From new rider to the savants of stride, Strider Cup races truly are for everyone to enjoy. Both beginner and professional will be in the crowds and inside the ropes at our Fort Worth race this Saturday. Luckily one of the pros isn’t there to race – but his son is! Pepe Montano has been a professional race car driver for over 27 years, and this year he is excited to bring his 2-year-old son Mateo to race in the Strider Cup.
Pepe Montano had a long racing career participating in series including NASCAR Mexico and the Grand Am. Now though, he’s taking time to slow down (just a little) and enjoy family time with his wife, Angie, and their two-year-old son, Mateo. While the pace has slowed, it’s just the first lap for little Mateo, who has recognized that racing is in his blood. At only one-year and two-months-old, most babies are still working on walking, but Mateo was ready to ride. Mateo started cruising on his Strider just after he turned one; which means he can officially say he has been racing for over half his life! With a silver 12 Pro and a blue 12 Sport to choose from, Mateo likes them both equally, because choosing from either means he gets to ride. We caught up with Pepe and asked a few questions about raising a little racer:
Strider: I saw you took Mateo skiing recently, how fun!! What are other activities that you hope to share with Mateo as he gets older?
Montano: We love motocross and skiing, but I want to push Mateo to do whatever he loves to do. He will always have my support.
Strider: What does training look like for a 2-year-old?
Montano: We put him on the Strider every time he wants but don’t want to put pressure on him. The good news is that he is on the Strider every day because he wants to be.
Strider: Do you have any advice for new racers?
Montano: My advice for new racers is always be happy about what they do, be disciplined, persevere, and always believe in themselves.
Our passion is inspiring the next generation of riders, and we love when parents support that love of riding with their own children because riding truly does change everything. Look for Pepe and Mateo at the Strider Cup Race this Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. Be sure to give him a high-five, wish him luck, and ring your cowbells for all the riders making waves on their Striders! For more information on the Strider Cup ft. Worth Racing event please visit http://strdr.us/24
- I grew up in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
- I love to hunt and fish with my family.
- Denver Broncos are my favorite NFL Team.
- I am not Spanish, even though my last name is Martinez.
- I was adopted.
- I lived in a school bus.
- My favorite color is green.
- Jack Kerouac's On The Road is my favorite book.
- My favorite band is Social Distortion.
- I am in the elusive 100 days of skiing club the "Ski Bum Club."
STRIDER Staff went for an outing in the beautiful Black Hills last weekend. The trail was lush and winding, the creek was babbling, and the poison ivy was very abundant. Thankfully we all walked away rash free.
After the ride we were rewarded with some of the best burgers in the Midwest at the Sugar Shack.
I love that our office has truly transferred the passion of biking to our family members and some day, hopefully not too far in the future, our kids will be telling their kids not only stories like how they walked to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm with no shoes, but that there was this silly toy that kids used to play with called the tricycle, that has since been condemned to landfills and back yard sheds, where kids were constrained to sidewalks and had to go slow or they would tip right over, and their kids would laugh at how crazy that sounded and then they would all go out and ride the same trails that started it all.
1. I love old cars, specifically 33-39 Chevys.
2. I bought my first motorcycle at 17, and I didn’t know how to ride it. My mom took me to the dealership. My boyfriend had to ride it home.
3. My husband and I own a 40 ft, 1963 school bus that we did a full conversion on. Willie G Davidson even signed the ceiling during the Sturgis Rally last year!!!
4. I grew up on a farm and walked beans and picked rock for spending money every Summer.
5. My husband and I have remodeled 3 houses so far.
6. I love to travel anywhere, anytime, any method.
7. My dream vacation is riding motorcycles through Norway and Sweden.
8. My grandmother and grandfather on my mom’s side were 1st generation American Swedes. That makes me ½ Swede, don’t cha know.
9. I learned kidney stones can be deadly; I got E. Coli blood poisoning last year from one and spent 6 days in the hospital.
10. I have a foster sister with Down Syndrome. Her name is Amy Jo, she is 43 and has been part of my family since she was 5.
To view Ann's full staff bio click HERE!
- Mountain biking makes me hoot/holler and smile really big.
- I love people who hoard (inside joke).
- I may be over 50, but I will never act like it.
- I once had a job in the mountains and flew to work in a helicopter every day.
- I’ve been married to my sweetheart for 27 years.
- I’m kind of a “closet” gear head.
- I want to rent some Harleys and do a “Wild Hogs” kind of trip with my two boys.
- I was the wheelie king of Pinedale Elementary School, on my 20” Schwinn Stingray.
- When I was a kid I went to the stock car races, and a car left the track and flew over me, hitting me in the head (that explains a lot of things).
- While walking to school one day, I had to get stitches below my eye, as a result of knocking big icicles of the neighbors roof.
To view Todd's full profile on our staff Bio page click HERE.
Thinking outside the box, and stepping outside of our comfort zone is something that makes STRIDER such a success. If we never tried anything new, we would never discover new things. If we never make ourselves uncomfortable, we would never force ourselves to face new challenges, and ultimately overcome them.
On that note, three of the women in our office took a motorcycle safety course this past weekend. Not because anyone made them, but because they wanted to try something new.
Here is the outcome...
One of them, while she finished the course, will probably never ride a motorcycle again. It's just not for her.
Another is super stoked about borrowing a friends dirt bike so she can bomb through some of the trails in the hills.
And the other was literally counting down the minutes until the DMV opened so she could get her motorcycle license and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before we see a shiny new ride out in the Strider Headquarters parking lot.
