2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Visits Middle Earth

BMW R 1200 GS in New Zealand - photo credit bmw-motorrad.co.nz

The 2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will take place in Middle Earth i.e. New Zealand.

The event is open to BMW motorcycle owners around the world.

Watch out for the Malaysian qualifying round!

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The 2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will take place in Middle Earth a.k.a. New Zealand. Sorry for the Lord of the Rings reference.

The event has grown in prestige and participation over the years since its inception. Beginning from 2008 in Tunisia, it’s held bi-annually and has since visited in South Africa, Patagonia, Canada, Thailand and Mongolia. Yes, all riding paradises.

It is open to BMW motorcycle owners around the world. Each participating country holds their own qualification round to find their representatives prior to the international event. Malaysians have participated in the last two editions as part of the Southeast Asia Team and Southeast Asia Women’s Team. Each team consists of 3 persons. Participants of previous International GS Trophy are not allowed to return to the challenge. However,  they are welcomed to coach their respective country’s candidates.

Inspired by BMW Motorrad’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Heiner Faust’s own experiences during a riding expedition in Central Asia, the competition challenge isn’t based on speed. Instead, the participants need to be skilled and smart riders, and rely on close teamwork.

That philosophy can be seen the types of challenges faced by the participants. They include pulling the bike out of a ditch, plugging a punctured tube, riding the bike through tough terrain and situations, so forth. Additionally, they have to answer questions about geography and navigation, and knowledge of their GS.

There will a total of 19 teams in 2020, representing 30 countries. There will also be an all-female international team.

BMW Motorrad did not mention if the teams will continue to ride the R 1200 GS or progress to the new R 1250 GS. However, our guess is for the former and it’ll be great to see them put to such tough tests during the event.

Please head to https://www.brand.bmw-motorrad.com/en/experience/stories/adventure/int-gs-trophy-2020.html for more updates.

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