I spent the three days 'tour chasing' and I am confident that this triumphant spectacle can leave a lasting legacy if we let it... until now the next generation of cyclists has been "let down" by a lack of safe roads... now we just need to see the representative Government investment to ensure this passion has a deep and lasting impact.
For many though, whatever the scale of Wiggo, Cav and Froome's achievements as British cyclists, the long shadow of the sport's drug problems remains so impenetrable as to cast such successes in doubt.
A sixth cyclist has died in London in only two weeks. Cycling's popularity is propelled by British Tour de France winners - Chris Froome and Bradly Wiggins. It will only continue to get more popular as more people cycle to work, to get healthy and combat costs. Cycle safety is now paramount.
Sir Bradley Wiggins' efforts in winning the Tour de France last summer, followed by Olympic gold, Sports Personality of the Year and rocking out with his guitar at the after party - combined with the rise and success of British Cycling at both the Beijing and London Olympics - have made cycling not only more popular as a spectator sport, but enormously popular as a participation sport.
The shop at 2 Marshall Street in Soho is something of an Aladdin's Cave, the headless mannequins in the window the sharpest-dressed sentries you'll fi...
Before the band departed, their fists raised, Weller barked "Thanks for coming for such a great cause on such a piss poor night! Give yourselves a round of applause!" So we did.
After Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitsteadt's exciting rerun of their epic Olympic road race showdown on the boards of the Manchester Velodrome last week, women's cycling is again enjoying a high profile in the UK.
There is no sign that British cycling's success story will end on 31 December 2012, nor much denting of cycling's growing popularity as a participation sport exercise. These books will not only liven up your seasonal reading but act as a testament to what it has taken for British cycling to become such an incredible success story
Although it's a sad fact that every cyclist has to expect to be involved in the odd incident now and then, many have undoubtedly been shocked to see these cycling heroes knocked from their saddles.
While Bradley Wiggins sits at home convalescing after his recent road accident, and no doubt putting in the hours on the turbo trainer despite his broken rib and dislocated finger, the management at Team Sky are already turning their attention away from their recent staff clear-out and towards the 2013 season.
Mark Powell pushes back his hat and relaxes into his armchair, a pair of handsome new specs upon his nose. 'I'm still cutting edge, moving forward, and I've also got the back-up of a great history,' he tells me.
Since taking up cycling to work, I have been shocked on a number of issues.
Plenty of people ski The Alps. Some, with more grit, hike the rocky terrane. I've done both, across Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy, but not Slovenia, Liechtenstein or Germany, where the ranges stretch across Upper Bavaria and the Allgäu.
From start to finish The Tour of Britain has felt like one massive celebration of British sport and cycling. And it got even better on the last stage in Guildford with Jonathan Tiernan-Locke taking the overall win and Mark Cavendish winning the stage.
Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France. Andy Murray's maiden Grand Slam. Pretty much every 'high profile' gold at the Olympics and Paralympics, including those of the aforementioned 'Wiggo' and 'Muzza'. What do all of these have in common?
I have grown a beard. The decision came from nowhere although was accompanied by an undertaking to my daughters that I would get an ear pierced. There was therefore a whiff of mid-life crisis in the air that day.