FIGURES from local authority groups and sporting clubs across the county have united in praising an 'inspiring' and 'fantastic' stage of the Tour of Britain last week.
The sixth stage in the national road race showed off Devon in all its glory, from winding streets of market towns to the spectacular summit finish at Haytor.
Organisers said they were 'delighted' with the stage, which was among the highlights of the 10th tour.
Mick Bennett, race director of The Tour of Britain, said: "When we thought about a summit finish it had to be here at Haytor.
"What a setting; we're absolutely delighted. And it's not just about the race – the community engagement with kids riding the hill climb is why we're here. It's about inspiring the next generation.
"It's been fantastic and Devon has set the bar again."
The tour has brought more than £21million to the Devon economy over the last seven years, and showcased the county to a worldwide television audience.
Last year's Devon stage generated more than £7.3million in the county in a record breaking year.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highways, said: "It was marvellous to see so many people turn out for the 10th anniversary Tour.
"Last year more than 220,000 people were watching along the route, and I'm sure we must have topped that – probably more than a quarter of a million turned out.
"We got to see a British winner and Sir Bradley Wiggins kept the IG Gold Jersey.
"And with the Indian Summer arriving in Devon on the day the thousands of visitors and millions of people around the world watching on TV got to see Devon at its best."
Kevin Bishop, chief executive of Dartmoor National Park Authority, said: "The number of people here far exceeded what we expected.
"It builds on the success of previous years of The Tour coming to Dartmoor and we're seeing the number of people cycling across Dartmoor, both on-road and off-road, increasing.
"There are direct economic benefits from The Tour with local B&Bs and hotels booked up for the week and weekend, and having Devon and Dartmoor beamed to countries across the world, hopefully its put us on the international map."
Jeremy Christophers, leader of Teignbridge Council said: "This is the fourth time in Teignbridge in four years and the Haytor finish was the pinnacle of that.
"To have it here on top of the world is ideal and we feel on top the world.
"It was a great day, everything came together including the weather and a lot of people worked really hard to make it possible.
"We realise we have probably had our turn, but if other venues are struggling we would love to have it back.
"We will be looking at the economic impact of this, as it adds value to tourism in the shoulder months.
"We are very keen to keep talking and grow our relationship with Devon County Council to give a warm welcome to the Tour."
Andrew Perkins chairman of Mid-Devon Cycle Club, whose members acted as marshals for the final kilometre, said the event had been a 'massive' boost for cycling in the area.
"It was a superb day," he said.
"The sport is no longer a fringe event. MDCC are attracting new members every week, more than ever before."