20 September 2011>
The hugely successful Welsh stage of the Tour of Britain is expected to have a major positive impact on the local economy within the Caerphilly county borough.
The race finished in the shadow of the town's magnificent medieval castle on 14th September and the crowds turned out in force to cheer on the cyclists.
Caerphilly county borough council is estimating the event could be worth over £300,000 to the local economy, and this together with the resulting media coverage value could lead to a major increase in visitors to the area in the future.
"The event gave the county borough a very high profile and we were delighted with the outcome," said leader of council, Cllr Allan Pritchard. "The stage was declared an amazing success by all of the partners involved and it was fantastic to see the level of support from the community all along the route – especially on Caerphilly mountain and down at the finishing line."
The Chief Executive of Tour of Britain Huw Jenkins said "This has been a fantastic day for cycling and the reception by Caerphilly was the best the tour has received to date."
Cllr Pritchard added, "There is no doubt in my mind that Caerphilly is now well placed on the major events map in Wales, the UK and beyond. We can truly claim international recognition as a destination not to be missed. I'd like to thank everyone who got involved and helped make this a superb success."
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