BMW gearing up for the GS Trophy Qualifier

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Next week will see the qualifying event for the BMW International GS Trophy in South Wales. On May 28 and 29 riders will battle it out for a place on the prestigious international stage, which will be taking place in Mongolia next year.

The qualification event will identify the riders that will represent the country in the final next year and registrations are open for non-professional British male and female riders.


It attracts hundreds of riders and is made up of a number of events that will earn points for the competitor. These points will then classify those who will be selected to take part in the international event next year. 

The prize for being selected to represent the British team isn’t too shabby either. Alongside getting the chance to take part in the next year’s final in Mongolia, competitors will also get kitted out in a load of BMW riding kit and be provided with a brand-new personalised BMW R1200GS to use ahead of the event in Mongolia.

The qualifying event is being hosted in South Wales by Simon Pavey and the BMW Off Road Skills school and thought the search is on for a hidden off-road God, the event is suitable for those of all abilities and is full of challenges that encourage both team work and will develop skill.

Simon Pavey, chief instructor at BMW Off Road Skills, said: “The GS Trophy is aimed at every BMW Motorcycle rider being able to come and have fun on some great roads in great company. Of course this means the finalists will be skillful motorcyclists, but we want to make sure that the event is open, achievable and enjoyable for riders of all abilities to come and enjoy on their own bikes. The main route can be ridden on road tyres and entrants will be able to use BMW Off Road Skills bikes for the off-road tasks. We have the off-road options on the routes, so if you have off-road tyres fitted, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the Welsh countryside close up.”

The International GS Trophy final takes place every two years, with the event being held in Thailand last year, where the UK claimed a joint second place with Germany.

There will also be an all-female team competing in Mongolia too. Women will compete with the men at qualifying level with the top two then proceeding to the International GS Trophy Qualifier where they will battle for a place on the all-female team at the event. 

More information on the event can be found at the BMW website and if you fancy having a go you can find entry details here.

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer