Tour De Picnickers, are you ready to get on your bike?! 

Final stop – Stradbally!

Just one week to go until Electric Picnic and hundreds of revellers are limbering up to get ready to run or cycle for charity for this year’s Tour de Picnic. The National Dairy Council Tour De Picnic 2022 17km run or 80km cycle is healthiest and most sustainable way to make it to the festival of the summer which sold out in under thirty minutes earlier this year!

The National Dairy Council is delighted to see the return of Tour de Picnic this year, the organisation had previously sponsored the event under their consumer brand, The Complete Natural, and looks forward to reconnecting the story of Irish dairy with the EP audience.

To help you prepare even further, NDC has teamed up with sports dietician Evan Lynch and Food Creator and Physiotherapist Sinead Delahunty to bring you a series of training videos and nutrition advice to ensure you are in tip top condition for the cycle or run. These will be available to view on the Tour de Picnic website www.tourdepicnic.ie and on NDC’s You Tube channel.

This year participants are required to raise €450 (including registration) for the NDC Tour De Picnic charities to take part in this exhilarating fundraising and fitness challenge, with their weekend pass to Ireland’s most popular music festival waiting for them at the finish line.

Funds raised by Tour De Picnickers will go towards three worthy charities this year – LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, Ronald McDonald House and ISPCC Childline.

The stunning 80km cycle through some of Ireland’s best cycle ways will begin with a healthy breakfast party including Irish milk, yogurt, fruits and porridge held at Tallaght Stadium on the morning of September 2nd to keep you energised as you push those peddles towards the Picnic. There will be additional “Fuel stops” on the way to the Picnic where runners and cyclists can refuel with milkshakes, smoothies and other energy fuelling snacks along with water.

Departing from Tallaght Stadium, the cyclists will head for the Blessington Greenway to meander through some of Ireland’s biggest dairy farms and the picturesque village of Brannockstown. They’ll then make their way along the Barrow Blueway before reaching Stradbally. There will be some much-needed sustenance along the way too!

As for those lacing up their running shoes, their journey starts at Course town B&B and Country House, a dairy farm in Athy, Co Kildare. The 17km run covers farmland and Coillte forests; passing through Oughvale Woods always a stand-out moment for runners as they take in the beautiful Irish countryside.

And there will a much-needed celebratory meal later on with cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream and a massage, followed by weekend of incredible entertainment!