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!
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
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.
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!”
Strider Bikes Announces 2017 Strider Cup® National Race Series for Toddlers
Tiny Strider® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks from Coast to Coast
Rapid City, SD (November 17, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 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 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 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.
You’ll find Strider Cup races in the following cities in 2017:
• Saturday, May 6: Fort Worth, TX, at Sundance Square
• Saturday, May 27: Pittsburgh, PA, at Southside Works
• Saturday, June 10: Lincoln, NE, at Tower Square
The series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 22 at Gallivan Center
in Salt Lake City, UT, where nearly 250 toddlers competed on the custom Strider track in 2016. Organizers are expecting over 400 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.
There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25, and will open in January. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration.
Pre-registration will be available soon; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information. Sponsors for the 2017 events include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, LDS Hospital, FedEx, Amica Insurance, and more.
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” balance bike 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, “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 navigate pedals.”
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.
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. 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.