Riding Dapper for a Cause: Where we’ve come from and where we’re headed
On Sunday September 24th 2017, tens of thousands of distinguished gentlefolk in hundreds of cities worldwide will don their cravats, tweak their moustaches, 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.
• In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277k (USD) for prostate cancer research.
• In 2014, over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5M (USD) for prostate cancer research.
• In 2015, over 37,000 participants in 410 cities in 79 countries raised over $2.3M (USD) for prostate cancer research.
• In 2016, over 56,000 participants in 505 cities in 90 countries raised over $3.6M (USD) for prostate cancer research & men's mental health programs in partnership with the Movember Foundation.
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?
Think: 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. 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, neatest facial foliage, a sense of fun and a smile.
Pay: The ride is free however we encourage those riding to make a donation to the cause as well as consider helping reach our 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
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.