This summer, Ruby is doing something pretty different to most nine-year-old girls: she’s riding 200 miles on a fat bike, to raise money for Dementia charities.
Now back at school after a summer holiday full of riding, she’s managed to accumulate well over 100 miles, and has until the end of October to reach her milestone double century.
This is Ruby’s second ‘Big Bike Challenge’ – her first was to complete 100 miles over the school holidays, at the age of eight.
This year, however, Ruby has added an extra string to her bow – she’s using the challenge to get other children cycling, too.
When we spoke to Ruby in July, she told us: “It would be nice if there were other girls who liked riding as much as me. There is one boy in the year above me, we bump into him out riding sometimes… some of my friends ride their bikes in the park sometimes, but they don’t do mountain biking.”
Children have been able to find out where Ruby will be via the Ruby’s Big Bike Challenge Facebook page and join her for a ride, whilst also raising money for their own chosen charities.
It’s obviously working – because between all the youngsters involved they’ve totted up over 700 miles and raised £2,481.16 for 11 different charities. And the challenge is far from over.
We asked Ruby and her dad to pick out their five favourite moments from the challenge, so far…