Getting To Know DGR Host, Bob Lock

Posted 3 years ago

We all participate in DGR for our own reasons. Giving, fighting, remembering - it's a cocktail of reasons that for many is intensely personal. But what we forget, is the community of riders around us that ride for their own versions of what we feel. We ride together for so many reasons, and today we're honoured to share this upstanding gentleman's reason.

Meet Bob Lock, DGR Host of West Sussex.

"There is something about The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride that is very special. Not simply that it is a charity run. Not simply that the riders dress-up. Not simply the camaraderie between riders. The unique ingredient is tapping into the nostalgia of a time gone by, when we were more likely to help a stranger, be generous, and give for the common good - values that are built into us - but through modern-living have often been forgotten. And it is the combination of bikes, fun, friendship and altruism, that is the key to the success of DGR. The opportunity to have such a great time, meet some really lovely people and do some good doesn’t often come along."

I first got into DGR some years back when our local ride suddenly needed some organisers. I volunteered to help and have been involved ever since. Together with two mates, I host the West Sussex Ride on the south coast of England. We enjoy a superb ride through seaside towns and some lovely scenery. Riding slow gives us the opportunity to take in the beauty of where we live, and greet the many passers-by who are enthralled at the spectacle that is DGR. 

As the ride sets out, there is nothing quite like looking down the street over the many, many bikes and dapper riders. It gives you goose-bumps! There are so many highs in DGR. I also rather enjoy watching the donations climb ever higher. I find it quite astounding that an enormous amount is gathered from very generous donors, by the selfless hard-work of our riders. Knowing that this brings real relief to the suffering of many is the perfect reward.

Things have changed for me over my biking years. My first “bike” was a Norman Nippy 49cc moped. It had gears! Two of them! Unfortunately, it wouldn’t stay in either so as I smugly roared down the road at 25mph, the cacophony of the jumping gears and the screaming engine must have really endeared me to my neighbours. But, in my mind, I was something else. My identity had been improved to no-end because I had a bike - well, almost! My Vespa Sportique, Honda 50 and SS180 all added to my experience. Unfortunately, the slippery tyres of the era and my improving skills sometimes didn’t help my self-esteem! The next phase of my bike-riding included a Suzuki TS250, 67 Triumph Thunderbird and a CX500. Another pause and then a Ducati Monster, followed by my present bike, a 2002 Triumph T100. It’s not the fastest, nor the best handling of bikes - but I love it. Popping out for a spin on the Bonnie is simply great. Riding along, I am still transported in my mind, but now it is exuberance and a feeling of general well-being that accompanies me. I have found myself, and don’t need the imagined prop to my identity that was so necessary in my formative years. But, what of the guys who aren’t so fortunate? Who will help those in turmoil, those whose minds are dented or broken, those whose bodies are under attack?

This is our chance."

Bob Lock

Host – West Sussex

Bob, you're an amazing man - thank you and your team for all you do in DGR. We're honoured to have someone like yourself in our global family.

Sincerely, thank you.

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