Why Cycle?

The Tour de Leinster promises to be a challenging and inspiring event for all involved.

  • 600km of cycling to challenge the best with breath-taking scenery, ascents, descents and the open road.
  • Everything catered for and with a full support crew so cyclists can sit back and enjoy the challenge.
  • Share the road with one of Ireland’s most iconic cyclists, Tour de France and Giro D’italia winner, Stephen Roche.


Funds generated from the Tour de Leinster support not only high level national projects but also essential services delivered on the ground at local Leinster branch level. Children and adults with Down syndrome throughout Leinster benefit directly from this annual cycle.

Kevin Hampson, a parent and member of the Down Syndrome Ireland’s Louth/Meath branch, highlighted how funds raised from the Tour de Leinster are spent locally, “The Early Intervention Development Programme is for pre-school children with Down syndrome. Our Early Intervention specialists call to the homes of the children for two sessions a month during the school term. It’s basically therapy in a play situation and covers many aspects such as motor skills, hand eye coordination, some speech & language, singing and coordination so it’s very wide ranging. The money raised from the Tour de Leinster helps with the funding shortfall to run this programme for approximately 50 local children.”

Gary Leech, one of the cyclists in last year’s Tour de Leinster, appeared on the Ireland AM couch with his twins Max, who has Down syndrome, and Millie. Gary spoke openly and honestly about being a parent of a young child with Down syndrome.Stephen Roche also appeared alongside Gary and spoke about his participation in the Tour de Leinster.