At 08.30 internal time on Sunday 28 February, a Rim Doi review in
Chiang Doi came alive to a acquire rumble of over 100 BMW R 1200 GS
engines starting up, as 19 multi-national teams of riders, journalists
and marshals were waved off in a normal Trophy approach to signify
that a 2016 eventuality had good and truly begun.
They had trafficked in from opposite a creation for this unique
pledge motorcycling competition, though on this initial morning the
competitors were all roving ‘as one’, joined as a encampment by a
passion for GS motorcycles and journey travel. Their initial taste
of Thailand on dual wheels was, for many, a initial time that they
had ridden on a left side of a road, though in law that was the
slightest of their worries, as complicated overnight sleet had rendered the
initial off-road territory of a Trophy impassable.
Therefore, after a brief spell on tarmac a riders were
destined along an undulating 4×4 lane that led for 50 kilometres to
a plcae for a initial special test. Along a approach the
competitors rode past rice fields and little villages, with the
occasional glimpses of elephants and H2O buffaloes, before
nearing during a Special Stage, famous as ‘Broken Bridge’. Here, the
charge looked simple, nonetheless was anything but… Teams had to travel two
bikes (with a engines running) down a lane heading to a remains
of a bridge, afterwards pull a bikes adult and over an pointed bridge
territory before obscure them over a metre to a belligerent below.
What was illusory to declare was a outrageous turn of support for
all a teams, by all a teams. This was generally transparent for the
contingent of womanlike riders (and their womanlike embedded journalist)
competing in their initial GS Trophy, who were impressed by how much
entertaining and support they perceived from all a guys
representing a ‘rest of a world’.
This Special Stage was timed opposite a time and a clear
victors were Team Germany, displaying cruel efficiency. There was
another Special Stage in store for a teams after in a day, but
initial they were means to suffer a 57km territory of route that had for
a many partial dusty out easily notwithstanding a untimely rainfall,
with usually a few wily soppy clay sections to overcome or enjoy,
depending on your perspective.
The second Special consisted of a ‘slow race’, battled out on a
sandy roadside layby, with any group backing adult 3 sideways to
literally take a longest time to float from indicate A to indicate B,
with penalties for feet down or stalling a engine. All three
riders’ times were afterwards combined together to establish a result,
that saw a extensive feat for Team South Africa, who were
extremely ‘slower’ than their nearest challengers.
On execution of a delayed race, a final 63 kilometres liaison
treated a participants to some fantastic views, with mountain
passes, encampment markets and a aromas of Thai travel food roughly as
interesting as a smashing territory of twisting, circuitous pavement that
ecstatic a Trophy competitors into a pleasing valley, bordered
by forested mountains, towards their overnight stop during Pai, with big
smiles on their faces.
After a tasty cooking catered for by a travelling kitchens
of a Shangri-La Chiang Mai, there was a nation display by
a teams themselves before a all-important ‘results of a day’
were announced. Despite not carrying won possibly of a day’s two
Specials, it is Team Argentina who lead a standings after the
initial day of competition, with their span of top-three finishes
clearly display that coherence competence good be a pivotal to GS Trophy
Gaston Quiroga, Team Argentina: “This was a good day for us, we
unequivocally enjoyed a float in a morning, saying a elephants was
special, and a 4×4 lane took us low into a countryside, this
was extraordinary farming Thailand, distant from a traveller trail. We had two
good tests too, on Broken Bridge it was critical to conduct the
swell of a bikes logically, we copied a technique Germany
used and that was a good help. We were gay to do so good in
a delayed foe nonetheless we was fearing for my bike by a end, with
a engine racing and slipping a purchase it’s tough on a bike. To be
heading is a smashing surprise. We’re going to a sleeping bags
tonight with large smiles!”
Tomorrow is another day of course; anything could occur – and
substantially will. Catch all a latest updates online during gstrophy.com
and also around YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Results BMW Motorrad Int. GS Trophy 2016, Day 1:
International Female Team
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