Triumph looking to take The Girl on a Bike to historic 1000 Dunas Raid finish

Vanessa Ruck, known as The Girl on a Bike, will be looking to be the first woman to complete the 1000 Dunas Raid on a standard adventure bike with Triumph.

Vanessa Ruck with Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro. - Triumph

Triumph has announced that it will have a Tiger 900 Rally Pro in action at the 2022 1000 Dunas Raid ridden by Vanessa Ruck. 

Ruck, 36, will be attempting to become the first woman to complete the 1000 Dunas Raid - which takes riders 1,200km from Spain to Morocco and back again - on a standard adventure bike.

Ruck has become known as “The Girl on a Bike” since getting into motorcycling after being hit by a car while cycling to a lake in 2014. The crash resulted in multiple surgeries, including a shoulder reconstruction and five hip surgeries.

As she has recovered, Ruck has found herself transferring her love of two-wheeled adventures from bicycles to motorcycles, and became the first woman to complete the Tunisian Desert Challenge before going on to complete many more rallies - including Red Bull Romaniacs, Qatar Baja and Rallye du Maroc - in the time since.

Vanessa Ruck said about the 1000 Dunas Raid: “The 1000 Dunas Raid is a momentous challenge, not simply due to the terrain, which is physically enduring, but also the mental strain it takes to navigate the route. 

“I’ve chosen the Tiger 900 Rally Pro as it is the ideal companion for me to step up the challenge and push the limits of what both motorbikes and I can do.”

Although the 1000 Dunas Raid (‘Dunas’ meaning ‘dunes’ in Spanish) is an international event - starting in Granada, Spain, passing through Morocco and ending back in the same Spanish city - it will be the second major Spanish-based rally raid event that Triumph has participated in this year. 

This entry of Ruck in the 1000 Dunas Raid follows the entry of Ivan Cervantes, also with a Tiger 900 Rally Pro, in the Baja Aragon back in July, in which the Spanish enduro legend took victory in the new Trail category. 

The 1000 Dunas Raid begins this weekend on 22 October, and finishes a week later on 29 October.

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