CROWDS lined the Denbighshire roadsides to see the rush of cyclists on the Tour of Britain.
Fans greeted some of the most famous cyclists as the Tour of Britain race entered North Wales for the first time.
Denbighshire County Council hailed North Wales stage of the Tour of Britain a huge success.
The fourth stage on Wednesday, September 18 started at Stoke-on-Trent, before entering Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and Gwynedd, finishing in Llanberis.
Spectators watched from the streets as police kept the roads clear for the cyclists to race through the Welsh countryside.
Vale Street in Denbigh was lined with people including school children waving Welsh flags.
Nia Lloyd-Jones, from Denbigh, who watched the tour pass through her hometown, said: “Well, it was something very special to our town and my whole family came to watch, my mother and father and my youngest son Idris, who loved all the excitement.
“I work in the Chocolate Shop and the build-up to the cyclists coming through was amazing.
“I was also really pleased that my oldest two boys had been allowed to watch outside Ysgol Twm o’r Nant.
“It was great to see the girls from the Principality all out and the library staff looking through their window.
“It was a great community feel to it.
“After they passed, a lot of people came into the Chocolate Shop and the party carried on afterwards with everyone talking about it, it was a great day, one to remember.”
The event was supported by all six North Wales authorities, as well as the Welsh Government.
Now council officials say the event’s success shows North Wales is geared up for major events and is ready to do business.
Councillor Hugh Evans, chairman of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, said: “This has been a great opportunity to showcase North Wales as a destination for cyclists, but has also been a tremendous boost to the local economy.
“North Wales has had a lot of positive and widespread coverage as a result of this race coming into our region and it has been a great platform to show the cycling industry and tourists that North Wales is capable of handling such a major prestigious event.
"We now need to capitalise on this success and make sure that we work together as a region and look at what other events can be hosted in our region. We have the capacity and skills to look bigger, think bigger.
“Today should act as a catalyst for promoting North Wales as a great place for tourists and for the local economy,
“We can now look forward to next year’s event with confidence that North Wales really is ready to do business.”