The Tour cars and police motorcycle riders left Royal Avenue at 10am ahead of the race, additionally more than 40 children from Bath and North East Somerset schools were nominated to lead out the race.
Crowds gathered around Bath as the city hosted stage six of the 2014 Tour of Britain race.
Superstar cyclists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were along the racers who set off from the Royal Avenue before touring the sites of the historic city this morning.
The racers started off from the park a little later than scheduled, taking in the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge – right outside our front door – and the Roman Baths before heading off up the Wellsway and out of the city. W
Those who wanted to watch the entirety of Stage Six from Bath to Hemel Hempstead Stage could do so: there was a large TV Screen in the Bandstand area at Royal Victoria park.
A truly great event which created an atmosphere full of inspiration, excitement and joy.
Tom Tyler, a fireman from Bristol, said: “To see so many people out is really good for us and the area, Bristol and Bath are the cycling capitals of the South West.”
Joe and Jayne Leonard from Kingswood have been following the race around the region.
Mrs Leonard said; “I think cycling has become popular because of our success in the Tour de France and the Olympics. We havent been to a start before – the atmosphere is superb.”
Good luck to those continuing onto the following stages!