Aussie PR Manager and dedicated metal enthusiast Chris Maric is undertaking an epic 265km bicycle ride from London to Castle Donington and The Download Festival between June 8 and 10 with the Heavy Metal Truants, in the name of several children’s charities.

Last year the Heavy Metal Truants raised a massive $142, 000 for children in need and this year are hoping to smash that record with an even bigger team. Heavy Metal Truants is the world's first Heavy Metal Charity Bicycle Ride, the brain child of Metal Hammer editor-in-chief Alexander Milas and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood.

It’s a three-day challenge covering 265 kms of countryside and this year’s proceeds will go to Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline. Chris will be join a team of people from all across the music industry - agents, managers, promoters, other publicists, record labels, media organisations, and artists alike plus members of the public who have signed up for the grueling challenge.

Chris has a fundraising page set up and his target for the campaign is about $2500AUD (£1300GBP). If you are able to spare anything at all to help Chris reach his goal, please do. You can donate via this link.