Rapid City, S.D. (Feb. 7, 2018) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its United States 2018 Strider Cup races, part of the international Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and young 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 Bike skills to the test.
The 2018 Strider Cup World Championship is the culmination of a racing series that includes three stops across the country this spring and summer, with Boulder, Colorado, hosting the World Championship race at Central Park/Boulder Civic Area Friday and Saturday, July 20 – 21. Other races will be May 5 in Fort Worth, Texas, May 26 in Cleveland, Ohio, and June in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the date yet to be determined.
Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports, said the races seek to encourage cycling among young children. “When you get kids active and outdoors, it develops habits that will last a lifetime,” McFarland said. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age two to 100.”
The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children 18 months to 6 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 Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.
Pre-registration is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.
A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud parents, grandparents and siblings eagerly encouraging the racers in their family 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 and around obstacles such as tires, water features and 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.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Strider designs efficient, balance bikes and balance bike accessories for children age 6 months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to inspire kids to ride by building lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that build two-wheeled confidence in children. 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 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.
Strider Bikes Develop Confident Kids
There’s nothing more gratifying than watching our kids learn a new skill and begin the process of mastering it. In fact, we often forget just how much confidence it takes to be a kid. Think about it. Kids are constantly meeting new people, whether at a new daycare or school. They’re constantly going into uncharted territory and experiencing new things daily. There’s a certain amount of bravery kids have in facing the unknown every day that adults tend to lose sight of as we grow older. It’s that bravery, that confidence, that helps children grow into successful adults, which is why it’s so important that a child gains confidence and self-esteem at an early age. Self-confident children are willing to try new things without fear of failure.
Give Kids Control – Each model of Strider Bike is specifically designed and engineered to fit the proportions of a young child. A bike that doesn’t fit correctly isn’t going to work correctly. A bike that fits a child correctly means it’s easier to use and feels more secure to the child. Speaking of security, there’s that huge issue of falling off a bike. Falling is scary at first and can really deter a child from wanting to learn how to ride. However, with a Strider Bike, the child’s feet are right next to the ground. This feeling of safety, of knowing that they’re in control, gives them the confidence they need to try new things and begin the progression process of bike riding. Even if the child takes an accidental tumble, it’s a controlled fall because the bike is so close to the ground and the bike is so light that it doesn’t phase him/her. Learning to fall, to get back up, and to not be afraid of falling again is one of the biggest confidence-building skills that a Strider Bike can provide.
Promote Independence – Knowing how to ride a bike is one of the most liberating things we can do. There’s a sense of freedom and adventure that comes with learning how to ride a bike. At Strider, we fully believe in the freedom that two wheels provides and the adventures that are waiting right around every corner. Because of the way that Strider Bikes are designed and the way our learn-to-ride progression system is designed, our bikes help teach children independence and help them lose their fear of failure. Being independent and not fearing failure encourages exploration that can take the form of day trips and outings, new hobbies, vacations and trips with teammates or schoolmates. These can all expand your child's horizons and build confidence in the ability to handle new situations.
Let Your Child Take Healthy Risks – Taking risks is something adults do every day. Healthy risks encourage confidence, and learning how to ride a bike on a Strider promotes taking those risks. Kids have to take chances, make choices, and take responsibility for those risks. The independence and freedom that comes with learning how to ride a Strider Bike also facilitates healthy risks. Healthy risks are important because they foster confidence in new abilities and reinforce confidence in existing abilities. If the child is successful at taking a healthy risk, then he or she has gained confidence in that activity. If the child fails, no harm is done, and a lesson is learned. Healthy risk-taking is a tool that helps define, develop, and reinforce their identity. By learning to ride a Strider Bike, children can engage in healthy risk-taking behavior that leads to a boosted confidence.
Set Small, Realistic Goals – One of the mistakes we make as adults is misunderstanding the progression process of learning a new skill. In fact, we previously wrote about how complex it actually is to learn a new skill, but you can read about it here. Learning a new skill comes from learning a series of smaller progressions that build upon each other. With each progression learned, we build the foundation upon which an entirely new skillset will rest. Instead of trying to tackle everything all at once in one big chunk, tackling smaller, more manageable pieces is a far better solution. In fact, this step-by-step progression is part of what helps build confidence in kids. Children need small, realistic goals. The smaller the goals, the more attainable the success. With each small step, children embrace a “can-do” attitude that builds until the child masters an eventual skill. Our Learn-To-Ride guides break down the bike riding process into a series of progressions that are easy for kids to understand and that help to build their confidence.
Promote Competition and Self Awareness – Confidence comes from having a sense of competence. The two go hand in hand. Confident children need positive and realistic perceptions of their abilities. These perceptions come from their achievements, both big and small. While encouraging words and praising your child’s specific abilities is great, one of the best ways a child can gain a sense of their competency is through exhibiting their skills to peers and themselves. Our Strider Cup Races provide a safe and constructive atmosphere for children to recognize their achievements and a gauge their competence. Riders of all abilities are welcome to participate in our races and these events are exclusive to Strider Bike owners. Not only do these events provide a way for children to gain a sense of their achievements, they also experience a sense of comradery and family.
Self-confidence is not inherited; it’s learned. A positive self-image has long-term effects on behavior, achievement, and even health. From our 12 Sport Baby Bundle to the 14x Sport, the Strider Bikes line-up provides the right tools to teach children the riding process through a series of progressions and makes confident, competent, and independent children who grow into successful adults.
Strider Bike Racing Toddlers Take Over Fort Worth’s Sundance Square May 6
Texas Governor Declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor Gives Biking Tips
Rapid City, SD (May 6, 2017) — Governor Greg Abbott declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day in honor of today’s Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. May is also National Bike Month. Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, runs the series and is celebrating 10 years in business with more than 1.6 million bikes sold around the world since 2007.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave tips to the Strider Balance Bike racers in the 2-year-old and under class, which included the youngest competitor – diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland from Wichita Falls, Texas. The little tyke, who has been riding her Strider Bike since she was 14 months old, enjoyed a cold beverage from her sippy cup after striding along the 600-foot plus course over and around obstacles.
Nearly 200 racers participated in the race, the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. This was the first time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington.
“Abigail started riding her Strider Bike at just 14 months old,” said Brett Crossland, Abigail’s father. “Now 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. The Strider Cup Race today was awesome!”
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, and Special Needs Races for all ages and abilities.
Roman Martinez of Sugar Land, Texas, crossed the finish line ahead of the other 2-year-old racers to take home the top trophy. The winner of the popular 3-year-old class, Braysen Yingling, traveled from Topeka, Kansas. Cason Chambers of Rockwall, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Christian Lilly of Granberry, Texas, came in first place in the 5-year-old class.
Racers in the Special Needs Class competed on the 12” models, as well as the larger 16” and 20” Strider Balance Bikes. Before the race, Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.
“The fact that Strider includes us helps society see that our children can do what the rest of the kids do,” said Dr. Amanda Young, Adapted Physical Education Teacher at KinderFrogs. She recently completed her dissertation about the importance of family inclusion w/physical activity. “For most of these kids, it was their first experience on a two-wheeled bike. One of the best things with Strider Bike program is that the family can ride together, enjoying a healthy activity that gets them all outside.”
Strider worked with the Dannon Company in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community prior to today’s race.
The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and 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.