There are some new teams joining the upcoming 2014 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy event in Canada this September. Among them will be a trio of riders from Mexico, which has now completed its national qualifying event, where in an atmosphere of fellowship and challenging tests, three BMW riders stood out, winning their place to represent Mexico at the international event.
There were around 45 BMW riders who made the shortlist when BMW Motorrad Mexico put out the call for motorcyclists to try their luck and skills in a national qualifying tournament to win the chance to participate in one of the most challenging adventure motorcycling competitions worldwide: the International GS Trophy.
The qualifying stage for the Mexican riders began at exactly 7am on a warm Friday morning at the Parque Insurgente Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, better known as ‘La Marquesa’, when they set off en mass in the direction of Valle de Bravo, on a rally trip on unpaved roads, which allowed them to demonstrate their skills and control of their GS bikes on the loose sand and undulating terrain.
The participants faced challenging, twisty narrow roads and high-mountain passes in and around the forests of Nevado de Toluca, reaching their first destination in Corral de Piedra, where they set up camp for the night in preparation for the next day’s activities. The following morning, the riders participated in various skills tests, including having to cross a lake on a small boat, carrying a motorcycle of course! Those who made it across successfully were able to make their way towards the next stop, located around one-and-a-half hour’s ride away, in Valle de Bravo.
Upon arrival at Valle de Bravo’s lagoon, there was precious little time for the motorcade participants to relax, before the challenges started again in the afternoon. These included blindfolded archery, a zip-line, sudoku and climbing (among others). The picturesque location of the Hotel Rodavento was also the venue for a swimming race and a raffle for 10 paragliding flights.
On Sunday morning during breakfast, the organizers announced the names of the 20 finalists, who would go on that day to face even more challenges, including slalom races and a ‘slow speed’ riding circuit that would include obstacles, up-and-down sections and slippery surfaces, all carefully constructed to make the expert riders stand out. As a result of the various tests, Uriel González, Leonardo Noyola and Diego Pérez came out on top and were named the winners of the first GS Challenge ever carried out in Mexico.
Michel Goudet, director of BMW Motorrad Mexico, announced the good news to the three winners, and thanked all the participants for the excellent spirit that they had shown throughout the competition. “The main purpose of the GS Challenge Mexico was to offer the best conditions for riders to enjoy our GS motorcycles with,” he said. “Furthermore, this kind of event underpins the commitment that the brand has with its customers, and allows us to provide the proper setting for them to participate in the lifestyle that BMW Motorrad ownership offers. The GS Challenge Mexico, besides being a competition, was an event specifically for those who share the legendary GS spirit.
“We are confident that Uriel, Leonardo and Diego will be great representatives of BMW Motorrad Mexico in the forthcoming International GS Trophy – a fact that can be demonstrated by their scores, skills and enthusiasm in this national qualifier. On behalf of BMW Motorrad, we wish them the very best of luck in Canada.”