The world-famous biennial International GS Trophy returns in November, with three riders selected from each of several countries around the world to compete on new R1200GS bikes for victory in a vicious series of off-road competitions and challenges in exotic and faraway South Africa.
Two BMW GS owners and one journalist will be selected from the USA for this once-in-a-lifetime, all expenses paid trip. Their selection will be made during the Adventure Riders/GS Challenge at the RawHyde Adventures facility in Southern California from April 29 – May 2. This year’s “Double Jeopardy” event at RawHyde is now revamped to include two sequences: the Adventure Riders Challenge, open to all enduro riders, and the GS Challenge qualifier from which two BMW riders will be selected to compete in South Africa.
“The competition finalists will not only need strength and endurance, superior riding skills and guts, but they must also be able to navigate their route ahead, pace themselves and collaborate with teammates,” commented Laurence Kuykendall, Community and Communications Manager for BMW Motorrad USA. “It also helps to have a sense of humor under adversity,” Kuykendall added, “because, after all, this is all about fun, isn’t it?”
Interested BMW GS riders can learn more about the Adventure Riders Challenge and how they can participate in the competition to ride (and win) in South Africa by visiting www.adventureriderchallenge.com or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms can be downloaded from: www.adventureriderchallenge.com/arcXdbljprdy_applctn.pdf.
In 2008, the high-stakes competition between riders representing five countries took place in the burning sands of Tunisia and was won by Team USA members Brad Hendry (Thornton, CO), Jim Stoddard (Middlegrove, NY), and Jason Adams (Rosendale, NY) along with journalists Jimmy Lewis (Dirt Rider), Ryan Dudek (Cycle World), and photojournalist Jonathan Beck. The GS owners and journalists represented the United States in the 1,900-kilometer desert rally, involving 30 participants from five nations, seeking to demonstrate their skills over challenging terrain on identically prepared BMW F800GS motorcycles.