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DGR LA Update: We Broke 100K ... donations being accepted through Oct. 31

September 29, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

A whopping 743 riders registered for this year’s Los Angeles Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Sept. 27, passing all expectations and raising $114,402 for prostate cancer research. The City of Angels placed third in the world – behind rides in Sydney, Australia and London, England – and first amongst US cities, well ahead of New York (4th, $77,845) and Chicago (7th, $46713).

But the kudos didn’t stop there; The LA event – which took riders from Pasadena City Hall through Hollywood and DTLA to the Ace Hotel downtown – featured three riders in the world’s top ten, including first-place David Mogg ($13,470), third-place Donald Leonhardt ($7,345) and seventh-place Steve ‘Carpy’ Carpenter ($5,520). All three were part of the top team – Rebel Social and Twin Line – which as a group raised $45,799. And local pillion Camille Cregan finished second in the passenger competition with $620.

The United States was the top fundraising country by a longshot, with 5,213 riders registered and $838,874 raised.

The achievements were well-timed as the LA ride played host to DGR head honcho Mark Hawwa this year. Hawwa conceived the idea for the DGR ‘Down Under’ in 2012 and was originally inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. It was decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles and bring the niche motorcycle communities together. That first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founders to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause. And the rest, as they say, is stylishly-attired history.

For 2015 worldwide the DGR has raised $2,224,057 with an incredible 36,863 riders participating.

DGR will continue to accept donations through the end of October at gentlemansride.com in the hopes of reaching this year’s goal of $3-million. Monies raised in the US go directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF.org)

For LA ride captain Mark Gamo and route planner Christopher Medak, the local ride would not have been possible without the help of the many volunteers and sponsors who stepped up.

Returning sponsors from 2014 included Roland Sands Design, British Customs, Biltwell, Deus, Glory Sales, Motorcycle Mover LA, and the ACE Hotel in downtown LA. And new for 2015 were Triumph dealers Del Amo Motorsports Long Beach and Pro Italia, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Eaglerider, UglyBros USA, Cardo Systems Inc., Garo Cigars, Tawny Goods, and D73. Media sponsors include: LAMotorcyclist.com, RideApart and TheMightyMotor.com.

All in all, congrats Los Angeles on your world-class performance.

Note: galleries and movie clips from the event are still being complied … stay tuned for some visual moto goodness from the day.


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Photographer Spotlight

September 24, 2015 | Guy Mokia

Guy Mokia, from Israel by way of the country Georgia, served in the Israeli navy and worked as a software engineer before becoming a professional photographer. His talents include editorial beauty, documentary landscape and fine art. Guy is often behind the lens shooting a new passion of his -- life on a motorcycle. He recently shot Babes on Moto 6 and will be photographing riders and their bikes during the 2015 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.
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The Dapper Up Party

September 9, 2015 | LAMotorcyclist.com

Gents suit up ... and ladies, put your best dress on. The 'Dapper Up' Party -- presented by LAMotorcyclist.com and Clutch, Venice -- welcomes 150 close friends to an event not to be missed! Our friends from Clutch will be serving dinner, with appetizers, beer and fine wine. (Must be 21 and over to attend). Also available on site will be shoeshines, cigars and a barbershop offering haircuts. You can RSVP and purchase your tickets online. Advance tickets are only $25 per person or $30 at the door, subject to availablity, with the event capacity capped at 150 gentlefolks. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Joseph's Homeless Service Center, also located in Venice, CA. Reserved motorcycle parking will be available.
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Putting the 'Distinguished' in DGR: Jay LaRossa

September 8, 2015 | Jay LaRossa

Anything Jay LaRossa can do to help the progression of a cure for this crappy disease, he's down for it! Read about Larossa's fight against cancer and his wish to better his third place finish in the DGR LA fundraising tally last year.
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Artist Spotlight

August 27, 2015 | Kelsey Zigmund

Currently based out of Chicago, IL, Kelsey Zigmund is an illustrator working mostly in editorial, poster design, and product design. Zigmund is drawn to depicting biker culture in her work for many reasons.

"Motorcycles have always been a symbol of cool, a symbol of freedom or rebellion, which is fun to get into, aesthetically," she says. "I love looking at all the unique ways people choose to express their personal style, through their bikes, and also through what they wear when they're riding."
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Putting the 'Gentleman' in DGR: Timothy Flynn

Aug. 11, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

For Tim Flynn the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride represents a welcome opportunity to educate men on the necessity of early screening for cancer.

A cancer survivor who's now battling the disease for a second time, Flynn -- an LA-based skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding adrenalin addict -- is an inspiration to all, remaining positive and upbeat through numerous operations and chemotherapy.
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Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally hits Eighth Year in Style

Aug. 10, 2015 | Chelsea Nicole Taylor

A newly inked presenting sponsorship deal with Indian Motorcycles, expanded vendor capacity and some new, soon-to-be announced events mark the eighth incarnation of the VVMC’s Annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally – set for Sept. 19 -- bringing thousands of moto enthusiasts to the heart of Venice Beach for a celebration of all things vintage and motorcycle: cutting edge vendors, a judged bike show, live music, the Miss Venice Vintage Pin Up contest -- hosted by TRIM Salon, BBQ, beer gardens, and of course the highly anticipated custom built bike giveaway, now in its third year.
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DGR 2015 Website is Live

Aug. 4, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

Gentlefolk ... Dapper up and start your engines. gentlemansride.com is live and accepting registrations for the 2015 fundraising ride, set for Sept. 27. So register now and let's put Los Angeles on the map again as one of the top rides in the world in terms of participation and fundraising for Prostate Cancer research. The LA ride is still looking for local sponsors and volunteers as well. Contact Ride Captain Mark Gamo at Mark@LAMotorcyclist.com for details on sponsor packages and staffing needs leading up to and on ride day.
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DGR 2015 Countdown On

July 7, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

With the 2015 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride fast approaching, organizers of the Los Angeles ride are already confirming route details, negotiating for police escorts, and setting fundraising goals for the event which raises money for prostate cancer research worldwide.

Building on the city's 2014 accomplishments -- $50,000 raised and the third largest ride in the world behind London and Sydney with 500+ bikes -- LA Ride Captain Mark Gamo wants to double LA's fundraising efforts this September to a cool 100K. Worldwide international organizers are shooting for $3-million, with LA playing a significant role in helping to promote DGR around the globe.
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