Riding for a cause

Riding for a cause

Noble effort

More than 36,840 riders across 410 cities from 79 countries hit the road with their motorbikes, with an aim to raise awareness about prostate cancer. Titled ‘The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015’, Delhi also participated in the global event witnessing 308 riders, which included an impressive number of female as pillion as well as riders.

A sight that had a number of bikes like Royal Enfields, Harley Davidsons, Yezdi, Jawa, Triumph, Indian, Lambrettas, customised Café Racers, Bobbers and Choppers; and scooters was a delight for every bike lover’s eye. Dressed dapper, all the riders hit the road at 9 am at Meherchand market at Lodhi Road and reached their destination at Greater Noida.

Different titles like Most Distinguished Bike/Ride; Most Distinguished Couple; Most Distinguished Gentleman; Most Distinguished Lady; Most Distinguished Motorcycling Group; Most Distinguished Moustache or Beard and the Senior Most Rider were conferred to the
participants, that further added to their enthusiasm.

 “Our aim is to channelise the energy which our youth has towards the social causes, DGR is an event to spread awareness about one of the graviest disease, prostate cancer causing 1,300 deaths every hour in the world. It is an attempt by the bikers’ community to contribute to the style of this city and engage the youth to a cause in a non-mundane way,” says Tarique Afaque, founder, Royal Mavericks, organiser of the fund-raising event.

The first edition of DGR in Delhi saw over 130 participants in 2013. The number of the participants increased to 200the following year. Founded in 2012 in Australia, DGR was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. That first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities.

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