Now that the dust has settled on what is likely the biggest GS Trophy Qualifier event ever held, we've had a chance to look back on our favourite memories and moments from the UK Qualifier in South Wales. Here are a few interesting stories, moments and people who embodied the 'GS Spirit'.
WHAT IS THE GS TROPHY?
The BMW GS is the ultimate adventure and overland-riding motorcycle - and the GS Trophy is the perfect showcase for this. While BMW GS bikes from the BMW Off Road Skills fleet were used for the off-road sections, one of the conditions of entry was owning a BMW motorcycle. Riders turned up on everything from adventure bikes to superbikes, classic machines through to the very latest 2015 models.
Each nation holds its own Qualifier event to select three riders to represent their country. The location of the 2016 International Final has yet to be announced - but previous events have been in Canada, South America, South Africa and North Africa...
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GS TROPHY IN NUMBERS:
- 242 entrants & BMW motorcycles.
- 30 teams from BMW Motorrad UK Retailers.
- Longest competitor journey from Dundee to Wales (450mi)
- 25,000+ miles ridden on Day One.
- 15 challenges & tasks.
- 50 finalists.
- Three places up for grabs in Team UK!
STORIES & HIGHLIGHTS.
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30 teams sent by BMW Motorrad Retailers took part in the GS Trophy UK Qualifier - with the highest-scoring coming from Balderston Motorcycles in Peterborough. Mind you, with two previous Team UK riders in their ranks (Alastair Allan & Nick George) you'd have expected them to do rather well...
Mike Etienne rode from Jersey in the Channel Islands to the GS Trophy on his HP2 Enduro.
GS Trophy France winner Vincent Biau & One World One GS UK winner Stephanie Rowe joined the event to support the riders and teams taking part
Rainbow Motorcycles in Rotherham sent three teams to take part - with Oliver Twigg winning a place in Team UK for the International Final
S 1000 RR rider Steve was the first ever competitor to take part (in the road sections) on a superbike. He said the RR was 'perfectly capable'.
Writer and adventurer Nathan Millward (who rode from Australia to the UK on a 90cc 'postie bike' and presenter Billy 'BikeTruck' Ward took part
Journalist Martin Fitz-Gibbons (left) joined Team UK in 2012 in South America for the final. He came back to take part in the 2015 UK Qualifier for fun.
Team UK 2014 (Marcus Arrowsmith, Jon Crockett and John Small) congratulate the new 2015 UK winners James Berrill, Gordon Blackley and Oliver Twigg.
Gordon Blackley was the first ever UK Qualifier-winner to climb the podium with a sneaky team-mate (his daughter).
Charley Boorman entered as part of a 'celeb' team and got stuck into the event with gusto.
MTV presenter Kate Peck travelled all the way from Australia to take part!