If you think Humboldt’s all Carhartt and hoodies, and bikers are all leather, all the time, well, you should have caught the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on Sunday. If you had seen the dozens of dapper folk on motorcycles weaving their way through Eureka, the Samoa Peninsula and out to Blue Lake, you’d know Humboldt’s got cravats and pin stripes to spare and that bikers can rock a vest and matching pocket hanky with the best of them.
The ride is a global affair, with more than 20,000 people participating in 257 cities spread across 58 countries last year to raise awareness and help fund a cure for prostate cancer. In 2014, the event raised more than $1.5 million.
The local jaunt was the brain child of Will Bagnall, whose father was recently diagnosed with the disease, and Black Lightning Motorcycle Cafe owner Jeff Hesseltine. More than 39 bikers participated in the inaugural ride, raising more than $6,000 in the process. Local photographer Mark McKenna dappered up and tagged along for the cause, sharing the following photos.