BMW reveals location of 2020 GS Trophy

This sounds seriously exciting!

BMW GS Trophy New Zealand

THE INTERNATIONAL GS Trophy is stuff of legend…

BMW owners in their droves apply to the qualifiers every other year, in the hope of making it on to their national team and heading to some far flung destination aboard the German manufacturer’s flagship R1200GS.

In 2018’s Central Asia edition, the GS Trophy saw 18 teams from 21 nations tackle the vast Mongolian Steppe, travelling 2350km (1460 miles) across eight days. In the end, the South African team took victory for the second year running, while Britain came seventh.

Now, the destination for 2020’s Trophy has been announced, as none other than New Zealand. With its remarkably similar terrain to old blighty, hopefully we have a fighting chance!

So far, 19 teams have signed up, including Middle East, Nordic and North African contingents. And once again there will be one, or more, female teams.

The UK Qualifier will, as always, take place over late May bank holiday at Walters Arena, home of Off Road Skills.

Owners of any BMW motorcycle are invited to attend, where they will be tested on their Technical riding skill on and off-road, navigation, mechanical competence and team work.

The entry fee is £125 and includes camping, two evening meals and two breakfasts, route notes and challenges, and use of GSes on the off-road tasks.

It’s an awesome way to spend a long weekend, as we found out last year…

For more information on this year’s qualifier, click here.