The 2020 edition of the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy is headed to New Zealand.
The GS Trophy is BMW’s in-house competition for adventure riders. To compete, teams must first win local GS Challenge competitions in their home country, then win the national qualifier. The GS Challenge competitions are usually a broad mix of riding, mechanical repair and survival skills tests, and of course, the riders must be aboard BMW GS-series adventure bikes to win.
At the national-level Challenges, riders get a BMW-provided GS to compete, and the same goes for the international Trophy events—the whole team rides GS adventure bikes provided by BMW.
The Trophy has been an international competition since 2008, and has run in places like South Africa, Canada, Tunisia and Mongolia in the past, offering competitors a chance to pit their skills against each other in prime adventure riding locations.
New Zealand will certainly fit that pattern, as it offers a wide mix of fantastic riding opportunities, along with exotic scenery. Ralf Rodepeter, BMW Motorrad’s Head of Marketing and Product Management, says New Zealand “offers perfect ‘GS terrain,’ ” with “Lots of legal off-road kilometers… demanding route profiles, passing through fascinating landscapes and with plenty of exotic flair.”
This time around, BMW is taking 18 international teams, as well as a female team or teams made up from competitors from different countries.
Australia, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, the UK, and the USA all will send teams from their countries.
The Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland) will send a team, as will North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt) and the Middle East. Malaysia and the Philippines will also collaborate on a team, and as mentioned before, the female team or teams will be multi-national as well.