GS Trophy 2012
Arrival of the GS Trophy teams in South America
Finally the wait is over! Today, teams of GS riders from all over the world arrived in the sunshine at the Trailanqui Resort, near Temuco in Chile for the start of the third International BMW Motorrad GS Trophy.
This 'united nations' of GS enthusiasts has travelled from far and wide to be part of this exciting competition. Europe, Asian, American and African teams have been brought together by two things: their love of BMW GS bikes – and a desire to win this prestigious event, which could even be described as a world championship for GS riders.
Under blue skies and accompanied by the pleasant sound of BMW boxer and F 800 GS engines all around them, participants registered with event staff and then took their equipment to their designated campsites, where each team pitched tents and met some of their fellow competitors for the first time.
Behind the scenes, teams of technicians, drivers, journalists, logistical support and medical staff went through final checks and briefings to ensure the smooth running of this travelling 'circus' of over 100 enthusiasts who will experience more than 2,000 kilometres of picturesque Chile and Argentina together.
With registration completed and motorcycles allocated, it was finally time for the competitors and event staff to relax together in the evening with an official welcome dinner where chief organiser Michael Trammer briefed the 45 participants and the 15 team journalists on what to expect over the coming days. First up was an outline of tomorrow's first stage, the details of which still remain a closely guarded secret, but we can reveal that it will take everyone up into the Andes and across the border into Argentina, including stops at Icalma laguna and Lago Galletué.
Despite the promise of an early start tomorrow, the GS Trophy welcome party continued late into the night, as competitors made the most of their first night in Chile. See highlights of the first day's action and check back tomorrow for more details of the GS Trophy 2012 photo competitions – which take place from Monday afternoon and from Thursday afternoon – where you have a chance to vote on your favourite pictures taken by the teams themselves and even influence the final scores just by voting.