About 'Ride Of The Ruperts'

The Ride of the Ruperts (RotR) is the most prestigious of motorcycle rides in Sussex and London each May in aid of the Movember Foundation, a very worthy charity heavily involved in the fight against prostate cancer and testicular cancer and raising awareness of men’s mental health issues.

It’s no secret that the RotR’s origins lay in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. A small group of chaps always loved taking part so much that one of them decided to organise a small ride where they could dress dapper on their motorcycles and recreate the moment. Of course, that ride never actually happened, as the Ride of the Ruperts grew out of all intended proportions and became what it is today. 

The inaugural event in 2018 had 200 registered riders. A wonderful day was had by all and an incredible £5,588 was raised and donated through the West Sussex DGR in support of not only the local ride, but the Movember Foundation too.

Following on from the popularity of the first event, in 2019 the RotR consisted of 240 riders with plenty of pillions and sidecar passengers joining in the fun. The official RotR in May requires riders to register and so an active ‘Reserves List’ full of eager riders meant there were plenty of enthusiasts ready to jump in at a moment’s notice should a space become available.

Two further bespoke but less formal rides were also laid on for the charity. The first was to the 10th Anniversary of the Bike Shed London Show at Tobacco Dock and the second saw 75 bikes turn out to ‘Greet the Dakotas’ as the planes flew overhead at Beachy Head to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

A hugely successful RotR Online Movember Auction was also held on the RotR Facebook page, raising £2250 through the sale of a special collection of lots kindly donated by our supporting sponsors such as Malle, Goldtop and Brough Superior to name but a few.

“We’re delighted to say that the combination of RotR events raised £11,000 in 2019.”

The Official RotR Sussex Ride 

Meeting at The Milk Churn Café, Rudgwick, West Sussex (RH12 3DH) at 9am, the ride winds it’s way through some 70 miles of glorious Sussex countryside, villages and towns with ample opportunity for you to greet surprised and delighted onlookers with a “Tally Ho!” and a cheery wave! Naturally, some rest stops have been planned into the route to assist those on older models.

The ride finishes with a private party (only for Ruperts only) at the The Custom Cafe, near Bexhill, East Sussex (TN39 4QR). Lunch, liquid refreshment and live music is available to participants.

The Official RotR London Ride

Meeting at a secret West London location at 9am, the ride heads out of town, looping its way through 70 miles of the glorious Chiltern Hills, crossing the Thames not once but twice with plenty of opportunities for smiles, waves and “Tally Hos” as we pass through the towns and villages of Middlesex, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Strategically placed rest stops give everyone a chance to regroup, refresh and of course for those all important Instagram moments.

The ride finishes in the tranquil depths of Burnham Beeches for lunch, liquid refreshment and entertainment before Ruperts head for home, amazed to find Central London a mere 27 miles away.

RotR events are open to ALL who ride, such is our love of motorcycles. So if you want to witness the spectacle of a gentleman or lady riding a Ducati sportsbike in tweed, register yourself for the main May ride! It also means that if you can’t take part in the DGR because your machine doesn’t meet the needs of the style guide, you can take part in the Ride of the Ruperts without any worry.

Registration costs are deliberately charged per bike as superbly dressed pillions are actively encouraged to come along. All that is asked is that you dress to impress and jolly well enjoy yourself. 

What does the future hold for the RotR?

Well, in addition to the main ride each May I’m pretty sure we’ll be laying on some special rides and events to boost our fundraising for the Movember Foundation. We’re always keen to speak to potential financial sponsors to see how we can work well together, plus we’re looking to take the RotR to other locations for bikers to enjoy. If you think the RotR is something you might want to get involved in then please contact us.

Stefano Morrelli
Founder RotR

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