The Tour of the Orchard County will start and finish from the Armagh City Hotel. There will be NO ENTRY on the day, all participants must register online. Sign On will be open from 8am until 10am and the first riders will be underway from 10am.
Participants must be aware that weather conditions in Co.Armagh can change and deteriorate rapidly and therefore should bring appropriate clothing to keep them warm in any adverse weather. It is also essential that all competitors undertake a training programme in the months leading up to this event to ensure the day is as memorable as possible.
The signage on the route will consist of non permanent, bio degradable paint sprayed onto the road and pointer arrows at road junctions.
As with all such cycling events, it is important for the health and safety of the riders (due to the calorie expenditure) to provide feed stations at strategic points along the route. There will the three fully maned feed stations for the longer route and two manned stations for the shorter route.
There will be marshals (wearing fluorescent vests) located on the route both in vehicles and at stationary posts. All volunteers and staff involved in the event will be clearly identifiable. The marshals do not have the authority to stop motorists, they are there for your safety and other road users.
Mechanical support will be available at Event HQ as well as a roving mechanic to support any participants with difficulties with their bike. Please note that this is only for major mechanical problems – the mechanic will not be on hand to fix minor mechanical problems.
Family and friends are more than welcome to come along to this event to show support for people they know. The familiar voice of someone you know can make all the difference when the legs are burning, the throat is dry and there are still a few miles left to go! Supporters also add an atmosphere and additional energy to the experience for all the other participants and the crew. We will help advise spectators as to where the best locations are along the route to cheer participants on.
A photographer will take photographs on the day of participants, these will be made for sale after the event – identification of each cyclist will be based on race numbers.
Event organisers will strive to keep the event as safe as possible: