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Lisa Taylor makes GS Trophy International Women's Team

Monday, October 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Wes Fleming #87301 / BMW Motorrad Press Release

Lisa Taylor (MOA #209443) placed fourth in the final qualifier for the GS Trophy International Women's Team. The competition took place in Málaga, Spain, and featured 31 women competitors representing 20 countries. The GS Trophy will be held in New Zealand in February 2020.


Left to right: Lisa Taylor (USA), Andrea Box (AUS) and Klara Finkele (GBR).

Taylor was the featured guest on Episode 15 of 200 Miles Before Breakfast, a podcast by, for and about the members of the MOA. You can listen to or download the episode right from this embedded player.


Prior to the event, BMW Motorrad had guaranteed places for three women (one team) in the New Zealand competition, but for the second time in GS Trophy history the quality of the riders in this women’s qualifier was so impressive that a second team of three deserved to be included. In the 2017 event this had been communicated at the end of the competition, but this year it was announced ahead of the third and final day, so each could do their utmost to qualify.

The final day’s super test saw the leader board shuffle, bringing joy and heartbreak in equal measure. Finally, though, the International GS Trophy 2020 has its six women competitors: Isabella Londono Rivas from Colombia, Nikki van der Spek from the Netherlands, Claire Bichard from France, Lisa Taylor from the USA, Andrea Box from Australia and Klara Finkele from the United Kingdom.

It’s worth highlighting just how successful this event has become. The first female qualifier, held in 2015, saw ten finalists picked from over 100 applicants. In 2017, 23 competitors won their place in the female final through their national/regional GS Trophy qualifiers. This year, such has been the growth in interest from international GS communities that 32 women qualified through to this final. Unfortunately, one woman had to cancel at the last minute and was unable to compete.

This growth both in numbers and riding quality unquestionably reflects the continued worldwide rise in women’s interest in adventure motorcycling. This year the newly participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands and Norway. The presence of competitors from some of those countries reflects changing attitudes towards women participating in recreational motorcycling.

For more information on the GS Trophy event, visit gstrophy.com.


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