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Location: Edinburgh
Date: November 20, 2020

Our favourite and most anticipated annual fundraising challenge, Cycle for Smart Works, is coming back in 2021.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Smart Works Edinburgh team are challenging our families, friends, and colleagues to take part in the ultimate team cycling challenge and raise much-needed funds for unemployed women across the country. The high levels of unemployment created by the pandemic are having an immediate impact on the women we help. With gyms closed, pubs shut, and it being the New Year and all, we can’t think of anything better than to team up with your friends, get active, and raise money in support of unemployed women. Together, we will help them with the clothes, coaching, and confidence they need to get a job and transform their lives.

So, what does the challenge entail? First, you will need to recruit a team of five individuals who will join together to cycle a collective 500 miles, the distance between the eight Smart Works centres across the UK. The cycling challenge begins on Monday 1st of March and ends on Monday 8th of March – International Women’s Day 2021. Second, you need to have access to some kind of bike. This can be cycling during your lunch break, pedalling on a stationary bike in your living room, or socially distanced in a gym or class. Last but not least, you will need a willingness to have fun, to take part in some healthy competition, and to support women in need. Every pound raised will help unemployed women across the UK to feel prepared, encouraged and empowered before their job interview.

Sign ups will open on Wednesday 13 January via, at only £5 per person. Once signed up, each team will receive the following: a welcome pack with fundraising advice and a guide to completing the challenge, including cycling tips and exclusive offers from our official partners – Boom Cycle, a team fundraising page to raise money for your chosen Smart Works centre, and, a unique log in to track the total miles cycled, so you can see your team climbing the official leader board once the challenge begins. On top of all that, the first 100 teams to sign up will receive a limited edition Cycle for Smart Works 2021 t-shirt.

It’s time to spread the word, assemble your team and get ready to sign up on 13 January. To register your interest and be the first to hear the latest news, email We can’t wait to welcome you into the Smart Works community, as we Cycle for Smart Works in 2021.

To learn more, sign up to join our Virtual Discovery Session on Wednesday 25 November at 5pm.

This is pandemic proof fundraising and never have unemployed women across the UK needed your support more.