We had a great time participating in the 2018 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Minneapolis-St Paul. We raised over $1600 thanks to our readers and corporate sponsors. We’ll be riding again next year!
Sedagive? and I participated in the Minneapolis – St Paul Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on September 30, 2018. It was our first time, but won’t be the last.
According to the DGR Web site, nearly 200 motorcycles registered. Due to some unpleasant weather at the start, I would guess there was closer to 170 bikes or so. There were quite a few people riding 2UP, so perhaps we had 200 attendees.
Regardless, it was the biggest group ride I’ve participated in, and it was a lot of fun.
The route was expertly planned by Hai Truong. I don’t know how many of these he’s done before, but I was impressed at how well organized everything was. There were also a few volunteers that helped corral all the riders, and block traffic so that we could stay together.
The ride was approximately five hours long, including two stops. I think there was a third planned stop, but that location was occupied by an event by several fire departments.
The weather was overcast and a little chilly, especially at first. I think this kept some riders from attending, but they missed out on a great event. By the time we set off at about 1PM the rain had stopped, and the sun even came out for a bit.
Temperatures were in the low 50s. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem for me, but the suit I wore wasn’t as well insulated as my normal fall/winter gear. I discovered that cold air funnels directly into one’s crotch while riding a Ural with no faring. 😉
Surprisingly, the inexpensive gauntlets I purchased from Amazon kept my hands quite warm. I normally switch from vented leather gloves to heated gauntlets later in the year, and haven’t worn insulated, non-powered gloves since 2008 or so.
We rode from a park in St. Paul, through the historic mill section of Minneapolis, to the state capitol, and back to St. Paul. We rode about 25 miles.
Our final destination point was Ngon Bistro, where we enjoyed some great takes on the Bahn Mi sandwich.
I’d never done a fundraising event before as an adult. We raised just over $1600. My original goal was just $200 ($60 of which I contributed myself). I didn’t think I’d make even my original goal, but I wound up increasing our goal twice.
We were 3rd place in the MSP event, and a top 150 fundraiser in the US.
I was afraid to ask people at work for donations, but next year I’ll put out flyers and ambush dudes while they’re at the urinal. I think we could raise $2k next year.
I’m really grateful for everyone who donated. I have lost a few coworkers to prostate cancer. I have several friends who had testicular cancer, or cancer of the penis or intestines.
I’ve also had male friends and family members commit suicide. The stigma of even talking about how they died is so great that it indicates a larger problem about men’s mental health. As I wrote earlier, many of my peers are in industries that demand fortitude, resilience, and focusing on external problems. These men are not conditioned to ask for help. They are the ones people go to for help.
This needs to change, especially in regards to ego- and career-limiting topics like depression or suicidal thoughts.
Lastly, a big thanks to our premiere corporate sponsor Ural of Pittsburgh, and our other corporate sponsors Big Apple Sidecar Tours and Zanasi USA. It made me proud that they recognized how important this event was, especially to me.