DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE
14th June 2022
A RECORD BREAKING EVENT FOR THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE 2022
On May 22nd 2022, after two years of social distancing and solo riding, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride took place worldwide in its pre-covid format, breaking all previous editions’ fundraising records.
On Sunday 5th June, when the fundraising closed, a new fundraising record for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was established: 93,456 riders in 802 cities, spread across 104 countries, dressed dapper and rode their classic motorcycles raising close to 6M USD to support prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.
Compared to the last pre-covid edition, in 2019, the DGR 2022 have raised 4% more whilst, compared to last year’s event, the fundraising figure is 47% higher.
Since its first edition in 2012, the event has gathered more than 400,000 riders of classic and vintage styled motorcycles from 114 countries around the world and raised more than $37 million USD for men’s health.
Triumph have been proudly supporting The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for the last nine editions and for 2022 Triumph and Gibson Guitars have joined forces to provide the incredible prizes, among which a one-off T120 Gibson edition that will be assigned to the highest fundraiser, together with a Triumph-customized 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue.
Next year’s edition will mark the 10th anniversary of Triumph supporting The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as main partner and sponsor and for the occasion Triumph and DGR fans will have something stunning coming their way.
Mark Hawwa – DGR Founder “What an incredible return to group riding! There really is nothing better than seeing the tens-of-thousands of gentlefolk smiling and waving their way through city streets, in support of prostate cancer research and men's mental health. It's something we have missed dearly over the last two years. Our community returned with vigour this year with the top 3 global fundraisers raising more than any previous year, which we have been proud to reward with the support of our global partner, Triumph Motorcycles. The next year will be one to watch, as we celebrate 10 years together with Triumph Motorcycles in spectacularly sartorial style!”
Paul Stroud – Triumph Chief Commercial Officer: “It is such an honour to be supporting The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and contribute towards this year’s incredible result, supporting prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. Next year will mark Triumph’s 10th anniversary as DGR main sponsor and we are working on something incredibly special to celebrate that milestone.”
WHAT IS THE DGR?
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride creates themed rideouts across the Globe to raise awareness and funds for male charitable causes. Founder Mark Hawwa hit upon the inspiration for the 'dressing dapper' theme in 2012, when he saw a photo of Don Draper from TV show Mad Men sitting on a classic bike whilst wearing a suit. Triumph decided that the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride captures everything to be celebrated about motorcycling, and has supported the event for a number of years, seeing DGR grow to a global event in the process.
TRIUMPH & GIBSON
Triumph Motorcycles & Gibson create a one-of-a-kind custom guitar and motorcycle for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Together, these will be offered as the highest fundraiser reward for the 2022 ride.
WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE?
Since its inception The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has spread to more countries, cities and towns each year. In 2021, more than 65,000 distinguished gentlefolk took to their classic and vintage motorcycles and Rode Solo Together in over 2000 locations across the globe.
JOINING THE TRIUMPH TEAM
The 'Triumph DGR Riding Group' is for any Triumph modern classic rider to enter and the top five fundraisers in each of these teams will win a high-value clothing prize from Triumph.
There are several ways you can join the 'Triumph DGR Riding Group' and ‘Ride Solo Together’;
1. When people first register and go to their Ride Dashboard a main section on that page shows them the key links to join one of the Featured Teams.
2. In the main 'About DGR' drop down menu riders can select 'featured teams' which takes them to a section on the leading teams with a link to join.
3. When a rider is on their dashboard page they can choose to 'create/join a team' link, which takes them to a section where they can create their own team or search for one to join.
Funds raised by The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride are invested into prostate cancer and men’s mental health initiatives all around the world. Explore the projects in more detail on the DGR website.
Don’t worry if you can’t ride on the day. From Lahore to London and onto Los Angeles, you can get updates and images of Triumph riders taking part across globe via the official Triumph social media channels.