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ADV NewsBMW’s Next GS Trophy Competition Heading to Southeast Europe

BMW’s Next GS Trophy Competition Heading to Southeast Europe

The wilds of Albania provide an ideal backdrop for the next GS Trophy.

Published on 02.15.2021
“Explore the unexpected” is the motto of the eighth edition of the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, which has been revealed will take place in Albania. Arguably one of the last still largely untouched off-road paradises in Europe, Albania is considered an insider tip for off-road riding, with incredibly rich flora, fauna and culture.
As Dr. Ralf Rodepeter, Head of Brand and Product at BMW Motorrad explained, Albania will offer qualified GS riders completely different riding environments and experiences: “Lots of legal off-road kilometers are required, with demanding route profiles and plenty of unknowns. Albania offers the ideal conditions.Varied landscapes with high mountains, plateaus, deep forests, beaches along the Adriatic coast, fantastic riverbeds to cross and deep mountain lakes provide the ideal backdrop for what we believe to be one of the most exciting GS Trophies ever staged.”
BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Albania 2022

The participating nations look forward to exciting but also work-intensive times as they organize the qualifying events and select their teams for this unique adventure competition. A total of 22 international teams and, for the first time, 6 international women’s teams will be selected in the coming months. One team can already look forward to participating in the Int. GS Trophy 2022. The Chinese Team 2020 received a wildcard because it could not participate in New Zealand due to the COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

About the International GS Trophy

The International GS Trophy is an event that celebrates the “spirit” of the legendary BMW GS models. It offers everything that a GS motorbike was made for: Riding fun, adventure and challenges. In the current edition 22 teams compete with 60 riders from all over the world. 

BMW Motorrad GS Trophy

The International GS Trophy is not a race but a team competition in which an international line-up of off-road enthusiasts compete together in various special stages. Not all of these tests are purely designed as riding tests. It is also about knowledge and teamwork. As the competitors spend a lot of time together and also sleep in bivouacs, this adventure event also promotes a feeling of togetherness. It is not uncommon for friendships made here to last a lifetime. In this way the GS Trophy connects people, cultures and motorcyclists from all over the world in the same way as the GS motorbikes do.


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Based on the experience of the past GS Trophy events, the most successful team will be the one that prepares the best, has the best teamwork and rides most skilfully, while having heaps of fun and enjoying the great feeling of international camaraderie.

Confirmed Qualifying Event Locations

  • Brazil
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Latin America
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • South East Asia
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Be a Part of It!

A taste of what’s coming at the International GS Trophy will be provided by the national qualifiers, where there will be a separate ranking for men and women for the first time. Participants must be registered owners of the BMW GS or HP2 Enduro model motorcycles on which they will compete. The riders who best master rough terrain, navigation exercises with the GPS and knowledge questions about the GS can secure one of the coveted places in the national team and thus a ticket to Albania. 

BMW Motorrad GS Trophy

The USA qualifier East will be held 9/2/21 – 9/5/21 at the BMW Performance Center, South Carolina. The West qualifier will take place 9/30/21 – 10/3/21 at Rawhyde, Southern California. These will be North America’s only qualifying events for a shot at glory in Albania.

Registration dates and details will be announced soon. For more information on other regions visit the GS Trophy page here.

Photos courtesy of BMW Motorrad

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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