PRESS RELEASE: South African GS Trophy team for 2014 selected @ Country TRAX!‏

The wait is over, the team is selected.

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The team to represent South Africa at the international GS Trophy 2014 has been announced after a rigorous selection weekend at Country TRAX, Mpumalanga. Sixteen of the cream of the GS riders of South Africa entered and arrived at Country TRAX on Thursday afternoon 1 August 2013.

The event commenced with a night ride and continued through the weekend with various challenging tests of riding skill, teamwork, endurance, navigation, technical knowledge and leadership. The exercises were conducted by a team of marshals under Jan “Staal” du Toit’s guidance. Jan and Country TRAX have been part of the GS Challenge / GS Trophy concept since inception and the participants were subjected to tasks typically encountered at the actual event.

It is unfortunate that everyone cannot be selected to represent South Africa at the 2014 GS Trophy. The event rules dictate that participants have to own a BMW GS motorcycle and ride it at the selections, be an amateur rider (no racing license) and can only compete in the GS Trophy Event once. Therefore, for reasons stated above, the winners of the weekend will not necessarily be the qualifying participants.

The winners of the selection weekend were:

First: Denzil Lawrie (Nelspuit / 800GS)
Second: Roger Kane-Berman (Durban / 800GS)
Third: Ruan de Lange (Cape Town / 1200GS)

These riders were awarded the trophies for the selection weekend, and Country TRAX is grateful for their contribution and display of incredible skill in all departments. They set a standard unsurpassed by any previous event and have reason to be proud of their achievements.

The selection criteria set by the GS Trophy organizers at BMW Motorrad in Germany had to be applied for the actual South African team selection, and the following riders qualified in order of ranking during the selections:

First: Ruan de Lange (Cape Town / 1200GS)
Second: Francois vd Heever (Johannesburg / 800GS)
Third: Jaco vd Linde (Hartebeespoortdam / Dakar 650)
Reserve: Morné Fitzhenry (Aberdeen in die Karoo! / 800GS)

The standard has been set. The team has been announced. There is a year left to prepare. We wish Team South Africa for the 2014 GS Trophy all the best for their preparation in the run-up to the Olympic Games of GS riding! We know that they have what it takes. Team South Africa will be UNSTOPPABLE!
Touratech South Africa was the key sponsor for the selection weekend, and Country TRAX is proud of their long standing association with Touratech.

Press release written by Stefan Boshoff
Country Trax Off-road Academy