Rapid City, SD (May 5, 2018) — More than 250 tykes took part in the Strider Cup Race on May 5 at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, to kick off National Bike Month. Children ages six years old and under rode the balance bikes along the 400-foot plus journey over ramps, tires and other obstacles. The youngest competitor came from near Sacramento, California – diaper-clad 19-month-old Onyx Allen, whose mom has been showing him Strider racing videos for the past few months.
The Strider Cup, held in venues across the country, is powered by the revolutionary 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.
The Fort Worth event is the first of four U.S. Strider racing events. This was the second time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as eight other states, Mexico and Costa Rica.
“Hudson started riding his Strider Bike before he turned 2 years old,” said his mother Adrianna Cox of Dallas. Hudson won the 2-year-old-and-under class. “It’s amazing how his balance has progressed. It’s so much easier for kids to learn to ride on balance bikes than to use training wheels. The Strider race today was a great experience for the little guys to compete and have fun. Everyone was so supportive and cheering each other on – we loved it!”
All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where each received a medal, and the top ten finishers took home trophies – some taller than they were. In addition to Hudson Cox taking home the 2-year-old class trophy, Jameson Gilbert came down from Houston and took the top spot on the podium for 3-year-old racers, Pasha Ali of Trophy Club, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Brecken Yingling, a 6-year-old from Topeka, Kansas, came in first place in the 14x open class.
Event sponsors Springfree Trampolines, Bicycles Inc., Splash Kingdom, The Sufferfest and Honey Stinger provided additional family activities.
During the lunch hour, Strider presented the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3-7 years old.
Fort Worth marks the first stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races, with additional Strider Cup races in Cleveland, Ohio, May 25 and Charlotte, North Carolina, June 16. The summer of two-wheeled fun culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler racing 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.
Sundance Square Hosting World’s Cutest Toddler Race
2018 Strider Cup® National Race Series Features 2 – 6-Year-Olds on Strider Bikes
Rapid City, S.D. (Jan. 24, 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 series includes three stops across the country this year, with Sundance Square hosting the two-wheeled tykes in Fort Worth, TX, Saturday, May 5. Other races will be May 26 in Cleveland, Ohio, and June in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the date yet to be determined.
This will be the second year Sundance Square in Fort Worth has been host to a Strider Cup Race, and last year saw over 200 participants. 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 2 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.
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