BIKERS across the UK, including Outlander star Sam Heughan, donned their best clothes on Sunday to raise money for men’s health.
More than 50 cities took part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as motorcycle enthusiasts rode vintage and classic-style bikes in places including London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
The event aims to raise awareness among men about suicide and prostate cancer, with funds raised on behalf of men’s health charity Movember, which aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% d 2030.
Heughan, who is currently in Scotland filming the seventh season of Outlander, was delighted to have been involved in the project.
What a (distinguished) ride!
THANK YOU to all for the generosity and support, the donations have blown me away. So grateful. X pic.twitter.com/N5a6yFToQH
—Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) May 22, 2022
After joining the event in Edinburgh, he said: “What a (distinguished) ride! THANK YOU all for the generosity and support, the donations have blown me away. So grateful.”
Vests, patterned helmets, vintage jackets and goggles were all on display, along with the occasional well-groomed beard.
Astronaut Tim Peake was also one of those who took part, describing the money raised as “vital funds”.
He tweeted: “Riding this beauty from a Bobber Gold Line today on the @gentlemansride thanks to @UKTriumph.
“A big thank you to everyone who has supported Team Triumph and helped raise vital funds for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health @MovemberUK.”
Founded in Australia, the first Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride took place in 2012 and saw 115 countries participate and raise US$31.6m (£25m).
“Today we are united by tweed as gentlemen everywhere dress up and dress up as The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride comes back with a vengeance,” Movember UK tweeted.
“Today, all over the world, we ride together. For men’s health.
Find out more at uk.movember.com/get-involved/distinguished-gentlemans-ride