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BMW GS Trophy: Snow, Jocelin

The goals of motorcycling are discovery, friendship, and mastery. The goal of one event is to push amateur cyclists to reach their maximum potential.The BMW GS Trophy Challenge is that competition.

Together with men and women who have participated in and won qualifying events from all around the globe, Jocelin Snow will be participating in the 2018 BMW GS Trophy Challenge.

Her family had never been riders, but by the time she was twelve, she had saved up enough cash from her paper route to purchase a Kawasaki KDX80. She has since acquired more than 40 bikes and competed in motocross, supermoto, road racing, flat track, and hare scrambles. She rides adventure, street, and dual sport.

Jocelin was drawn to the BMW GS Trophy because it pits women against men in direct competition and awards equal points. She was usually the only female in the group when she first started riding, and this was especially true when she began racing. “Eventually, attracting attention and startling onlookers become a little monotonous, and my true desire was to see more ladies fall in love with riding motorcycles. Coaching is among the most fulfilling things I have ever done with a motorbike.

Jocelin’s impact goes well beyond the world of racing. She has run an off-road riding school on her own. She enjoyed planning, directing, and taking part in group rides. She also served as a riding instructor at Monte Vista Christian School. Since no one in her family rode a motorbike, she began her career as a mechanic at the age of 12 with her KDX. She went on to become Chief AMA mechanic for a year, helping her team win the national title. In order to feature Zero Motorcycles’ electric bike on the television program Ride to Adventure, she collaborated with them. She has also collaborated with Alpinestars, assisting them in the investigation, design, and development of women’s road racing gloves and motocross racing boots.

Not surprise, motorcycle travel has been a part of Jocelin’s best experiences. On two wheels, she has traveled through all 50 states, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and Canada. Malcolm Smith, who she says as “one of the most compassionate, caring, and generous individuals I have ever known,” accompanied her on her Baja excursion and entertained her with tales. She recently drove her BMW 12,000 miles on paved and unpaved roads in 30 days to go to Alaska and back. Jocelin has studied at the Rawhyde Adventure Riding Academy in Castaic, California, and is skill-focused.

She rides out in the bike’s fast lane. She runs a car wrap firm and owns a sign company during the day. She also assists with foster youngsters and runs a bed and breakfast! She assists her local Rotary club in raising funds as an active member. She also likes to travel, take pictures, create art, and cook.

It’s difficult to see how she can fit in training for the BMW GS Trophy with her busy life. “Training for the qualifier meant little to no more free time,” the author claims. I made every effort to balance managing my company and my training. Because to my strong and committed team, I’m able to leave work early most weekdays in order to workout. Before the qualifying, we trained eight hours a day on the weekends. To practice balance and control, I put up a section of my land with obstacles for slow maneuvering tactics. Jocelin will be spending even more time in training now that she is a member of the International Women’s Team. “I’ll be taking advantage of every chance I get.”

Jocelin said she had a really pleasant experience during the qualifications. Participants were giving each other high fives, supportive words, and cheering each other on. She discovered that the judges and staff were quite encouraging. Jocelin said, “I am expecting the GS Trophy Challenge to be intense and incredibly challenging both physically and mentally,” before to leaving for South Africa. I have a feeling that taking part in this event would change my life, regardless of the outcome, and I could even discover my true self.

Jocelin remarks, “South Africa was a true test of self,” after returning. It was very taxing on the body and the mind. I felt that the SA qualifier was far more difficult than the US qualifier. We were given test after test, with tasks like using a little pointed hammer to pound a nail into a stump and hoisting a GS1200 onto a 4-foot log.

Certain testing started hours before breakfast, while others continued far into the night. We arrived at the motorcycles at 6:30 AM one morning and ended the day at 11:00 PM with a nighttime GPS navigation.

With the violent gusts and deafening thunderstorms at night, sleep was scarce. Water flooded in from the grass field, and at times the top of my tent struck me in the face as I attempted to sleep.

“The strong camaraderie of the SA challenge is what most interests me,” Every competitor was supporting the others with great fervor and good sportsmanship, almost as if we were on the same team, despite the fact that we were officially rivals, vying for a seat on the international squad. Stereotypically, you would assume that there would be judgment, negative conduct, and envy if you put 23 athletic women from various nations in one room and had them compete for the opportunity of a lifetime. This was definitely untrue. Not a single apple in the whole bushel rotted. Had someone entered the room without understanding the situation, they probably would have thought we were all longtime acquaintances and closest buddies. There were always hugs, tears, and supportive comments from the beginning until the big elimination day. Though they may have been upset, envious, or even furious, the ladies who lost in the first round ended up being the most encouraging group of supporters for the other competitors. The level of enthusiasm during the tournament was incredible.

And the finest aspect? I took a lot of new acquaintances with me when I left South Africa, and we continue to communicate via emails and social media. This, I think, is what BMW meant when they inquired as to our comprehension of “the spirit of GS.” It is really an honor to work on a team with ANY of these women. I am appreciative and humbled. My training regimen will become more rigorous, and I’ll be even more dedicated since I have sponsors and teammates to think about in addition to continuing to be an inspiration to other female riders.

“To all the ladies out there, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something,” Jocelin said in her parting remarks to all of us. Never give up, trust in yourself, try something new, and follow your passion.

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