Monday, 10 October 2016

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride - 2016 Tauranga

Hi you! Apologies I haven't posted in a while. Been a bit flat out if I'm honest. Working and charity work.

So the amazing DGR kicked off this Sunday just been (9th Oct 2016), with around 150-200 bikes turning up. We had old-time scooters, bobbers, Harley's, Triumph's, Ducati's, you name it, we even had a bike built from scratch on deck! The dapper level's were high, moustache's were curled up, moustache stickers applied to bike headlights and the comradery of the DGR pack was solid.

Collectively our riders in Tauranga, NZ managed to pull together $14, 049.00 for the charity, NZ collectively raised a whopping $93,178.00 and worldwide we helped generate US$3,542,031.00! 
A legendary result! 
I even managed to take out second place amongst our riders gathering up $1271.00!! Thanks to all who donated and put up with me spamming them on social media.

The ride day itself is something I highly recommend if you're a motorbike owner. The discussions around men's health, suicide prevention and prostate cancer were great to be had. I even had a good 10 minute discussion with a member of the public who just wanted to share his story of going through prostate cancer with me - a humbling talk and another reason why we do this DGR work in the first place. He is thankfully cancer free now, an excellent result.

Riding in the pack - I was lucky enough to be up front for the majority of it - was chilling in a good way. I am sure that people heard us coming around quarter of an hour before we even showed up. As we passed places, windows rattled. We were a very dapper gang of ladies and gents looking to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer and Men's mental health. 

I think we accomplished that. I even had an opportunity to jump on a tourist bus and let the asian tourists just what we were all about, but they were so quick to get off their bus and get up close and personal with the bikes they literally pushed on past me! Was awesome!

Check out a few of the pictures of the day below. 

The boys - Rich, Stefan and I

Workmate Stefan and I again

This guy was one of the nicest guys around, and probably the oldest riding!

The "Red-Band" band who donated their time for free to play the venue! Legendary band!

Front three and organisers of this Tauranga ride - Damian, Myself and Wayne

Front three bikes. (from left) My Ducati, Wayne's Triumph and Damian's Triumph.

Promo picture - Keith, myself and Damian

And then our newspaper interview and article.

So please keep an eye out for DGR 2017 - I'm going to be involved in it for sure!
If you have a bike - I can't suggest enough for you to get involved too! 

#badass #dapperedup #welldressedgang