guard is down she delivers the tough lessons that they need to hear.”
You speak so well about mental health, I have never seen a group of guys so captivated by a mental health related conversation like I did on Thursday evening.
‘As the owner of Dorothy’s Speed Shop down in North Devon I booked Vanessa to come and give a talk and go riding the next day. As a result, I would wholeheartedly recommend her as a guest speaker. She’s passionate about the subject, has a great story to tell but more importantly you get the sense that she really wants to connect and engage with the audience, and the feedback I had from my customers as a result was phenomenal. Great speaker and great person to have around. Would highly recommend.’
Nathan Millard, Dororthy’s Speed Shop
I literally struggled to hold back the tears listening to you speak. The world has thown some shit at you but you turned it around and threw it back.
You don’t let life beat you, I was so inspired.
Everyday since I think ‘what would Vanessa do’ when I feel challenged, even by the smallest thing.
Thank you, you were exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it.