The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – DGR


For those who slept since 2013, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a worldwide ride to raise money for the prostate cancer research.

A brief history of the DGR:

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together.

That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.

My friend Domice, take care of organizing the DGR in my home town of Lyon, and I gave him an help until 2016. Then he left the organization to a few younger wolves as we were already quite busy with all our other activities…

This year was a bit special for me as someone in my family was touched by this f@#%ing cancer. Hopefully treated on time , but… This great initiative, the DGR, is worth it if everybody is trying to make an effort and donate for the cause…. with the means you have, every €, $, £… is helpful! This is not only a dapper ride between friends and gentleman.

I’m not usually doing that kind of stuff, but unfortunately some of us may have or know someone who will have this cancer. It’s still time to donate! Just go to the DGR website and “sponsor” someone you know in your city, or simply donate to the cause.  Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Here are some pics of the DGR in my hometown Lyon. Thanks Frédéric Duperray for the pics and Kargo Kulte for the organization!


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

3 October 2018 at 20 h 26 min

Smart move. I”m so sick of registration fees or charges to join a ride, so I continue to ride alone. Along the same lines, I looked into joining the DGR last year but came up against the same issue. If you don”t register and send money, you aren”t invited. I wrote to the organisers: “Y’ know, the restricting of ride information to participants is understandable I see your point. But don’t you think that exclusion (and the fundraising hard-sell) exacerbates the mental health malady that DGR purports to be addressing? Others” experience of these types of events/movements may not be of welcome but of inaccessibility or exclusion. When being terrified of exposing oneself, it takes courage to come along, even then only to hide in the background. But that opportunity to at least try to connect is taken away. So the isolation continues, along with the sense that these events are more about the promotion and feel-good of the organisers. Plus the in-crowd get to have a good time and a warm fuzzy vibe without having to deal directly with the issue they”re supposedly combating. Please don’t leave behind those you’re apparently doing this for.

sebastien gerodiasreply
5 October 2018 at 17 h 12 min
– In reply to: raja

Hello Raja, it’s not a question of exclusion. I don’t know where you’re living. In my home town, nobody is exclude if they do not donate to the foundation. But this ride, I mean this particular ride, is for this cause. And coming to ride only because you want to be “in” (not talking about you in particular, just general purpose), as a sunday ride, is not the right motivation to me. There are plenty occasion to go riding with friends. This occasion is to try to raise money for the cause. Of couse, with the possibilities of each of us… But nobody must be exclude, in my opinion. Just that everybody must have the conscience of the cause and the reason of this ride… Thanks and take care.

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