• A fun weekend of adventure riding for all ability levels 28 – 29 May
• Take part in exciting off-road challenges on our BMW GS adventure bikes
• Enjoy a fantastic road route on your own BMW motorcycle
• Adventurous riders can take in optional off-road sections on their own bike*
• Women welcome – the first 20 to enter will have a free entry.
• Off Road Skills GS Trophy pre-event training available (limited space)
• Entry cost just £99
*knobbly tyres are recommended for the optional off-road sections
After the success of the UK team in the 2016 GS Trophy International Final, where our guys finished second by the narrowest of margins, the 2017 UK Qualifier is set to be one heck of an event. A bank holiday weekend packed with riding, navigating, camping and competition. Two days of riding around the beautiful Welsh mountains, following a road book and tackling challenges along the way. For many, the GS Trophy Qualifier will be about great riding, enjoying the challenges and having a load of fun on their bikes. But for the competitive people out there, we’ll be totting up the points and announcing which riders make it through to the final afternoon where they’ll compete for a place on Team GB at the 2018 International Final.
The event is suitable for riders of all abilities and levels. The open event will involve a range of enjoyable on and off-road riding challenges, as well as practical, teamwork and navigation tests on the stunning roads around the region. Importantly, the event is not a race, but an experience designed to capture the spirit of the GS, the exploration and the enjoyment adventure riding should bring.
At the end of day one, the Welsh countryside will play host to the fun, as we enjoy an evening of entertainment, tales of the day’s exploits and delicious food. Monday’s ride takes in yet more of the stunning roads in the area, arriving at Walters Arena for lunch, where the finalists will be announced. At this point these riders will have to put their skills to the test in front of both the judges and the public, in an exciting, spectator-friendly competition. When the dust has settled and the last rider has crossed the finish line, we’ll announce the top three competitors; the riders who will go on to represent the United Kingdom at the 2018 GS Trophy International Final.
The main event will involve a host of fun and enjoyable on and off-road riding challenges, as well as practical, teamwork and navigation tests on the stunning roads around the region. The GS Trophy is designed to be achievable by anyone, regardless of off-road riding experience and great bike skills will not be a guarantee of success.
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 skilful 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.”
Riders can book a place in the UK GS Trophy, by calling World of BMW on freephone 08000 131 282. To qualify for the event, riders must own a BMW motorcycle, hold a British passport and full motorcycle licence and be aged 21 or over*.
Riders should attend the event and participate in all the road-based activities on their own BMW motorcycle and be prepared to navigate from route cards. BMW Motorrad will provide a selection of GS bikes for use in the off-road challenges.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the competition for?
Whist some level of off-road experience is required, the event is designed for hobby and amateur motorcyclists of all abilities. Riders competing as experts, or above, in any form of off-road motorcycling, should not take part.
Am I eligible to compete?
Key eligibility criteria are as follows:
Women GS Trophy
Women can qualify for the UK national team at this event, competing like-for-like with the men. Furthermore, the best two women in the GS Trophy UK Qualifier (who have not reached 1st-3rd place overall) will move forward to an International GS Trophy Female Qualifier where the best of the best will be selected for the International GS Trophy Female Team in Mongolia.
What bike will I be competing on?
A range of BMW GS bikes will be available for competitors to use in the off-road elements of the competition. On-road sections must be completed on the participant’s own GS motorcycle.
Where is the event held?
The 2017 GS Trophy UK Qualifier will be held in and around the area of Ystradgynlais, South Wales.
How much does it cost to enter?
The entry fee is £99 per participant and includes:
The entry fees exclude: