FAQ

+ How do I find my ride details?

All ride locations are listed on ‘The Rides’ page. Select your country then select your ride location.

ONLY after you register, the full details of your ride will be made available. We need to keep these details secure to ensure that only registered members have access. If these details are shared publically it put the ride and host at risk of being shut down.

You can always check out your updated ride details when logged in from within your Dashboard

+ Is The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride open to all genders?

Absolutely! The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride raises money for men’s causes, yet in much the same way we support our fellow ladies upon women’s based charity initiatives we would love as many gentle ladies on our ride as possible!

 

+ I don’t have a Cafe' Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Old School Chopper, Modern Classic, Sidecar, Classic Scooter, Brat Styled motorcycl

DGR is about the niches within the motorcycle community, consisting of motorcycles that you do not regularly see during your daily commute. It is not an event for our friends on cruisers, sportbikes, motards, modern plastic scooters, dirt bikes, adventure bikes, tourers and Can-Ams. If you can borrow or rent a suitable bike and are dressed suitably, we encourage you to register and join the ride. If not and you’d still like to support the event, a donation is a wonderful way to do so, as well as reach out to your local organiser to help them behind the scenes.

+ I understand the ride was founded upon classic styled bikes but why can’t we open it up to all?

Organising The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on a global scale is a tremendous task that has significant associated risks, as it currently takes place in over 500 cities around the world with over 50,000 participants.

One of our goals is to keep the individual events small and manageable by our volunteer hosts. Another is to ensure the safety of participants that take part within these.

In order to do control the size of the individual events there is a restriction on the styles of bikes encouraged to participate. This event is no different from a classic all-English motorcycle meet, whereby it is expected that you meet their bike criteria to participate.

If our events were not controlled, they would be at risk of being shut down by authorities. Many of our key events expect over 1,000 riders throughout city centres, significant growth in numbers will increase the risk of incident and closure substantially which will have a negative effect on the fundraising capacity of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

This event is exclusive to the classic styles within our guide. If you wish to create an event outside of DGR for owners of other bike styles then by all means please do so to support charity as much as you can. If you need feedback or advice we are happy to assist in any charitable events all we ask is that it be held on one of the other weekends during the year.

+ Is DGR a charity ride or a classic and vintage styled motorcycling event?

It’s both. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has multiple goals. These include raising awareness of preventive measures, breaking stereotypes, and giving people a chance to raise funds for a worthy cause whilst riding their machines.

If you don’t have a suitable vehicle but are passionate about our charitable outcomes then you can sponsor a rider or place a generic donation which will contribute towards our charitable goals.

+ Do I have to pay to ride?

No exchanges of cash are to take place to join the ride. All registered participants throughout the pre-ride period have raised funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation in line with our charitable goals via their personal fundraising profiles upon our website. The ride is a celebration of the funds raised by registered riders for the research programs that we support, and to bring awareness to the potential lives that we can save as a result of their efforts.

+ Do I have to raise money to take part?

No, but please remember it is a charitable event. Every little bit helps towards us achieve our goals alongside the Movember Foundation. We want men to live happier, healthier longer lives. Through investing in research and support programs, the Movember Foundation is changing the world for men. Only with the fundraising support of DGR participants and the wider community can they continue this game changing work.

+ Can we donate to a local charity?

We have deliberately partnered with the Movember Foundation as they are the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men's health, and therefore are uniquely positioned to take action and spend the funds strategically, both on a global and local level. Due to this, all ride fundraising will go directly to the Movember Foundation.

The Movember Foundation fund a diverse range of country-specific and local programmes, always ensuring that knowledge gained is shared onwards. They utilise research findings to accelerate new ideas into practice, share information and encourage other organisations to do the same. This process of knowledge translation aims to get the right information to the right people, at the right time, and in the most effective way. This ensures that the best available evidence informs policies, programs and practice, and improves health outcomes for men around the world.

+ What about cash?

Unfortunately we cannot accept cash - not on the day, before or after the event as the funds need to be online and measurable.

No one on the event day is to accept cash contributions unless they are officially fundraising for The Movember Foundation. We will alert the participants on the ride before hand if this is taking place. These funds will not count towards your online total, so it is best you donate to yourself online.

