The only motorcycling charity event of its kind, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 and is a celebration of the art of being dapper and the style of classic custom motorcycles. The charity ride held everywhere across the world is dedicated to raising funds to combat prostate cancer. From 2016, the DGR team also started promoting Mental Health awareness through this fun event that includes motorcycle riding around town.
DGR boasts of some prominent names from the motorcycling world as its Brand Ambassadors like Chelsea Middlebrook, Roland Sands, Matteo Adreani, Wei Koh, Sofi Tsingos, Jay LaRossa, Maria Costello, Anthony ‘Dutch’ Van Someren, Charley Boorman and ‘Fast’ Freddie Sprencer.
How did Distinguished Gentleman’s ride start
Mark Hawwa founded The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride after being inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike, wearing his finest suit. It was decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together. The first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged Mark to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
Attendance at past DGR’s
The first ever distinguished gentleman’s ride happened in 2012 and played host to over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. After seeing such a success, Mark paid a careful thought to how the ride can be used to support a worthy cause and zeroed to Prostate Cancer. The 2013 ride saw over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277k (US). The 2014 ride had over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5M (US). The 2015 ride played host to over 37,000 participants in 410 cities in 79 countries raised over $2.3M (US).
What to bring along at Distinguished Gentleman’s ride
The riders bring their finest manners to the ride. They are dressed like a true gentleman with a sense of responsibility, fun and a smile. One gets to see best of motorcycles like café racers, bobbers, classics and old school choppers. The modern classics and scooters seen at the event are as eye-catching as the ones from the gone-by era. Triumph Motorcycles has been the main sponsor of the ride for the last three editions.
There is no entrance fee to participate however riders are encouraged to donate some amount to the cause. Few riders also pledge to raise funds by motivating friends and family to contribute through their personal fundraising page. Once you sign-up for the ride, you do get a personal page on the DGR website and regular updates are shared through email.
Safety Rules for Distinguished Gentleman’s ride
The team at Distinguished Gentleman’s ride is high on safety of the ride. The rulebook has lines written down for unplanned unexpected events that may occur. In case of your beloved machine breaks downs the organizers would make an attempt to arrange for a sweeper vehicle. The riders should meet the local law requirements and at least wear helmets to be eligible to ride. The organizers have the levy to postpone the ride if they feel the weather conditions are not right. For days when sun exposure can be excessive, the team suggests that the ride starts from a place where the essentials like water are available. And sunscreen is an all-time favorite solution. The DGR suggests that speed limit should always below the maximum allowed by the local authorities and intoxication is a big NO.
Last year i.e. DGR 2016 was held on September 25 and this year it is scheduled for September 24, 2017. If you are riding this year, look out for us, we might be there.