They didn't know the outcome before they participated in this class. But they did it. And they are all better because of it. If Ryan McFarland didn't try taking off the pedals of his sons tiny bike to try something new and think outside the box, then I wouldn't be writing this blog right now. I would probably be adjusting the height of my son's training wheels and encouraging him not to take corners too fast because he'll tip over. (Instead I am spending Wednesday nights cheering him on at the BMX track!) There is so much more to life than being comfortable, and like my fortune cookie read last night "there's more to balance than not falling over."
A guest post from our very own Paul Elder. Inventory & Logistics Manager at Strider Sports International. Paul is the proud daddy of two rippin' STRIDER Riders, a hunter, he recently finished his first Marathon in Fort Collins, CO. Colorado Marathon, and has been an avid Mountain Biker since he starting working here at Strider. (Turns out we have that effect on people!) To see Paul's full bio on our Strider Staff Page click HERE.
They call me "Crash".
I'm a guy who rides a mountain bike. Definitely not to be confused with an actual mountain biker.
The cuts, bruises, and localized swelling that cover my legs and arms after a ride seem to confirm I'm not exactly talented on two wheels. My Strider family certainly enjoys hearing about my latest escapades after a lunch ride, and my home family (wife, 4 year old, and 2 year old) suggest fairly regularly that I may be better suited to ride a STRIDER full time.
The good news is, I really am getting better at it! To clarify: getting better at crashing. You might think it's as simple as falling off your bike, but there is sooo much more to wrecking than just falling over. Believe me - I'm a guy who literally crashed in the middle of the bike path, going less than one mile an hour (first day in clipless pedals). I'm managed to avoid "the big one" [hold on one second while I knock on every piece of wood in the room...ok, done] but every unplanned dismount from the bike has the potential to hurt.
From what I can tell, there are three main categories of crashes:
1) "I couldn't get un-clipped". These are really a bummer, and tend to have a recurring point of impact on the inside of your shins where where your bike consistently smashes you, because you are, you know, 'stuck'. Most people learn pretty quickly how to un-clip...not this guy. I'm good for this type of wreck about every other ride, even if it's just stopping for a rest. Nothing worse than confidently rolling up to the guys you are riding with, and then tipping over onto the ground.
2) "I Knew that Technical Portion was Beyond Me". The machismo based argument is, you have to keep trying tough sections of trail in order to improve, and some day, you'll make them. In the mean time, they're probably gonna hurt. But at least you are moving fairly slow and the damage is generally short term.
3) "Didn't See That Coming". These are generally high speed, maybe going over the bars or having the bike wash out under you. I've mostly avoided these (knocking on wood again) because I'm not very fast. But I've definitely had a couple close calls. I think these are "karma crashes"; about the time you get a little confident and start messing around, Bang!, you go down like a rock.
Here's the good news - every crash is an opportunity to GET BACK UP. It's the best life lesson to learn: being successful at something, whether riding or in other parts of life, is as simple as getting up one more time than you were knocked down. It's a lesson we get to see young STRIDER riders learning all the time. Our goal is to make learning to ride as safe and as fun as possible, and we believe the STRIDER does exactly that. But are kids going to wreck? Yup, they sure are; the same way they crashed when learning to crawl, the same way they crashed when learning to walk, and the same way they'll crash some day in the future in some other way. It's part of life.
So, when your little STRIDER rider tumbles of the bike, hold your breath, bite your tongue, and wait a second to see how they react. They might just surprise you by picking themselves up, dusting off, and getting back on the bike. And they'll have gained new confidence in themselves that can't be taught, it can only be learned.
And me? I'll be the guy tangled up in his bike off the side of the trail. But don't worry - I'll be along shortly. And maybe one time after I get up, I'll be able to say I'm a mountain biker.
- The craziest thing I’ve ever seen is watching a black lab jump 6 stories off the top of a building . . . long story!
- My first motorcycle was a Honda 350F street bike – 4 cyclinder – purred like a kitty!
- I cook Thanksgiving dinner every year – everything from scratch!
- My favorite professional cyclists are Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner.
- I finished 36th out of over 550 entries at the 2011 Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon!
- I rode bulls in the Roughrider Rodeo Association in North Dakota!
- My high school graduating class had only 11 kids!
- I am a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Cubmaster for Pack 54!
- I survived an F4 tornado on July 4, 1978 , which destroyed a large part of the town of Elgin, ND. The path of the tornado was roughly one block away from where I was!
- I am biking my first century this year – a Bike MS (Multiple Sclerosis) event in Sundance, WY – come join me and raise money for a worthy cause!
To see more about Todd, visit his full Bio on our Staff Page HERE.
Meet Lori, one of our awesome and passionate STRIDER Sales Representitives. She recently started training to run her first 5k race and is never afraid to try new things. "Hey, Lori! Tell us about yourself!"...
- After 20+ years working in the Athletic Department at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, I left to accept a job as a U.S. Sales Executive at STRIDER. It is the best decision I have ever made!!
- 1st kiss – 4 years old…..he taught me how to ride a bike.
- Sang a duet with Jimmie Van Zant (unbeknownst to him)…”Give me Three Steps” on stage at the Broken Spoke in Sturgis, SD. Jimmie is Lynryd Skynryd’s cousin.
- After working every summer – May through August – since 1995 at Sturgis Harley Davidson, I have met thousands of great people, and have made some tremendous friends. I have also witnessed more things than most people can imagine.
- The coldest I have ever been was riding on the back of a Harley from Saskatoon, SK Canada to Lake Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park, SK Canada over Labor Day Weekend.
- My favorite place to eat is Mystic Hills off Hwy 385 in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
- I want to visit all national parks and as many baseball and football stadiums as possible.
- I have registered to take the motorcycle safety course in May, and want to buy a dirt bike.
- Born in Los Angeles, I am a native Californian.
- My dream vacation would be to Alaska.