The 2018 GS Trophy, held qualifiers in 2017 at RawHyde on the west coast, midwest was hosted by Gateway BMW in Missouri and the east coast was held at BMW's training center in South Carolina. Canada I believe only had the option of traveling to Montreal for their qualification which isn't fair to those in BC. Well, BMW has taken a similar approach for us this year in USA by only offering the qualifier in California. This is a 4-day trip for those of us on the east coast who aren't iron butt riders each way with the only alternative being that you might be able to rent a bike from Rawhyde to qualify but that's not entirely clear. I don't know why they'd rent bikes to people to qualify as the bikes are guaranteed to suffer some form of damage during the competition. If you want to qualify for Team USA, you have to go to California. It raises the barrier of entry for some really talented riders. I know guys in the Northeast who with a dirt background competitively, ride their GS enduro style and they're really skilled riders but they have families and day jobs and need an event closer to home. I myself was going to try out and while I wouldn't qualify, I wanted to lay the groundwork for a future attempt next round and hone my skills a bit. but BMW announced the qualifier will take place in 28 days (just announced today) and I need to plan in 4 days of riding there and back so this is now a 12 day total trip with the qualification that I need to work into my schedule with barely any notice. I imagine Canada will suffer the same consequence. Not to mention, our trails in Vermont are still 100% ice and 8" deep mud. When am I supposed to train for this? I felt frost-bite coming on riding to work today and that's with heated grips. It's an example of BMW being out of touch of seasonal limitations of the riders who are not competitive (i.e., I can't go south for the winter and train) and ignorance toward where their riders are based. A centrally based qualifier in August / September would allow riders to train up, prepare and plan their time off from our day jobs to make this work. South Carolina is still a 2 day trip for me but at least it's on my time-zone but the short notice and the fact that our riding season hasn't started yet (it's still below freezing some nights) makes me feel that this event excludes anyone in the northern part of the country and everyone who is east of the Mississippi. I recognize that BMW's core ADV market is California, Oregon and Washington. Look at where all of the Farkle-Companies are based and look at where BDRs started and you have a gigantic market out there but there are thousands of very skilled riders on the east coast and central USA who are being excluded. I'm very disappointed and don't you dare call this a first world problem. We're BMW owners in the United States / Canada. You bet your ass this is a first world problem. ----- To riders who live on the West coast and can take 3-5 days off from work with a 28 day notice, here's the link to register - https://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/en/discover/events/int-gs-trophy-2020-qualifier.html Good luck to you. I'll be at the Horizons unlimited Ontario event riding around in the dirt & mud with all of the excluded east coast riders who wish to qualify.