That begs the question, what is necessary to qualify? My understanding is it’s a measure of:
- Technical know-how about the GS
- Navigation soft-skills (using a Garmin NAV VI)
- Style while on-course (standing, good body position, how you mount & pick up the bike)
- Slow-Speed technical skills on-course
- Team work and ingenuity
- Stamina, fitness, cardio
The last three measures are where I am weakest and these are probably the most important when judges decide whether I’m worthy to be a part of Team USA. What do I mean?
I have never worked on slow speed skills. I barrel down very rough terrain every weekend on my 670 pound GS Adventure. I spent 10 days in Colorado riding the toughest mountain passes and did very well. I lead tours and take on really hard trails solo often bushwhacking my way through the woods sometimes with street tires. I’m very confident and @ home on my big adventure bike but these are not the skills you need for the GS Trophy Qualifier.