Has anyone ever referenced you with the phrase “sartorial splendor?” Do you don a smoking jacket when it is 80 degrees outside, and you haven’t smoked since that time behind Bob’s Footlongs? Does your formal wardrobe require a closet the size of Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe palace? (That’s a Sex and the City reference for those who aren’t culturally sound.)
If any of the above sounds like you, then Gildshire has found your next motorcycling event. It’s a jolly jaunt on a motorbike taken each year for a good cause. Registration just opened for this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which takes place Sunday, September 30. It is a worldwide get-together which routinely involves upwards of 100,000 bikers riding in almost 100 countries. Why do they do this? They come together to shine a light on men’s health issues.
But, this is no run-of-the-mill bikers rally. These fellows put on their finest bib and tucker, tooling about in tweed and houndstooth, to name just a couple of the fabrics that will be on display. Dapper dressers will jump on classically-styled bikes to help raise cash on behalf of The Movember Foundation, a multinational charity that exists to raise money for men’s health. Rides will take place all over the world, and the money raised will be announced after the rides are over.
The first Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride took place in 2012, and a total of almost $12 million has been raised, with a goal of $6 million more. The event has been a smashing success, but the atmosphere took a dark turn in 2016 when one of the event hosts lost his life as the result of depression. Since then, the event refocused its efforts to include support for men’s mental health charities.
For more information, or to register and/or donate, visit the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride website to find out the methods of entry and the prizes involved. Some of the prizes are handed out randomly, while others are given as a result of exceptional fund-raising. It’s a good time for a good cause on your snorting steed. What can be better than that? Besides, Gildshire thinks you look really sharp in that camel hair coat.