Classic bikes and tailored suits
As we neared the end of a summer full of weekday bike nights and gatherings, there was one last event to end the season off right—The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. This isn’t your ordinary ride. The event takes place across all countries to help raise funds and spread awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health. Riders pull out their grandfather’s tweed suits, wax up their mustaches, oil up their beards, and hop on their vintage motorcycles the second-to-last Sunday in September for a good cause.
Planning for the Pittsburgh ride starts early in the year with the help of the ride host and team for the 6th annual ride. These dedicated volunteers work to make sure all goes well on the ride. The first Pittsburgh ride was a whopping total of two determined riders who pushed on in the pouring down rain. Since then the ride has continued to grow in size to one hundred registered riders and passengers. All riders and ages are welcome, with some in attendance being proud survivors themselves. Everything gets started in a neutral area in Pittsburgh and travels through surrounding areas stopping several times along the way.
For 2017, the gentlefolk riders of Pittsburgh pulled together just shy of $9,300 in donations. The ninety countries that participate together have a goal of five million that’s distributed by the Movember Foundation into three major categories: prostate cancer biomedical research, treatment and care for men with prostate cancer, and the mental health and suicide prevention project. This year the 93,293 riders across the world have raised over 4.6 million for the cause.
The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride would not be possible without the help and support of Movember Foundation, Triumph Motorcycles, Zenith Watches, Hedon Helmets, and all the gentlefolk who participate.