Distinguished Gents take to the streets on classic motorcycles for men’s health

Distinguished Gents take to the streets on classic motorcycles for men’s health

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Almost 100 classic motorcycles, with riders in dapper attire, roared through Ottawa streets Sunday in the ninth annual “Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.”

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Ottawa is one of almost 30 Canadian cities taking part in the worldwide event raising money and awareness for men’s health charity Movember.

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As of about noon, the DGR online tote board showed 94 registered riders had already raised more than $21,000. The original goal was $500,

Organizers estimated more than 1,300 were expected to participate across Canada Sunday, while “over 90,000 gentlefolk and motorcycle community members from over 100 countries and 800 cities,” were expected worldwide.

DGR was founded in Sydney, Australia in 2012. The idea was to “combat the often-negative stereotype of motorcyclists and connect the global motorcycling community and to raise funds.”

The group has strict rules, both for participating riders and their bikes. Classic and vintage motorcycles are essential, while the riders can wear anything from three-piece suits to “steampunk” type gear.

The ride finished at about 2:30 p.m. at the  Beyond the Pale Brewing Company, in the City Centre building.

Distinguished Gents take to the streets on classic motorcycles for men’s health
Sean Smith was this years local top fundraiser, for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, bringing in more than $2,600. Smith had a health scare last year that made the event that much more important to him personally. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
Steve Akeson was excited to get out and ride in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride event Sunday, dressed to impress with his dapper look, and side-car equipped bike.
Steve Akeson was excited to get out and ride in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride event Sunday, dressed to impress with his dapper look, and side-car equipped bike. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
Snappy dresser Ron Major is ready to hit the road ifor Sunday’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
Snappy dresser Ron Major is ready to hit the road ifor Sunday’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
The riders in Sunday’s Distinguished Gentleman’s set off from MotoMike Canada en route to Beyond the Pale Brewing.
The riders in Sunday’s Distinguished Gentleman’s set off from MotoMike Canada en route to Beyond the Pale Brewing. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
Riders in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride  set off from MotoMike Canada Inc. and were going to end their route at Beyond the Pale Brewing Company Sunday afternoon.
Riders in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride  set off from MotoMike Canada Inc. and were going to end their route at Beyond the Pale Brewing Company Sunday afternoon. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
The group gathered together for a photo before they hit the road in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. The Ottawa ride featured more than 90 registered riders and raised more than $20,000.
The group gathered together for a photo before they hit the road in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. The Ottawa ride featured more than 90 registered riders and raised more than $20,000. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

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