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Wow – that was one windy and hot afternoon in Lincoln, but none of that seemed to bother the 160+ racers. Little legs battled the wind and strode over, through and around various obstacles – including our cool mister, once that heat and humidity kicked in. We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We ended up with just over 170 registered racers, and it was wonderful to see several returning racers from 2016. Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, for the wonderful support, lemonade and water. A big thanks also to SCHEELS for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Keller Williams, Black Hills Energy, Lincoln Children’s Museum, and FedEx. Thanks also to the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as the City of Lincoln for their support! We had a fantastic time in Tower Square of Lincoln, Nebraska, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with their Strider bike.  Thank you for the hospitality and hope to see you in Salt Lake City!

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 49

  • 1#117 Rhett Elkins - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#133 Ellie Larson - Kearney, NE
  • 3#142 Maxwell "Maxxx" Carney - Clif Carney
  • 4#147 Lander Wirth - Gretna, NE
  • 5#123 October "Tobey" Jenkins - Beatrice, NE
  • 6#103 Ronan Flippin - Gretna, NE
  • 7#145 Shea Jermain - Liberty, MO
  • 8#105 August Schultz - Lincoln, NE
  • 9#141 James Nekuda - Kearney, MO
  • 10#114 Preston Dockhorn - Monroe, NE
  • 11#104 William Crane - Minden, NE
  • 12#110 Bentley Lantis - Omaha, NE
  • 13#132 Emmett Irene - Lincoln, NE
  • 14#119 Micah Brumm - Lincoln, NE
  • 15#101 Lennon Nelson - Omaha, NE
  • 16#111 Noah Andre - Kearney, NE

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 51

  • 1#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 2#142 Cruz "Cruzy the Racer" Gallegos - Santa Fe, NM
  • 3#116 Brady Pearson - Omaha, NE
  • 4#144 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 5#147 Jensyn Codr - Omaha, NE
  • 6#120 Asher Huerta - Bellevue, NE
  • 7#111 Paladin Knust - Blue Springs, MO
  • 8#135 Cooper "Buttercup" McKinney - Gowrie, IA
  • 9#126 Daniel "DJ" Applegate - Lincoln, NE
  • 10#143 Kaleb Edwards - Palmyra, NE
  • 11#115 Santiago Gonzalez - Clovis, NM
  • 12#137 Jase Stark - Hickman, NE
  • 13#149 Theo Plooster - Malcolm, NE
  • 14#124 Easton Allen - Belton, MO
  • 15#123 Henry Norton - Lincoln, NE

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 47

  • 1#142 Drake "Silas" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#120 Keller Larson - Kearney, NE
  • 3#103 Madden "Danger" Thulin - Topeka, KS
  • 4#106 Colin Wettergel - Elkhorn, NE
  • 5#105 Nash Edwards - Marysville, KS
  • 6#135 Karter "Kar Kar" Gailey - Fort Dodge, IA
  • 7#119 Liam Uhl - Mapleton, IA
  • 8#131 Ayden Schmidt - Harrisburg, SD
  • 9#136 Brecken Vetick - Genoa, NE
  • 10#117 Preston Herbolsheimer - Lincoln, NE
  • 11#111 Silas "Si" Hill - Leon, IA
  • 12#104 Monroe Nelson - Omaha, NE
  • 13#144 Madelyn Sherman - Lincoln, NE
  • 14#122 Eldyn DeFreece - Cairo, NE
  • 15#108 Gavin "Ninja Fast" Berg - New Hope, MN
  • 16#133 Harlynn Frerichs - Bennington, NE

  

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 9

  • 1#106 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 2#101 Maddox Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD
  • 3#105 Brennan Klug - Gretna, NE
  • 4#108 Ethan Reiman - Lincoln, NE
  • 5#104 Bailey Wiliams - Beaver City, NE
  • 6#103 Cade Gentrup - Lincoln, NE
  • 7#107 Zack "Bubba" James - Lincoln, NE
  • 8#102 Logan Brehm - Lincoln, NE

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11

  • 1#177 Andy Brockmeier (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 1#176 Robert Michael (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#178 DJ Steiner (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 3#185 Rylan Widga (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 4#184 Moses Stevenson (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 5#182 Patricia Palafox-Huber (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 6#175 Haley Aernie (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 7#180 Noel Canaan (16" Strider) - Lincoln,NE

 

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Check the Strider Facebook and Instagram pages for photos of the Lincoln race! The Lincoln CBS TV affiliate, 1010 News, covered the event with this piece: Strider Bike Racing ReturnsThe Lincoln Journal-Star also came out and wrote the article: Big Win for a Small Boy: Strider Cup Special Needs Race Empowers Children. They also posted images at Photos: Strider Cup Race.

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Tour de France of Toddler Racing Features Strider Bikes in Lincoln

Governor Pete Ricketts Declares Kids Bike & Smile Day

Mayor Chris Beutler Declares Youth Cycling Day


Rapid City, SD (June 10, 2017) — Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, welcomed future Tour de France riders to the Strider Cup Race Presented by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers today at Tower Square in Lincoln. In honor of the event, Governor Pete Ricketts declared June 10 Kids Bike & Smile Day, and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler has declared it Youth Cycling Day.

The Wall Street Journal article, Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing, recently shared, “Training wheels have been disrupted. Today, more children than ever are learning on balance bikes … The concept is simple: The more a child rides a balance bike, the more comfortable he or she becomes on two wheels.”

Since 2007, Strider Balance Bikes have trumped tricycles as the best way to teach toddlers to ride. Strider Sports is celebrating 10 years in business and over 1.6 million Strider Bikes sold in more than 75 countries.

Toddlers, some still in diapers, strode along the 600-foot plus course over and around obstacles at the Strider Cup Race. The youngest registrant was Roman Hirt from Junction, KS, at just 18 months old. He’s been on his Strider Bike for just a month and grinned throughout the entire race.

Today’s race was the third of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. Most of the 172 registrants came from across Nebraska, but racers traveled from Canada and over nine states, including Texas and Florida.

Siblings 3-year-old Ezra and 4-year-old Madelyn Sherman raced their hearts out. Madelyn recently transitioned to a pedal bike without using training wheels. Their mother, Becky, said the event was well-organized and fun, adding, “cycling is a wonderful sport for families. Starting on a Strider Bike is not scary or intimidating. Both Ezra and Madelyn wake up in the morning and want to ride. We get out a few times every day, and it’s good for me too!”

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they received either a trophy or a medal and posed for the cheering crowd. The event included races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, as well as riders with special needs. Strider donated bikes to Easterday Recreation Center for area children with disabilities to participate in the Special Needs Races.

Rhett Elkins from Lincoln sped his way to the top of the 2-year-old class, one of the largest fields of the day. In the 3-year-old class, Case Dubbelde of Rapid City captured the number one spot on the podium. Drake “Silas” Franklin of Lincoln came in first among the 4-year-old racers. In the final race of the day, 5-year-old Brecken Yingling, who traveled from Topeka, KS, took home first place in his class.

The first two 2017 Strider Cup races were held May 6 in Fort Worth, Texas and May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Raising Cane’s & Southern Hospitality Ventures

The Lincoln and Grand Island franchise—Southern Hospitality Ventures—was opened in 2006 by Justin and Jennifer Jones, who moved to Nebraska from Louisiana. Since opening their first location, they have set out to make a change in their community by becoming active community leaders with programs such as this one. Since 2006, the franchise has given back over $1.4 million to the communities in which their restaurants are located.

Raising Cane’s has One Love—chicken fingers—and focuses its menu offering on fresh, made-to-order chicken fingers paired with their homemade Cane’s sauce, grilled Texas toast, creamy coleslaw, and crinkle-cut French fries. facebook.com/CanesNebraska or twitter.com/CanesLincoln

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal 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, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 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.

 

 

 

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What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Pittsburgh’s SouthSide Works!  None of those mighty two year olds seemed to be bothered by a bit of rain or puddles. Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including some very sharp turns! We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We even witnessed a few victory dances.  We ended up with just over 150 registered racers! Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor MedExpress, for the wonderful support and water. A big thanks also to Thick Bikes for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Eat’n Park Restaurants, DICK’S Sporting Goods, QDoba, and Amica Insurance. Finally, we’d like to thank Mayor Bill Peduto for joining us to congratulate the riders of the Special Needs race class. 

We had a fantastic and memorable time in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider.  Thank you for the hospitality and LET’S GO PENS! 

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Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 51

  • 1#136 Luke "Duke" Liberto - Mount Airy, MD
  • 2#142 D'Nero Willbrich - Silver Spring, MD
  • 3#138 Cameron Kline - Clymer, PA
  • 4#118 Emilio "Lio" Hernandez - Bethesda, MD
  • 5#108 Lincoln Dooley - Alexandria, VA
  • 6#113 Cooper King - Cortland, OH
  • 7#121 Jace Crissman - Emlenton, PA
  • 8#101 Tatum Redshaw - White Oak, PA
  • 9#114 Alan Roe - Dearborn, MI
  • 10#130 Jaxson Turner - Clarkston, MI
  • 11#145 Layne Hendershot - Washington, WV
  • 12#107 Albert Wang - Wooster, OH
  • 13#127 Lucas "Lukey" Pavelka - Greensburg, PA 
  • 14#105 Alexis Heagerty - Avalon, PA
  • 15#106 Maddy Mieczkowski - Coraopolis, PA
  • 16#116 Dillon Dressel - Westfield, PA
  • 17#132 Addison Kennedy - Moon Township, PA

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 44

  • 1#108 Drazen Caso - Masontown, WV
  • 2#115 Blaze Thompson - West Middlesex, PA
  • 3#140 Boston McReynolds - Camden, OH
  • 4#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 5#142 JP Pickens - Shamokin, PA
  • 6#111 Shawn Madeja - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 7#116 Carter Wharrey - Valencia, PA
  • 8#133 Domenic DePaoli - Mars, PA
  • 9#119 Brantley Smas - Nottingham, NH
  • 10#139 Lucas Hall - Jefferson Hills, PA
  • 11#123 Brodie Huey - Howell, MI
  • 12#118 Lydia Tsesmilles - Kensington, OH
  • 13#104 Mycal Jones - Jeannette, PA
  • 14#145 Kaylena Gould - New Kensington, PA
  • 15#112 Lucas Saturinas - Bellevue, PA
  • 16#122 Clyde Gibson IV - Woodbine, MD

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 34

  • 1#102 Hudson Hitchings - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2#122 Mason Turner - Clarkston, MI
  • 3#115 Drew Eldred - Trout Run, PA
  • 4#129 Gavin Leaf - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 5#134 Rowan Bowser - Worthington, PA
  • 6#124 Davin Faye - Livermore, CA
  • 7#118 Alex Haight - Wadsworth, OH
  • 8#111 Brayden Cooney - Imperial, PA
  • 9#132 Kenzie Swain - Oakdale, PA
  • 10#103 Steven Heagerty - Avalon, PA
  • 11#113 DJ Cline - Export, PA
  • 12#133 Shizuku Matsumoto - Mars, PA
  • 13#108 Colton Dowler - Belpre, OH

 

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 13

  • 1#106 Trevor Smith - Stonesboro, PA
  • 2#112 Brian "Crazy Legs" Catron - Baltimore, MD
  • 3#102 Brandon Hart - Delmont, PA
  • 4#103 Connor Clemons - Saint Leonard, MD
  • 5#111 Jamir Hughes - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 6#104 Thomas DeVincentis - New Castle, PA
  • 7#108 Elliana "Ellie" Stanton - Russell, PA
  • 8#107 Joh Yamada - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 9#109 Maxwell "Max" Parker - Centreville, VA
  • 10#105 Paizley Sparks - Brackenridge, PA
  • 11#113 Lydia Garland - Baltimore, MD
  • 12#110 Ashwin Raja - McDonald, PA
  • 13#101 Mateo DiBernardo - Monongahela, PA

