One of the largest crowds cheering on the Giro cyclists on Saturday was in Carrickfergus, with the Norman castle providing an impressive backdrop as the peloton passed by.
Thousands of people - both cycling fans and curious on-lookers - created a carnival atmosphere ahead of the racers’ arrival.
The town embraced the Giro spirit with a family fun day of various activities for all ages.
Speaking to the News Letter as the peloton disappeared towards Belfast, the spectators were unanimous that the experience lived up to the hype.
Paul Gillespie of Randalstown is following every stage of the Big Start in Northern Ireland.
“The whole thing has been even better than I expected. I was on the Newtownards Road yesterday and the welcome was fantastic,” he said.
Gavin Larmour from Carrickfergus said: “Everyone is getting behind the Giro. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event for Northern Ireland.”