Calling distinguished gentlemen!

The 2022 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on Sunday, May 22 is focused on bringing people together, encouraging folks to connect with their fellow gentlefolk and ride together.

Distinguished indeed. Picture: Nick Harvey Photography

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride unites classic and vintage style motorcycle riders all over the world to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. It was founded in Sydney, Australia in 2012 by Mark Hawwa. After inspiration from a photograph featuring classic suits and vintage motorcycles, Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of motorcyclists and connect the global motorcycling community and to raise funds for a cause important to every rider.

Community and social connections are vital for mental health, so this year will look to bring its global community together in more than 700 cities and 100 countries in celebration of style, motorcycles and men’s health. Together with Movember, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is dedicated to bringing communities together to raise awareness of prostate cancer and helping folks around the world make stronger and more meaningful connections. 

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With more than 50 rides in the UK and with hundreds of riders impeccably dressed in style, this event is set to be a real spectacle! 

One thousand dapper motorcyclists will be journeying through London on Sunday, and people are encouraged to go along and line the streets to show support and raise funds for men’s health. 

Founder of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Mark Hawwa, says: “2022 marks an amazing year for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. It marks the first year of a new decade for us, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by announcing a further five years with both Triumph and Movember. These partnerships allow us to continue to raise awareness and funds and implement them into life-changing projects and research in mental health and prostate cancer. 

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“The event this year is looking to bring this wonderful community together again, and in full force. We’ve heard from our riders, they want to connect, and feel connected. So this year, we have worked to ensure we have more rides operating around the world, so that we can celebrate this new decade of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on Sunday, May 22, 2022. 

“If this year couldn’t get more exciting, we have been proud to receive the 1959 Legends custom collaboration between our global partner, Triumph Motorcycles, and iconic guitar company, Gibson, to use as prizes during the 2022 campaign. We are entering 2022 with the hopes of it being our biggest year yet, with distinguished gentlefolk around the world riding together for men’s health.”

The DGR has taken many shapes over the last two years, so in 2022, the campaign looks to bring the focus back to group riding, while reminding people of the importance of maintaining quality well-being and educating its participants about the important facts of prostate cancer.

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Michelle Terry, CEO of Movember, said: “Over the last decade, we have watched The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride grow from strength to strength and Movember has been privileged to be the event’s official charity partner since 2016.

“This year, as we celebrate the continuation of our partnership with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for another five years, we’re excited about being able to ride together once again and re-establish social connections that may have drifted during lockdowns.

“Movember is working towards a world where men of all ages understand what mental health is, what they need to do to manage their well-being and feel comfortable asking for support when they need it. The support of our DGR community will help us to further develop digital tools such as Movember Conversations and Movember’s Family Man, which help support men during key stages of their lives.

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“Our Global Cancer Real World Evidence Network will fast track efforts to improve the treatment and care of men living with prostate cancer, which, in turn, enables them to enjoy healthier, happier, longer lives.”

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