Last Sunday saw mildly organised chaos in the capital as the 2015 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride took over the streets, with the riders all dressed in their Sunday best in the name of raising awareness and money for prostate cancer research.
Now in its third year, the DGR is a fun event with a serious objective. It’s an international affair, with 64 cities worldwide getting involved. Events are held all over the participating countries, and the UK alone raised a total of £226,165.24. With a global total of 36,915 riders taking part, so far having raised a massive $2,253,652 (US), it’s grown at an astonishing rate from a ride that just three years ago had only 2500 participants.
It’s all based around a vintage vibe, with the motorcycles featured being predominantly classic or retro. There are even that youthful lot lurking around too, the bearded trendy types with the café racers and bobbers.
Having events that engage with the youthful hopefuls and challenge the perceptions of the safety-driven naysayers is essential to the future growth of the motorcycle industry and the image that riding a bike presents. It’s refreshing to see in an age where riding a motorbike has become increasingly difficult to obtain a licence, especially to the younger generations, finding a way into the biking community through the aspirations of owning a classically cool machine that wont go out of style.
It’s refreshing to see events like the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride becoming as big as it has done, not just for the benefit that it promotes in advancing ever essential cancer research, but also because it also engages so many people in the essence of the friendly spirit that has always been so predominant within the motorcycling community.
The ride has, on the whole, has been a massive success, not just in London but also globally. Raising such a large amount from an event that is only a few years old is, quite frankly, astonishing and it goes to show that there is an ever-increasing amount of clout behind the niche retro movement that has become so popular recently.
There is still time to donate to the cause, visit http://www.gentlemansride.com/ to find out more.