The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Chiang Mai – 2019

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  1. ZCM

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    (29th September 2019)DGR 2019 in Chiang Mai! ..and what a ride! Around 340 riders turned up and turned out for Chiang Mai’s 5th Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. (Quite an increase from the first CM DGR in 2016, where there were around 70 riders.)



    The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is a worldwide charity event that takes place on the 29th September each year, in support of prostate cancer and men’s mental health (the Movember Foundation). For more information head over to the official DGR website.

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    Many thanks to the main sponsors: Triumph Chiangmai, The Good View and Tha Chang Cafe' for putting together this incredible event.


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    Huge turn out and perfect organisation of the event, which ran smooth as butter. Certainly no easy feat with that many bikes!

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    (Photos from Triumph Chiang Mai)
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    How much was raised?(Figures are still on the rise. I will update later when funds stop rolling in. )

    Globally:

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    Chiang Mai: (These figures may fluctuate and increase. This is the current figures - October 8th 2019)
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    That means Chiang Mai has so far raised a whopping 6,989.16 USD for Movember fundation! Well done Chiang Mai! I wish to take a moment to say a HUGE THANK YOU to those who sponsored me on this ride. It feels great to feel I am riding with a purpose..so thank you! For more information on what the money goes towards, read HERE.

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    This year the chiang Mai Ride was a little different, in that there was less restrictions on what kind of bikes were permitted, so there was more of a mix bag this year, from classics and modern classics to sport bikes. (Personally I was initially going to ride a Royal Enfield 500 again this year (kindly offered by TBB Tours' Jeff), but with the rules being relaxed I decided I would ride my Kawasaki Dtracker instead). Additionally the theme this year was "Military" (but again, it wasn't strongly imposed, so many riders stuck with classic "dapper style".)



    The late meeting time of 4:30pm was at the Good View All Day. Upon arrival there was a fantastic set up with a Distiguished Gentlemans Ride backdrop, where all riders were given an opportunity for a cool (professional) photo shot.

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    Light refreshments and snacks were available as the bikes were ridden in and lined up in an orderly fashion. Great location and great organisation.

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    By around 5:30pm the bikes were off. The enormous rumble of over 300 motorcycles was extraordinary. You could feel the rumbles and vibrations deep in your chest!

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    Our dedicated police escort saw us safe travel though Chiang Mai city, holding up traffic to allow us to pass through lights unhindered in our massive group ride. One can only hope that the vehicles who were held up at least enjoyed the show, for it is not something you see very often. Hundreds of beautiful bikes and dressed up riders. Quite a sight!

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    At one point, when we were riding the superhighway through the underpasses, the view of so many bikes struck me hard. I just thought "wow, how wonderful is this?!" A collective effort of so many riders of all different ages and many different nationalities, all here, together, in support of a good cause. It blew my mind a little at that moment, in truth.

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    A fab album of photos of the event can be viewed HERE
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    We eventually made our way to Tha Chang Cafe', who laid out a fab evening event for us all. (See last sections of both the official CM DGR video and my video, for highlights of the evening event, which was so well done!)

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    At Tha Chang Café we were treated to food and drinks, an auction to raise more funds, and fab live music to dance to. Additionally there were some cool items for sale and a barber shop grooming the gentlemen to a T!

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    At around 9:30pm my friends and I decided to call it a night and head home, but the party was still going strong!


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    NOTES
    : The Chiang Mai DGR charges a fee to enter into the ride, with part going to the charity, and part covering expenses (food, drinks, merchandise/gift pack etc). This year the cost was 1000 baht.

    Another unforgettable Chiang Mai Distinguished Gentleman's Ride!

    My previous write ups on this event in Chiang Mai (I hope ok to drop links to my site here!):
    DGR CM 2018
    DGR CM 2017
    DGR CM 2016
    DGR CM 2015

    On a final more serious note. Remember to take good care of yourselves gentlemen, mentally and physically. Inform yourself and your loved ones about prostate cancer and to read up on the signs and symptoms. (Cancer Research UK has a list of symptoms: Symptoms of prostate cancer | Cancer Research UK).
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    Wish us all long and healthy lives! :)
     
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    NOTES: The Chiang Mai DGR charges a fee to enter into the ride, with part going to the charity, and part covering expenses (food, drinks, merchandise/gift pack etc). This year the cost was 1000 baht.

    A very worthwhile cause, however I would be very interested in an accounting of exactly how much of the 6989.16 USD raised made it to The Charity after any additional deductions by the Movember
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    Hi Hoghead.
    I believe that the organization is pretty translucent when it comes to deductions etc.
    The sum raised would have been 7000, but with tax deductions it came to 6989.16.
    I do see your point, but from what I can see the Movember Foundation do seem to be above board and do present info and updates openly.
    I do not think they take any kind of cut from this sum raised.
    For sure you wont be the only one asking this question and for sure many will want answers, so investigate further.
    If anything dodgy or strange or unreasonable had turned up, I am sure for such a bit event and organization, that it would be made public and make big news fast.
     
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    I am in no way suggesting that Movember is dodgy, but simply interested in how much charity trickles down to the end beneficiary.

    I should have researched before asking, and Movember publishes financial statements every Sept and states "a global cost-to-funds-raised ratio of 22.0%."
    How much of the 7000 USD raised in Chiangmai went to Movember?
     
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    Haha..sorry, I wasn't implying that either! Sometimes I don't word things in the right way ^.^
    All of the 7000 USD is already in the Movember fund. Its published directly on their website: Chiang Mai Ride - The 2019 Distinguished Gentlemans Ride
    The tally is actually now $7038 :)
     
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    Do I understand correctly that the Sponsorship monies are on top of the rider "fee"

    317 paid riders @ 1000 THB ea = 317,000 THB (approx 10,566 USD)
    Plus Sponsor donations
    Submitted to Movember = 7038.00 USD

    The Chiangmai DGR organisers need to fully explain the accounting
     
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    Hi. Take a look at what the Chiang Mai ride puts on for us. This is different from the rest of the world.

    Merchandise in the gift pack when signing up, lunch at the meeting point and soft drinks, police escort through the city, evening event with free buffet and open bar and singers/band/entertainment (and the venue closed off for us).

    This is Thailand, and as we know, things work a bit differently. Police need to be given a "thank you" allowing this event to take place and giving us safe passage..and as for the entertainment/food etc side, most of us participants are happy to pay an amount towards this. Cm also tend to support other health organisations.

    Its just the way things work here. No pockets were deeply lined. I recall that Triumph released the last ride details on their page about what exactly all the money went on...so will likely have that listed again too for this ride.
     

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