Australasian Quarterly Lifestyle & Culture Magazine

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

‘I say! Who is your tailor, sir?’ What a spiffing tweed jacket you are sporting.

Sadly, you don’t hear sentences like these uttered very often these days. However, for one day a year, thousands of Distinguished Gentleman (and refined ladies) from hundreds of cities around the world press their cravats, don their tweed suits and gladly straddle their classic motorcycles – all so they can raise funds for prostate cancer research and awareness. It’s a day that’s all about spreading a little cheer and having fun while at the same time raising awareness of a very important issue.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a celebration of the joy of sprucing up, dressing dapper and enjoying the style of classic custom motorcycles. But what does that mean, I hear you ask?

What it means is monocles, jauntily trimmed moustaches, silk vests, crisp shirts and tailored suits all on rides like Café Racers, Bobbers, Classics, Flat Trackers, Scramblers and other idiosyncratic and undefinable twowheelers.

To join in, all you need to do is bring your best manners, neaten your personal grooming and bring a sense of fun and adven-ture. Best of all, it costs nothing to join in on the ride (entry is free). However, as it is a charity ride, the idea is for partici-pants to ask their friends and family to sponsor them or to buy a patch or a sticker from you. After all, every little bit helps.

Dapper for a Cause is all about enjoying where we’ve come from and celebrating where we’re headed.

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper sitting astride a classic bike and wear-ing his finest suit. It was founded in 2012 when it was decided that a themed ride of smartly-dressed gents would perfectly combat the frequently negative stereotype engendered by groups of male motorcyclists. The first ride took place across 64 cities and brought together over 2500 riders. The event was so successful that it inspired the organisers to start thinking the ride would be the perfect opportunity to raise money for charity. As the saying goes, the rest is tastefully-attired history.

Just two years later, in 2013, the ride took place in 145 cities around the world with over 11,000 participants; it raised over $277,000 for prostate cancer research. In 2014, all the funds that are raised will go to the charity Prostate Cancer Foundation, which is established in the UK, USA and Australia. A suitable men’s health charity for Asia is still to be selected to receive funds.

In 2014, the organisers expect over 20,000 smartly-dressed gentlemen and women from over 220 cities to saddle up and get on their motorcycles in the name of men’s health.

To help add some cultured horsepower to the event and raise the speed limit towards the end of prostate cancer the Distin-guished Gentleman’s Ride has teamed up with the most iconic and dapper of motorcycle companies, Triumph to raise funds. The goal of the organisation is to raise $1 million in 2015 so the threat posed by prostate cancer can finally be challenged.

Mascot Sir Remington Silversteed greets each new ride with the rousing words:

‘My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. God bless her, and all that ride with her. Tally ho!’

At the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), the riders ride for a purpose: to help men who have been dealt a rough hand with their health by raising funds for research into prostate cancer. With the support of its genteel riders, DGR is committed to supporting the work of finding a cure for a disease that kills 1300 men a day around the world. Join us!

Event Over. Our Fundraising Goal $1,177,258 Raised $1,676,178 258 Rides in 57 Countries

www.gentlemansride.com

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