Photos Courtesy of Ryan Hussey
Some people may think athletic clubs only cater to dads and moms who want to pump iron and do Zumba, while kids play in daycare. That’s not the case at the Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC) in San Jose, CA, whose website home page boasts, “Something for everyone.” They mean it!
AVAC hosted their first Strider Camp in December and had ten kids, most of them 2-year-old toddlers. Now, they’re busy running two camps; one for the 2- to 3-year olds, and one for 4- to 6-year-olds.
“We learned a lot with the first one in December,” said Jeff Griffith-Jones, General Manager at AVAC. “There can be a big difference with the younger ones. Parents are worried they aren’t ‘getting it’ right away. Since they’re smaller, just having them walk with the bike is big deal. As they get more competent, they gain confidence.”
Jeff, who’s a mountain biker and road cyclist, has known about Strider Bikes for a few years, as both his sons started on balance bikes at 18 months old. His oldest is now 4 years old, and transitioned to pedal shortly after his fourth birthday.
“It’s so obvious when they’re ready for pedals,” he said. “We went on a long camping trip to Utah. When my oldest son saw other kids at the campground riding pedal bikes, he said he wanted pedals. After we got back home, we put him on a pedal bike and he started riding instantly – no training wheels and no falls.”
The group at AVAC made a “gravel road” from lattice for their Strider Camp. Jeff said riding across it makes a cool noise and the uneven terrain builds their bike handling skills. They built small ramps for the course and have a big cowbell that the coaches ring to keep it fun.
“The downslopes and upslopes help them gain confidence,” Jeff added. “Their eyes light up when they pick up their feet and feel the thrill of speed. That’s when they realize how much fun it is.”
Some of the kids in the camp already have their own Strider Bike. Their parents were a bit frustrated that the kids didn’t want to ride them at home so they signed them up for the camp.
“The camp setting is more fun, and when they see others riding they want to do it,” said Jeff. “It was similar with my oldest son. He had a scooter and other toys that were a priority before he got excited and really started riding his bike.”
Jeff added that because the younger kids have a shorter attention span, they schedule 45 minutes of class time and then 15 minutes of parent time and free play. Check out the cool video they made:
Mary Tafralis enrolled her 2-year-old granddaughter in the first camp and said, “She loved it all – from the warm-ups to the actual Strider Camp instructions to the ‘Happy and You Know It’ song at the end. The instructors were completely involved and interacted with the kids on an individual basis. It's been a few weeks since the camp and my granddaughter takes her little pink bike everywhere. She has not completely mastered the skills, but her balance on the bike is amazing. And she loves it.”
Join us in San Francisco, CA July 29-30 for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship!
It promises to be another fun weekend of international racing competition, and plenty of other fun activities for the whole family!
The Strider Cup World Championship is open to all Strider riders of every ability! If you've already raced in one of the 2016 Strider Cup races (Lincoln, Salt Lake City, Spokane, or an authorized international Strider Cup race) you're automatically qualified for the World Cup Championship.
Last chance qualifiers and practice on Friday night are mandatory.
Last chance qualifiers, Practice and Riding clinics will take place on Friday evening for everyone. This will be an evening of STRIDER fun with music, games, food vendors, an opening ceremony and Group photo.
Full Schedule for Friday and Saturday:
Friday, July 29th - Opening Night Celebration and Last Chance Qualifying Practice
Note: Must attend qualifying night
Race Registration opens at Pier 35
Race Registration closes at Pier 35
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Fun Kids Activities - Food Vendors Available
4:30pm – 6:15pm
STRIDER clinic, practice & qualifying races 2,3,4 and 5 year olds
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Opening Ceremonies & Group Photo
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Special needs Strider 16” and 20” bike open practice races
Saturday, July 30th - Strider World Championship
Note: No Registration on this day
Track opens at Pier 35
9:00am - 4:00pm
2-year old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations
3-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations
Open STRIDER bike Freestyle session - bring your best tricks!
