Loulé’s Mar Shopping joins ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’ for fourth year

For the fourth year straight, Loulé’s Mar Shopping Algarve has joined the ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’, an international motorcycle fundraising event organised annually to raise awareness of prostate cancer and male suicide prevention.

The shopping centre’s initiative is called ‘Prevent it Like a Gentleman’ and will feature cancer screenings, art and motorbike exhibitions and a ‘Solo Ride’ on May 23.

The free prostate cancer screenings will be held at the shopping centre’s HPA clinic between Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 30 and can be booked directly at the clinic or by telephone (707 28 28 28). Over 750 screenings have been carried out in the last four years, some of them detecting early cases and allowing early treatment.

Three art and motorbike exhibitions are also planned, the first two being an expo of “Custom Bikes” by Rusty Wrench Motorcycles between Saturday and Thursday (May 8-13), and an exhibition entitled ‘Metal Art’ by João Jesus who turns old metal parts of motorbikes, bicycles and cars into works of art (May 8-23).Motorcycle fans can also visit the ‘British Classic Week’ exhibition organised by Triumph Portugal which will be on display between May 14 and 23.

Last but not least, a ‘Solo Ride’ will take place on May 23, encouraging bikers to go for a ride on their own to celebrate the international movement.

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride was held for the first time in 2012 in Australia, with 2,500 riders participating in rides across 64 cities.

It was founded by Mark Hawwa, who was “inspired by a photo of TV Show Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit.”

Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way of connecting niche motorcycle enthusiasts and communities while raising funds to support the men in our lives.