Cuevas to represent PH in Mongolia riding competition
For the first time in BMW Motorrad GS Trophy International history, a Filipino rider in Aris Cuevas clinched the top spot at the 2017 GS Trophy Southeast Asia qualifying round held last September 2, in Thailand.
Cuevas and fellow Filipino riders Derrick Itchon and Leother Valderama were among the 30 participants, who went head to head at the 2017 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Southeast Asia Qualifier.
The Philippine delegates were placed in three separate teams with 2 riders from Thailand and vied for the pole position with intense riding challenges against seven other teams, including an all-female contingent.
While Cuevas and his team endured action-packed activities that heavily tested their teamwork, navigation, technical skills, and riding competency, the most formidable stage for all riders proved to be the individual riding challenge, which took place after a number of morning competitive events wherein 15 out of the 30 participants emerged as qualifiers.
From the three Filipino riders, it was Cuevas, who was able to proceed to the next challenge, ending the qualifiers with 137 points, before ruling the qualifying round and clinching a spot at the 2018 Southeast Asia GS Trophy Team.
The BMW Motorrad GS Trophy International is the most adventurous competition for riders from across the globe. Teams will battle it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges that will not only push riding skills, agility, fitness, and team spirit to the limit, but also help build a stronger community committed to making life a ride.