Tue, May 14, 2024 10:31 AM

Monocles and motorcycles


William Woodworth

Marlborough motorcycle enthusiasts are dressing to the nines in support of local men’s health causes this May.

The Triumph Distinguished Gentleman’s Worldwide Ride combines a dapper dress code with a fun, safe and community-orientated motorcycle rally to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer care and men’s health.

Marlborough organiser Paul Knight is keen to get as many riders on the roads as possible.

“We’re out to have fun on the bikes we love to ride, while making some noise and supporting great causes – and there’s nothing better than the sound of many motorcycles.

“I’ve loved bikes all my life, and love getting involved in community support efforts, so it’s a combination of two personal loves.”

With Marlborough Roads providing a lead and rear vehicle to make the ride as safe as possible and the 2019 edition of the Ride seeing 78 riders, Paul says that means there’s plenty of keen riders around Marlborough.

“It’s open to all kinds of bikes, but as part of the ride we want to prioritise those who wear a dapper dress code and put them up front of the parade.”

Paul's classic motorcycle helmet. Photo: William Woodworth

Marlborough Prostate Cancer Support Group facilitator Murray Eyles is grateful for the work Paul is putting in.

“I’m humbled that Paul and the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride have decided to support us because the Prostate Cancer Foundation is funded through the generosity of donations,” he says.

“A lot of people don’t realise the magnitude of Prostate Cancer – more men die of it each year than women die of breast cancer, and both the numbers of people living with it and people coming to our support group are always increasing.”

“I’m hoping motorcycle riders, our local PC and Pros-fit men and the fantastic community around Marlborough get right behind the ride.”

The Ride will be selling raffle tickets, with vouchers donated by The Woodbourne Tavern, Motorcycle Gloves from Marlborough Motorcycles, firewood from the Blenheim Lions, a WOF from Blenheim Testing Station and Petrol Vouchers.

The ride starts at Spring Creek on Sunday 19 May at 10am and finishes in Renwick.

Tickets are available by ringing Paul Knight: 021772175

Register for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride at https://www.gentlemansride.com/rides/new+zealand/blenheim

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