Distinguished Gentleman's Ride less than a month away

Local ride locations for charity ride announced

THE Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) charity rideout is now less than a month away.

The DGR, founded in 2012, was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike 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.

The first rideout brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the organisers to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause - in 2013, over 11,000 riders in 145 cities around the world raised over £170,000 for prostate cancer research.

For 2014, over 20,000 riders from 220 cities are expected to turn up with a hope of raising $1 million (£613,000), which will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the UK, USA and Australia, with a relevant men’s health charity for Asia to be advised.

So what do you have to do? In their own words, the DGR is ‘a celebration of the art of being dapper and the style of classic custom motorcycles.’ Think monocles and moustaches, tailored suits and tweed.

What can you ride? They say ‘Café Racers, Bobbers, Classic, Flat Trackers, Scramblers and quirky, indefinable two-wheeled machines.’

Entry is free with an emphasis on the charitable nature of the event, to raise money to help find a cure for prostate cancer and raise the profile of men’s health.

The 2014 DGR will take place on Sunday, 28 September, in 56 different countries from a number of locations. DGR has released an official video of last year's rideout in Sydney to whet your appetite.

Keen to take part? Find a ride in your local city.

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