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11

  • 1#198 Connor Fish - Marshall, MI
  • 2#194 Matthias Shelton - Monroeville, PA
  • 3#193 Nydia Deeter - Titusville, PA
  • 4#187 Benjamin Shaffer - Drums, PA

 

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Wall Street Journal Confirms Strider Balance Bikes Make Training Wheels Obsolete

ESPN writes Strider Cup Racing is “something you need to see to believe”

Rapid City, SD (May 31, 2017) — A feature story and video in The Wall Street Journal declares Balance Bikes: The End of Training Wheels. Writer Jason Gay attended the Strider Cup Race in Fort Worth, writing in Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing:

“Training wheels have been disrupted. Today, more children than ever are learning on balance bikes … The concept is simple: The more a child rides a balance bike, the more comfortable he or she becomes on two wheels.”

ESPN shared Gay’s article on Instant Awesome: Say hello to the ‘Tour de France’ of toddler bicycle racing, adding, “Honestly, this is something you need to see to believe.”

Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, hosts the series and is celebrating 10 years and 1.6 million bikes sold since 2007.

“Strider Bikes teach balance and inspire kids as young as 18 months old to enjoy the freedom of two wheels,” said Strider CEO and Founder Ryan McFarland. “Tricycles and training wheels are a disservice to all. Most children who start on a Strider Bike transition easier and faster to a pedal bike than those who start on three wheels.”

USA Cycling’s President Derek Bouchard-Hall has two daughters who started on balance bikes and were riding pedal bikes by age five. In Gay’s article, Bouchard-Hall noted, “Balance bikes are highly effective at helping kids learn to ride … They’ve made training wheels obsolete from the perspective of many parents—including me.”

Diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland raced at Fort Worth. Her dad, Brett, said, “She wakes up, grabs her helmet and is at the back door waiting to go most mornings. We’re glad to see her excited about her bike instead of a screen or other toys.”

Strider Cup events include races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds and Special Needs Races. After the Fort Worth race, Strider held one in Pittsburgh on May 27. The next races are June 10, Lincoln, NE, and the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as riders of all ages 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, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 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.

 

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Rapid City, SD (May 10, 2017) — Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is welcoming balance bike racing toddlers, some still in diapers, to the Strider Cup Race Presented by MedExpress on May 27 at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh. In honor of the event, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto have declared May 27 as Youth Cycling Day.

This is the second time the event has been held in the Keystone State. The first time was in 2015. The Strider race in Pittsburgh is the second of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series, in which toddlers as young as 18 months old put their Strider Bike skills to the test. Most of the registrants for the May 27 event are from across Pennsylvania, but racers are also traveling from Canada, Texas, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire and more!

The youngest registrant so far is Kevin “Bubster” Husband from Greensburgh, Penn., who is just 19 months old. In addition to the races, these family-friendly events feature a free Strider Adventure Zone ride and play area with Strider Bikes to test ride.

Jackson Biernesser of Pittsburgh is signed up in the popular 3-year-old class. His mother, Donata, said, “Riding a Strider Bike is really teaching him balance and independence. Not having pedals is teaching him how to steer the bike easier.”

The May 27 event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online or families can register their young rider at the packet pick-up Friday, May 26 at DICK'S Sporting Goods, 301 South Hills Village #201, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. There is no same-day race registration. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, a number plate for their bike, and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open at www.striderbikes.com/pittsburgh.

A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of proud parents and grandparents cheering on racers while ringing cowbells as 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 such as dirt mounds and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.

The Strider Cup events also include races for individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs. Strider has donated bikes to several families in the area. Special needs racers compete on the 12” models, as well as the larger 16” and 20” Strider Balance Bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs.

The first 2017 Strider Cup race featuring 200 toddlers was held May 6 in Fort Worth, Texas. The third one will be June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal 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, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 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.

