HOW IT ALL STARTED
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 by Mark Hawwa in Sydney, Australia, after being 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, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together. That first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities, with the success of the event encouraging Mark to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
The Movember Foundation is the official charity partner of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Both organisations share one simple common goal: giving more life to our fathers, sons, brothers and friends. Funds raised by the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride will be invested by the Movember Foundation in local prostate cancer research and mental health and suicide prevention projects.
BEAUTIFUL BIKES OF DGR
With The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride being the stunningly visual event that it is, we find ourselves with an overflow of alluring bikes, from even more charming cities. With such a respository of ingenious motorcycle inspiration, we don't know what else to do other than to share it for all to see!
This will serve as Part 1 of The Beautiful Bikes of DGR, where we will share with you some of our favourite selections.
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Support for The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride varies wildly across the world, riders who are inspired by the cause come up with whacky ways to boost their own fundraising, and for fundraising within their city. This year, a particularly peculiar prize was introduced by New York's own, Jason Hodrinsky
This year, Jason was determined to bring something new to boost fundraising in New York, and to combine his passion for building motorcycles with fundraising to support the men in the world like his father, and their families.
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