This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) is encouraging solo or small group rides instead of the large groups and gatherings it usually encourages.
Slated to push through on September 27, Organizers of the 2020 DGR want riders to respect government social distancing guidelines by participating in the event with solo or small group rides and social media updates. This is in stark contrast to the 2020 Sturgis Rally which has decided to push through despite the current situation.
By riding solo or in small groups (to whatever destination riders choose) but staying connected through social media, the organizers hope the ride’s message can still be spread virtually.
The change in format is in response to the continuing spread of COVID-19. The annual DGR charity ride wants to continue to maintain a presence on the global motorcycle calendar but with respect to participants safety and health.
Participation in the ride is free as before, however organizers encourage those interested to register and pledge a donation if possible. The DGR is a global charity event that is partnered with both Triumph Motorcycles and The Movember Foundation to raise funds for men’s health.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney by Mark Hawwa who found himself inspired by a photo of the actor Jon Hamm, of Mad Men fame, donning a suit astride a classic motorcycle. Since 2012, the themed event has been inviting riders to congregate in dapper attire on their classic, retro, and custom motorcycles and scooters to combat existing stigmas which may surround bikers.
In the Philippines, the DGR is a part of the Moto Heritage Weekend. With large crowds and public gatherings currently discouraged by the government, it is likely that a similar format will be adopted. Kindly wait for word from the local organizers.
For more information on the DGR or to take part, head to gentlemansride.com