Cape Town – The rallying cry this year is “Join the Gentry” and that really is what the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on Sunday 25 September is all about.
Founded in Sydney, Australia in 2012 by Mark Hawwa as a way to bring together café-racer and classic motorcycle enthusiasts and obviate the often-negative biker stereotype, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride became a global movement in its first year, with more than 2500 riders taking part in 64 cities, all formally dressed and neatly groomed.
In 2013 Hawwa decided to put that momentum to use for a good cause, asking riders to solicit sponsorship for their participation in the ride – and 11 000 dapper gentlemen and ladies raised $277 000 (then R2.7 million) for prostate cancer research.
The 2014 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, with more than 20 000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries (including four in South Africa) realised more than $1.5 million (then R16.6 million), and in 2015 more than 37 000 neatly groomed motorcyclists in 410 cities across 79 countries raised an astonishing $2.3 million (R31 million).
Celebrate elegance on two wheels