Munich/Málaga. The BMW Motorrad International GS
Trophy Female Team Qualifier 2019 came to an sparkling finish after
3 days of journey motorcycling foe nearby Málaga, Spain.
31 women representing 20 countries all over a universe competed for one
of a 6 places on offer in what will be a seventh using of the
prestigious BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, to be hold in New
Zealand in Feb 2020.
While before to a eventuality BMW Motorrad had guaranteed places for three
women (one team) in a New Zealand competition, for a second time
in GS Trophy story a peculiarity of a riders in this women’s
qualifier was of such a customary that a second group of 3 deserved
to be included. In a 2017 eventuality this had been communicated during the
finish of a competition, yet this year it was announced brazen of the
third and final day, so any could do their pinnacle to qualify.
The final day’s super exam did afterwards see a personality house reshuffle,
bringing fun and heartbreak in equal measure. Finally, though, the
International GS Trophy 2020 has a 6 women competitors: Isabella
Londono Rivas from Colombia, Nikki outpost der Spek from a Netherlands,
Claire Bichard from France, Lisa Taylor from a USA, Andrea Box from
Australia and Klara Finkele from a United Kingdom.
It’s value highlighting usually how successful this eventuality has become.
The initial womanlike qualifier, hold in 2015, saw 10 finalists picked
from over 100 applicants. In 2017, 23 competitors won their place in
a womanlike final by their national/regional GS Trophy qualifiers.
This year, such has been a expansion in seductiveness from general GS
communities that 32 (including one final notation cancellation) women
competent by to this final.
Unquestionably, this expansion both in numbers and roving quality
reflects a continued worldwide arise in women’s seductiveness in adventure
motorcycling. This year a newly participating countries were
Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands and
Norway. The participation of competitors from some of those countries
–reflects changing attitudes towards women participating in
Here’s a brief outline of a daily movement in this year’s
International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifier:
Thursday 24 October
Málaga, 21ºC, sunny
After their phased attainment in Málaga over a preceding days
(allowing for prolonged transport flights) and carrying finished registration on
a Wednesday afternoon, it was a 7:30am call for breakfast on the
initial day of a International Female Team Qualifier 2019. By 8:30 am
a women had been reserved their BMW F 850 GSs and were roving out of
a Alhaurin Golf Resort headed for a Enduro Park Andalusia where
4 tests awaited them.
The many poignant plea was a trials march that offered
a women a prolonged loop over a bank with special challenge
sub-sections that called for excellent control and where crashes or course
digressions would attract additional penalties. These enclosed a high hill
stand (and descent) in pea shingle, a figure of 8 and a prolonged
stand with turns and stone steps.
The subsequent plea would be a exam of their fitness. A prolonged run (yes,
on foot) along a hilly route in a bottom of a chase brought the
competitors to their bike, whereupon they had to fit a dongle to
capacitate Enduro Pro mode, afterwards fit a chair and float a bike behind along
a same hilly path. Naturally opposite a clock. And yes, there were
a few crashes as some of a women were prepared to take a risk or two
in a wish of a faster time.
Testing their automatic aptitude was a plea that involved
changing a front circle on an
F 850 GS, this assign being
conducted in pairs. The speediest circle change concerned teamwork both
in releasing and refitting a circle as good in balancing a bike as
though a front circle a bike would topple. Like all a day one
tests this was opposite a time – and additionally a women had to
both run in and out of a exam area (just to safeguard a good heart rate!).
The day’s final exam was substantially a many simple, yet also a most
difficult. Individually, a women would float their bikes adult a
loyal march picking adult and depositing trade cones along a way.
Then during a finish of a march they had to disembark and pull their bike
backwards, weaving by a cones, to lapse to a start box. The
problem was a pull retrograde along a march was somewhat uphill
and over lax gravel. In all, a unequivocally formidable challenge.
The day dull out with a fun foe – a float on a mechanical
rodeo bull! This was a lightsome approach of circuitous down from a tough
day in a Enduro Park and a good approach to move a women together socially.
The day’s hurdles over, a women afterwards rode to a timberland camp,
La Fuente in Barranco Blanco (a inlet park), where they were issued
with their camping apparatus for a subsequent dual nights. Most were hard
pulpy to representation their tents and get spotless adult and staid before the
8:30pm call to cooking underneath a marquee.
When a day’s formula were suggested it was Isabella Londono Rivas
from Colombia who hold a lead, from a Netherlands’ Nikki outpost der
Spek and Claire Bichard from France. But as sportive director
Christoph Zimmerman explained, a top-10 were distant by usually a
handful of points and with dual days foe to go, and many more
tests to come, it was still far-reaching open as to who would validate for the
Int. GS Trophy in New Zealand in 2020.
Friday 25 October
Málaga, 22ºC, sunny
After a bustling day one, and a initial night camping, a 31 women of the
International Female Team Qualifier competence have been forgiven for being
a bit fatigued on a second morning. But with a full day’s roving in
a offing, covering a 150km loop, with special tests along a way,
they were instead rather splendid and positively penetrating to urge on their
placings from day one – solely Isabella Londono Rivas, of course, who
simply wanted to say her lead in a competition.
