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This weekend (Sunday 28th September), hundreds of riders from across the country will meet together and give a two-wheeled ‘salute’ to prostate cancer – a disease that kills 10,000 men every year in the UK. A global phenomenon taking place in 250 cities around the world, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) will see natty riders, on all makes and models of motorcycle, don their finest attire and tour the town.

Aiming to raise awareness of a disease that currently affects 250,000 men in the UK, the charitable event will bring together the world’s motorbike community for a well-dressed day of fun, camaraderie – and fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK.

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To mark the final countdown, organiser’s of DGR’s flagship London event have now confirmed the meeting location for the day’s retro ride out – which is available from the website:  www.gentlemansride.com.

Riders will take to the saddle and take a tour of the capital city; dressed in tweed, suits, bow ties and sporting eccentric facial hair. There are only two rules to follow – dress like a gentleman and ride your bike politely with appropriate character!

Paul Stroud, director of sales and marketing for Triumph – the event’s global sponsors – commented: “The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a fantastic idea, based on riding bikes with friends and enjoying the camaraderie that this entails.

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“With only a few days to go until DGR comes to the UK, we’re calling for as many riders as possible to get into the distinguished spirit and register their attendance. If being part of such a momentous ride out wasn’t enough, we are even offering one lucky rider with the chance to win a brand new Triumph Thruxton. The competition is open to any rider that raises over £100, with an additional entry for every extra £100 raised by a rider/pillion.”

Mark Bishop, director of fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re really excited to be a part of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and incredibly grateful for the support. We are currently engaged in our high profile campaign, Men United v Prostate Cancer, which aims to build a united front of men fighting against the disease. By raising funds every distinguished fine gentleman is joining the team and helping more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We thank everyone involved in this fantastic event.”

To find out more about The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, or to register for details about your local event and enter the competition, please visit www.gentlemansride.com.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Every year in the UK over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.  One man dies every hour from prostate cancer. 250,000 UK men are currently living with the disease. 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in the UK. One in four Black men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

If you have concerns about prostate cancer please call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.

Tony Carter

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