In a bid to create awareness and raise funds to combat prostate cancer, the Triumph ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’ took place on September 30. In India, more than 1500 gentlefolk took part in the DGR 2018. The funds raised through the ride will be given to Movember Foundation, a men’s health organisation, for its research in prostate cancer and other men’s mental health programmes. Triumph Motorcycles recognises the leading fund raisers and awards them with prizes like a brand new Triumph Bonneville motorcycle and other goodies like riding jackets and watches for their contribution. More than 120,000 riders took part in the event internationally this year. In India, more than 2,000 riders took part in the previous edition of DGR.
Here is the full text of the press release from Triumph:
Over 1500 Triumph Motorcycle owners across cities during early morning hours of Sunday-30th September donned their cravats, straightened their ties, pressed their tweed, and sat astride their favourite classic styled motorcycle to celebrate the 5th edition of Triumph Distinguished Gentlemen’s ride. These Triumph riders were riding to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and men’s mental health.
Leading the ride from Mumbai- Mr. Shoeb Farooq, General Manager Triumph Motorcycles India said- “Prostate cancer affects many around the world. By supporting this prestigious annual ride event, we raise awareness and funds for research to save million lives across the globe. We are delighted to be able to support and participate in such an extraordinary and wonderful event, for such a powerful cause for good. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a brilliant initiative which not only successfully establishes and strengthens the bond amongst fellow motorcyclists but also is aimed at promoting a noble cause.”
Triumph has the largest classic range comprising of 7 classic motorcycles that took part in the ride. Motorcycles such as the Bonneville series, Street Twin, T100, T120, Bobber, Street Scrambler, Speedmaster and the Thruxton R.
Dressing up for the event is an integral part of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Various titles were up for grabs amongst two-wheeler enthusiasts. Riders took part were awarded Most Distinguished Motorcycle, Most Distinguished Couple, Most Distinguished Gentleman, Most Distinguished Lady, Most Distinguished Moustache, Most Distinguished Beard, and Most Distinguished Junior.
The funds raised will support prostate cancer research and mental health programmes on behalf of The Movember Foundation, who are the world’s largest men’s health organisation.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting the global motorcycling community.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause, leading to the biggest global ride outs to date last year with more than 94,000 riders in 92 countries raising $4.85m for charitable causes.
HOW IS TRIUMPH INVOLVED?
Triumph provides the main prizes for the leading fundraisers with the top 3 choosing from one of Triumphs iconic Bonneville line-up. In addition to this rider can sign-up to join the Triumph DGR riders group or the Bonneville Spirit of ’59 riders group on the DGR website, where the top 5 in each will win a full dapper riding outfit, including a Digby Tweed Jacket and leather weekend bag.
Aside from supporting the ride through engaging with the global community of Triumph modern classic fans and riders, a series of ambassadors including Triumph’s very own adventurer Charley Boorman, helping DGR to grow even more. The DGR Digby Riding Jacket, and a special edition T-Shirt and Sticker kit are also available from Triumph dealers, where every item purchased results in a donation being made to the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, adding to the momentum of gentlemanly giving.