BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America 2014 – Day 5, Tough tests and tales of adversity at the GS Trophy

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Balfour, Canada, 12 September 2014 —— Day 5 of the 2014 International GS Trophy was as action-packed as it gets, with spectacular off-road highlights, extremely testing specials, the surprise of a lifetime for one of the competitors and – in a first for the Trophy – a public reception where guests were invited to come along and see what the Trophy is all about.

Today was the first time the 2014 GS Trophy started and finished in the same place – Kootenay Lakeview Lodge – with a loop of approximately 200 kilometres offering what competitors unanimously agreed was the best mix of riding so far this year. Highlights included a fantastic 45-kilometre trail offering stunning views over glacial lakes, and a special stage called ‘The McDonald Turn’, where competitors had to get all four team members up a seemingly impassable steep climb on loose boulders, testing their skills to the limit.

There was little time to relax though, as the next part of the trail included ‘The Slide’, an extremely testing traverse then descent over a rock-strewn landslide. This was followed by the highlight of the day – the 28-switchback ascent of Sandon Pass – which was not for the faint-hearted as many of the competitors found. Special mention must go to the Italian team, who helped Team USA tow a stricken bike all the way to the top of the gruelling course. The two teams arrived over an hour later, but were congratulated by the rest of the Trophy participants for their resourcefulness and teamwork.

The others who made it through the above challenges in good time were able to take advantage of a full body soak at the famous Ainsworth Hot Springs resort on the way back to their camp, which was perfect for soothing their aching muscles. Then, waiting for them at the Kootenay Lakeview Lodge was the final special of the day – a multi-part skills test including wheel changing, trials riding and lifting more than 200 kgs of R 1200 GS over a raised tree trunk, all played out in front of an appreciative audience of VIP guests.

As the sun set over picturesque Balfour, guests, competitors, journalists and local dignitaries gathered for a special celebration of the GS lifestyle. There was much to celebrate, including the arrival of “One World. One R 1200 GS.” ‘ambassador’ Stephanie Rowe, who was flown in especially to meet the competitors and guests, much to the astonishment of her boyfriend Vincent Biau of Team France, who was expecting her to be thousands of miles away in London.

A tiring, but ultimately rewarding day ended with live music from rock band Frankie McQueen who had driven eight hours from Calgary to Balfour to be part of the GS Trophy. Tomorrow will bring more challenges as the Trophy heads north towards Fort Steele on its penultimate day.

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BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014

Day five overall standings:

Pos.  Team              Points

1          CEEU                 190

2         South Africa      156

3         France                131

4         Argentina          122

4         USA                    122

6         Russia                 106

7         Alps                     101

8         Latin America   92

9         Canada               90

10       Korea                  86

10       UK                       86

10       Germany            86

13        Brazil                  82

14        Italy                    78

15        Mexico                66

15        Japan                  66

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The BMW Group

With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2013, the BMW Group sold approximately 1.963 million cars and 115,215 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2013 was € 7.91 billion on revenues amounting to approximately € 76.06 billion. As of 31 December 2013, the BMW Group had a workforce of 110,351 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

[Source : BMW Group]

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