Bruce Dickinson joins The Heavy Metal Truants on road to Donington

Bruce Dickinson is to join The Heavy Metal Truants and over 400 cyclists in this years traditional London to Donington cycle ride, albeit virtually this year.

Bruce told MetalTalk: “The cat is out of the bag – I am joining the Heavy Metal Truants to help raise money for these heroic children’s charities. With touring out the window once again, there is no good reason why I could not sign on at last and no good reason why you can’t either!

“I’m calling on all fans, bands and people who work behind the scenes to join me on the virtual road to Download.

“Every single penny counts for these charities who have been hit hard by the pandemic, so no matter how much, or how little you raise, by joining us you will make a difference in a child’s life. Sign up today!”

175 miles to go

This is the ninth Heavy Metal Truants fundraising trek. The ride usually covers the 175 miles between London and Donington over two and half days, with 40 riders on average attempting the challenge.

With Download postponed this year, the challenge has been made more accessible with walkers, runners, hikers, rowers and more invited to join Bruce and The Truants to complete a 12 day challenge covering anything from 35 miles to 1,000 miles over a twelve day period.

If you can measure it, you can join.

The challenge runs from 24 May to 4 June and will raise funds for Save The Children, Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and NSPCC/Childline.

You can support Bruce and the riders by donating here. If you want to sign up for the challenge, then visit

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