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Are You Ready for the 2020 GS Trophy?

Sunday, February 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Louise Powers #212117

GS Trophy competitors began arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, from all over the world on Friday, February 7. They’re about to compete in the most challenging adventure-riding competition in the world. Men and women from all over will ride BMW F 850 GSes over challenging terrain, stopping to participate in special challenges arranged just for this competition, racking up points, and trying to be the 2020 GS Trophy Oceania champions.

The International Female Team II is made up of three women, one each from the United States, Australia and Ireland. These women each won qualifiers in their own countries, then went on to an international qualifier in Malaga, Spain, to compete for a spot on one of two teams.

Left to right: Klara Finkele (IRL), Andrea Box (AUS), Lisa Taylor (USA) and embedded journalist Louise Powers (USA).

If you haven’t already heard, our very own BMW MOA member, Lisa Taylor from Arizona, is the American woman on this team. Lisa was the first-place female finisher at the RawHyde qualifier in Castaic, Calif., in June 2019. She and Kandi Spangler traveled to Spain in October to vie for a spot on a team; Lisa finished fourth overall and made a team, while Kandi barely missed out on a spot. The two women supported each other from the very start of their training and showed the world watching what our women are capable of.

Lisa is a retired motorcycle officer; she rediscovered her love of adventure riding at the 2018 MOA National Rally in Salt Lake City, where despite not having ridden off-road in ages, she participated in the GS Giants competition and discovered how much she enjoyed it. She followed Jocelin Snow and Bettina Nedel’s progress through the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia, and not long after, made the decision to work towards participating in the 2020 Trophy.

Lisa joins Andrea Box (AUS) and Klara Finkele (IRL) in New Zealand to compete in this year’s Trophy competition. BMW MOA member Louise Coleen Powers will join them as their journalist, and will bring you daily updates on the team’s progress as well as highlights of the competition in general, and final scores at the end of each day. Find all of Louise’s posts on the Women of the MOA blog.

Lisa 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.


Competition dates are February 9-16. Find updates here, and check out various social media pages for more highlights, from different points of view.

  • Instagram: @AGirlOnAMotorbike, @ShawnThomasRockOn, @DimitriosTournas, @JocelinSnow, @GSTrophyTeamUSA
  • Facebook: GS Trophy International Female Team II, 2020 GS Trophy Team USA, Shawn Thomas—Adventure Rider, Jocelin Snow
  • Online: GS Trophy website, BMW Motorrad website, Women of the MOA blog

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