Watch: GS Trophy gets a dose of girl power

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The final line-up for next year’s Int. BMW Motorrad GS Trophy, which takes place in Mongolia next June, is nearly complete.

Organisers are piecing together who will compete, with the Female GS Trophy Qualifier well under way.

There are currently 23 women, from 13 countries, including Kirsty Hodges and Peta Hodgkinson flying the flag for the UK, in South Africa’s Enduro Park Country Trax.

The GS trophy is an event where teams from all over the globe compete aboard BMW’s battle-hardened R1200GS, with challenges that take riders, teams and machines to the limit. The event is a gruelling test of grit and determination and has become renown for being a test of both skill and endurance for those who take part.

Qualifying for the national teams took place earlier this year, with the UK leg being hosted by Dakar finisher Simon Pavey in South Wales. From this, three were selected to represent the UK, with the top two female riders qualifying for the next stage of selection, which would decide the final line up of the International Women’s team.

The riders are absolutely tearing up the qualifying sessions

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Running since 2008, the GS Trophy happens every two years at different locations all over the globe and has so far seen the Trophy travel to; Tunisia, South Africa, Patagonia, Canada and Thailand.

In last year’s event in Thailand, the UK team did exceptionally well, finishing second overall to a strong South African team after a closely-fought battle throughout the week. MCN’s very own dirt-guru, Michael Guy formed one-quarter of the team, and you can hear more of his thoughts from the event in his competition diary.

The International Women’s qualifier will finish tomorrow, where the final team members will be decided. You can follow more on what’s happening on BMW’s Facebook page.

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer