Mike gets on his bike to support global men's health campaign

26 October 2017

Mike Guard
Back row, left to right Fergus Brady, Mike Guard and Mark Brady; front row, left to right Joe Tecza and Rini Vanchhawng 
Mike Guard was dressed to impress as he joined hundreds of fellow motorbike enthusiasts on the streets of London to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues.

Looking the part in a smart tweed jacket, the Bovis Homes land manager headed to the capital aboard his Indian Scout to participate in the 'Distinguished Gentleman's Ride' with a group of friends.

The charity event, which took place simultaneously at towns and cities around the world, helps fund research into prostate cancer and mental health programs.

It is linked to the Movember Foundation, which encourages men to grow moustaches during November to raise awareness of men's health issues.

"It was great to be part of such an important global event that funds so much important work and helps save lives," explained Mike, who is based in the Bovis Homes Southern Counties region.

"Officially, 1,000 riders signed up to take part, but it seemed like double that number were there on the day.

"After meeting at the Olympic Park, we had an opportunity to take a look at the many classic and vintage-styled motorbikes that were involved.

"Then, everyone jumped on their own bikes and rode off in convoy past the major sites around London.

"Considering how many riders were wearing pressed tweed suits, cravats and tweaked moustaches, it must have been a spectacular sight to onlookers.

"Most importantly, it's all for a great cause - our group raised £500 - but it's also a fabulous excuse to ride round London and dress up in tweed!"

Mike, who lives in Ascot, has been keen on motorbikes for as long as he can remember.

The former owner of an iconic Harley Davidson, he explained: "It probably sounds pretty clichéd, but I enjoy the freedom and I suppose the element of vulnerability too - it's a real adrenalin rush.

"When you own a motorbike, you do start to become obsessed with them. I will do the mechanics myself - YouTube is an amazing resource - but it's a labour of love really.

"I drive to the office in a car only because it's more convenient when you've got paperwork and briefcases to carry, but you really can't beat riding a motorbike."