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So You Want To Play Truant With The Big Boys?

THEN GET ON YA BIKE, SONNY! Heavy metal rockers in Lycra? Maybe! But Lycra bike pants? WTF!! But yes, there is a place where you can see some of the greatest heavy metallers in the world, dressed in the stretchy stuff, and tell them to “get on their bike” WITHOUT getting smashed in the gob!

And that’s London in June 2015. For the Heavy Metal Truants’ charity bicycle ride is on again and you could be a part of it. It’s bigger than Ben Hur (uhm, chariots, there’s an idea!) and it’s the brainchild of Metal Hammer and TeamRock editor-in-chief Alexander Milas and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood.

But this is no ordinary bike ride; this is edge-of-your-seat, metal to the pedal, be there or be very, very square, two-wheel action. This is 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.

And Alexander and Rod are inviting YOU to join them and their guests on this momentous occasion. That’s right, you, too, can join performers, agents, managers, promoters, publicists, record labels and media organisations 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 13, in time for the action to begin.

But this ISN’T summer dresses blowing in the breeze; this ISN’T straw hats and ginger beer. No, this is hills and heat and hangovers and hurting. This is weeks of training and preparation – even longer to recover. This. Is. Your. Ultimate. Challenge. To rock it like a rocker; make it like a metal demon.

It will be hard. It will be fun. But above all, it will be worthwhile. YOU can make a real difference to the lives of these kids, while partying with your heroes. The ride has raised a grand total of £167,000 to date.

"This is about the rock and metal community uniting around a common cause and getting help to the people who need it most," says Milas. "The great thing about it is that it's also an awesome way to get fit, and anyone can join. And if I can do it, anyone can!"

Past riders have included Orange Goblin singer Ben Ward, Paradise Lost guitarist Aaron Aedy, Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto, Tesseract guitarist James Monteith, Thunder guitarist Luke Morley, and more.

So what about you? Do you have what it takes? Can you cut the mustard? Will you join us on the highway to hell? For more info and to sign up for the 2015 ride, head over to

All images and video courtesy: Heavy Metal Truants, Metal Hammer and TeamRock.Com

Writer: Izzy C.

Jefferson Band