What is The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride?

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is an annual motorcycle charity event that raises funds for the Movember Foundation, of whom operate globally to improve the lives of men through prostate cancer research and men’s mental health initiatives. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride looks to activate all riders who own and ride classic and custom style motorcycles and scooters to dress dapper and unite in a parade through their city to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health and suicide prevention. These rides are organised by pre-approved ride hosts and each city is limited to one ride. To find out if there’s a ride in your city, or a city near you, visit our rides page.

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.

Is The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride opened 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! We all have men in our lives that we care about, The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is a way for all genders to come together and show their support.

Can I still ride if I don’t have a Cafe Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Old School Chopper, Modern Classic, Sidecar, Classic Scooter, or Brat Styled motorcycle?

Unfortunately not. DGR is about the niches within the motorcycle community, consisting of motorcycles that you do not regularly see during your daily commute. If you can borrow or rent a suitable bike and are dressed appropriately, 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 600 cities around the world with over 70,000 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 control the size of the individual events, there are restrictions 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, and 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 participate 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.

How do I sign up?

To sign up, click here to go to the Registration page. When you start the registration process it will ask you to select the ride you will participate in and then you just need to follow the steps.

How do I find my ride details?

All ride locations are listed here. Just locate your country and ride location.

The full details of your ride will ONLY be made available after you register. 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 check out any updated ride details from within your Rider Dashboard.

Do I have to pay to ride?

The ride is a celebration of the funds raised by our registered riders and to bring awareness of the cause to the general public who stand in awe of this parade. There is no entrance fee for the event, we only ask that our riders donate to them selves and their fellow rides to truly show their support.

No exchanges of money are to take place to join the ride. If you are being asked by a ride host to pay, please contact us immediately via our contact page.

Do I have to raise money to take part?

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a charitable event, and not doing your very best to raise funds is not particularly distinguished. Every little bit helps towards us achieve our goals for the Movember Foundation - for men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Through research and support programs, the Movember Foundation is changing the world for men. Only with the fundraising support of our illustrious participants and the wider community, can they continue their influential work.

Can we donate to a local charity?

Unfortunately not.

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 DGR fundraising will go directly to the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation funds a diverse range of country-specific and local initiatives, always ensuring that the 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

Can I make a cash or cheque donation?

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. 

If you are being asked by anyone who is not from The Movember Foundation to make a cash donation, please contact us immediately via our contact page.

If you wish to make a cheque donation, click here to download the cheque form and ensure you complete the attached form so we know who to allocate the sponsored funds to. Movember will inform DGR once a cheque has cleared and we will update accordingly.

Will I receive a tax-deductible receipt?

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 2017 these are:

USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain and 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 is always the priority. 

If a city is experiencing extreme conditions, we will postpone the event if necessary.

The local host of your registered ride 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 a 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’ or under armour from your local motorcycle accessories outlet. Alternatively, you can wear oversized dapper clothing over your leathers.

Information regarding safety for all rides can be viewed through our Safety Information page.

All the general motorcycle safety and 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 cannot participate.

What do I get for participating?

First and foremost, you are raising funds and awareness for men’s health – something that is in itself a prize.

That being said, all registered participants that raise over $200 USD receive a commemorative patch, exclusive to 2017, which can be 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.

To view all prizes on offer for DGR 2017, including the commemorative prize patch, visit our prize page.

I have 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:

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 to fill in the details and if it all goes to plan, we’ll get a ride happening soon.

Why have you chosen to support the Movember Foundation

In 2017, 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.

Men’s health is something that affects all of us, irrespective of gender. We all have fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, cousins and friends that we want to be with us for as long as possible - in partnering with the Movember Foundation we are raising funds and awareness to improve and increase the life expectancy of men.

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?

The Movember Foundation will invest funds raised by the gentlefolk of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 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 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to cover their costs associated with running the event. No less than 70% of the total funds raised will be invested directly into the Movember Foundation. It is the Movember Foundation’s 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.

Investment in 2017 will be split between prostate cancer clinical research, prostate cancer health services and men’s mental health and suicide prevention projects.

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.