September 23, 2016 @ 05:37 PM

Get ready to suit up and ride on for a good cause

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride conquers the streets this 25 September.

Men on motorcycles. The stereotype is oft negative with this one but that was precisely the cliché that Mark Hawwa of Sydney, Australia wanted to dispel when he founded The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in 2012; inspired by none other than a shot of the spiffiest of fictional characters astride a classic motorcycle, Mad Men’s Don Draper.

Hawwa decided that a themed ride would be a great way to quell the damaging stereotype and bring the niche motorcycling communities together.

The first ride was held across 64 cities and brought 2500 riders out dressed to the nines and the rest is eloquently-attired history. With the numbers growing each year since then, Hawwa was encouraged to turn the ride into something that could support a worthy cause and fundraising has been a huge success due to the ride since.

“We are just blown away by the traction and the enormous support over the past four years. It’s fantastic to see so many different countries and cultures uniting together, together the much-needed support toward global prostate cancer research and suicide prevention programs. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride truly is a reflection of the thousands of people involved in the event, we simply wouldn’t be where we are today without them. Along with the synergy and genuine support from world class brands such as Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches, and with passionate organisations such as Movember, together we will do everything that we can to support the cause and cover the globe with incredibly well dressed gentleman and genteel lady folk,” said Hawwa.

This Sunday, 25 September 2016, the streets will once again take on a nostalgic twist with finely dressed gentlefolk upon their classic and vintage style motorcycles, riding for their support of men’s health.

Last year, the ride raised over 2.3 million US Dollars and attracted more than 37,000 riders across 410 cities in 79 countries. This year, the ride has so far roped in 50,000 riders that will don their dapper suits and take a ride on their motorcycles in over 500 cities spanning 90 countries in a bid to raise 5.0 million US Dollars for prostate cancer research and suicidal prevention programmes by the Movember Foundation.

Supporting the ride this year will be Triumph Motorcycles, the iconic British motorcycle manufacturer, who will donate a classic style motorcycle to be presented to a lucky rider. Swiss luxury watchmakers Zenith Watches will also make sure riders arrive in style and on time with a few of their timepieces to be presented to some of the best fundraisers globally.

Furthermore, each of the top 100 fundraisers globally will receive an exclusive handcrafted Hedon Helmet featuring a unique design developed for the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

Malaysians will get the opportunity to mount their motorcycles and play a part in the cause as well with a Penang edition of the ride, jointly organized by Riders Garage and Rotten Motocycles with support from Art of Speed Malaysia.

The convoy will see the dapper riders ride around the UNESCO Heritage City of Georgetown from morning to afternoon and flags off from Hin Bus Depot with stops at heritage buildings for photo opportunities before the final stop at Gurney Paragon for refreshments and the awards presentation.

For more information, visit www.gentlemansride.com and if you’re in Georgetown this Sunday, be sure to catch the sharpest things on two wheels since Barry Sheene in the 1970s.

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