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Published 25/08/2015 | 17:52

Jennifer Maguire, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea at the lunach of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp
Jennifer Maguire, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea at the lunach of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp

RTE star Jennifer Maguire is a new mother - but she's already back in the saddle.

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The popular broadcaster and comedian recently gave birth to Florence but, proving that there is little or no rest for the wicked, she's back on her bike ahead of an 80km charity cycle to the Electric Picnic next week.

"Your head will do it, your legs will do it but your arse mightn't so wear appropriate cycling shorts," she advised sagely.

"I've done some great training in the past two weeks. I've trained myself in various pubs around Dublin because the Picnic can be tough on your liver! The cycle is a piece of cake. 

"But really…. over the past couple of months, I’ve been getting back in the saddle and training for my annual trip to the Picnic on the Rabo Direct Tour de Picnic, raising funds for The Irish Youth Foundation, Special Olympics Ireland and the ISPCC."

She added she was feeling the pressure as her 2fm co-host, Keith Walsh is also taking to the road for the 80km trip down to Stradbally Hall on Friday, September 4.

Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp
Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp

"Although the trip isn’t timed, I’m still keen to pip him to the post and get to Electric Picnic before him… girl power and all!" she added. 

"I plan on getting a 60km spin in this weekend so if anyone spots me walking into work on Monday morning looking like John Wayne, you know why in advance."

The 33-year-old said she has been getting friends and family involved in the fundraising.

"I’m actually really excited about getting on the bike as it’s my first official cycle since having Florence," she said.

The charity event is the last chance for people to acquire Electric Picnic tickets - as the three-day event has been officially sold out for months.

“It’s been a great success, we do it every year and so far we’ve raised over €1.2 million, cycled over 400,000km, and burned over 20.4m calories. 6000 people have taken part,” organiser Brian McDermott said

“We have the last few tickets for Electric Picnic. It’s the only way that you can still get a ticket to Electric Picnic.”

“Anyone who does it gets very well looked after, they get a kit and all their food and they get their bags transported down there, and we have ice baths afterwards,” he said.

Anyone interested in taking part can sign up on www.rabodirecttourdepicnic.com

“It’s a very good way to get going with Electric Picnic because you tend to make a lot of friends on the way down. You can have a few pals for the weekend. People doing it do tend to help each other a lot.”

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