The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy comes around once every two years, and for the 2016 event sees two new surprises: first, three qualifying rounds will be held in the U.S. Second, and the main event will take place in Thailand. This marks the first time the competition has featured three qualifiers and the first time Thailand will play host to the grueling event.

The competition pitts international teams against each other aboard identical BMW R1200GS motorcycles in grueling daily stages and special challenges, amidst sand, gravel, dust, and foreign cultures throughout the world.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to compete in BMW Motorrad’s International GS Trophy, qualifiers for Team USA will be held in the following three locations:

East Coast Qualifier – September 11-13
BMW Performance Center
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Central Qualifier – September 25-27
Midwest Trail Riding Association (MTRA)
The Viburnum Trend Riding Area
Bixby, Missouri

West Coast Qualifier – October 23-25
RawHyde Adventures California
Santa Clarita, California

Participation is open to entrants with any BMW Motorrad adventure motorcycle that is licensed for road use (with the exception of the BMW G 450 X sport enduro). More details on how to qualify for BMW Motorrad’s International GS Trophy will be announced shortly.

In addition to 18 international teams of male riders, there will be an all-female team of enduro competitors. Ten women, selected this summer from a field of 119 riders, will compete for three spots on the all-female team in a special qualifier held September 9-16 in South Africa.