We sent our contributing writer and photographer as the embedded journalist on the U.S. team for the 2012 BMW GS Trophy in South America, which was competing on a team of four against some 50 other riders from around the world.
Hathaway arrived in Chile earlier this week for the start of the six-day event. Teams were chosen through national qualifying events around the world; Hathaway reports that the competition is stiff and the route and special tests are very challenging. While it’s not a race, it is a serious competition with points awarded for special tests all the way down to things as simple as “Picture of Day” through voting on the www.gstrophy.com website (check the site to see if you can vote American!). The photo above was chosen by the U.S. team guys as one of the contest photos. That’s team rider Chad Yoshitomi schooling an unidentified non-American.
Here are a few updates from Hathaway, starting with the arrival day, November 24. Scroll down for a video he made during his prep and practice. You’ll see we sent not only a talented writer and photographer but a guy who can ride, too, using his extensive adventure-touring and dual-sport background to good effect.
“Here is the route printed on the event shirt that was part of competitors’ care packages. Riding begins in Chile and loops through Argentina.”
Hathway lives in the mountains of Southern California, taking to his local trails to get ready to attack South America. He’s adventure-toured extensively in the western U.S. and also rode his F650GS in Northern Africa.