Heavy Metal Truants take on another virtual ride

The charity cycling group are set to embark on their legendary journey again to Download Festival and invite all to take on the virtual challenge!

The Heavy Metal Truants have announced that their ninth annual fundraising ride from London to the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington for Download Festival, will go ahead virtually for a second year.

Since 2013 the Heavy Metal Truants (HMT) have been breaking a sweat to raise funds for children’s’ charities – including Nordoff Robbins – in the name of heavy metal. Open to all, HMT has seen metal fans, bands, and industry types banding together to help raise hundreds of thousands of pounds both through charitable activities throughout the year like the Monster Rock Auction and their Heavy Metal Curries, but primarily through their traditional, now legendary annual 175-mile cycle from London to the hallowed ground of Castle Donington and Download festival in June.

Covid-19 couldn’t stop them: last year’s heartbreaking cancellation of Download inspired the introduction of their first-ever virtual event, which also added walkers and runners into the mix from all over the world, as well as some epic stretch targets for those on two wheels. The spirit caught on, and it became their biggest event to date.  This year, the Heavy Metal Truants be adding even more activities, and hope to hit the Million Pound mark, (and to keep going!)

Between May 24th and June 4th, both Heavy Metal Truants and Nordoff Robbins invite you to enter the annals of Heavy Metal Truants fame with challenges from cycling, walking, running, and more.

All proceeds will go to Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline, Nordoff Robbins and Save the Children who have been hit hard by these troubled times and have continued to do their work through it all.

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Co-founder Alexander Milas says,

“In 2020 our next evolution would come as the world went into lockdown in the form of expanding the in-person ride to the virtual world, running & walking challenges and a fourth worthy cause to join our charity beneficiaries in the form of Save The Children.

Heavy Metal Truants have evolved rather a lot over time too, but the only thing that hasn’t changed is the incredible generosity of the people who’ve supported our cause, and as we commence the ninth year of this journey I can honestly say it feels like we’re really just beginning.”