The dapper bikers raising funds for Movember

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, now in its sixth year, supports prostate cancer research projects and work on mental health

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Buenos Aires in 2016
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Buenos Aires in 2016 | Image: Robert Oliva

In 2012, after seeing a picture of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike, Australian motorbike fanatic Mark Hawwa created a themed ride to redress the often-negative stereotype of bikers by encouraging them to wear their most dapper vintage attire. It brought together over 2,500 riders in 64 cities and inspired Hawwa to raise money for charity. Now in its sixth year, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is free to enter, but riders are encouraged to raise funds, with a competitive leaderboard online and the opportunity to win prizes such as a Triumph motorcycle and Zenith watch. The event has raised more than $8m for men’s health charity Movember Foundation, with proceeds contributing to its prostate cancer research projects and work on mental health and suicide prevention. This year’s ride will take place on September 24 in 95 countries across 600 cities. Over 70,000 riders will partake, accompanied by their classic bikes.

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