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UK GS Trophy Qualifier

British BMW GS riders are invited to compete for the three available places in Team GB for the incredible, once-in-a-lifetime, International Final of the 2014 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy in Canada.

The 2014 GS Trophy UK Qualifier will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend of 25th – 26th May based around Ystradgynlais, South Wales. For just £99 riders can join BMW Motorrad for an eventful, enjoyable adventure motorcycling weekend.

Competitors will get to take part in a whole range of off-road challenges on the range of 2014 BMW adventure-sports bikes, as well as taking part in road-based sections on their own BMW motorcycle.

The event is suitable for riders of all abilities and levels. The Sunday’s Open 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. 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. The Sunday event is designed to be achievable by anyone, regardless of off road riding experience and great bike skills will not be a guarantee of success.

In the evening, a marquee and bar at one of the areas to top pubs will play host to the fun, where the top performers from the day will be selected to continue in the competition on Monday 26th.

At this point the finalists will have to put their skills to the test in front of both the judges and the public, in an exciting, spectator friendly competition, which will end with three lucky riders being named Team GB. The challenges and tests will be devised and judged by veteran Dakar rider and BMW Off Road Skills chief instructor Simon Pavey.

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. In 2012, we found three amazing riders who went on to enjoy the trip of a lifetime in South America, and the lucky winners this year will head to Canada. Of course this means the finalist will be skilful motorcyclists, but we want to make sure that day one of the qualifier is open, achievable and enjoyable riders of all abilities to come and enjoy on their own bikes. All the sections on the Sunday will be reachable on road tyres and entrants will be able to use BMW Off Road Skills bikes for the off road tasks.”

Riders can book a place in the UK Qualifying Event, which costs £99 per rider 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*.

For the full terms and conditions of entry, please visit

Riders should attend the event and participate in all the road-based activities on their own BMW motorcycle and be prepared. BMW Motorrad will provide a selection of GS bikes for use in the Off Road Challenges.

2014 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy International Final – Canada.
The three riders selected to represent the nation will go on to compete in the International Final against teams from over a dozen countries in an amazing, 2,000km epic adventure being held in September in Canada. The teams will be pitted against both the incredible landscapes and challenging terrain of North America and the cream of GS riders from around the world.

The amazing, cross country off-road ride will be completed on BMW GS motorcycles, with special trial sections along the way which will require them to dig deep and display the potential they showed at the UK Qualifying Event, and much, much more.

The history of the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy.

The 2012 GS Trophy is the fourth time that the bi-annual international competition has been held, and is the biggest yet. Introduced in 2008, teams from five nations took part in a ride from Italy to Tunisia and back. In 2010, over 90 British riders competed for the three places in Team GB. The three successful riders took on 11 teams from 14 countries in South Africa, with Team GB taking the coveted title after a thrilling ten-day battle.

To book you place in the UK GS Trophy Qualifying event you can do so by calling World of BMW on freephone 08000 131 282 or 0208 607 3917 if from a mobile. Alternatively you can book online by clicking here.

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:

  • Competitors must be current owners of a BMW motorcycle.
  • All competitors must be 21 years of age or above, and hold a full and valid license for riding their motorcycle in the UK.
  • Only UK citizens (holders of British passports) will be entitled to be selected to represent the UK Team in the International GS Trophy event. In order to participate in the final (if selected) you must have a current valid UK passport and be available to travel to the final during 6-14 September 2014 (provisional dates).
  • Other conditions apply. Please click here for a full list of entry rules & regulations.

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 participants own GS motorcycle.

Where is the event held?

The 2014 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:

  • Entry to the GS Trophy UK qualifier.
  • Competition fees
  • Route notes and challenges
  • Use of BMW GS bikes for off road riding including fuel.
  • Results and Presentation

The entry fees exclude:

  • Fuel for your own BMW motorcycle
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Travel or transport to and from the event base near Ystradgynlais, Wales.
  • Any catering food and drinks
  • Accommodation

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