Riding for a good cause - The DGR 2018
On Sunday the 30th September 113,387 registered riders worldwide took part in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. The Ride aims to raise money for a number of charities with regard to men's physical and mental health, namely the Movember Foundation. Now in its sixth year the ride is a chance for riders everywhere to get dressed up in their finery, largely tweed, and head out through their local city, ending usually in an after-party.
This year the tweed processions have so far raised over £4.5 million, more than meeting the original target. The biggest fund raisers are treated to various prizes all the way from new bikes from Triumph and Royal Enfield to new threads from Rev It and watches from Zenith.
The biggest fund raising nation this year was the US, with the UK close behind, between them the two sides of the special relationship managed to cough up £2 million of the 4.5 raised. London was the biggest single fund raising city, with New York in second. The London DGR has grown so big that it had to be capped to 1,000 riders this year.
London's own Bike Shed are the primary organisers for the DGR down there and have been supporting the cause since it began in 2012. Hopefully the world's best dressed motorcycle ride can raise even more for those with mental and physical health issues next year, the DGR has already raised a total of £10 in its six years.
Images acquired via DGR and are from the 2017 Gentleman’s Ride in San Francisco, taken by the extremely talented Speedy Donahue.