Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 03/09/2023 - Cycling - 2023 Tour of Britain - Stage 1: Altrincham to Manchester (163.6km) - The Peloton rolling out during the neutralised start in Altrincham
New figures reveal 50,000 spectators lined Altrincham streets to watch the start of the Tour of Britain – more than the start of any other stage.
Cycling fans flocked to the award-winning town on 3 September to see world class cyclists begin the gruelling week-long race.
The Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest and most prestigious professional cycle race and the country's largest free-to-spectate sporting event. Altrincham hosted the start of the first stage of the race which took place in Greater Manchester, finishing on Deansgate in the city centre.
The 50,000 figure, calculated by Tour of Britain organisers, also beats the figures for attendances at the stage finishes.
Cllr Cath Hynes, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Arts, Culture and Heritage, said: “It was an amazing day and I’m delighted so many spectators were able to come and watch.
“Altrincham is such a vibrant market town and has so much to offer so we were delighted to be given the chance to showcase Altrincham to so many people.”
The event was also a big boost to local businesses, who were able to take advantage of the increased footfall in the town centre.
Mandy White, Manager of Altrincham BID, said: “It was fantastic to welcome this high-profile, international sporting event to the town again. It provides great exposure for Altrincham and a positive economic benefit to the businesses.”