GS Trophy celebrates girl power.
The BMW Motorrad GS trophy is an international enduro challenge, where teams compete in intensive daily stages as well as drills that test rider ability. The 2016 International GS Trophy will be held in Southeast Asia from 28 February to 5 March.
“The 2016 GS Trophy will include an all-female team.”
Traditionally a male dominated event, for the first time ever the 2016 GS Trophy
will include an all-female team. With an increasing amount of GS bikes being sold
to women and more exploring their passion for adventure riding, it’s a logical step to introduce some ‘girl power’ into the Trophy.
GS Trophy teams represent countries around the world, although in Australia we have our Safari events instead. For more info click here.
From 199 applications and videos by women from 29 different nations, 10 girls were shortlisted to compete in South Africa at the qualifier event in 2015.
“United by a love of riding GS motorcycles.”
The qualifier event took place from 13 to 15 September last year at the BMW Motorrad Enduro Park Country Trax in South Africa.
United by a love of riding GS motorcycles, 10 female riders came from across the globe to battle it out for a place on the first-ever female team.
Shortlisted candidates endured an intense series of challenges held over three days, which tested their riding ability and mental strength.
Among them was an Australian, Amy Harburg from Brooklyn, NSW. Amy was well prepared for the qualifying event, having already participated in five BMW GS Safaris.
Amy was the only female to participate in the GS Safari Enduro, a technical 5 day ride. Amy’s experience also extends to a 14 day, 7,500 km off road rally in Australia as part of a two girl team, with no support vehicle and all spares, tools and clothing carried between them.
At the completion of the GS Trophy qualifier, the top three riders combined to form the first ever all-female team. Amy took 2nd place and will now proudly represent Australia at the 2016 GS Trophy.
Amy is so excited to be part of the team, for her this is the ultimate opportunity to encourage other women to get out there and discover where their GS machine can take them. Amy is dedicated to training daily and is super-excited to be heading to the GS Trophy.
We’ll update you with Amy’s progress after the GS Trophy, so check BMWRider for the lowdown.
Good luck to the girl squad!