Dapper up and ride

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride participants (L-R) Brian Rix, Shirley Hardy-Rix, Mick Morgan, Damien Kingsbury, Robin Freeman, Bill McKinnon, Lee Atkinson, Rob Blackbourn, Kim Freeman and Dave Petrusma encourage locals to gear up for the charity ride.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride returns to Castlemaine this Sunday, with many riders already registered for the event.

The DGR is an international charity event spanning 121 countries around the world. It was founded by Mark Hawwa in Sydney in 2012, who decided a theme ride would be a great way of connecting niche motorcycle enthusiasts who are passionate about men’s mental health awareness.

The ride has continued every year since then, uniting classic and vintage style motorcycle riders all over the world to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.

Working with Movember, DGR is committed to engaging the community in their goal of bringing people together and changing the face of men’s mental health.

Riders wanting to participate are encouraged to ‘Dress Dapper’ and ride modified ‘CafĂ© Racer’ style bikes or vintage motorcycles but the event is open to all types of bikes.

Hosts Brian Rix and Mick Morgan and the organising team will be gathering outside the Castlemaine RSL on Mostyn Street at 11am, for an 11.30 departure. The ride will be a cruise through Guildford, Vaughan Springs, Fryerstown and Chewton, finishing at the Five Flags Hotel in Campbells Creek around lunchtime.

Brian Rix said last year’s event attracted more than 80 riders and raised a staggering $20,000.

“We already have 60 riders registered for this year and we’ve raised $9525!” he said.

“All men and women are encouraged to come along and have a fun day, raising funds for the cause.”

To enter and learn more about the event, head to www.gentlemansride.com

The Castlemaine ride can be found here: www.gentlemansride.com/rides/australia/castlemaine