You could set off to pedal alone but this June cyclists from across the country are being invited to get on their bikes to enjoy a truly sociable cycle that combines craic and challenge: The Tour of the Orchard County.

The unique event organised by the Armagh Tigers and supported by Linwoods whose food business is situated right in the heart of Ulster’s orchards, was organized for the first time in 2012.  So strong was the response from cyclists at every level that this year it is back, bigger and better – and more than double the number of cyclists than last year are expected to take to the roads as the event leaves the official starting point at The Armagh City Hotel on Sunday 23rd June.

Wishing them ‘bloomin’ good luck as she waves them off on the day will be Emma Gribben the newly appointed Armagh Rose…the Linwoods Rose entrant of all things!

Keen cyclists have the choice of 2 routes – 58 or 110 kilometres.

Preparing to get on her bike with the best of them is Brenda Beattie, Sales Manager Health Food Division of Linwoods – and she is delighted to be associated with a great healthy living event in the company’s home county.  

She says, “This brings together some of our favourite things: healthy lifestyles, our beautiful region and our great local community so we are pleased and proud to be headline sponsor of the 2013 Tour of The Orchard County. 

“Part of the County Armagh community for over 30 years, Linwoods bakery, dairy and health foods business is also reknowned for offering support to local community and charity initiatives.  Today we are very much focused on healthy living and lifestyles and the Linwoods healthy-eating Superfoods range of nutrient-rich milled seeds, nuts and berries is now enjoyed all across the world.

“The cyclists who are taking part in the Tour – whether they are professional athletes or weekend enthusiasts can all benefit from the natural, health giving goodness of the Linwoods product range.  I hope that the event will allow us to introduce still more people to products whose wealth of nutrients and vitamins can help improve their health and vitality … and, unlike cycling, there’s very little effort involved!”

The non-competitive but highly exciting cycling Tour Of The Orchard County already boasts a number of professional participants from the UK and Ireland, including Stephen Gallagher, past winner of the RAS (famous race in Belgium – equivalent of tour de France).  At least part of The Tour Of The Orchard County route is expected to figure in the prestigious Giro d’Italia which will be held in Ireland next year.

Looking forward to the 2013 Tour, Dean Heatherington from Armagh Tigers, said, “We hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable event this year and we are delighted to be associated with Linwoods foods as our main sponsors for another year.

The Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust is harnessing the 2013 pedal power to raise money for NSPCC with online registrations being entered into a free raffle for a £200 cyclists’ Gift Voucher.
The entry fee for the Tour is £25 for online registration or £30 on the day.

To find out more about how to enter visit