On Saturday, September 6, the 48 competitors arrived at the GS Trophy base camp after travelling to the Canadian Rockies from all over the world.
First exercise: Setting up the camp before attending a 'bear aware' seminar. After all, the GS Trophy 2014 is taking place at bear country.
Quiet sunday morning:
Only minutes before
the parking lot will get
Morning briefing by GS Trophy organizer Tomm Wolf
We are here to have a lot of fun ...
Here we go! From now on it is only you and your bike!
From Exshaw to Golden it is a stunning 360 kilometers ride.
In the afternoon, the 48 competitors and 16 "embedded journalists" line up for the first special test.
It is a real challenge: Ferry four bikes across the river - you can have the engine running, but you are not supposed to sit on the bike.
Four bikes - that is roughly one ton of stubborn machinery
These boots are not waterproof. And in the Rockies, mountain streams are freezing cold.
Team Mexico is pushing through.
The first special test left marks on Leo from Team Mexico
Riding daring forest tracks on the way to Golden, British Columbia.
Standings after day 1
1. Central & Eastern Europe 38 Pts
2. France 22 Pts
3. South Africa 21 Pts
4. Germany 23 Pts
5. Team Alps 21 Pts
6. Latin America 20 Pts
6. USA 20 Pts
8. Italy 18 Pts
9. Russia 17 Pts
10. UK 14 Pts
11. Brazil 13 Pts
12. Argentina 11 Pts
13. Korea 9 Pts
14. Japan 7 Pts
15. Canada 7 Pts
16. Mexico 6 Pts