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The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2014

Ladies and gentlemen of the world, it's time to get smart, suit up, and ride prostate cancer out of town
Ladies and gentlemen of the world, it's time to get smart, suit up, and ride prostate cancer out of town
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by Hayley McCrystal

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2014 is breaking the stereotype of your average biker and raising money at the same time. So break out your suits and monocles, it's time to ride like gents

For years there has been a stereotype surrounding the motorcycling community, mainly based on the Hell's Angel-esque, tattooed male who lives, if not outside the law, at the very least, riding on a thin line. On 28 September, The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride will seek to destroy, or at least politely discourage, this misconception whilst raising money for prostate cancer research and awareness.

Over 250 cities around the world will see thousands of 'distinguished gentlemen' and genteel lady folk take to the streets to give a two wheel salute to prostate cancer. The international event was started by the Sydney Café Racers two years ago. A picture of Mad Men's Don Draper inspired SCR founder Mark Hawwa to think about a suit ride in Perth, Australia, which later evolved into the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.

Hawwa told Triumph magazine, Spirit, "I wanted to bring together the global café racer and customs scene with some important criteria - dress like a gent, wear open face lids so we can smile at each other politely and ride a bike with appropriate character. Strict criteria apply. They had to be cafe racers, bobbers, classics, retro and old school charm, with clothes to match." Sounds jolly good to us.

Triumph motorcycles has teamed up with the event and have declared their pride in playing their part in "accelerating the global growth of such a fantastic initiative".

The following UK cities will be hosting a Distinguished Gentleman's Ride event, all on 28 September:

  • London UK
  • Sheffield UK
  • Suffolk UK
  • Sussex UK
  • Taunton UK
  • Oxford UK

To find out more information on the ride, visit the official site and register your email to stay updated. Ride forth gentlefolk!

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