Cowgate Cycle

The Connolly Cycle Challenge is a fantastic experience and great way to raise money for good causes. 

Monies raised through the sponsored cycle go towards supporting essential work carried out in working class communities. The Connolly Cycle Challenge is raising funds for The Connolly Foundation. A not for profit organisation based in working class communities. The Connolly Foundation accepts no state or corporate funding so relies on support from events like the Connolly Cycle Challenge.

This years Connolly Cycle Challenge is part of a series of community events to celebrate the life of James Connolly. As with all Cowgate Republic events this cycle is open to all and is not affiliated to any political party or group. This is an inclusive community event.

Last years event was a huge success both in terms of the money raised for good causes and the enjoyment and sense of satisfaction of the participants. Full details will be confirmed nearer the event. The cycle will begin and end in Edinburgh.

For more information email:

Participants at end of Connolly Cycle Challenge 2018

Frequently Asked Questions about the Connolly Cycle Challenge

How far is the cycle challenge?

The Connolly Cycle Challenge is 50 miles.

Do I need special training?

The Cycle is designed as a challenge but not a race. The route is flat for occasional and social cyclists. No specialist training is required or expected. The Cycle is a community event and includes regular regroup points along the route to allow people of all standards to participate as a group.

What do I have to do to take part?

All you have to do to register is email and complete the brief registration form. You will then receive your Connolly Cycle Challenge sponsor forms and information pack with fundraising ideas.  All participants are expected to take seriously their fundraising for the charities involved. All participants are required to commit to raising at least £150 each.

Nearer the time you will also receive a full itinerary. Registration costs £20.

What do I get?

All participants receive vehicular support. Water and lunch are also provided. And everyone gets a specially designed Connolly Cycle Challenge 2021 T-Shirt, exclusive to participants. Of course you also get a great sense of achievement and satisfaction at having enjoyed a fantastic day, completed the Challenge and helping fantastic community initiatives.

If I live outside Scotland do I need to bring my own bike?

No. Participants from outside Scotland can bring their own bike if they prefer but Cowgate Republic are happy to provide bikes for those who would prefer that option.

Can I help if I don’t cycle?

Yes, we are always looking for volunteers to help on the day. Please get in touch if you would like to help us make this years Connolly Cycle Challenge a great success.

How can I sponsor the Connolly Cycle Challenge?

You can support this event either by sponsoring by clicking on the Paypal button below and sponsor the event and the community initiatives via this secure and safe link.