The BMW Motorrad GS Trophy has been held every two years since its inception in 2008. This non-racing international skills competition for BMW GS riders is coming back for another round in 2014 and you have the opportunity to participate. Qualifying events are being planned now around the world. The qualifiers are unique competitions to determine the teams which will represent each country or region in the international event next year. More details on the international event will be coming later but you can take a look at our news of past GS Trophy events by clicking here.
In the USA there will be one qualifying event this year at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina from September 20-22, 2013. If you and your BMW motorcycle are up for a fun challenge, you can sign up to compete in the US qualifying GS Challenge 2013 by going to BMW Motorrad USA’s website. The event is open to all amateur riders (professional racers will be disqualified) from the USA willing to pay the $200 entry fee and accept the risk to person and their motorcycle.
Unlike the international event where teams ride identically-prepped GS motorcycles provided by BMW, participants in the qualifiers bring their own motorcycles. Any road-licensed BMW GS is allowed except the G450X. Participants will be placed in different classes based on their motorcycle. Points will be tallied according to the skill events and will probably include points for generating content through social media. Finalists will then enter an online competition generating more social media content to determine the US team which will participate at the international event. Additional terms and conditions can be found on the BMW Motorrad USA website.
BMW says, “Adventure, fun, challenges, foreign cultures, camaraderie and plenty of riding fun: the GS Trophy is a unique motorcycling experience that you just can’t buy. It isn’t simply about speed and breaking records, but is concerned with ability, orientational skills and team spirit. The GS Trophy is not a race and yet it represents a great physical and psychological challenge to participants, who commonly refer to the event as the adventure of their lives. As well as the spectacular stages, riders can expect several special tests in which they can prove their riding skills. But what counts more than anything is the riders’ sense of spirit, shared adventure, and exchanges with fellow enduro enthusiasts from around the world.”