The 2016 Strider Cup World Championship presented by FedEx will be rolling into San Francisco's Pier 35 July 29th - 30th! Strider riders all over the Golden State are getting excited for the big day. Here are just a few stories from registered Strider racers:
Mit - Fremont, CA
Mit’s parents, Rohan and Mitali, bought him a Strider Balance Bike after he turned two and the toddler has been striding for about six months. He enjoys getting out with his friend, Viaan, who also started riding a Strider Bike when he was two years old.
“Mit wants to ride it all the time and always gets excited when we tell him that ‘it is time to ride your bike,’” said Rohan. “He mainly rides it in the park next to our apartment building in Fremont. Sometimes he rides it in our parking lot or at his friend’s neighborhood. Believe it or not he also rides it in our apartment.”
Rohan added that Mit likes doing superhero stunts on his bike by going down a hill, turning right or left and stopping all of a sudden.
“We are fortunate to live in a city where Mit has gotten a unique opportunity to participate in the World Championship at a very young age,” said Rohan.
Diego - Fremont, CA
Kristin's family was introduced to Strider Balance Bikes by a friend who invited them to watch the races at Santa Clara PAL BMX. Her son, Diego, was immediately intrigued, so they bought a Strider Bike for him just after his second birthday.
“A Strider Bike is top of the line when it comes to balance bikes and had the best reviews,” said Kristin. “It was actually quite affordable and easy to purchase.”
Little did she know Diego would turn out to be a racing phenom! He’s four years old now and has competed in over 100 Strider Balance Bike races across California, taking home more than 75 first place trophies. He is a National Champion under USABMX and has some impressive video and photos on Instagram at #Diego901.
Diego is even one of the first officially sponsored Strider Bike Riders on the West Coast by Black Crown BMX, of Atlanta, Georgia. Kristin added, “His Strider Bike has given him so much opportunity and he's become quite the people person. I am not sure what Diego loves more than his Strider Bike.”
Although Diego prefers his Strider Bike over anything, he did start riding his first pedal bike at three years old, going directly from a Strider to a pedal bike, with no need for training wheels.
“The Strider Bike has encouraged him to be more social and learn how to communicate better at such a young age,” said Kristin. “He talks about his Strider all the time. His Strider Bike also encourages him to simply go outside and play. He also gets exercise and it's definitely made him more active. Who knew something so simple (but awesome) could make such a huge impact!”
Keep watching for more Strider Cup World Championship rider highlights!