The GS Trophy 2016 Is Calling GS Girls to Form the First All-Female Team

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BMW Motorrad is eyeing putting together the first-ever all-female international Trophy team. The German manufacturer says that since 2008, when the competition was born, several ladies indeed took part in certain events, but none of them made it into the finals.
Trying to balance things, BMW is calling out to all the ladies who know how to handle an R1200GS or F800GS, and has already started the registrations. With the increased unit sales of GS machines, BMW believes that the number of ladies who ride such motorcycles has grown sufficiently to offer a generous pool from which the members of the all-female team could emerge.

A battle for the nation and the gender

The ladies-only GS Trophy team will be an international one, at least until the news spreads and more entries make national teams a reality. With such a structure, BMW Motorrad says that competitors will be able to represent their countries, but at the same time, make a bolder, more important statement related to gender.

Of the total applications registered on the GS Trophy website, the jury will choose ten finalists who will travel to South Africa. A special qualifier will be held there September 9-16, and three lucky and worthy competitors will be chosen for the 2016 edition of the Trophy.

Ladies who believe they have what it takes to be a part of the GS Trophy are invited to register online and provide a short video of themselves showing their riding skills.

The jury deciding who will be on the ten-slot short list includes South-African Jolandie Rust, who is a BMW Motorrad South Africa Ambassador and certified off-road instructor, "Dr. Ralf Rodepeter, Head of Brand and Product Management BMW Motorrad, Svenia Ohlsen, Head of Brand Experience BMW Motorrad, and Tomm Wolf, the "face" of the GS Trophy since the very beginning". At the same time, Stephanie Rowe, the one lady rider in the “One world. One R1200GS” round-the-world documentary.

Entries are accepted until June 26, so you still have time to shoot your best ride of the year and et a chance to go on an adventure of a lifetime.
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