Richard Lewis is a high-flyer in the true sense of the word, travelling the world as a civil aviation company director. Living in a Georgian house close to his lodge at Stapleton, his favourite form of transport, however, is not his classic Jag, but a 2010 Triumph Thruxton Café Racer. And being a benevolent sort of chap, don’t you know, he naturally takes part in the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
That’s when classic and vintage motorcycle riders from all over the world ‘dress dapper’ and ride to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research, and men’s mental health. And so, this year, he ended up top of the fund-raising leader board for the Bristol section of the ride, achieving a total of £1137.
He writes: ”I am proud to have ridden in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride with fellow men and women across the globe; going down in history as the biggest DGR to date. All on the same day, 106,523 riders, in 893 cities in 107 countries, raised not only an incredible $7.38 million USD, but also awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health, on behalf of ‘Movember’.
“Starting at Cheddar, we drove a circuitous 25 mile route through Bristol to arrive in Keynsham. The Bristol section also had a bumper year, with over 300 riders. We raised £23,592 for our section, meaning in the past ten years, in conjunction with Movember, we have now raised over £130,000. There is an awesome video of the whole group leaving Queen Square here. I am 42 seconds in!”
Richard [right] is pictured here alongside his brother, Robert, who rode a special edition Thruxton Café Racer.
Our thanks to Dick Smith for this story.