GENTLEMEN bikers were seen up and down the Costa del Sol on Sunday.
They were taking part in the world’s largest charitable motorcycle event for owners of classic and vintage styled bikes.
Distinguished gentlefolk in hundreds of cities worldwide donned their cravats, pressed their tweed and sat astride their classic and vintage styled motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health.
This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride brought together over 120,000 well dressed gentlefolk in 700+ cities on stunning motorcycles across 110+ countries.
The Costa del Sol event departed from Plaza de la Marina in Malaga and cruised through towns such as Torremolinos and Benalmadena Costa.
This was the sixth edition of the “Distinguished Gentlemans Ride”. The only requirement, in addition to registration, was to present yourself with a “vintage” dress and a classic motorcycle, including scooters.
The event was supported by several sponsors and collaborators, such as the City Council. There was be musical performances, Food trucks and beer tasting. A large influx of public is expected at both the start and finish areas.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper, sitting atop a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often negative stereotype of motorcyclists, while connecting niche global motorcycle communities together.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event sparked the idea to use the event as a platform to support a worthy cause.