Friday, August 22, 2014

The Distinguished Gentleman' Ride - Motorcycles For Men's Health

When fundraising and awareness efforts combine a great cause with a unique method is a win for all involved. At GMM here we are always looking for charitable events that are by and/or for men - and when the two are combined - when it is a man-friendly event for a men's cause, well it gets the GMM seal of approval, for what that's worth. At the end of the month I will be participating in an event that is all about Greater Milwaukee Men -  The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, an international motorcycle ride for Classics, café racers, bobbers, trackers, customs, modern classics, classic scooters & undefinable 2/3 wheeled machines to raise awareness and finds for prostate cancer on September 28. The Milwaukee ride details are here, and there is a Facebook page.

On the surface that's two tings going for this event - motorcycles, and prostate cancer - but it ups the ante by making it a unique ride. Participants in the ride are called on to dress up - be dapper - on their bikes (vintage preferred).


The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride was founded in 2012. Inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit, It was decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles. That first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the organizers to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause. And the rest, as they say, is stylishly-attired history.

In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277,000 for prostate cancer research. In 2014, all funds raised will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the UK, USA and Australia, with a relevant men’s health charity for Asia to be advised.

In 2014, DGR expects over 20,000 smartly-dressed gentlefolk in over 220 cities to straddle the saddle in the name of men’s health.

The Milwaukee Ride starts 9/28 at 9:00am at Fuel Café - 818 East Center St. Milwaukee. I welcome and encourage all Milwaukee riders to join me, if you aren't a rider consider sponsoring my ride here.

This post was from 2014, 2015 details to follow, in the mean time check in at the Facebook event for the 2015 ride here.