The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014 – the longest, biggest, most technical ever – is over. The fourth edition brought together 16 teams (48 riders plus 16 journalists) representing 19 nations for a seven-day 2300 kilometre trek through the Rocky Mountains, as found in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. The riding was in parts extreme, chasing narrow rocky tracks high into the mountains, fording rivers, threading through mist-cloaked forests on muddy two-tracks and chasing through dust-clouds on fast gravel pistes. And with temperatures ranging from -4º to 24ºC this was a cooler GS Trophy than any before.By September 13, seven days after they set off, the GS Trophy riders were back where they had started – in Exshaw – having encountered bears, wolves, coyote, elk and deer along the trail, having endured cold days and much colder nights and having come to know the mountainous majesty of the Rockies. And through so many new friendships, with each other, with the Canadian locals, the riders had again found and reinforced the GS Spirit.For the first time ever in GS Trophy history there was a runaway victor – Team CEEU (Central Eastern European Union). They took the win on day one and while they would occasionally relinquish the odd day victory they never let go of the overall lead, in fact building on it every day to finish with an impressive 49-point advantage.Team South Africa, a young dynamic team full of energy and spirit, gave the victors the toughest opposition and by consistently placing in the top-three throughout the week were ready to strike should Team CEEU falter – only they didn’t. Team France took the final place on the podium. As in 2012, this was a flamboyantly talented team and again they were a team that was always eager to help others.Team CEEU, always quietly confident, were delighted with their victory. Karel Řeháček: “This week has gone by so fast, but it has felt like the best memory of my life, it has been incredible. Within our team we have a good spirit, we have become friends and it turns out we are very good at this kind of competition!With the completion of the 2014 GS Trophy so we look forward to the next. In 2016 will come the fifth GS Trophy, where and exactly when is yet to be decided, but it’s sure to be every bit as exciting, as challenging as the four to date. And ahead of that will come the qualifiers. The first has already been scheduled, with the German and Alps team set to be decided at the GS Trophy Germany qualifier held in conjunction with Touratech Travel Event at Niedereschach in June 2015. Qualifiers for other countries are sure to be scheduled soon, so for those keen to participate in the next International GS Trophy the time to start preparing and practicing is now – and check in with your local BMW team for the dates of the qualifiers. The adventure continues...
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