Team Canada

Darius Rylander:

How long have you been riding a motorcycle and how did you develop your passion for off-road riding?
Since I was 12 years old I have had a Honda trail bike 100cc. I've always had a passion for off-road riding. Starting right from my pedal bike back as a child, exploring terrain and my abilities to ride it.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
Best motorcycle in the world - Motorrad GS.

What was your most extreme or unusual enduro experience to date?
The black trail on the GS challenge was my most extreme experience. The bike took a beating and got me where I wanted to go.

What are your goals for the GS Trophy 2012?
I actually went on a whim and had no expectations. I was looking to winning of course but my main goal was to be polite and have some good riding days.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What do you find most fascinating about it?
The most fascinating thing about the GS Trophy is the fact a regular guy like myself is getting the opportunity to ride somewhere totally different with a team of fellow Canadians. I feel very humble and can't wait to ride!

What other goals do you wish to achieve in the long term with your GS?
I would like to take it all over the world - period.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about?
I want to give a huge thank-you to Sandra of BMW for keeping me in the loop and letting me know what's going on.
If I could give any advice for other riders looking to improve their skills on the GS: I say bicycles and yoga. Balance is everything.

Adrian Tobler:

How long have you been riding a motorcycle and how did you develop your passion for off-road riding?
I have been riding motorcycles since I was 12 years old. Growing up I rode dirt bikes on the family farm and as soon as I had my motorcycle licence it was sport bikes. I have always had a passion for off-road riding and dirt biking. It wasn’t until a trip to Alaska on my F 800 GS that I truly fell in love with enduro and off-road. I could go anywhere, places you couldn’t go in a car or a truck. That was it - I was hooked.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
BMW Motorrad GS to me stands for adventure, passion, determination and a legacy. The GS is the motorcycle that can do everything and do it well. From adventure travelling to intense off-roading and even just a ride around town or to the store.

What was your most extreme or unusual enduro experience to date?
My most extraordinary enduro experience has been riding to a mountain on my F 800 GS with Pat Horen (2010 GS Trophy participant). Dirt biking in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia can get extreme at times.

What are your goals for the GS Trophy 2012?
My goals for the GS Trophy are to first and foremost have an amazing experience. Being a part of the GS Trophy is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a dream come true. I would like to learn as much as I can from other riders to better myself as an enduro rider. I would also like to experience and absorb as much as I can of the South American culture and beauty.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What do you find most fascinating about it?
The GS Trophy is a very unique event. The most fascinating thing about it is the opportunity for 15 teams to come together from all over the world. We all come from different cultures and lifestyles but yet we are all connected with one thing, the BMW GS Motorrad and the love of off-road riding.

What other goals do you wish to achieve in the long term with your GS?
The biggest goal I have for my GS is to ride around the world. I love to travel and see new places and cultures. What better way to travel then on the back of a GS? I have seen a big part of Canada from the back of a GS and plan to see a lot more of the world from the back of my GS. I would like to start endure racing with the dream of completing Dakar one day.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about?
I would like to thank BMW Motorrad for the opportunity to take part in the GS Trophy. I am very excited to be part of the event; it truly is a dream come true. I will do my best to contribute everything I can to help the Canadian team bring the Trophy home to Canada. I won't let you down!

Marc-André Octeau:

How long have you been riding a motorcycle and how did you develop your passion for off-road riding?
I started motorcycle riding in 2006 with the intent of going off-road but soon realized that big heavy bikes were impossible to ride off the pavement. In 2008, I was offered an off-road riding skill course with Moto Internationale Sécurité Active and I began to see the possibility of taking my 1150 GS Adventure where I wanted. I participated in the GS Challenge of that year and I was hooked. In 2009, I started training for the GS Challenge with the hope of going to the GS Trophy in South Africa, I even got an HP2 for this. In 2010, I won the GS Challenge but I could not go to South Africa as my daughter’s birth coincided with the GS Trophy. In 2012, I participated again in the GS Challenge and this time I am part of the GS Trophy Canada Team.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
It's all about the dreams, first the Paris-Dakar with the R 100 GS/PD and then the Long Way Round on the R 1150 GS Adventure (my first BMW). I have to admit that the Erzberg Rodeo with the HP2 is also part of the dream.

What was your most extreme or unusual enduro experience to date?
At the GS Challenge 2009, I met a nice rider, Patrick Trahan, and I decided to join one of his groups in Morocco for a week long motorcycle Raid. Touching the desert is an indescribable experience.

What are your goals for the GS Trophy 2012?
My first goal is to enjoy every second of my trip and I am planning to do this in exchanging with other passionate riders, savour the time spent on the saddle and keep the focus and team spirit during the various stages to win the Trophy.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What do you find most fascinating about it?
The GS Trophy is part of a dream. A sense of touching the BMW GS world but in the end, it is being part of a group of riders that share the common goals of riding hard, pushing our limits all day and arriving safe at the bivouac to share stories all night long.

What other goals do you wish to achieve in the long term with your GS?
With two young kids at home, for now, it is to still find time to ride my bikes and introduce my kids to this unique world of passion and later to take my daughter and son on a long trip.