The BMW Motorrad GS Trophy is an international off-road riding competition, which sees three-rider teams from around the world competing in a long-distance overland adventure. This year’s final will be held in South America, where the riders will take part in a ten-day off-road adventure ride, covering more than a thousand miles on BMW’s lightweight F 800 GS parallel-twin adventure motorcycles.
The fifty competitors were put to the test in a number of arenas, devised and judged by BMW Off Road Skills chief instructor Simon Pavey and his team. Tasks included a quarry section, road riding loops, a trials arena and timed teamwork challenges which saw pairs of competitors changing wheels on a motorcycle and setting up a campsite.
Simon Pavey, chief instructor at BMW Off Road Skills, said: “We had a fantastic weekend of riding and competition at the GS Trophy UK Qualifier. “In Cameron, Nick and Steve we have found three very worthy riders to represent Team UK” he added.
Cameron Thompson, owner of a Citroen dealership, is an R 1200 GS Adventure rider from Stroud in Gloucestershire while Steve Rose, 51, owner of outdoor pursuit centre, is an R 100 GS Paris-Dakar rider from Brecon in South Wales. Finalist Nick George, 46, who owns a glazing company, is an R 1200 GS Adventure rider from Ely in Cambridgeshire: “I’m shocked and elated!” he said. “And to have won a place in Team UK is incredible. It’s such an opportunity; I’m so excited to be heading off to South America. This means the competition isn’t over, it’s only just beginning” adds Nick.