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What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Fort Worth's Sundance Square! Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including the fountains. We ended up with just over 200 registered racers! Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor, Dannon, for the wonderful support and delicious yogurt samples. A big thanks also to CLIF Kid for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Richardson Bike Mart, the Fort Worth Zoo, Splash Kingdom Waterpark, and Nestle Toll House Café. Finally, we’d like to thank Kyle of the Balance Bike Riders Group and Mayor Betsy Price for joining us on election day.
We had a wonderful time in your very friendly city of Fort Worth, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider. Thank you for the hospitality!

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

News Coverage: Fort Worth Star-TelegramWall Street JournalESPN SportsNationOutside Magazine

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 74

  • 1#101 Roman Martinez - Sugar Land, TX 
  • 2#139 Everett Higgs - Bushland, TX
  • 3#115 Brixton "B-Man" Brown - Lewisville, TX
  • 4#162 Theodor "Teddy" Conrad - San Marcos, TX
  • 5#114 Jacob "Jake" White - Bedford, TX
  • 6#137 AJ Angeles - Murphy, TX
  • 7#116 Shane Rattan - Fort Worth, TX
  • 8#122 Maddox "Mad Man" Crow - Frisco, TX
  • 9#117 Wyatt Franer - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#172 Hadley Whitlow
  • 11#127 Jaxon Fisher - Burleson, TX
  • 12#133 Andrew "Buddy" Thurlow - Bedford, TX
  • 13#151 Emma Bowman - Alvin, TX 
  • 14#138 Deacon Rains - Richardson, TX

 

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 67

  • 1#135 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, Kansas
  • 2#106 Graham Wells - Frisco, TX
  • 3#116 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 4#127 Sawyer Whitmire - Fort Worth, TX
  • 5#121 Ariel De Sandozequi - Arlington, TX
  • 6#166 Emmary Hoover 
  • 7#129 Knox Thornton - Wylie, TX
  • 8#154 Giovanni Chavarria - Plano, TX
  • 9#101 Colton Jensen - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#151 Brylen McBride - Fort Worth, TX
  • 11#102 Boone Shires - Plano, TX
  • 12#167 Jett Jobe
  • 13#156 Mason Hardcastle - Denton, TX

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 27

  • 1#104 Cason Chambers - Rockwall, TX
  • 2#126 Emmet Zvekan
  • 3#118 Cole Pittman - Bossier City, LA
  • 4#117 Chase Staples - Lantana, TX
  • 5#102 Reagan Roaquin - Leander, TX
  • 6#127 Liam Harrell
  • 7#119 Ryder Chen - Houston, TX
  • 8#112 Graham Pettersson - Fort Worth, TX
  • 9#106 Brantley Painter - Houston, TX
  • 10#107 Dez Eschenbach - Euliss, TX

 

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 15

  • 1#112 Christian Lilley - Granberry, TX
  • 2#104 Travis Zapata - Fort Worth, TX
  • 3#111 Aidan Sakich - Golden, TX
  • 4#106 Colton "Showtime" Bowman - Alvin, TX
  • 5#105 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 6#110 Mason Armstrong - Fort Worth, TX
  • 7#101 Austin Aylor - Graham, TX
  • 8#113 Issac Camarillo
  • 9#108 Silas Flowers - Grapevine, TX
  • 10#107 Brycen Barnett - Burleson, TX
  • 11#115 Shlok Munigala
  • 12#103 Olivia Bainbridge - Haslet, TX
  • 13#102 Nathan Saul - Fort Worth, TX
  • 14#114 Emmanuel Ortega
  • 15#109 Lilian Conrad - San Marcos, TX

 

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Rapid City, SD (April 5, 2017)—The Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln, Nebraska, is teaming up with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to local youth.

Raising Cane’s is hosting a Giveaway Party to hand out the bikes on April 23 from 1–3 p.m. at their restaurant located at 58th & Old Cheney (5810 S. 58th Street). SCHEELS will also be onsite with a free Adventure Zone Ride and Play area where children can test ride a Strider Bike. The Giveaway Party is free and open to the public.

