After Africa, South America and Canada, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy heads to the continent of Asia in spring 2016. Not only is this a new location for the friendly GS challenge there will be an international all-female team lining up for the start. Anyone who would like take part in this unique adventure can sign up for the qualifying events now.
BMW Motorrad has organized the International GS Trophy every two years since 2008. It’s an adventure rally in which BMW GS riders from numerous countries come together to engage in sporting competition with each other not just on a motorcycle but in a wide range of other disciplines, too. The event started with five teams in Tunisia in 2008 and has grown ever since. Ten teams participated in southern Africa in 2010. At the third competition in Chile and Argentina in 2012, 15 teams took to the track on their GS bikes, while in North America in 2014 there were 16. The GS Trophy now expands further in 2016 with 18 national teams representing their countries — and there’ll be one special team in addition.
As we posted a couple of days ago, BMW is asking female GS riders to be part of the action. In the past, only male participants qualified for the three person-strong national teams but this time there is a unique opportunity for talented female off-road riders. A special qualifying event is due to be held from September 9th – 16th, 2015. From all applications worldwide, a jury will select 10 women to be invited to South Africa. There, the jury will assess riding performance, skills and teamwork. The best three out of the 10 qualifying participants will then make up the international female team and battle it out for victory at the 2016 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy.
For details of the application process, see www.gstrophy.com. The application deadline for the women’s qualifying event is June 26, 2015.