Riding Dapper for a Cause: A Brief History of The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.
On Sunday September 30th 2018, over 120,000 distinguished gentlefolk in over 650 cities worldwide will don their cravats, tustle their ties, press their tweed, and sit astride their classic and vintage styled motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and men's mental 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 of men 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.
Influenced by the tragedy of losing one of our ride hosts to depression, from 2016 we have seen a change in our health fundraising goals. Now, the funding of men's mental health programs is a Distinguished Gentleman's Ride focus, in addition to prostate cancer research through our new official charity partner The Movember Foundation and the support of our title sponsors Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a celebration of the art of being dapper and classic custom motorcycles.
What does that mean, you ask?
Dress: Tailored suits, silk waistcoats, crisp shirts, stylish caps and polished brogues.
Ride: Cafe' Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Old School Chopper, Modern Classic, Sidecar, Classic Scooter, Brat Styled motorcycles. Visit our style guide to check out the bikes that make The Distinguished Gentleman’s the unique event that it is.
Do: Bring your finest manners, your most dashing drapes, a sense of fun, and a smile.
Pay: We encourage those riding to make a donation to support the cause, as well reach out to 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
A number of companies operate a fund-matching programme, meaning that the money you fundraise is doubled by them. Check with your HR department to see what your company policy is around fund matching and what you need to do next to qualify.