EVESHAM residents came out in force to lend their support to the riders taking part in the Tour of Britain, the nation’s biggest cycling race.
The race returned to Worcestershire for the first time in six years on Wednesday (September 10) and a host of events were lined up in Evesham and Broadway to celebrate.
To mark the arrival of the tour in Evesham, Honeybourne Bicycle Users Group (H-BUG) ran a toddlers slalom in the Market Square.
Each child received a certificate and a flag after riding their tricycle, balancing bike or bicycle around the short course.
And after the riders passed through, H-BUG led a schools ride around town where each rider received a certificate and a Pickwick Bicycle Club medal.
Members of the Ferry View Knitting Group geared up for the Tour of Britain by making a knitted bike which will be on display on Evesham High Street during the big day.
Supported by Rooftop Housing Group, the knitted bike also raised awareness of the No Limits campaign for disabled play equipment in Crown Meadow.
Set up by kind-hearted Evesham resident Lucy Bickerstaff, the campaign aims to raise £10,000 by next April, if she succeeds then Wychavon District Council will donate a further £10,000 to the cause.
And the popular event also caught the imagination of Broadway residents who cheered stars such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish as they passed through the village.
Residents a variety of local businesses followed the riders through the gateway to the Cotswolds.
Youngsters enjoyed some of the street entertainment on offer. Picture by Alex Bradbury 3714020ABR23
Vale residents grabbed the best spots to see the cycling stars. Picture by Alex Bradbury 3714020ABR24
The riders coming down Evesham High Street. Picture by Alex Bradbury 3714020ABR30
Sir Bradley Wiggins (left) was among the stars on show. Picture by Alex Bradbury 3714020ABR36
The riders coming down Evesham High Street. Picture by Alex Bradbury 3714020ABR34
The riders coming down Evesham High Street. Picture by Alex Bradbury 3714020ABR38
Riders made their way through Broadway. Picture courtesy of Visit Broadway
Crowds lined Evesham High Street. Picture by Alex Bradbury 3714020ABR25
BMC Racing’s Sebastian Lander and UCI Movistar’s Alex Dowsett race to the finish of the sprint race in Evesham town centre. Picture by Alex Bradbury 3714020ABR27