Looks like its game on... they are going to be choosing some or maybe all of the members of this years US team for the GS Trophy in South Africa!
Hallo, Goeie dag, Zdravstvuite, Ciao, Konnichi wa, Heehee, Buenos dias, G’day!
Those words may look strange to you, but those will be the morning greetings among the competitors around the bivouac at the BMW International GS Trophy in South Africa this fall, and you could be there. To get there all it takes is a BMW GS, a moderate amount of riding skill, the ability to work as a team, and your fierce determination.
photo: jonbeckphotography.com Every two years, BMW Motorrad hosts a 10 day, international skills competition for amateur riders, or in BMW’s own words, “Ambitious hobby riders”. Riding BMW F800GS’s and working as a team with your fellow countrymen, you will compete against amateur teams from countries spanning the globe. You’ll face ten days of river crossings, hill climbs, sand dunes, mechanical challenges, and cross county navigational tests designed to test your ingenuity, determination, and riding skills. This is not a race, but a journey to determine which country gets to claim the title of “World’s Toughest Adventure Riders”.
Do you have what it takes?
In 2008, the U.S. Trophy team met all challengers in the sand dunes of Tunisia. For 10 days they attacked deep sand, carried their bikes to the top of tall dunes, completed mechanical tests using only the tools under their seats, and devised solutions to problems created by a team of international judges. Each night Team USA would pitch their tents in the ruggedly beautiful desert with their fellow international competitors. With a good hot dinner under their belts, they’d recount the challenges of the day, and get ready for another day of world class competition. When the thick Tunisian dust finally cleared, Team USA stood alone on the top of the finisher’s podium with gold around their necks.
BMW motorrad international GS trophy2010 has arrived! Will Team USA retain their title of World’s Toughest Adventure Riders? The time to find out is now!
RawHyde Adventures will host this year’s International GS Trophy Challenge selection process on Saturday May 1st. The Trophy team selection will be held in conjunction with the Adventure Riders Challenge, and you must enter the “Challenge” in order to compete for the GS Trophy. On Day 1 of the Challenge competitors will move from event to event, accumulating scores which will be totaled at the end of the day. After the first day of competition, the 20 riders with the best scores will be given the opportunity to compete the following day for a spot on Team USA in South Africa.
For the Trophy competition, the 20 finalists will challenge the events on the same motorcycle which will be provided by RawHyde. It is important to note that BMW wishes for an absolutely level playing field among the competitors, so each rider will be assigned a BMW “school bike” to perform their skills challenges with. They will not be using their own bikes. All competitors will ride identical bikes in the competition. This will ensure that the rider’s final score will be based on their personal skills, not on an advantage of one motorcycle over another.
The format for this year’sTrophy selection is simple.
Each contestant starts out with the same goal in mind, to complete the various events with the least amount of penalty points. Penalty points are assigned if a rider touches the ground with his foot, exceeds the maximum time allowed for a specific event or drops his/her bike or goes out of bounds. Fundamentally, there will be two forms of exercises: skills challenges (riding events) and technical challenges (both personal and motorcycle related).
The Skills Challenges will consist of 11 defined tasks such as completing several back to back lock out turns within a limited space, or riding the length of a 6x6 timber or climbing a hill without touching the ground. None of the riding events are speed oriented and are instead events which require good balance, slow speed control of your bike, and the ability to access terrain and make good decisions accordingly.
Technical challenges may range from changing tires, to electrical fault diagnosis, to navigational skills tests. There may also be simple physical skills tests which do not require the use of a motorcycle, such as wood sawing or a ropes course. These events allow less skilled riders to accumulate points comparable to competitors with elevated riding skills.
In the world of adventure riding there are many skills that are necessary to be a good well rounded rider. It is every bit as important to have the ability to keep your motorcycle in good mechanical condition as it is to have good riding skills. The BMW GS Trophy Challenge will mirror these real world needs.
It is also important to note that BMW states, “Since this is an adventure event, participants should be expected to travel to the venue on their own motorcycles and stay in their own tents”. In other words, Trophy Competitors will not be allowed to trailer their bikes to the event, and they will not be allowed to camp in RV’s or trailers. BMW also states "Participants are required to hold a driving license which is valid at the time of the event and possess a registered BMW GS in sound technical condition.” While in South Africa competing for Team USA, all the competitors from the various countries will be required to sleep in tents each night. As such, those riders competing for a spot on Team USA will also be required to sleep in tents during their time at RawHyde. RawHyde will designate a tenting area that all GS Trophy competitors must use during the competition. Proper facilities will be provided.
The three riders with the best final accumulated score will be designated Team USA, and will compete in the BMW GS Trophy in South Africa in the fall of 2010. Are you going to be there? Do you have what it takes? The stakes are high… do you want a shot? The only way to find out is to sign up now for the BMW GS Trophy, April 29 - May 2.
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Not that I'm allowed to participate as a competitor this year, but I;m having trouble with the applicaiton PDF: