Hello, and welcome to the Heavy Metal Truants site, home of the world’s first Heavy Metal Charity Bicycle Ride, “Donington or Bust!”. Back in 2012, Iron Maiden manager, Rod Smallwood, invited me on one of his now infamous charity cycle rides, this one through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco in some truly blistering heat. It was hard, but it was also genuinely one of the best, most fulfilling experiences of my life. Little did I know, but Rod also had a proposition for me. ‘So then, how are you getting up to Donington this year?’ he asked. That was the birth of the Heavy Metal Truants, and the site you see before you.
So, what’s this about then? In short, it’s about the brother and sisterhood of Metal uniting around some very worthy causes – in this case, Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline – to raise money for kids who need help. We’re doing that by putting our pedals to the metal with the great and good of the music industry – agents, managers, promoters, publicists, record labels, media organisations, and artists alike for a gruelling 161-mile bicycle ride leaving early from Alexandra Palace in North London on June 11 and arriving at Download Festival around midday on June 13th, in time for the action to begin.
And we want some of you to join us. It won’t be easy, but then nothing worthwhile ever is. There will be hills, heat, and hangovers, and it’ll take weeks of preparation to face the task ahead, but we are convinced that if there’s any community out there who’ll answer the call, it’s people like you.
Everything you need to know about the ride, what it entails and how to join us is right here on our website. We guarantee this will be an experience you won’t easily forget!!
Spaces are limited, so if you are interested check out the details now . If you don’t make it along with us this time, there are still ways to help. Spread the word, and join us on Facebook and Twitter or make a donation. Just remember that it’s all in the name of Charity for the kids who need it the most.
Alexander Milas Editor-In-Chief, Metal Hammer