Denbighshire County Council has said a big “thank you” to the county’s residents for supporting the Tour of Britain as the event kick started its visit to Wales in Denbigh earlier today (Wednesday).
Stage 4 of this year started on the High Street before heading towards the former North Wales Hospital site and looping back into the town near the leisure centre and Denbigh High School before leaving the town and heading towards Bodfari.
The race then temporarily left Denbighshire and into Flintshire, heading through Mold, Pontblyddyn, Coed Talon, Treuddyn before it re-entered Denbighshire near Llandegla. It then travelled along the A5104 through Bryneglwys and on to the A5 at Corwen before turning for Cynwyd and Llandrillo.
A host of activities took place in Denbigh town centre before the race began and thousands of people and school children lined the streets to welcome the cyclists to town.
Leader of Denbighshire County Council, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, said: “We are absolutely delighted by the level of support shown on the day. Denbigh Town Centre was full of supporters ready to give the cyclists a warm Welsh welcome. We also had people supporting the race at other points around Denbigh and in the south of the county.
“The Tour of Britain organisers always t ell us that cyclists are delighted to receive such strong support in North Wales and they are pleased to see the crowds out in force.
“The event is a great opportunity to showcase the county and the North Wales region. North Wales is fast earning itself a reputation for hosting and staging major events, with the Tour of Britain a prime example of how councils across the region and organisers work together to deliver spectacular events.
“We know that the support provided by the people of Denbighshire in recent years has been phenomenal and we want to encourage the same level of support again this year."