Journal: Here’s why you should get excited for the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Here’s why you should get excited for the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Avatar By Peter Aylward
September 20, 2016
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Photography by Peter Aylward 

With a community spirit at the centre of everything organizers do, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to be held this weekend is an event that really does bring the world together. Now in its fifth year, the ride consists of  tens of thousands of participants spread across multiple cities in 79 countries, each completing a ride on the same day.

The charity-driven event almost seems like a flash mob at the start, with the London ride attracting more than 1,200 riders and close to £100,000 for worthy causes unique to the area—each part of the world supports different charities.

In years’ past, the sense of occasion and high spirits enjoyed by all participants was almost Goodwood Revival-esque, in that people dressed, for the most part, in period clothing to match the bikes they rode.

For me, what really set it apart was when the bikes took to the road, the vintage-inspired machines  with dapper ladies and gents riding en masse through many of London’s classic architectural streets; quite the visual treat.

I hope the ride stays the way it is, without the closed roads and crowd control that so many events these days have. With more than $2 million already raised this year, let’s dig deep and help them on their way to the $5M target—and be ready to see some distinguished riders this coming weekend.

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H/T to gentlemansride.com

 

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Wes Flack
Wes Flack

Looks fun.
Also fun to cast the Sith cynical eye on it.
Perhaps the event and the critics actually need each other.

Vic
Vic

Seeing dudes wearing suits while riding is delightfully weird. Reminds me of the album cover to Kiss’ ‘Dressed to Kill’.
Yeah, I dropped a Kiss reference on petrolicious. Drive tastefully, indeed.

And seriously, everyone get off Guitar Slinger’s lawn!

Jack White
Jack White

What does it matter if they’re buying into a style? Last I checked no-one makes their clothes themselves, not all cars/bikes are home-made because not everyone has time for that, if you think it’s cool then that’s all that matters. I wasn’t born when any of the bikes used at these events were available in the shops, so guess what… yep I HAVE to buy one, oh no I’m a hipster, what a tragedy, why don’t I go and enjoy whats available to me? Hold up… classic bikes are available to me, so yeah I’ll enjoy those. Why are you… Read more »

Patrick Peters
Patrick Peters

Have a good one this sunday Jack!

JAlfa
JAlfa

Show us that 10\% derivation Slinger. Until then…. shat app!!!! There are always a bunch of dumbasses in every group (case in point Guitar Slinger on this discussion board) so don’t judge a group based on a few losers… It’s a fun event for a good cause…

Dale Shin
Dale Shin

For the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Los Angeles, might as well call them Toecutter’s Gang – no regard for the law or other motorists when they ride through.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

That pretty much sums up every so called .. Distinguished [ of which they are anything but ] ….. Gentleman’s [ an oxymoron when it comes to those involved ] … Ride [ which in fact is more an excuse for irresponsible pre-adolescent substance addled hooning rather than anything even remotely resembling ‘ riding ‘ ] Or in my own words … yet another Suburban Urban Wanna Be Metro Sexual Hipster event .. costumes , checkbook / credit card customs and all … loaded to the hilt with more pretense than substance all in the vain pursuit of adding significance… Read more »

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Oh … and of that £100,000 raised … less than ten percent of it found its way into the hands of the charities it was intended for . And that goes for every other DGR across the globe as well !

Jack White
Jack White

“costumes” yeah I’d agree with you there, since it’s the required attire for the event, much in the same way that it is expected that you wear vintage clothes when attending Goodwood Revival. Does that make everyone that goes to the revival a wannabe and a hipster? No that’s what makes the event what it is, cleverclogs.