Any childhood activity is all fun and games… Until it’s a competition!!! Strider, as most of us know, makes balance bikes for really little kids. Basically, bicycles without pedals that can be ridden by any child that can walk. But what a lot of us might not know is that it was invented by a motorcycle, specifically dirt bike, enthusiast to get his kids into riding.
“The Strider was born out of my desire to teach my sons how to ride on two wheels at the youngest age possible. Motorcycling has been a passion of mine since my childhood, and I wanted to share the thrill and adventure of the sport with my children.” - Strider Sports International Founder Ryan McFarland.
Now to the competition part. Not only can you get your kid riding, but racing before he or she can even spell racing. There is a three race series culminating in the Strider Cup World Championship race on July 19-20 at Civic Park in Boulder, Colorado. See the press release below for full details.
Cutest Race in the World Features 2-5 Year Olds Racing Balance Bikes
Rapid City, South Dakota (Sept. 12, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2018 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children.
Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” these family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at three stops across the country next spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event next July, the Strider Cup World Championship event.
The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 18 months and 5 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider Riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.
You’ll find Strider Cup races in the following cities this next year: Saturday, May 5: Fort Worth, Texas, in Sundance Square Saturday, May 26: Cleveland, Ohio at the Public Square
Saturday, June 16: Seattle, Wash. at the Seattle Center
This series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 19-20 at Civic Park in Boulder, Colo. This past year’s World Cup hosted over 382 toddlers from 10 different countries. Organizers are expecting over 500 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.
There will be races for 2 - 5-year-olds at each event. Pre-registration will be available January 2018; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.
A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly encouraging their young racers as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over obstacles such as tires, water features, and wooden ramps. Parents cheer, run alongside the course as though it were a cross-country race, and coach their little ones to the finish line. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.
As one parent put it, “best part was seeing the joy on my child’s face as he got to go down ramps and through tunnels. In every picture he has a huge smile on his face. He is still talking about it and was showing off his trophy to everyone. The whole event was amazing and adorable.”
Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship. Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.7 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.