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21 December 2012

Stephanie Rowe

British rider Stephanie Rowe wins place on BMW globetrotting ‘One World. One R 1200 GS’ adventure.

Five incredible riding tours to be undertaken by GS fans to celebrate the launch of the new R 1200 GS.

Five GS fans from around the world have been selected to help celebrate the launch of the new R 1200 GS by each completing an incredible riding tour on the new model.

British rider Stephanie Rowe, 25, from Hampshire, was one of the lucky five, and has been chosen to ride the 2013 GS through Europe, finishing at BMW’s headquarters in Munich on 02 March, the day of the motorcycle’s international launch.

Following her selection by the jury, who were impressed by her enduro racing experience, in depth knowledge of motorcycles and love of touring on two wheels, Rowe was invited to London under the pretence of a final interview. She was shocked to see that jury member Charley Boorman was there – and even more so when he informed her that she had been chosen to ride the European section.

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.

Stephanie Rowe said: “This is unbelievable! I’m really looking forward to riding the new R 1200 GS – and seeing for myself all the changes compared to its predecessor. This is a very special adventure and I’ll be making sure I share it with as many people as possible by blogging and using Facebook and Twitter to document my travels.”

Thousands of riders from around the world entered the ‘One World’ competition, putting themselves forward for a life-changing ride. The initial entries were whittled down to a select few, with the five most deserving were hand-picked by a jury of famous GS ambassadors, including adventurer Charley Boorman and Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody.

The four riders joining Stephanie on the other legs of the ‘One World. One R 1200 GS’ challenge are: Herbert Unger, 49, from Germany; Stephane Gautronneau, 39 from France; Alessio Cigolini, 34, from Italy and Salvador Echevarria, 41, from Spain.

Their experiences will be shared on

Setting off in early 2013, each of the five will be reporting on their own life-changing tours – through Asia, Africa, New Zealand, America and Europe – as the new R 1200 GS travels around the globe ahead of its eagerly-anticipated international launch.

To learn more about the five riders, and keep up to date with their preparations and adventures, log on to and

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