One of the world’s most well-known charity rides will continue for 2020, but with new rules to accommodate social distancing.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) is going ahead on September 27, 2020, but this year, it’s not going to be a collection of group rides. Instead, organizers say they want participants to “Ride Solo Together.” You’ll ride your bike by yourself, or with a pillion, but there won’t be organized meet-ups, with participants all joining together to raise funds, soliciting donations through the event. Instead, it will all be coordinated by the Power Of The Internet!
“The 2020 ride will be a solo event to comply with all local social distancing restrictions and will take an adjusted format to connect every rider to the cause from around the world no matter their social distancing regulations,” reads the DGR’s website. “We are maintaining a consistent global message that there will be no mass-participation event, but just because we’re not riding in groups doesn’t mean we’re not dressing dapper and riding! … We will be riding on the same day and for the same cause, but it will be solo. Socially distanced, but globally connected.”
It’s a big change for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and probably not what organizers hoped for this year. However, they obviously are doing their best to keep the fundraising going in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since 2012, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has raised money for men’s health causes through group rides. Riders who attend are supposed to dress up in snappy outfits, leaning towards a Great Gatsby look, and riding old-school bikes. As per the website, “In keeping with the classic lines of vintage-inspired motorcycles, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a niche charity event that focusses on classically designed motorcycles, and dapper gentlefolk riding their bikes through the heart of their cities. These bikes strictly include Café Racer’s, Bobber’s, Classic’s, Tracker’s, Scrambler’s, Old School Chopper’s, Modern Classic’s, Sidecar’s, Classic Scooter’s, and Brat Styled motorcycles.”
Men’s health charity Movember is the DGR’s partner again this year. Since 2012, Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride organizers say they’ve raised $24.5 million for charities, with the help of 316,000 classic and vintage bike riders, from 104 countries.
The top three fundraisers for the 2020 DGR will all win a new motorcycle from Triumph, and there’s also a new Triumph for the winner of the Gentlefolk competition. More details on that, and other prizes (Hedon helmets, Belstaff gear, and more), at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride website here. Details on how the fundraising works, and other questions, are here.