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Heavy Metal Truants

 Raise money for charity on the Highway to Hell!

Following their hugely successful trip across Morocco last year, legendary Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and Metal Hammer’s own Alexander Milas will be getting back in the saddle for another epic, three-day bike ride in the name of charity with the Heavy Metal Truants – except this one will be just a bit closer to home, and we want you to join them! 

On June 12 at 9am, Alexander, Rod and a host of metal heavyweights and industry rollers, including Planet Rock's own Wyatt Wendels, will be riding 155 miles from London’s Alexandra Palace all the way to Donington Park for Download 2013, pulling into the festival around lunchtime on June 14, just in time to see the likes of Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Korn. All proceeds from the ride are going to three charities in the form of Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.

And best of all, you can come join in, with bikes being provided by the charity!

"The idea of Truants came completely out of the blue when I was having lunch with the old CEO of EMI, and we kept in touch over regular lunches,” explains Rod. "He was on the board of Childline, and after we had a couple of bottles of wine I said, ‘I’ll make you some money, let’s do a bike ride.’ We’ve done three rides: Cuba, Egypt  and then there was Morocco – I think we’ve raised about £725,000.”