Raising Cane’s is donating five bikes and helmets each to four daycare centers in Lincoln. In addition, 30 bikes will be given away at the April 23 Giveaway Party, where 4 bikes will be given away every 15-minutes to those in attendance.

“The partnership with Strider was a no-brainer for us. Not only does it embody one of our core values of supporting active lifestyles, but our two children used them, and we are true believers in the bike,” said Jennifer Jones, owner of the Lincoln Raising Cane’s restaurants. “So when we had the opportunity to give other children a chance to have a Strider Bike of their own, and to host an event that would put 50 of these bikes under children in the community, we were very excited, and didn’t hesitate to become a part of it.”

In addition to the Giveaway Party on April 23, there will be a free Strider Adventure Zone at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., where children can test ride a Strider Balance Bike while visiting the Zoo.

Local toddlers can use the Strider Adventure Zone to practice their skills to race in the Lincoln Strider Cup Race Presented by Raising Cane's on June 10. The Lincoln race is the third of three events in the 2017 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races are for the tiniest competitors and gives small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test. It is the second time Strider has held a national race in Lincoln.

The June 10 event will have races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs riders of all ages. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration, and all racers will receive either a medal or a trophy. Pre-registration is open now at http://www.striderbikes.com/lincoln.

Upcoming Strider Cup races are slated for May 6 in Fort Worth, Texas, and May 27 in Pittsburgh, Penn. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

ABOUT RAISING CANE’S & SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY VENTURES

The Lincoln and Grand Island franchise—Southern Hospitality Ventures—was opened in 2006 by Justin and Jennifer Jones, who moved to Nebraska from Louisiana. Since opening their first location, they have set out to make a change in their community by becoming active community leaders with programs such as this one. Since 2006, the franchise has given back over $1.4 million to the communities in which their restaurants are located.

Raising Cane’s has One Love—chicken fingers—and focuses its menu offering on fresh, made-to-order chicken fingers paired with their homemade Cane’s sauce, grilled Texas toast, creamy coleslaw, and crinkle-cut French fries.
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About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. Since its inception, Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund to organizations that serve children and adults in need. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

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Collin and Graham Bombeck of Lincoln, Nebraska, were about 18 months old when their father, Derek, bought them Strider Bikes. The 3-year-old twins raced their bikes last year, and are planning to show off their improved skills at the 2017 Strider Cup Race sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers on June 10, this year held at Tower Square (details at www.striderbikes.com/lincoln).

“It has been very interesting to watch them progress on their Strider Bikes,” said Derek. “They were very timid at first and have now gained a lot of balance, coordination and confidence. No matter how fast they get going down hills, they always seem to be in control and know how to safely slow down.”

Derek added, “Having twin boys makes everything a competition or race. They compete with one another in everything – from putting on their clothes to finishing their meals. Their Strider Bikes offer a constructive way for them to race while burning energy and having fun. A little competition is a good thing and it makes them each want to get better and faster for the next time.”

Collin and Graham sparked enthusiasm in their neighborhood for the Strider Bikes. After seeing the boys progress and balance, some neighbors were so impressed they bought bikes for their kids. 

As the Sales Development Manager at the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, Derek knew about the Strider Cup Race many months beforehand. He was very impressed with how professionally the race was organized and run.

“It was an amazing, fun and kid-friendly event for the families. What blew me away was all of the detail that the Strider team put into setting up the course, as well as the production of the event. It was first class.”

“I’m sure we’ll have even more families this year,” he added. “The thing I heard most was how people wished they would have gotten their kids in the event. After seeing the news and reading about it in the papers, families were hoping it would come back this year.”

Since the twins don’t understand the concept of time, Derek hasn’t told his them about this year’s race yet, “or they would constantly be asking if the race is today or tomorrow.”

“I’m sure they’ll be excited to get new shirts, as they still refer to last year’s shirts as their ‘cool’ shirts and always want to wear them. The medals and the bell attachments that they received were also pretty huge for them.”

You never know what cool item will be in the racer goodie bags!

