From blending your own ‘cycle-powered smoothie’ to dancing bicycle troupes, Croydon will host its first ever Cycle Fest this week.

Roads around the town centre will be closed as schools and visitors will be invited to take part in the day-long event which includes, Bikes to Africa, a challenge for riders of Brompton folding bikes and the Mayor's charity race.

Professional riders will take part in two street racing events, the Matrix Fitness GP Series women’s race and the Tour Series men’s race.

As well as the cycling, Beats and Eats will host a live stage in The Queen's Gardens with music, while food includes a gourmet hog roast and pizza.

Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, said: “Cycling is hugely important to modern cities. It’s often the best way of getting around in Croydon and London.

"At the same time it’s a brilliant way of staying fit and it can also help people to cope with poor mental health in a positive way.

"Then, for competitive people, it offers so many ways of challenging yourself – from speed and endurance to challenging stunts on BMXs.

"This new festival celebrates all of that and promises to be a fantastic day out for spectators and participants alike, it’s also a great way to celebrate Croydon”.

The Cycle Fest starts at midday, this Thursday (18 May) in Central Croydon.

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