Almost 70,000 riders are all set to participate in this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. More than $3M has already been raised for the Movember Foundation.
The first ever Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was flagged off in 2012 across 16 countries. Almost 2500 riders ‘dressed dapper’ for the one-of-its-kind ride in support of men’s health charities. The concept took off and spread wider, including global health charities as benefactors.
DGR is the brainchild of Australian motorcyclist Mark Hawwa, and has, since its inception, raised more than $10,000,000 in funding for men’s health charities throughout the world. Speaking at DGR 2017’s launch, Mark said, “In 2011, back when I was organising rides with Sydney Cafe Racers, you’d never hear a guy talk about testicular cancer, or having a testicle removed. Now, two weeks ago I organised a ride in Sydney and there were two guys speaking openly about it. A big part of what we wanted to achieve was to break the macho bullsh*t stereotype and get guys talking.”
Riders from 95 countries will suit up and head out for the 2017 DGR, scheduled for 24th September. This year’s turnout is more than 70,000, with more than $3M already raised in charity.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, in collaboration with the Movember Foundation, is raising funds for prostate cancer and mental health programmes around the world. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, developing without symptoms in most cases. Movember Foundation also sheds light on men’s health cases, with half a million men committing suicide every year around the world.
In the words of the founder of Movember Foundation, JC: “All four Movember founders ride bikes and we’re really privileged to be the partners. We took on mental health in 2006, and I’ve lost a heap of friends to suicides. Getting that message out, having that shoulder-to-shoulder chat – I don’t think there’s anything better than getting out on a bike and having a chat with your mates.”
The Triumph Connection
Triumph Motorcycles has been a huge contributor to and supporter of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. This year they even built a custom one-off motorcycle for Phil Green, a 50-year-old nurse from Coventry, England. Phil was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was 43 years old. Phil’s Bonneville T100 has a shortened rear end, Vance & Hines exhaust pipes, Fox rear shocks, and a genuine Harris Tweed seat. Nicknamed the Dapper Bonnie DGR100, this is just one of Triumph’s ways to support the movement. They are also giving away a Bonnie Bobber to the highest fundraiser.
Other brands pitching in include Zenith watches and Hedon helmets. The highest fundraiser this year will also get the Zenith DGR Ton-Up watch (one of five), and a custom Hedon Kingpin helmet.
Go out, dress dapper, ride like a gentleman at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Rally 2017, at any one of the 600 rides taking place around the world. Register here for DGR 2017.