I’m off to South Africa, a country that has so far eluded me as a travel
destination, to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
BMW Motorrad Canada graciously extended an invitation to ride with GS Trophy qualifiers Pat Horan, Brian Kiely and Dominique Lemaire, who all qualified for the Trophy during the Canadian rounds of the GS Challenge.
I’ll be covering the team’s progress while riding with them throughout the seven-day event on F800GS bikes.
We’ll be joining nine other teams from around the world, heading east out of Johannesburg on Sunday, Nov. 14, and riding through Swaziland and into Mozambique. Special tests will be held along the way to test riders’ skills, teamwork and camaraderie.
Frills will be kept to a minimum – a tent pitched in the desert the chosen lodging.
This adventure promises spectacular scenery, challenging riding and an experience that will no doubt last a lifetime.
I’ll try to post daily updates along with any links to officially produced video, though an Internet connection may not always be available.
In the mean time, here’s the timetable of events:
* Arrival of participants in Johannesburg
* Official Welcome Speech and teams presentation
* SOS instructions
* Motorcycle handover
* Overnight stay in Johannesburg
* Start of GS Trophy 2010 / 1st stage
* Prologue and night test
* Accommodation in tents
Monday 15.11. – Friday 19.11.
* 2nd to 6th stage (accommodation in tents)
* Finale test
* Return to Johannesburg
* Award ceremony
* Farewell party with dinner
* Departure of the participants