For the last eight years, the Heavy Metal Truants have been doing an annual charity cycle ride from London to Download Festival set upon the hallowed heavy metal grounds of Castle Donington. Open to all, our charity ride has seen metal fans, bands, and industry types getting on their bikes and raising £681,500 in the process.
We were heartbroken to see Download Festival cancelling this year – a decision which we of course fully support. We weren’t happy to sit this year out though. Our chosen charities, all of which work hard to support children and young people, needed our support more than ever, so we called on all metalheads from around the world to join us in the name of heavy metal.
As 2020 marked the 40th anniversary of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, what better with which to honour Lemmy than to call it the Eighth Of Spades!
Between June 1st and in the run-up to June 12th, the weekend of Virtual Download Festival, you got in the saddle and joined us on a virtual ride, walking or running.
It wasn’t about the distance – it was about the fundraising, and anyone who completed the minimum distance was automatically entered into the roll-call of legends known as the Heavy Metal Truants, but there were a few maniacs who wanted to take it a little further, so with that in mind we created The Three Cycles Of Hell…