2013 Round-the-World Ride aboard 2013 BMW R 1200 GS
British rider Stephanie Rowe will be undertaking the fifth and final stage of BMW Motorrad’s revolutionary ‘One World. One R 1200 GS’ expedition. The tour has seen five riders chosen to ride around the world on the all-new R 1200 GS motorcycle, with their trips documented and shared online via BMW Motorrad’s website.
With the four epic sections through Asia, Africa, New Zealand and North America completed by four other riders, Rowe will be riding across Europe, including Spain, Italy, Austria and Germany, finishing up at the BMW Motorrad headquarters in Munich on 14 April 2013.
In addition, she will be joined by the winner Herbert Unger, from Germany, who completed the Australasian section, for the final leg from Innsbruck to Munich, as well as a large number of local BMW riders. Upon the ‘One World’ tour’s arrival in Munich, the success of this one-of-a-kind expedition will be celebrated with a party including the design team behind the new GS and all the riders who joined the final leg.
Following her selection by the ‘One World. One R 1200 GS’ jury of expert riders and celebrities, who were impressed by her enduro racing experience, in depth knowledge of motorcycles and sheer passion for making two-wheeled adventure happen, Rowe was invited to London for a ‘final interview’. In reality, jury member Charley Boorman was waiting to surprise her with the news that she had been chosen to ride the European section.
Setting off on 10 April 2013, Stephanie will ride the new GS through Spain, France, Italy, Austria and Germany, crossing both the Pyrenees and the Alps before arriving to a hero’s welcome at the BMW headquarters in Munich. Photos, videos and daily updates will be featured online and via social media.
Stephanie Rowe said: “I’m still a little in shock that I’ve won, I can’t believe it. This trip will make one of my dreams come true – to ride across the Alps. This will be the biggest trip of my life and I’m so grateful for BMW Motorrad for making it happen. The last time I had an adventure, I sold my car and my possessions and quit a job so I could ride to Morocco and back, thankfully I haven’t had to do anything like that this time!
“I’ve been preparing for it by getting in as much riding as possible, both on and off-road, to make sure I’m ready for taking the new R 1200 GS across Europe. The support and feedback I’ve had from GS and BMW fans has been phenomenal, there’s a huge community of riders and that’s what makes BMW Motorrad so special.”
For more information on BMW Motorrad products and services, including the all-new R 1200 GS, visit www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk or call 0800 777 155.