British Columbia and Alberta Host BMW Enduro Challenge
From September 6th to the 14th, Motorcyclists from 18 countries will descend on British Columbia and Alberta for the 2014 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy. Sixty-four motorists in 16 teams will experience adventure, friendship, dust, sand and gravel as they traverse the secret course through our beautiful countryside.
This is the first time the event has been in North America, let alone in our gorgeous province. The first GS Trophy was held in 2008 in Tunisia, followed by 2010 in southern Africa, and then, in 2012, in Chile and Argentina. This year, the 64 qualifiers will enjoy several days of enduro and skills competition, in seven daily stages.
The BMW 2013 R 1200 GS
95 plus bikes are packaged up and shipped over from Germany and all riders will use the same bike: the 2013 R 1200 GS. The motorcycle will certainly provide motorists with a powerful ride as they traverse the Canadian Rockies — and through the Nelson Kootenay Lake area. The 2013 R 1200 GS has got a new cooling system which provides vertical flow through the cylinders. This ensures that the engine consistently runs efficiently, which, in turn, allows riders to focus on their skills and not on their bike.
Final scouting of the terrain for this year’s event is taking place now, and in this lively interview with photographer Peter Musch, he discusses his European point of view toward the landscape, people and wildlife he’s encountered so far in our province. It’s a fun read, especially since many of us take for granted things like the fact that there is a chance of snowfall in September in the Rockies. But compared to the other locations for the GS Trophy, the Canadian Rockies are certainly colder.
Come for a Visit During the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy
If you’re here during the time that the motorcycles race through our area, you’ll be in for a treat: 64 2013 R 1200 GS BMW motorcycles all racing along. It’s going to be quite a spectacle. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of some of the best motorcyclists as they challenge their physical strength, skills and nerve.