It might seem early to be registering for the 10th annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, but the event has been moved forward from September to May from this year.
The ninth annual event went virtual in 2020 because of the pandemic, resulting in the number of participants and fundraising for the Movember Foundation being halved.
Now the men’s health charity event is permanently moving to May from this year.
Organisers hope the shift to May for the northern hemisphere riding season will better suit riders and increase fund-raising opportunities.
“We know how important it is to physically connect with our community,” the organisers said.
I’ve been to DGRs in various cities both here in Australia and overseas, and of course, the weather can be unpredictable.
While you can ride any time of the year in my home state of Queensland, DGR participants might prefer the more tweed-oriented cooler temps.
Since 2012, the event has connected hundreds-of-thousands of classic and vintage style motorcyclists from more than 100 countries and raised $US27.45m for men’s health.
Organisers hope to crash through the $US30m barrier this year.
Ride founder Mark Hawwa of Sydney says the ride will vary according to pandemic restrictions in each country with some being virtual as they were last year.
Fund-raising incentive prices are:
- Four new Triumph motorcycles, one of which will be a unique DGR-branded custom for the winner of the 2021 Gentlefolk Competition;
- Custom top-50 fundraiser Hedon helmets with a 10th year anniversary design;
- Up 10 Hedonist helmets custom-painted by 10 renowned artists and auctioned off during the campaign;
- Belstaff classic motorcycle outfits for top fundraiser and sprint prizes for event fundraisers; and
- ELF lubricants prizes.