What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Pittsburgh’s SouthSide Works! None of those mighty two year olds seemed to be bothered by a bit of rain or puddles. Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including some very sharp turns! We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We even witnessed a few victory dances. We ended up with just over 150 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 MedExpress, for the wonderful support and water. A big thanks also to Thick Bikes for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Eat’n Park Restaurants, DICK’S Sporting Goods, QDoba, and Amica Insurance. Finally, we’d like to thank Mayor Bill Peduto for joining us to congratulate the riders of the Special Needs race class.
We had a fantastic and memorable time in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider. Thank you for the hospitality and LET’S GO PENS!
Below are the results from each race class:
2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 51
- 1#136 Luke "Duke" Liberto - Mount Airy, MD
- 2#142 D'Nero Willbrich - Silver Spring, MD
- 3#138 Cameron Kline - Clymer, PA
- 4#118 Emilio "Lio" Hernandez - Bethesda, MD
- 5#108 Lincoln Dooley - Alexandria, VA
- 6#113 Cooper King - Cortland, OH
- 7#121 Jace Crissman - Emlenton, PA
- 8#101 Tatum Redshaw - White Oak, PA
- 9#114 Alan Roe - Dearborn, MI
- 10#130 Jaxson Turner - Clarkston, MI
- 11#145 Layne Hendershot - Washington, WV
- 12#107 Albert Wang - Wooster, OH
- 13#127 Lucas "Lukey" Pavelka - Greensburg, PA
- 14#105 Alexis Heagerty - Avalon, PA
- 15#106 Maddy Mieczkowski - Coraopolis, PA
- 16#116 Dillon Dressel - Westfield, PA
- 17#132 Addison Kennedy - Moon Township, PA
3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 44
- 1#108 Drazen Caso - Masontown, WV
- 2#115 Blaze Thompson - West Middlesex, PA
- 3#140 Boston McReynolds - Camden, OH
- 4#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
- 5#142 JP Pickens - Shamokin, PA
- 6#111 Shawn Madeja - Pittsburgh, PA
- 7#116 Carter Wharrey - Valencia, PA
- 8#133 Domenic DePaoli - Mars, PA
- 9#119 Brantley Smas - Nottingham, NH
- 10#139 Lucas Hall - Jefferson Hills, PA
- 11#123 Brodie Huey - Howell, MI
- 12#118 Lydia Tsesmilles - Kensington, OH
- 13#104 Mycal Jones - Jeannette, PA
- 14#145 Kaylena Gould - New Kensington, PA
- 15#112 Lucas Saturinas - Bellevue, PA
- 16#122 Clyde Gibson IV - Woodbine, MD
4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 34
- 1#102 Hudson Hitchings - Pittsburgh, PA
- 2#122 Mason Turner - Clarkston, MI
- 3#115 Drew Eldred - Trout Run, PA
- 4#129 Gavin Leaf - Pittsburgh, PA
- 5#134 Rowan Bowser - Worthington, PA
- 6#124 Davin Faye - Livermore, CA
- 7#118 Alex Haight - Wadsworth, OH
- 8#111 Brayden Cooney - Imperial, PA
- 9#132 Kenzie Swain - Oakdale, PA
- 10#103 Steven Heagerty - Avalon, PA
- 11#113 DJ Cline - Export, PA
- 12#133 Shizuku Matsumoto - Mars, PA
- 13#108 Colton Dowler - Belpre, OH
5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 13
- 1#106 Trevor Smith - Stonesboro, PA
- 2#112 Brian "Crazy Legs" Catron - Baltimore, MD
- 3#102 Brandon Hart - Delmont, PA
- 4#103 Connor Clemons - Saint Leonard, MD
- 5#111 Jamir Hughes - Pittsburgh, PA
- 6#104 Thomas DeVincentis - New Castle, PA
- 7#108 Elliana "Ellie" Stanton - Russell, PA
- 8#107 Joh Yamada - Pittsburgh, PA
- 9#109 Maxwell "Max" Parker - Centreville, VA
- 10#105 Paizley Sparks - Brackenridge, PA
- 11#113 Lydia Garland - Baltimore, MD
- 12#110 Ashwin Raja - McDonald, PA
- 13#101 Mateo DiBernardo - Monongahela, PA
Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11
- 1#198 Connor Fish - Marshall, MI
- 2#194 Matthias Shelton - Monroeville, PA
- 3#193 Nydia Deeter - Titusville, PA
- 4#187 Benjamin Shaffer - Drums, PA
Rapid City, SD (May 10, 2017) — Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is welcoming balance bike racing toddlers, some still in diapers, to the Strider Cup Race Presented by MedExpress on May 27 at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh. In honor of the event, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto have declared May 27 as Youth Cycling Day.
