On Sunday September 25th 2016, thousands of distinguished gentlefolk from cities across the world will don their cravats, tweak their moustaches and press their tweed as they get ready to sit astride their classic and vintage motorcycles to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype people on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
With that in mind the annual event has been developed to raise funds for prostate cancer research working in partnership with The Movember Foundation. In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277k (US). This increased in 2014 to include over 20,000 participants across 257 cities in 58 countries raising over $1.5M (US). Last year saw the biggest turn out with over 37,000 riders taking part across 410 cities in 79 countries and raised over $2.3M (US) for prostate cancer research.
With over 18000 riders already registered to take part, this year’s funding goal has been set at $5m (US). In addition to supporting prostate cancer research money raised in 2016 will also be diverted into the funding of suicide prevention programs.
Sponsored by Triumph and Zenith Watches this year’s rider is also supported by a number of well-known Ambassadors including Charlie Boorman, ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer and Maria Costello MBE.
Want to take part this year and celebrate the art of being dapper?
Wear: Monocles, jaunty trimmed moustaches, silk vests, crisp shirts and tailored suits.
Ride: Cafe’ Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Old School Chopper, Modern Classic, Sidecar, Classic Scooter, Brat Styled motorcycles. Check out this style guide to see the bikes that make The Distinguished Gentleman’s the unique event that it is.
Do: Bring your finest manners, neatest facial foliage, a sense of fun and a smile.
Pay: The ride is free however those riding are encouraged to make a donation to the cause as well as consider helping reach fundraising goals by getting friends, family and colleagues to donate via your personal fundraising page.
Register: To set up your personal fundraising page and register for your nearest ride, visit www.gentlemansride.com/register