The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride takes place this Sunday, the 22nd of May 2022. Being a partner of the Triumph Motorcycle Company, the rideout commences from Dublin Triumph at 11.30am where the team will have refreshments on and always offer a friendly welcome to all brands of motorcycle and their riders.
The concept for the ride was first muted by a Sydney based rider way back in 2008. The idea then was simply to dress ‘Dapper’ and ride a bike with some like minded individuals around the centre of the city. The Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride allowed riders of some pretty cool machinery to link up, ride together and raise both money and awareness of some of the things that the men in our lives need.
After a few years of this the event was adopted in a number of different cities. By 2012 the DGR was taking place in no fewer than 64 cities across the world with a little over 3,000 riders taking part. At this point the rideouts had gained quite a lot of attention. As a result the team joined forces with the Aussie prostate cancer foundation. All of a sudden the numbers jumped with 11,000 riders taking part in 145 cities across the globe the following year. Not only that, but they also raised €400,000!
By the following year the run was supporting prostate cancer charities across the planet. The numbers went up with 20,000 riders taking part in over 250 cities globally. So did the funds raised with over €2 million in the bank as far back as 2014. Since then the event has continued to grow. With a record of a staggering 116,000 riders taking part in over 2,500 cities and more than €29 million raised to date.
As the event has evolved the team have partnered with Movember, of moustache growing fame. This allows the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride to better distribute the funds raised to a host of worthy causes. These include prostate cancer clinical research in addition to health services for the same condition. Now there is also a dedicated investment in mens mental health services and suicide prevention programs. Quite importantly, the team at Movember also make sure that the funds raised locally are used locally.
Here in Ireland, the event has taken hold with events in Clonmel, Cork, Donegal, Drogheda, Tullamore as well as Dublin. This year there are over 400 riders registered to take part around the country. Since 2014 the event has partnered with Triumph Motorcycles globally and as such the dealership in Dublin is hosting the biggest event in Ireland again this year.
Ladies on bikes are more than welcome to attend as are riders of other brands and types of motorcycle. Donations are not mandatory. However, you are very much encouraged to drop a few Euro off at the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride website. There are some pretty cool prizes up for grabs when you do! Meanwhile the store opens at 10am for coffee and breakfast bites and the ride commences at 11.30. Dress dapper and we’ll see you there!