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Jackson B. from Pittsburgh is raring to go for his hometown Strider Cup Race in Pittsburgh on May 27.

Jackson’s mother, Donata, heard about Strider Balance Bikes from customers who came into the children's second-hand store where she works. She also asked other moms via social media for recommendations on which brand/style balance bike to buy for his 3rd birthday at the end of January. The Strider Bike was the top choice.Jackson B final.lower res

“We bought the Strider Bike because we wanted him to be able to participate in the race,” she added. “We also liked that the bike went up to age 5 so he can get years of use, not just few months.”

Riding his Strider Bike in the last month has helped the speedy Jackson learn to pace himself.

“Jackson is naturally athletic and coordinated, but often so fast that he gets ahead of himself,” said Donata. “It’s taught him to slow down and learn how to ride without getting impatient. Not having pedals is teaching him how to steer the bike easier.”

“Overall the bike is really teaching him balance and independence, as well as focus and not getting so hyper and frustrated with riding.”

Jackson likes to hop on his Strider Bike every day, whether it’s riding circles inside the house, at a nearby park or around the neighborhood. Donata said they will, “try out the local dirt bike park this spring, and are very excited to be participating in the race.”

A young lad with succinct words, Jackson simply says "I love my bike,” when talking about his Strider.

We’ve heard that before … have you? 

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When your dad drives a race car and you see how much fun he has on the track, wouldn’t you be excited to get on your race face and compete? Pasha Ali just turned three years old, and is pumped up for the Strider Cup Race Series, which kicks off in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 6. He’s already practicing his “Winner’s Dance.”

Pasha’s father, Nur Ali, has 19 years of racing under his belt. He raced for Team Pakistan in A1 Grand Prix - World Cup of Motorsport, captured two Legends Car Championships, and two Formula Mazda Championships. Nur has competed in twelve countries on five continents, as well as in select NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Racing Series races. He now races in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) Series.Pasha Ali 1 lower res

Nur first learned about balance bikes while surfing online and fell in love with the concept. After purchasing a balance bike when Pasha turned two years old, Nur went online to look for a racing series for balance bikes. He was impressed with how quickly Pasha progressed and knew if he found a series for Pasha to race in, that would accelerate his skills.

He came across Strider Bikes and the Strider Cup Racing series and said, “Imagine my excitement at that point; I told my wife, my sports agent, my brother and my parents about it and bought him a Strider bike.”

Riding his Strider Bike has helped Pasha improve his balance, coordination and develop quicker reflexes. With Nur’s motorsports background, he has been able to guide him on his balance bike and get him up to speed with things he’s learned over the years of being a race car driver.

Pasha loves his Strider Bike so much that he is constantly asking Nur to race him by running behind him. He says that he wants to be the 2017 Strider Cup Champion. Pasha takes one of Nur’s trophies and does a mock race inside the house. When he "wins" over Nur, he takes the trophy, climbs the staircase in the house to the top step and uses it as his own "winner's podium". He takes the trophy and raises it over his head and does the "Winner Dance"; what the family calls his celebratory gig.

He spent the entire 2015 Red Bull GRC race season and partial 2016 Red Bull GRC race season at the track with Nur, and he loves watching the racing on his tablet.

The Ali family is planning to travel to all four Strider Cup races this year; Fort Worth, TX, on May 6, Pittsburgh, PA, on May 27, Lincoln, NE, on June 11 and the championships in Salt Lake City on July 21-22.

Pasha, who is also known as a fashion model with a Texas PR agency, usually rides his bike in the neighborhood, local parks, and the golf course behind his house. The Ali family is also planning to go to some local BMX bike tracks to practice for the upcoming series.

“I’m very excited about this season for both of us, as this is the year both father and son race in the same calendar year; he in the Strider Cup and myself in Red Bull GRC series,” said Nur. “I've also got my sports agent working on possibly picking up a sponsorship for Pasha. That would be pretty cool!”

Details on the Strider Cup Series and other Strider events are at striderbikes.com/events. More info on Nur Ali Motorsports is at nurali.com

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