The sixth BMW Motorrad GS Trophy will take place in Mongolia this year for its biggest challenge yet. Featuring a combination of various terrains and longer distances, the Central Asia Edition 2018 is set to be the most adventurous Trophy ever.
The GS Trophy is moving to the heart of Central Asia, in the vast steppes of Mongolia. The first GS Trophy was held in 2008 in Tunisia, and since then has seen various destinations every other year. The last Trophy was conducted in the humid South East Asian rainforests in 2016. The Mongolian terrain has all of what was previously encountered in earlier editions. Riders will travel from mountains to the desert via the rolling steppes (high altitude grasslands).
This year, there will be three new teams competing for the trophy. A team from India and Australia each and a second International Female Team will also be contenders this year. Due to longer distances and difficult terrain, the trophy will be held over eight days as opposed to six in the last edition. This is undeniably the kind of adventure participants look forward to. In the midst of inhospitable terrain, the riders and their crew will bivouac overnight, preparing themselves and the bikes to ride the next day through even more extreme situations and places. The entire experience fosters a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood and also instills a sense of camaraderie among all the people involved.
The GS Trophy is not a race, it’s a team competition. And the bike it relies on is up to every challenge thrown at it. The BMW R1200 GS embodies the perfect mix of leisure, adventure, and challenge, and is naturally the only motorcycle on whose shoulders the trophy rides in every edition. The team that is the most respectful of their environment, sympathetic and responsible of their machinery and the most cohesive collaboration of team-mates will take the trophy home.
The event begins on June 1, 2018, at Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, where participants have to gather for briefing, bike allocation, and media coverage. The GS Trophy itself kicks off on June 3 and ends on June 10.