RIDING DAPPER FOR A CAUSE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN'S RIDE
On Sunday May 23 2021, over 340,000 distinguished gentlefolk in over 700 cities (107 countries) and 340,000 participants worldwide donned their cravats, tustle their ties, press their tweed, and sit astride their classic and vintage styled motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and men's mental health.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark 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 in 2012 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
The Wollongong ride commenced in 2017 and is now touted as one of the world's greatest
(Currently 3rd prior to this years event, hoping to go back to 2nd)
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