A singular lane (off-road trail) led a women out of La Fuente to the
initial exam situated in a hunger timberland still in a Barranco Blanco
inlet park. Split into teams of three, a women were handed a
BMW Motorrad Navigator VI GPS territory together with a coordinates
for a initial waypoint, to that they had to transport or (preferably) run
and once they’d strech that they’d find coordinates for a next, and
so on until they’d located a sum of 4 waypoints before
returning to a finish – with detailed justification of carrying found
any waypoint. Total time allowed: 20 minutes. The formula were
entertaining, generally if a group unsuccessful to set their GPS to an
Having finished this plea a women were behind on their GS
motorcycles for a superb float over churned hermetic road, silt road
and trails adult into a hills where they found a trials march waiting.
As ever, this was a float opposite a time where ‘footing’, riding
outward a noted march and crashing all captivated time penalties.
The march followed and crossed a hill’s contours and offered
contrast scenarios such as a spin on a high cove of a bank, a rock
studded climb, turns in loose-ploughed dirt and, nearby a end, a ride
by a chase section. Speed played opposite accuracy, yet all
enjoyed a eventuality to again denote considerable off-road skills.
After a lapse float behind to Barranco Blanco a women started their
final exam of a day – this a startling 8 hours after they had
set out that morning. This was a exam of their stamina, for usually when
they were in steer of a day’s finish – and sincerely sleepy – they faced
a run adult (and down) a 100-foot silt mountain (almost cliff) – while
carrying a five-litre fuel can. While a stand was exhausting and
compulsory climbing with hands as good as feet, a skirmish was pretty
hair-raising as a keenest competitors ran down during speed.
Incredibly, after a 3 challenges, a tip 3 placed
competitors remained a same. Only now it was Nikki outpost der Spek
heading from Isabella Londono Rivas – a position barter came on
comment of a tiny pile-up Isabella postulated during a finish of a trial
test. That left Claire Bichard still third. With a proclamation in
a dusk that there would be 6 women going to New Zealand, those
holding a remaining Int. GS Trophy places going into a final day
were Lisa Taylor (USA), Klara Finkele (GBR) and Chantel Blake (RSA).
However, hardly 100 points separate sixth from 10th (1180-1289) and with
a super final (day three) to follow, those changed places were
still anyone’s game.
Saturday 26 October
Málaga, 23ºC, sunny
Fatigue and a cold second night underneath house saw a somewhat weary
start to day three, nonetheless a competitors shortly warmed adult in a sun
as they done their approach behind to a Enduro Park Andalusia for a super final.
The super final constituted a full trail of a chase with a
period of hurdles along a way. This started in a parkour area
with a slalom, followed by a figure of eight, afterwards a period of
pointed railway sleepers to float lengthways, before finally a ride
between narrowly-spaced together telegram poles. The competitors
would afterwards float out of a parkour’s area where they indispensable to
trigger a behind circle movement to hit over a trade cone. Then came a
zig-zag by low shingle. Next was a fearsome stand of about 30
meters, something that could hardly be climbed on feet and would need
a satisfactory assign in second rigging followed by prudent stifle feathering
over a near-vertical final meters if it was to be scaled
successfully. Finally a competitors would lapse behind down through
a chase following a hilly route to a finish.
As approaching a super final brought a few changes to a standings.
Spectacularly, personality Nikki outpost der Spek crashed off a unequivocally last
spin and dispossessed a altogether win to Isabella Londono Rivas –
nonetheless both were safely into a Int. GS Trophy Female Team by then.
But as approaching could happen, it was in a reduce personality house where a
trifle of a container combined many sensation. Australian Andrea Box
(returning for her second IFT qualifier), in seventh entrance into the
super final put in a good lap, going purify in several sections and
roving during a good pace, while both Klara Finkele (GBR) and Chantel
Blake (RSA) suffered falls in a parcours. Consequently Andrea jumped
adult to fifth in a final standings, Klara hold on to make sixth, just,
while a hapless Chantel dropping to seventh missed her possibility to
float in New Zealand.
It is in a inlet of foe that there has to be winners and
losers and in a
International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifier
this binds true. However, it is to a credit of a women in this
eventuality that a foe does not overrule a intercourse and
friendships that are formed. The GS Trophy is also a place where East
meets West, North meets South, and a women competitors have again
shown that we are all some-more comparison than we are different. It’s been said
before: one world, one GS! It’s been an moving eventuality and now the
marvellous 6 will join a masculine teams in New Zealand in February
for an journey of a lifetime.
BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifier 2019
- Isabella Londono Rivas (COL) 1342
- Nikki outpost der Spek (NLD) 1348
- Claire Bichard (FRA)1385
- Lisa Taylor (USA) 1396
- Andrea Box (AUS) 1471
- Klara Finkele (GBR) 1477
- Chantel Blake (RSA)1501
- Petra Kroon (NLD)1510
- Christelle outpost der Meulen (RSA)1549
- Laura Valerie Perez del Campo Calderon (MEX) 1573
- Kandi Marie Spangler (USA) 1576
- Caroline MacLean (GBR) 1593
- Yifei Xu (CHN) 1627
- Adele Innocenti (ITA) 1657
- Teresita Rodriguez Rivas (CRI) 1802
- Maya Mufti (JOR) 1829
- Grece Kassab (LBN) 1896
- Virginia Guidetti (ARG) 1970
- Vanessa Ruzanowsky Grillo Rezende (BRA) 2007
- Stephanie Schinkel (MEX) 2070
- Khaizatul Akmar Zabadin (MYS) 2073
- Yizhen Zhou (CHN) 2139
- Sylvie Soltges ep. Urbain (FRA) 2172
- Elis Suriani Johari (MYS) 2430
- Mieko Yoshida (JPN) 2598
- Cinthia Morales (BRA) 2611
- Ai Mizutani (JPN) 2685
- Siham Loudghiri (MAR) 2709
- Ananyalan Wattananupong (THA) 2969
- Kate Wilhemsen (NOR) 3160
- Ibtissam Eleuldj (MAR) 3259
Statements from a winning riders:
Isabella Londono Rivas (COL):
“This is an astonishing feeling (to have won), we didn’t come here
expecting this, we came here to float this bike and have a great
knowledge – yet here we am, series one! Right now we can’t imagine
going to New Zealand, we can’t trust it. Probably when we arise adult in
a morning I’ll consider about it, it’ll be some-more real.”
Nikki outpost der Spek (NLD):
“This is unbelievable, New Zealand has been on my bucket list for so
long, so to be going now with a GS Trophy is amazing, really! I
didn’t design to finish so high. And I’m propitious to be here, I’ve seen
a GS Trophy in a press and online, yet this year is a initial time
Holland is participating, so we suspicion it’s now or never, usually do it –
and here we am!”
Claire Bichard (FRA):
“I am unequivocally unapproachable to be here as we usually started to float off-road one
year ago. we adore going off-road and being in a inlet and going
where we wish to go on my
F 800 GS. People told me to get a
smaller moto, yet we pronounced no, we wish to learn on this moto, we adore her.
Being here we have felt what it is like to be a partial of a GS family,
this is a foe yet between all a women here there is a link,
Lisa Taylor (USA):
“This is implausible and I’m in disbelief, anxious to pieces and
vehement – and now looking brazen to New Zealand. we never suspicion I’d
get here, we unequivocally didn’t see myself even being here, so this whole
thing is utterly a surprise. And it’s my initial time travelling outside
of a USA; we positively adore it and this has given me a gumption to
transport internationally some some-more and get enthralled in different
cultures and peoples. But for now we have to ready for New Zealand so
I’m usually going to keep on roving – make life a ride, for sure!”
Andrea Box (AUS):
“To weeks ago we got married, 7 days ago we bought a initial house
and currently I’ve competent for a GS Trophy Female Team – it’s been a
large month, I’m so excited! This has been 3 or 4 years in
a making, I’ve been determined to it, any float it’s been in a back
of my mind, ‘this will make good use for a GS Trophy’ so to
have been given a second possibility and to have done it is phenomenal. So
we contingency appreciate my family and my father Dan – who’s watchful for his
honeymoon to start!”
Klara Finkele (GBR):
“I came here meditative a good midfield position would be good because
I’ve been doing trials for about dual years and I’m always entrance last
and we do cry with a frustration. So when during a finish of a initial day
they called a formula and they’d got to a tip 10 though calling
my name we overtly suspicion they’d lost me. When they pronounced we was
fourth my jaw dropped. This final day we done mistakes and we knew it
would be tight, we was satirical my nails. I’m over a moon. Three months
ago when we took my Beemer for a float and entered a UK GS Trophy
qualifier we could not have illusory it would lead to this!”
Svenia Ohlsen, BMW Motorrad, Head of Brand Experience:
“I’m so unapproachable to now have a 6 womanlike Int. GS Trophy riders from
6 opposite nations, and also to have seen a alleviation the
competitors here have shown in roving skills over prior years, it
shows we are going in a right direction. It’s extraordinary and a
smashing feeling – and a service that all has left so well.
These ladies here have shown it’s never too late to change your life,
never too late to emanate something new, to be different, to think
differently. I’m unequivocally unapproachable about what we’ve achieved!”
Christoph Zimmerman, Enduro Park Andalusia, Int. GS Trophy
“The women have unequivocally impressed
me. They are ardent about their roving and we can see a tiger
in them. At initial we suspicion any would quarrel for herself since she
wants to win, to go to New Zealand. But we fast saw how they help
any other and how discerning they build a village and start working
together. So we consider it´s illusory to have these 6 ladies onboard
for a Int. GS Trophy, creation a pleasing mix. If we went to New
Zealand with usually group it would be different, some-more strength, more
force, some-more pushing. But this is not what we want. You wish to have a
community, to suffer a float together. All of a finalists – men and
women – have won already, they’ve won this large adventure, so I’m
revelation them suffer a float and truly see New Zealand, it is beautiful!”
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