The BMW International GS Trophy has been a global phenomenon ever since it burst onto the scene back in 2008. However, there has always been one important ingredient missing from this success story – women! Now it’s time to change all that with the launch of a worldwide search for a trio of lady riders who are ready and willing to take on the boys in next year’s GS Trophy in Southeast Asia. So if this could be you, then keep reading…Just imagine having the chance to not only represent your nation, but to also represent your entire gender in arguably the most famous competitive off-road customer motorcycling event in the world. So far, there have been GS Trophies in Tunisia, South Africa, South America and Canada, but in all that time there has never been a female competitor in the finals – let alone an all-female team – until now.With an increasing amount of GS bikes sold to women, and more ladies actively exploring their passion for off-road adventure riding, we thought it was time to introduce some ‘girl power’ into the Trophy. Here’s how to get involved.Visit www.gstrophy.com where we will reveal details of the selection process for the female team. In brief, we are asking talented GS-riding girls from around the world to apply for this unique opportunity to be considered for the ‘shortlist’ of 10 riders, who will travel to South Africa for a special qualifier event from 9-16 September to determine the final three who will compete together in 2016.BMW Motorrad South Africa Ambassador and certified off-road instructor Jolandie Rust is part of a jury that will be deciding which ten lucky ladies have what it takes to challenge for a place on the first ever female International GS Trophy team.“I’m very excited to announce that BMW Motorrad will be selecting an all-female team to participate at the 2016 GS Trophy happening in southeast Asia next spring,” says Jolandie, who circumnavigated the entire African continent on a BMW F 650 GS Dakar and now uses an R 1200 GS to teach the joys of off-road riding to women – and men.“From all the female applicants we will first be selecting 10 participants from across the globe to take part in September’s qualifying event at the Country Trax Rider Training Academy in South Africa. Out of these 10 competitors we will then assess their performance and potential in a number of different scenarios before choosing the top three lady riders that will make up the first ever female team of the GS Trophy 2016.”Joining Jolandie are four other fellow jury members, who will together select the ten most suitable female applicants to go to South Africa for the qualifying event. Selection will be based on the riding skills and GS /enduro experience demonstrated on their application form and video. In addition to Jolandie, the jury members include Dr. Ralf Rodepeter – Head of Brand and Product Management BMW Motorrad; Svenia Ohlsen – Head of Brand Experience BMW Motorrad; Tomm Wolf – the ‘face’ of the GS Trophy since the very beginning; and Stephanie Rowe, who many will remember as the sole female rider in the “One world. One R 1200 GS” tour that saw five participants take part in a round-the-world relay in 2013 on the R 1200 GS.All of the details of how to apply for this latest once-in-a-lifetime GS Trophy opportunity can be found at www.gstrophy.com where there is an online application form that needs to be completed to be considered for the shortlist. We also ask that you send us a short video showing us your riding skills and describing why you think you should be among the lucky ten ladies who will be chosen to make the exciting trip to South Africa in September to take part in this all-important qualifying event for the 2016 female team, where points can most definitely mean prizes!So, our message to the thousands of girls out there is to show us your passion for the GS, give us a taste of your riding skills and make sure you demonstrate that you’ve got what it takes to accept the mighty challenge of the Trophy. Act now, because the closing date for entries is 26 June, so if you want to be part of the team that makes GS Trophy history, it’s time to start your engine and get creative.
May 2015 | © BMW International GS Trophy
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