The charities they choose to donate to (Childline, Save The Children, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff Robbins) also fit within this spirit. “They're all kids’ charities because as divided as the world can seem, these charities are something that everyone agrees on. Helping out kids and young people is something I think everyone agrees on. They are the future and they're the people we should be investing our time in.”
Many of the riders, Alexander explains, aren’t necessarily cycling enthusiasts – but that doesn’t matter. “You've never seen a more encouraging and positive group of people. Everyone has different abilities and it is 100 per cent not about showing off or being the first to the finish line. The point is that we do it together.”
But isn’t it daunting for new riders? “Yes, it's always going to be daunting," he admits. "If it was easy there wouldn't be a point, you know? The thing is: people keep on coming back because it's just got this incredible family feel. It is scary but that can be a good thing. The whole point of fundraising in this way is showing your commitment by doing something that's going to challenge you.”
The growth and longevity of Heavy Metal Truants is testament to the community within heavy music. If there’s one thing that moshers are good at, it’s mobilisation. Whether that’s packing out a gig venue, queueing outside a record shop for a new release, or trekking halfway across the country to go to camp in a muddy field for the weekend. Alexander and the Heavy Metal Truants have managed to harness this spirit and convert it into money for important causes and making a real difference in the world. The fact that the riders have a great time doing it and make friends for life are added bonuses.
“Most people are good but they're not the ones who make the headlines. Most people want to help, they just don't know how. We just want to make it easy for people to do something good in the world.”