Her YouTube videos are viewed by thousands of people and almost 15,000 people follow her daily adventures on Instagram. She is only ten years old and has already signed her first professional contract with team Trek-Segafredo. Meet Ruby Isaac.
She is known for her YouTube channel, full of cycling videos. Her most popular videos are the ones where she acts like an acrobat. Ruby is incredibly handy on her bike and specifically on her Tacx rollers. She makes videos where she sits on the rollers with great ease. She pedals with one leg or arm, she jumps ropes and she casually tosses balls with someone. She imitates Superman and she even bakes pancakes while pedaling.
Ruby lives in Kettering, United Kingdom. She lives with her father, mother, brother Finley and dog Charlie. When she watched Laura Kenny riding in the Velodrome during the Olympics, she knew this is what she wanted to do. She was six years old when she got her first bike and joined a local cycling club. Ruby has loved cycling ever since. “What I love about it is that it is just so much fun. You can ride in so many places.”
At the local cycling club, many children use bike trainers to learn how to shift gears. When someone suggested trying rollers instead of a bike trainer to spare the children’s knees, Ruby tried it and was sold. She started practising on her Tacx rollers more and more and started filming her tricks.
Ruby’s cycling skills and enthusiasm on camera did not go unnoticed. Specialized was the first brand to contact her. They gave her a bike and she went to the Tour of California as a reporter, where she interviewed famous riders and got a sneak-peek of the professional cycling world. When NBC saw the videos, they invited her to come to the television program Little Big Shots, where she showed her skills to Steve Harvey and many television viewers. Her follower numbers rose quickly. Thousands of people are now watching her videos on YouTube and her Instagram followers are reaching 15K. At the end of 2018, she became the youngest advocate of team Trek-Segafredo.
Ruby’s videos often arise out of nothing, although she admits getting inspiration from basketball trick shot videos. But most of the ideas come naturally: “I had never seen anyone jump ropes on rollers, so I just thought I would try it.” Jumping ropes was the hardest trick for her to learn. “It took me quite a while to practise the skipping. I started to learn it bit by bit, skipping over a rope someone else was holding, then practising unfolding the rope, until I finally did it.”
“I had never seen anyone jump ropes on rollers, so I just thought I would try it.”
Ruby never gets enough of cycling. It has become her biggest passion, although she states that she also really loves her dog Charlie. She is inspired by riders such as Peter Sagan, Lizzie Deignan and Anna van der Breggen, and likes all cycling disciplines. “I love track and road racing, but I am also going to try mountain biking. I love lots of different things. I might even have a go at BMX!” But she has priorities. “School always comes first. I do lots of cycling, but always after school and on the weekends.”
One thing she knows for sure: in ten years’ time she will still be riding her bike. She even has a clear goal: “My dream is to be a professional cyclist. I would love to go to the Olympics one day, or to win a world championship myself!”
Who knows . . . One thing is for sure though, it certainly won’t be due to a lack of enthusiasm on Ruby’s part.
“My dream is to be a professional cyclist. I would love to go to the Olympics one day, or to win a world championship myself!”