I’ve been honoured to be one of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Ambassadors in 2014
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‘I say! What a spiffing smoking jacket. Who is your tailor, sir?’
Sadly, sentences like these are not often uttered anymore. For one day a year, however, thousands of Distinguished Gentleman (and genteel ladyfolk) in hundreds of cities worldwide press their cravats, starch their tweed and sit astride their classic-styled motorcycles to raise funds for prostate cancer research and awareness. It’s a day all about spreading merriment while raising awareness of a really important issue.
The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride was founded in 2012. 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. That first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the organizers to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause. And the rest, as they say, is stylishly-attired history.
In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277,000 for prostate cancer research.
In 2014, all funds raised went to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the UK, USA and Australia, with a relevant men’s health charity for Asia to be advised.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has teamed up with that most iconic and dapper of motorcycle companies, Triumph, to help add some highbrow horsepower to the event and twist the throttle towards the end of prostate cancer.
With 258 rides across 57 countries we are aiming to raise $1,511,401 for helping to find a cure for Prostate Cancer in 2014.