Special needs races
4-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations
5-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations
Track at Pier 35 closes
This race is for Genuine STRIDER Bikes only. No other balance bike brands are allowed. For acceptable modifications and other important information see full listing of rules which is linked on the Strider website landing page for this event or here.
Driving to the Strider Cup World Championship?
Sometimes finding a parking spot in the city can be difficult. consider reserving parking in advance with SpotHero!
SpotHero is a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted and convenient parking. You can download the SpotHero iPhone |Android app or visit the Strider Cup SpotHero Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.
All attendees can enter the promo code STRIDERCUP for an extra $5 off parking. That's $5 off already discounted rates! SpotHero can be used for Day of event racing and overnight parking as well.
Video highlights from 2015 Strider Cup World Championship
Strider Bikes Announces 2016 Strider Cup® Racing Series for Toddlers
Tiny STRIDER® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks
Rapid City, SD (January 19, 2016) —Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of
children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce three locations confirmed in its 2016 Strider
Cup, a national STRIDER Bike racing series for toddlers and children. 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
several stops across the country this spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event in July, the
Strider Cup World Championship event.
The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 2 and 5 years old who want to
show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other STRIDER riders. Children
of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed
for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.
Strider Cup races confirmed so far in the following cities this year:
- Saturday, June 11: Lincoln, NE, at the Railyard
- Saturday, June 25: Salt Lake City, UT, at Pioneer Park
- Saturday, July 9: Spokane, WA, at Riverfront Park
There will be races for 2 (and under), 3, 4, and 5 year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 onsite.
Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Preregistration
is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information.
For the second year in a row, Strider will host races for athletes with special needs at each of the events.
These athletes will race the 12” models, as well as Strider’s new, larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which
the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community.
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, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over
obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. 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 following the 2015 Strider race in Salt Lake City, UT, “My son loves his STRIDER
Bike and this event has given him a great way to race, go fast, and feel like a big kid without having to
Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World
Championship. This series-ending race will be held July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California.
Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.
If you love motorcycles and STRIDER Bikes then you should definitely head to one of the ten stops of the 2015/2016 International Motorcycle Shows!
- Portland, OR - Oct 31-Nov 1
- Sacramento, CA - Nov 6-8
- Long Beach, CA - Nov 20-22
- New York City, NY - Dec 11-13
- Miami, FL - Jan 8-10
- Dallas, TX - Jan 22-24
- Cleveland, OH - Jan 29-31
- Minneapolis, MN - Feb 5-7
- Chicago, IL - Feb 12-14
- Phoenix, AZ - Feb 20-21
What a fun day of STRIDER Championship Series Racing at the Ventura Pier on May 9th; new friends were made, challenges were overcome, and smiles were abundant!
Starting at 9am with the 2 and under racers, we wrapped up a little early thanks to the parents, local staff, sponsors, and all the great volunteers! If you had a good time, make sure that you check out the 2015 STRIDER World Championship races coming up August 28th-29th in STRIDERville (aka Rapid City, SD)! We're anticipating another exciting year of racing with competitors from at least 10 countries, and a ton of family fun!
Check out the excellent photos from race day on our Flickr page HERE!
