Two-Wheeling Toddlers Race for Titles at NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte
Rapid City, S.D. (June 16, 2018) — Hundreds of families cheered on children 6 years old and younger as they raced balance bikes “Fred Flint stone-style” in the Strider Cup race June 16 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Over 140 racers from 14 states and Canada showed off their balance and coordination skills by navigating obstacles and riding over ramps set up along the 650-foot plus course. The youngest rider, 17-month old Chase Reynolds, came from nearby Mooresville, North Carolina to showcase his two-wheeling talents.
The event included a free ride and play area with demo bikes and helmets to teach children as young as 3 years old how to pedal a bike. Riders rang the gong alerting all in attendance they learned to pedal riding the Strider 14x Sport, a newly launched model that starts as a balance bike and includes a pedal kit when the child has mastered balancing.
4-year-old Carter Lewis from Kennesaw, GA drove in with his family and 2 brothers after learning of the event from a YouTube video that had sparked his interest. “We love seeing all the kids of different ages coming together with a common interest and just having fun outside. We made a weekend of this and are already planning our return to Charlotte for next year’s race” said Carter’s father.
The Strider Cup, held in venues across the country, is powered by the revolutionary design of Strider Bikes, which enables toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.
It was a tight race in the 2-year-old class with Kenny Parker from Lexington, SC crossing the finish line first. While Luke “Duke” Liberto from Mount Airy, MD walked away with a first-place finish in the 3-year-old class.
Reigning 2018, 4-year-old class winner, Pasha Ali, from Trophy Club, TX took home 1st place again in Charlotte and moves on to the World Championships in Boulder this July.
And the very first winner of the Charlotte 14x class was an enthusiastic Warren “Dubby” Budgen, that traveled all the way from Newman, GA.
During the lunch hour, Strider presented Special Olympics Young Athletes North Carolina with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3-7 years old.
Event sponsors FedEx, Springfree Trampoline, Spirited Cyclist/Uptown Cycles, Honey Stinger, I Heart Water and The Charlotte Observer provided additional family activities.
The Strider Cup in Charlotte marks the third stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races. Previous races were held in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 5 and Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26. The summer of two-wheeled fun culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler biking celebration attracting families from across the globe for two days of camaraderie, excitement and racing.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.
Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 in cash & genuine Strider Bikes to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.
North Carolina “Toddler Tour de France” Welcoming Hundreds of Cute 2- to 6-Year Olds
Tiny riders take over the Queen City at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Rapid City, S.D. (May 29, 2018) — Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers – some still in diapers – from throughout North Carolina and as far away as California and Ontario, will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup, June 16, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. For parents and spectators alike, the event will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to take captivating photos and videos.
“It is a sight to see toddlers leaning into turns with huge grins on their faces, exhibiting excellent balance and control,” said Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast Ryan McFarland. “Parents who are on the hunt for ways to get their kids to put down their tablets and screens, and enjoy the outdoors, need look no further.”
The Strider Cup series, held across the United States and around the globe, is powered by the groundbreaking design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.
A typical race scene involves toddlers kicking their legs to propel the bikes along a 500-foot plus journey over ramps, obstacles and through tunnels. Racers delight in the podium ceremony afterward, where the fastest tykes earn trophies and all racers take home medals.
The Strider Cup event runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will include race classes for registered riders 6 years old and younger, as well as a free learn-to-pedal area with demo bikes and helmets for all children. Other free activities are available courtesy of event sponsors FedEx, Springfree Trampoline, Spirited Cyclist/Uptown Cycles, Honey Stinger, I Heart Water and The Charlotte Observer.
During the lunch hour, Strider will present Special Olympics Young Athletes Charlotte with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3 – 7 years old.
For racers, registration is $27 per class and includes a jersey, number plate, and other goodies valued at more than $50. More information, registration and the full schedule are available at www.StriderBikes.com/Charlotte
Strider Cup marks the third and final stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races. The summer of two-wheeled excitement culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler biking celebration attracting families from across the globe for two days of camaraderie, excitement and bike riding.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Strider creates and inspires the next generation of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.
Strider Bikes Brings Two-Wheeled Toddler Fun to American Flat Track
American Flat Track To Add Children’s Area For Eight Races
Rapid City, SD (March 14, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce it is the official sponsor of the Children’s Area for eight of the 2017 American Flat Track races this season. The Strider activation in the Children’s Area will include a Strider Adventure Zone (ride and play area) where children as young as 18 months can learn to balance and ride on the pedal-less bikes.
“It is a key objective to make our events accessible for the entire family,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The addition of the Strider Adventure Zone will open up many of our races to a new generation of fans, giving them a taste of two-wheel competition in a fun setting.”
The Strider Adventure Zone will be located in the vendor area at Daytona International Speedway – near the main injector – and will open on race day, at 2 p.m.
The first Strider Children’s Area and Strider Racing will kick off March 16 during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla. on a new TT circuit under the bright lights inside Daytona International Speedway. Other race cities include Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Red Mile, KY; Sturgis, SD; Williams Grove, PA; Rolling Hills, NY; and Perris, CA.The Children’s Area will open on Saturday of each race weekend, with the exception of Daytona, where the Strider Adventure Zone will open at 2:00pm, Thursday, March 16th.
The Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a Strider balance bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a custom designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a Strider on unique terrains and obstacles. Bikes and helmets will be provided. Admission is free for the American Flat Track Races to children under the age of twelve. Admission may be charged for adults at some of the events, and the hours of the festival area are 2:00pm-6:30pm.
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.
About American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.
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