Croydon will step on to the world stage when it hosts a major event in the cycling calendar this summer, with thousands of spectators expected to turn out to see some of Britain’s top cyclists in action.
“This is a great opportunity to show off Croydon to a worldwide audience and demonstrates the growing confidence shown in our exciting borough.
“The Pearl Izumi Men’s Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix are major sporting events that will contribute to the much-improved cultural offer of the town centre.
“It is a great opportunity to promote healthy living and encourage more people to cycle.
“With the new festival Ambition taking place the following month, this promises to be the start of a brilliant summer for Croydon.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
Alastair Grant, director of tour series organisers SweetSpot, said: “Bringing the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to Croydon was a strategic decision which has been further strengthened by the enthusiasm that the council holds.
“We are looking forward to working within an established borough of London, especially one within such close proximity of the cycling heartlands in the south of the country.
“We hope that this is the start of a partnership that leads to other cycling events in the future.”