2 YEAR OLDS and under
- 1#209 - Jeremiah "SpiderMan" Trujillo - CA
- 2#212 - Anakin "Vader" Smith - AZ
#219 - Hudson Rodriguez - CA
#210 - Joaquin "J Bugsy" Martinez - CA
#204 - Leland Wilson - CA
#226 - Gio Ricalde6
#208 - Brandon "Bubba" Kemmerly7
#222 - Kouta Toyoda8
3 YEAR OLDS
- 1#323 - Gunner Clinedinst - CA
- 2#312 - Patrick "PJ" Fernandes - CA
- 3#303 - Donovan "DMac" McElroy - CA
- 4#321 - Kurt Akciz - CA
- 5#315 - William "Wimmy" Realivasque - CA
- 6#324 - Corbin Nava - CA
- 7#316 - Ryder Choplin - CA
#304 - Ethan "River" Mack - CA
Special Needs - 8 and Under
- 1#609 - Cassidy Miner
- 2#605 - Cole Shearen
- 3#604 - Dylan Toth
- 4#701 - Jaret Wilson
- 5#606 - Elle Bowden
Special Needs - STRIDER 16"
- 1#710 - Kaden Holmes - CA
- 2#706 - Joshua Langford - CA
- 3#703 - Preston Wood - CA
- 4#702 - Noah Hatamian - CA
- 5#705 - Parker Bryant - CA
- 6#707 - Tyler Hartung - CA
- 7#708 - Rennie Lee - CA
#704 - Quinn Evans - CA
#709 - Luke Carlin - CA
4 YEAR OLDS
- 1#411 - Lance Rezac - CA
- 2#401 - Jamison Posca - CA
- 3 #403 - Asa Roberts - CA
- 4#408 - Patrick Schneider - CA
- 5#410 - Ryan Almaraz - CA
- 6#407 - Maxton "Max" Mantel - CA
#402 - Cayden Hammer - CA
#406 - Teegan "T-Gun" Hultman - CA
5 Year Olds
- 1#502 - Ryder Clinedinst - CA
- 2#501 - Talin "Talanelo" Richards - CA
#503 - Ben Terry - CA
#504 - Henry "Hank" Gasich - CA
#506 - Noah "NoNo" Holmes - CA
#508 - Jake "Stunt Man Jake" Familton - CA6
#505 - Jonah "Jones" Lague - CA7
#510 Gabriel Torres - FL8
Tiny Strider Riders To Compete On Specially-Designed Tracks Across America
Rapid City, SD (March 3, 2014) — Strider Sports International, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, has created a new national racing series known as the STRIDER Championship Series. This groundbreaking program will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at four stops across the country this summer, plus the final worldwide event this fall.
The unique Strider Championship Series will cater directly to children between two and five years old who want to experience the thrill of racing. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.
Find STRIDER Championship Series races in the following cities this summer:
· Saturday, June 21: Rapid City, SD, at Main Street Square - Register HERE
· Saturday, July 12: St. Cloud, MN, at Lake George, Presented by Scheels - Register HERE
· Sunday, August 24: Denver, CO, as part of the festivities surrounding the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race - Register HERE
There will be heats for 2 and under, 3, 4, and 5-year-olds at each of the races. Registration fees are $25 online or $35 on site. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open now and can be found at www.StriderBikes.com.
A typical Strider race scene has young parents and grandparents holding their breath as the bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, grasp their mini grips, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 400-foot plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. All young racers are treated to an Olympic-style podium award ceremony immediately following their race, where trophies taller than some of the riders are given to top finishers. All participants receive medals and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.
Participating in any of these events will automatically qualify the rider for the Strider World Championship. The series-ending race will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota — world headquarters for Strider Sports International, Inc. The big event goes down this year on September 19, 20 and 21. Please visit our website at STRIDER World Championship for more information.
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed worldwide in over 70 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com.
About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
We Create Riders! STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at www.StriderBikes.com
SCHEELS is a 24-store operation with stores in 10 states including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois; as well as a new store in Sandy, Utah. Play, shop, and explore over 85 amazing specialty shops with the area's largest selection of sports, fashion, and footwear! www.Scheels.com
About USA Pro Challenge
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2014. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
Hesperia BMX in California has the newest STRIDER specific course in the USA BMX world. If you're in the area and you haven't checked out the STRIDER action at Hesperia BMX go see waht it's all about!
Their practice/race schedule can be found on our website and more information on their track is below. Stride On!
1. Hesperia BMX is located at 17501 Live Oak Street, Hesperia, CA 52345 and the track phone number is (760) 678-5792
2. The track operator is Dan Dalton and the track website is www.HesperiaBMX.com
3. We decided to put in a STRIDER track to help build the sport of BMX by including family members of all ages. This gives them a safe track to ride without interfering with the full track operation.
