Team UK.

The participants in the Int. GS Trophy 2018.

The British have always been a constant at the International GS Trophy: In 2010, their team participated for the first time. Six years later, they took a podium position and were given the silver medal. All team members are very curious about how far they will come this time – and, of course, to see the Mongolian culture. It is now up to Contracts manager Ben Luker (38) from Solihull, Engine Technician Peter Twigg (55) from Sheffield and Engineer Craig Keyworth (39) from Lincoln to prove themselves.

Team Members

Ben Luker

Ben Luker

What was your motivation, applying for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I enjoy the challenge and the different elements of the GS Trophy qualifying competition: Navigation, fitness, mechanical skills and off road riding make it a very varied and interesting competition!

Which bike do you ride and what is the most exciting or surprising story you have experienced with it?

I have a  BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and I’m always amazed how competent a bike is for all types of riding: Commuting, motorways, mountains, forest tracks, continent crushing. I once rode from Grenoble to home in a day – over 750 miles: No problem! The next day I used it to ride through heavy traffic in Birmingham city centre – again, no problem! It really is a ‘do anything’ bike.

What is the most appealing thing for you about the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I’m very much looking forward to visiting a country I’ve never been to before and experiencing the culture and seeing the sights of a country very different from the UK. I’m looking forward to forming a formidable team with Craig and Peter and bringing home a trophy of some sort!

What does the Spirit of GS mean to you?

I think it’s all about being outside on a motorbike, exploring new parts of the world, forming new friendships and enjoying new experiences. You can leave all of life’s stresses behind for a while!

How do you prepare yourself for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I like to keep fit anyway and enjoy riding any type of motorbike whenever possible. ‘Team UK’ intends to meet up as much as possible, mainly as an excuse to ride our bikes but also to help form a team bond – learning about what skills and experience each member can bring to the team. And having a beer or two maybe.

 

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Peter Twigg

Peter Twigg

What was your motivation, applying for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I enjoy riding my GS both, on and off road, so this is ultimate event for me to ride.

Which bike do you ride and what is the most exciting or surprising story you have experienced with it?

I own a R 1200 Adventure as well as a F 800 GS and I am currently restoring an early 80 GS. I have done many brilliant European trips over the years. One of them that stands out is the Stella Alpina Internazionale in the Italian Alps where hundreds of big trailbike enthusiasts gather every July to ride up the Colle del Sommeiller, the highest unpaved road in the alps at 3,000 metres.

What is the most appealing thing for you about the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

To ride in the British GS Trophy team in Mongolia – I believe this is the chance of a lifetime!

What does the Spirit of GS mean to you?

Every ride on a GS encourages you to load up your gear. You can be on your way to new adventures, new places and landscapes and meet new people.

How do you prepare yourself for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I am riding more off road trails and I go mountain biking and hill walking.

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Craig Keyworth

Craig Keyworth

What was your motivation, applying for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I had entered the previous event in 2015. I had bought my GS for a specific ‘through and beyond’ Eastern Europe trip, picking up my wife in Montenegro and riding home again after putting in a bit of a loop through to the Turkish border (my wife’s first pillion ride was the day before this trip, we tied it in with a conference she attended in Istanbul…). I planned to sell the bike at the end of the trip, having bought it only a week before. I have seen “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down”, despite a garage full of orange Enduro bikes, it had to be the BMW. I decided I liked the bike too much (my first ‘road’ bike) and looked for something else to do on it to justify the garage space. Stumbling across the Int. GS Trophy I entered a few days before, arrived with no idea of what I was really entering and got through to the final afternoon before letting myself down with a silly mistake, I had jaw ache by the time I arrived home I was so angry with myself – I’d driven five hours through with gritted teeth, seething. I had been in joint first the whole event up until this point.

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What is the most appealing thing for you about the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

The competitive nature of the event, but also the adventure. I planned to ride the silk road with my wife (Pillion), having recently completed the Great Wall (of China) Marathon we planned on returning to Asia on the bike.  

What does the Spirit of GS mean to you?

More than any of my other bikes, cars, vans and vehicles in general, the Spirit of GS is embodied by its capability to be a two up commuter/scooter one day, and a continent crossing, serious off roader the next. Beyond the actual bike, the ethos of travel without boundaries or barriers and discovery both on your own doorstep, or the other side of the world pretty much sums it up.

How do you prepare yourself for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

A great question. As a club level enduro racer, trials rider and general adventure sport/adventure traveller I have the perfect excuse to slack off the day job and get in plenty of bike time. I get in plenty of cycling miles and again, as a club level racer and washed up mountain bike racer, this should keep the cardio side of things covered. There are plans afoot to meet up with the other team members also, so this should all help. I think this is a great way of ‘training’.

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