The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a celebration of the art of being dapper and the style of classic custom motorcycles.
Last year I stumbled upon the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride quite by accident. It proved to be such an amazing day that I certainly bookmarked it so I could check it all out again in 2015.
So what’s it all about?
On Sunday September 27th 2015, more than 30,000 smartly-dressed gentlefolk in over 400 cities will straddle the saddles of their café racers, bobbers, scramblers and other marvellous custom motorcycles to raise awareness and help fund the cure for prostate cancer.
In grand style, dapper gents and elegant ladies shall ride their steeds spreading merriment and joy throughout their communities whilst raising awareness for men’s health.
In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277,000 for prostate cancer research.
In 2014, over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5 million (USD) for prostate cancer research. Our fundraising goal for 2015 is $3 million (USD).
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 in Sydney Australia, inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. It was 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 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. And the rest, as they say, is eloquently attired history.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a celebration of the art of being dapper and the style of classic custom motorcycles. What does that mean, you ask?
Think: Monocles, jaunty trimmed moustaches, silk vests, crisp shirts and tailored suits.
Ride: Café Racers, Bobbers, Classics, Flat Trackers, Scramblers and quirky, undefinable two-wheeled machines.
Do: Bring your finest manners, neatest beards and a sense of fun and adventure.
Pay: Nothing to ride (entry is free); but please consider helping our charities by getting your friends and family to sponsor your involvement
Of course, there’s heaps more info at the official site.
Today’s Melbourne event met up at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building so it was another early weekend start for yours truly to be at the venue at 9 sharp. Since last year I caught the tail end, I thought I’d switch things up a little this year and be at the start.
You could not have asked for better weather and the event was incredibly supported by close to 500 amazing bikes. The attendance was clearly out of this world.