CYCLING fans turned out in their hundreds on Saturday afternoon as some of the best cyclists nationally and internationally competed in the Tour of Britain.

The route skirted East Lancashire on the stage which started in Altrincham and ended in Manchester taking in towns such as Edenfield, Ramsbottom and Edgworth.

Families packed the streets of Edgworth and there was a really buzz of excitement to greet the cyclists on the roads.

Gary Dunstan, 50, from the village, said: “It was really exciting the kids are seeing top cycling in their back yardand it is fascinating to watch.

“We had the Ironman coming through the village a few weeks ago and that was really good but to have something like this in little old Edgworth is great.

“It will be something to remember.

“I have seen the Tour de France on the television and people line the streets and come out as a cultural thing.

“Some of the kids were saying about feeling sorry for the ones coming through at the back of the race but I was telling him these are the supreme riders in the world.

“Our kids love to ride their bikes so it will inspire them after watching this unique experience.

“It is really infectious and the kids have been getting really close to the kerb.”

Alan and Pam Lace, from Edgworth, were filming the action on Bolton Road with their granddaughter Ava.

Alan said: “It is just brilliant and so exciting for the village and half the village must be here along with people from other areas.

“It is a big attraction and it is great that everyone is coming to watch cycling.

“It helps to put the town on the map. We brought our granddaughter down and we will be able to show her the videos in the future and say she was there.”

Scott Marriott, 32, from Edgworth, was watching with son Theo, said: “It is good to see something like this happening locally. I am really looking forward to seeing all the action and the riders and I think it is nice to see a top event so close and enjoy it.”