4. The track is 175 ft. long with 6 obstacles (rollers and tables)in the first straight and 5 in the back straight (complete with it's own spectator tower.
5. Volunteers and track staff built the track in two days with the help of a Bobcat (daily rental)for the heavy lifting. A mixture of 50/50 dirt and clay was used to build the track, which is fenced in with snow fencing and STRIDER penants.
6. Hesperia BMX STRIDER Practice and Race times: Wednesdays Practice 5:30-7:00pm race to follow. Saturdays Practice 4:00-6:00pm race to follow.
4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Cody Benthin - Redwood City, CA
2 Alayna Altstatt - EL Cajon, CA
3 Sadie "Rocket Girl" Patterson - Team Dirty 530 - Paradise, CA
4 Ian Ledesma - Team J&R Bicycles - Moreno Valley, CA
5 Alexander Rodriquez - Tulare, CA
6 Bryce Kalosis - San Diego, CA
3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Ethan Giannetto - Porterville, CA
2 "Racin" Masin Stice - Yucca Valley, CA
3 Gavin "HOK" Yogues - Team HOK9 - Corona, CA
4 Urijah Martinez - Fresno, CA
5 Dominic Wymore - Bakersfield, CA
6 Auden Jensen - Thousand Oaks, CA
2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Vincent "The Rocket" Hajek - Team Israel - Los Angeles, CA
2 Darius "Little D" Chapman - Bighorn RV - Sparks, NV
3 JAXSON WORTH, , COALINGA, CA
4 GAVYN DEGIACOMO, , WESTMINSTER, CA
5 BRADLEY BALDWIN, , SPARKS, NV
6 JAVIER (RACER X) MUNOZ, , CHULA VISTA, CA
7 CAGE YOUNG, ,
8 ZEN PARRIS, , SAN DIEGO, CA
3 YEAR OLD GIRL STRIDER
1 BRAXTON ROLLINS, , ANDERSON, CA
2 ISABELLA (THE GREMLIN) LEIJA, CHICO CORSA, CHICO, CA
3 GIANNA YEE, TEAM IMPACT, SAN JOSE, CA
4 KAYLIN SUN, , LA JOLLA, CA
5 SYDNEY DOWELL, , BAKERSFIELD, CA
6 TRUE JOHNSON, , BAKERSFIELD, CA
Today's blog post is a highlight of Whittier Narrows BMX in El Monte, CA. Our very own Greg and Liz Hill recently helped build a STRIDER track there. Here's how you can do the same in their own words.
Breaking ground, we had a bobcat for 3 hours to level the area out and make it ready for placing dirt for turns and obstacles.
After we placed dirt for jumps and turns, we spent about 2 hours raking, packing and shaping. We had myself (Greg Hill) Jeremy Hill, Liz Hill, Mike Antis, Roland Leal and a few others...
The start of lining the track with chalk, gotta make it look official!
Team Strider (Greg and Liz Hill): We placed banners and pennants to make it look official as you can see in the following pictures.It is very basic, but the kids absolutely love it!
The first round of Strider riders attack the track!
The STRIDER bikes get young kids out there and really connect with the parents in a very special way. Sometimes it's hard to know who enjoys it more the kids or the parents...
Rider and Mom hitting up practice, Mom is playing the roll of coach here.
The kids really liked practicing, they would size up each other and then make laps racing one another.
We did 4 man moto's with the ol fashion voice/hand signal to start them off.
After giving all the kids the big high five, Greg gets ready to let em go!
Here we have the classic upgrade! Lil guy showed up on his heavy wood bike and rode off on a brand new Strider! =)
This is what it's all about right here, making the kids smile and giving them that feeling of being on top of the world!
The latest edition of USA BMX's Pull: Magazine had a FULL PAGE of Strider World Cup awesomeness! Results from Tennessee, Michigan, Utah, & California with a bunch of fun photos!
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