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GS Trophy 2018: Central Asia

Tuesday, February 13, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: BMW Press Release

BMW Motorrad’s biggest adventure yet in magnificent Mongolia

The GS Trophy is heading to Mongolia in June 2018 for what will be its biggest challenge yet. With three new teams joining the competition (Australia, India and a second International Female Team) and now with eight days of competition to allow for the huge distances, the sixth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, the Central Asia 2018 edition, is set to break all records.


Encountering... everything!

Each of the previous GS Trophies found its own theme as the competition has hopped from continent to continent. Some have been about mountains or vast volcanic plateaus, others about desert, and the last (in 2016) took the GS riders into the steamy Southeast Asian rain forests. Mongolia will offer much more than just one experience, as the riders will venture from mountains to the desert via the high-altitude grasslands of the vast Mongolian Steppe. The scale is truly epic. This is unquestionably the kind of experience that adventure riders dream about.


About Mongolia

Mongolia is both vast (at 1.5 million square kilometers, it’s about three times the size of Germany) and sparsely populated – with a population of just 3 million, you’d have to travel to Antarctica to find a lesser populated region! The country is best known for having been the seat of power for the Mongolian Empire; in the 13th century Genghis Khan created the biggest contiguous empire ever known to man. Today, some 30 percent of Mongolians are still said to be following the centuries-old nomadic horse culture, crossing the steppe each season to graze their livestock, principally yaks and camels.

From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, to Munich, the home of BMW Motorrad, is about 8,250 kilometers (5,126 miles) by road and track, a journey that typically takes around three weeks. It’s still 13 hours by plane. Mongolia shares its southern border with China, while Russia (essentially Siberia) lies to the north. The plateau sits at an altitude of around 1,000-1,500 meters (3,280-4,921 feet) above sea level. (One mile is 5,280 feet.) This will keep the temperatures cooler, and participants should expect anything between frost-nipped zero-degrees-Celcius nights through to about 25 degrees C (77 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day. Conditions can get extreme – high winds and dust storms are not uncommon. While Mongolia is a surprisingly sunny country, averaging around 250 sunny days a year, summer is the rainy season!

All this means the GS riders will need to be ready to deal with a whole range of terrain types. They’ll travel across mountains, through canyons, across the steppe and into the desert across rock, gravel, grasses, probably mud and finally sand, with all kinds of elevations and gradients to contend with.


About the GS Trophy

The GS Trophy is a celebration of the spirit of the BMW GS motorcycle, bringing together the elements of leisure, adventure and challenge that this bike engenders. The Central Asia 2018 event is the sixth edition of the GS Trophy. Previous editions took place in Southeast Asia (Thailand) in 2016, North America (Canada) in 2014, South America (Chile, Argentina) in 2012, South Africa (SA, Swaziland, Mozambique) in 2010 and North Africa (Tunisia) in 2008. This edition will see competition from 18 teams and a total of 54 riders.

The event is not a race but a team competition, pitching the international GS-riding contingent against each other in a series of challenges – not all of which involve riding. With competitors camped nightly in a bivouac, the event also fosters a sense of camaraderie. The successful team will be respectful of their environment, sympathetic to their machinery and understanding of teammates. The event begins on June 1, 2018 when the competitors will arrive at the event HQ in Ulaanbataar for a program of rider briefings, bike allocations and media meetings. The competition itself will run from June 3-10.


Follow the event

BMW Motorrad will provide a multi-channel media experience during the event, details of which will be released closer to the event. For now you can find out more about the event and the teams at

This press release has been edited for clarity and content.


Marjan Jerse says...
Posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018
I, like to learn more about this event, as I was looking at videos motocycling in Russia Mongolia near China.I thing this event is going to be great!

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