France, Oz and South Africa off to Thai­land

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

GEN­ERAL man­ager of BMW’s bik­ing side, Mo­tor­rad South Africa, Alexan­der Baraka, was the proud host of the first In­ter­na­tional GS Tro­phy Fe­male Team Qual­i­fy­ing at Amers­foort Coun­try Trax ear­lier this month.

Ten women from 10 dif­fer­ent coun­tries com­peted for one of three fi­nal­ist places in the fe­male team at the BMW In­ter­na­tional GS Tro­phy 2016 in Thai­land.

Dr Ralf Rode­peter, head of brand and prod­uct man­age­ment at Mo­tor­rad, said it was very im­pres­sive not just to see how the women com­peted in the blind­fold rid­ing, hold­ing a rope while rid­ing around a tree, slowly slalom­ing over ploughed fields and fast night rac­ing through hay bales, but also the bik­ers’ team spirit.

“The team spirit is re­ally re­flec­tive of the GS tro­phy,” said Rode­peter.

Sve­nia Ohlsen, head of brand ex­pe­ri­ence at BMW Mo­tor­rad, said that while the women helped each other, they fought hard for the three places. Stephanie Bouis­son from France won first place, fol­lowed by Amy Harburg from Aus­tralia in sec­ond place and Morag Camp­bell from South Africa in third place. They now have four months to train for Thai­land.

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Stephanie Bouis­son from France (cen­tre) won first place, fol­lowed by Amy Harburg from Aus­tralia (right) and Morag Camp­bell from South Africa.

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