+ Tax Deductible Receipting?

Through the Movember Foundation’s charitable status and global reach, we’ve been able to increase the countries where you can receive a tax deductible receipt.  For 2016 these are:

USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain, South Africa

We are working closely with Movember to add to this list so we can maximize your fundraising efforts.  

All donations go straight to the Movember Foundation which enables us to offer this. For all refund enquiries please contact the relevant emails below.

Australia - dgraus@movember.com

Canada - dgrcan@movember.com

Europe - dgreur@movember.com

Rest of the World dgrrow@movember.com

USA - dgrusa@movember.com

UK - dgruk@movember.com

New Zealand - dgrnz@movember.com

+ What happens if it rains?

Safety comes first, if a city is experiencing extreme conditions we can postpone the event for a period of time if necessary.

By being a registered rider, your local host will send an email alert regarding events that are postponed or cancelled.

+ Is it unsafe to wear dapper clothing on a motorcycle?

Riding a motorcycle is risky exercise regardless of what you are wearing.

Our event is low speed and takes place through the slowest streets of each city. This is a safety feature of our event to minimise the risk to our participants. If you would like to further reduce your risk of injury, we suggest you purchase Kevlar ‘skins’ from your local motorcycle accessories outlet. Alternatively you can wear oversized dapper clothing over your leathers.

All the general motorcycle safety and general road rules apply on the day. You ride at your own risk. Dangerous riding will not be tolerated.  

We have an extensive risk assessment that takes place utilising the key larger events globally. This helps us to better manage these events and ensure the safety of participants.

All the risks are explained in the registration process. If you do not register for the ride, you can not participate.

+ What do I get for participating?

The reward that you are contributing to the raising of funds and awareness for important men’s health issues.

All registered participants that raise over $200 USD receive a commemorative patch exclusive to fundraising, which can only be earned, and not purchased. Raising over $200 also gives you an opportunity to take part in a global competition to win amazing prizes.

There are additional prizes on offer for the highest fundraisers globally. Check out the ‘Prizes’ section for more information.

+ I raised $200 USD. What’s happening with my commemorative patch?

This year the Movember Foundation will be managing the distribution of these globally.

Please allow 14 days for your patch to arrive as they’ll be sent out on a weekly basis. If you feel the postman may have misplaced your package here are the contact details at Movember.

Australia - dgraus@movember.com

Canada - dgrcan@movember.com

Europe - dgreur@movember.com

Rest of the World dgrrow@movember.com

USA - dgrusa@movember.com

UK - dgruk@movember.com

New Zealand - dgrnz@movember.com

+ I am having technical problems with the website. Help!

Click here to go to the contact us. Send us a message and we will get back to you.

+ I can’t seem to find a ride in my area. Who do I contact to start one?

Head to the ‘Host a Ride’ button, fill in the details and if it all goes to plan, let’s get a ride happening.

+ ­How are the funds distributed?

­In 2016, we will be partnering with the Movember Foundation, the world’s largest men’s health organisation. As an organisation, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride strives to select health partners that are focused on universal, game-changing and realistic outcomes, so the Movember Foundation and their strategic goal of men living happier, healthier & longer lives is a perfect fit for what we are trying to achieve. With an official presence in 21 countries and a truly global community, the Movember Foundation has already funded over 1000 men’s health programs with a unique focus on global collaboration, some of which have been supported by the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride in the past.

Investment in 2016 will be split between Prostate Cancer clinical research, Prostate Cancer health services and Suicide Prevention projects.

More needs to be done to tackle the specific issues that affect men's health. As the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men's health, The Movember Foundation is uniquely positioned to take action.

 

 

+ Where does my fundraising go exactly?

Funds raised by the gentlefolk of the DGR will be invested by The Movember Foundation into approved programs inline with the funding principals of both parties.

100% of funds raised will go to the Movember Foundation who will then refund the DGR to cover their costs associated with running the event. No less than 70% of the total funds raised will be invested directly into projects. It is the Movember Foundation policy that funding awards do not allow or support institutional overhead so we can maximise the level of funding applied to research, health services interventions and their evaluation.

To read more about the Movember Foundation’s strategic funding strategy across all areas of men’s health, please visit the ‘Our Work’ section on movember.com