The local feed trade turned out in force to support the round Britain cycle tour of feed mills and grain businesses throughout the UK. 

NI Grain Trade Association members ready for the off in the  Grain & Feed Tour Charity Bike Ride 2018. All funds raised in Northern Ireland will go to assist with the work of Rural Support NI. Pictured front from left: Michael McAree, President, NIGTA; Robin Irvine, CEO, NIGTA and Jude McCann, Rural Support NI. The cyclists who took part in the local leg of the charity bike ride are back from left: Vincent Shannon, Ed Brown, Niall O Donnell, Nicky Lamb, Gavin McDonald and Peter Davidson. Middle row: Stuart Purvis, Brian Conway and Ben Frazer. The Rural Support Helpline is 0800 138 1678. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
NI Grain Trade Association members ready for the off in the Grain & Feed Tour Charity Bike Ride 2018. All funds raised in Northern Ireland will go to assist with the work of Rural Support NI. Pictured front from left: Michael McAree, President, NIGTA; Robin Irvine, CEO, NIGTA and Jude McCann, Rural Support NI. The cyclists who took part in the local leg of the charity bike ride are back from left: Vincent Shannon, Ed Brown, Niall O Donnell, Nicky Lamb, Gavin McDonald and Peter Davidson. Middle row: Stuart Purvis, Brian Conway and Ben Frazer. The Rural Support Helpline is 0800 138 1678. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The Northern Ireland section covered close to 300 miles on a 3 day circuit of the province – Starting in Belfast Harbour – via Newry, Armagh, Pomeroy, Omagh, Randalstown, Stranocum and finishing up in Larne. 

A Titanic cycle - Michael McAree, right, President, NI Grain Trade Association with NIGTA members, Ben Frazer and Peter Davidson who cycled in the local leg of the Grain & Feed Tour Charity Bike Ride 2018. All funds raised in Northern Ireland will go to assist with the work of Rural Support NI. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
A Titanic cycle - Michael McAree, right, President, NI Grain Trade Association with NIGTA members, Ben Frazer and Peter Davidson who cycled in the local leg of the Grain & Feed Tour Charity Bike Ride 2018. All funds raised in Northern Ireland will go to assist with the work of Rural Support NI. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

A total of 33 cyclists from 14 local businesses enjoyed glorious weather as they travelled through some of the most scenic areas of Northern Ireland.

All funds raised in Northern Ireland will go to assist with the work of Rural Support NI. Jude Mc Cann of Rural Support was delighted with the efforts on behalf of his organisation “ Those in the supply trade see at first hand the pressures that many farmers face and understand the stress caused by financial and regulatory pressures - the sense of isolation and  anxiety that can affect both the farm business and the farm household. Our work relies heavily on charitable donation and we greatly appreciate the continued support of the Grain Trade Association.”

NI Grain Trade Association members ready for the off in the  Grain & Feed Tour Charity Bike Ride 2018.
NI Grain Trade Association members ready for the off in the Grain & Feed Tour Charity Bike Ride 2018.

Robin Irvine of NIGTA was pleased with the response from members – “We had cyclists volunteering from all parts of the province and from the small family  businesses to large multinational companies. We are hopeful that this magnificent effort can translate into a significant contribution to the work of Rural Support.

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Getting ready for the off in the NI stage of the Grain & Feed Tour Charity Bike Ride 2018. All funds raised in Northern Ireland will go to assist with the work of Rural Support NI. Included from left are Robin Irvine, CEO, NIGTA; Richard Cooksley, organiser and NIGTA member, Niall O'Donnell, one of the participants. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Getting ready for the off in the NI stage of the Grain & Feed Tour Charity Bike Ride 2018. All funds raised in Northern Ireland will go to assist with the work of Rural Support NI. Included from left are Robin Irvine, CEO, NIGTA; Richard Cooksley, organiser and NIGTA member, Niall O'Donnell, one of the participants. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie