Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area, so getting BMW fans together for events is never easy, even if they are long-distance riders! For the past few years, there has been an Eastern GS Challenge in Quebec, but a new addition for this year is the Rocky Mountain GS Challenge, which will take place in western Canada in mid-August.
Sponsored by BMW Motorrad Canada, the event is designed to bring together owners of BMW GS machines from western Canada for a weekend of off-road riding, instruction, challenges and entertainment. Dealer Principle of Argyll Motorrad dealership, Rick Fleury explains the reasoning behind the inaugural annual Rocky Mountain GS Challenge.
“After putting together a team from Alberta to participate in the GS Challenge in Montreal last September, it was clear to me that we in western Canada were missing out on this fantastic event, so we’ve organized our own. We want to promote team spirit, camaraderie and the ability to come away a better rider, so we’ve planned everything from water crossings, to mud, sand and much more! There will be BMW factory trained instructors on hand to give free instruction on off-road riding techniques and to answer any questions. The scenery in the area is beautiful, the trails are awesome and the food will be fantastic – what more could GS riders want?”
Although the Rocky Mountain GS Challenge is primarily aimed at BMW GS owners, riders of other brands of adventure motorcycles are welcome to attend and sample the ever-expanding world of BMW Motorrad. Furthermore, as an added incentive for the more experienced riders, the winners of this year’s and next year’s Rocky Mountain GS Challenge will have the opportunity to go ‘head to head’ with the winners of Montreal’s GS Challenge for the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2012 International GS Trophy.
As part of the preparations for what is being described as the area’s biggest enduro event of the year, the organization team has been busy scouting trails and locations for the Individual and Team Challenge events. According to Rocky Mountain GS Challenge Organizer Wolfgang Simmert, it will be a chance to give riders the opportunity to have a great weekend of fun, but also improve their off-road riding skills at the same time.
“The GS Challenge is an excellent event where, no matter how experienced you are at off-road riding, you will improve your technical riding skills,” he said. “We’ve laid out trails designed for three levels of experience – beginner, intermediate and advanced – and the trails will be used for teaching and practice.”
As well as two days of riding, instruction, individual and team challenges, there will also be plenty of time for socializing by the campfire and swapping adventure stories. On the Saturday evening, Canadian world traveller and author Rene Cormier will speak about his travels in South America, Asia and the Middle East on a BMW F 650 GS. On the Sunday, five finalists will compete to determine the 2010 Rocky Mountain GS Challenge winner.
The two-day Rocky Mountain GS Challenge takes place from 13-14 August. For more information, visit http://rockymountaingschallenge.ca/