GS Trophy female team selected
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Posted by: Wes Fleming
Remember these names:
- Stephanie Bouisson (France)
- Amy Harburg (Australia)
- Morag Campbell (South Africa)
These three women form the first ever female team competing for the GS Trophy in Thailand in 2016.
Ten women from ten countries gathered at the Country Trax Off-Road Riding Academy in South Africa on 13 September. Riding identical BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles, they competed in 13 intense challenges over three days; the winners will compete in the weeklong GS Trophy event in Thailand next year, 28 February through 5 March.
The ten competitors came from a group of 119 women from 29 countries who applied to represent their nation and their gender in the competition.
The first challenge was a timed race to pitch their tents; what followed tested every competitor's endurance and riding skills. Other challenges included Blindfold Cone, The Rocks, The Mud, Elephant Turn and Suffer-Ring. Bouisson staged a strong second day to leap from fifth place to first, and she never gave up the lead after that.
Dr. Ralf Rodepeter, head of BMW Motorrad Marketing, said, "All these ladies are winners just to have made it to South Africa to compete in the qualifier. There has been a true spirit and sense of camaraderie shown by all the competitors.
Top finisher Stephanie Bouisson said, "I did the GS Trophy France qualifier last May. I was really surprised to get through and to have actually won the qualifying event is incredible for me."
For more information about the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy, go to www.gstrophy.com.