Our target

The Challenge

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…

The Three Cycles Of Hell

The Road Crew



…or the precise distance between Hammersmith and Donington, taking in the metal sites of East London before venturing out into the British hinterland, and the average mileage for the first seven HMT rides.

The Bomber



Because anyone who knows anything about Lemmy knows that he loved a double




because every party, gig, and indeed bike ride always has to have that guy or girl who takes it that much further

The Snaggler Challenge

Considering a few people don’t have access to a contraption with pedals, we added a walking, running or rolling challenge to the mix! Starting with the rest of us on June 1st they needed to walk, jog or run 35 miles before June 12th.

In honour of Motörhead’s famous mascot, we called this the Snaggler challenge.

One Distance



The Finish Line

This year our participants have covered a collective total of 66,800 miles (that’s more than twice around the planet!). With a 1000% increase in the number of fundraisers from over 35 countries.
For the first time ever, we’ve introduced Heavy Metal Truants Vision, our weekly live stream. The final episode aired on June 12th and featured the Golden Spoke awards!
It has been a truly remarkable chapter in Heavy Metal Truants history. Together we have smashed through our initial target of £66k and have raised £150k already.