The Distinguished Gentlemans Ride
29 September 2019
Dapper dallies in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Pietermaritzburg
Pics: Meghan McCabe
The Distinguished Gentlemans Ride is again taking place on the last Sunday of September with 1000s of people in South Africa expected to don their best dapper-wear and mount their retro, classic or vintage steeds to ride for charity. And not just South Africa, but people all over the world are expected to do dapper.
The DGR started in Sydney, Australia in 2012 when a group of men decided that a themed ride would be a great way to raise awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health. Of course, it was fun and glorious and joyous and, essentially, successful. The ride grew to international statuts, and last year saw 114,000 riders in 648 cities and 102 countries take to their waistcoats and bowties. While the mass exodus of swag took full form, $6.2 million were raised.
This year, the goal is to breach the magic $7 million mark.
In South Africa, there will be rides in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, East London and Port Elizabeth Riders are required to first register at www.gentlemansride.com plus make a minimum of $10 donation, and will then be given the details of the start venue for their area. Registrations will not be done at the start venue, like in previous years. From the start venue, there will again be a mass ride, a photo point half way through and an end venue.
The only bikes that are eligible are classics, vintage and retros, and all participants are required to dress up in their best debonair dapper – bowties, waistcoats, suits, the works.
The event is again globally supported by Triumph Motorcycles, and Triumph South Africa will again be putting their support behind the local event. Once registered for DGR, they ask that you join the Triumph South Africa Team. You can do so here: www.gentlemansride.com/join/TriumphMotorcyclesSouthAfrica