This is the second time the event has been held in the Keystone State. The first time was in 2015. The Strider race in Pittsburgh is the second of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series, in which toddlers as young as 18 months old put their Strider Bike skills to the test. Most of the registrants for the May 27 event are from across Pennsylvania, but racers are also traveling from Canada, Texas, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire and more!
The youngest registrant so far is Kevin “Bubster” Husband from Greensburgh, Penn., who is just 19 months old. In addition to the races, these family-friendly events feature a free Strider Adventure Zone ride and play area with Strider Bikes to test ride.
Jackson Biernesser of Pittsburgh is signed up in the popular 3-year-old class. His mother, Donata, said, “Riding a Strider Bike is really teaching him balance and independence. Not having pedals is teaching him how to steer the bike easier.”
The May 27 event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online or families can register their young rider at the packet pick-up Friday, May 26 at DICK'S Sporting Goods, 301 South Hills Village #201, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. There is no same-day race registration. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, a number plate for their bike, and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open at www.striderbikes.com/pittsburgh.
A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of proud parents and grandparents cheering on racers while ringing cowbells as the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles such as dirt mounds and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.
The Strider Cup events also include races for individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs. Strider has donated bikes to several families in the area. Special needs racers compete on the 12” models, as well as the larger 16” and 20” Strider Balance Bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs.
The first 2017 Strider Cup race featuring 200 toddlers was held May 6 in Fort Worth, Texas. The third one will be 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.
Jackson B. from Pittsburgh is raring to go for his hometown Strider Cup Race in Pittsburgh on May 27.
Jackson’s mother, Donata, heard about Strider Balance Bikes from customers who came into the children's second-hand store where she works. She also asked other moms via social media for recommendations on which brand/style balance bike to buy for his 3rd birthday at the end of January. The Strider Bike was the top choice.
“We bought the Strider Bike because we wanted him to be able to participate in the race,” she added. “We also liked that the bike went up to age 5 so he can get years of use, not just few months.”
Riding his Strider Bike in the last month has helped the speedy Jackson learn to pace himself.
“Jackson is naturally athletic and coordinated, but often so fast that he gets ahead of himself,” said Donata. “It’s taught him to slow down and learn how to ride without getting impatient. Not having pedals is teaching him how to steer the bike easier.”
“Overall the bike is really teaching him balance and independence, as well as focus and not getting so hyper and frustrated with riding.”
Jackson likes to hop on his Strider Bike every day, whether it’s riding circles inside the house, at a nearby park or around the neighborhood. Donata said they will, “try out the local dirt bike park this spring, and are very excited to be participating in the race.”
A young lad with succinct words, Jackson simply says "I love my bike,” when talking about his Strider.
We’ve heard that before … have you?
So far, two Canadian kids are signed up for the Strider Cup Race in Pittsburgh on May 27. One is driving more than 9 hours to compete on his Strider Balance Bike. How cool is that! The delicious Pittsburgh perogies aren’t the only reason they’re coming. These two are excited to see how their skills match up with young ones in the Northeast United States.
Riding helps Lucas’ eyes
Lucas G. is registered to compete in the 2-year-old class, and is traveling from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, for the event.
He received his Strider Bike when he was just 16 months old. His mother Stephanie said, “We chose a Strider Bike because we liked the way the bike was made and the different accessory offerings. They had Kawasaki green, so we knew it was a right fit.”
Lucas rides his Strider Bike at the Wasaga Beach BMX Park and around the neighborhood in warmer temperatures. During the winter months, his parents set up a little course in their basement to help the active tot burn off energy – and practice his skills.
“Riding has helped improve his balance, and also his eyesight,” said Stephanie. “Lucas has had glasses since he was one year old. We feel like the riding has helped him focus and his eyes are getting better.”
What does Lucas say about his Strider Bike? Stephanie shared, “He always wants to ride and says ‘let’s do dirt jumps.’”
So do we!
Strider is “the coolest”
Four-year-old Jared C. from Espanola, ON, received his Strider Bike on his 2nd birthday and says his Strider Bike, “is the coolest.” We agree.
His mother, Felicia C., said, “when I bought him his Strider Bike, all he wanted to do was ride to the park and places and around the house.”
“It’s helped him with his balance,” she added. “He even started riding a two-wheeled pedal bike at three years old, without using training wheels.”
Asked why she chose a Strider Bike over other brands, Jared’s mom Felicia C. said, “I decided to buy a Strider Bike because I liked the design, how light it was and just the overall set up and attachments you could get.”
The Canadian winters don’t slow down Jared. He rides through the snow with his ski attachment. His family is used to driving for track time. In the winter, they sometimes travel six hours to the Rock City Indoor BMX track in Greenville, MI. In the summer, Jared races at the Milton BMX track in Ontario, a 5-hour drive.
Jared’s family will be traveling more than nine hours to Pittsburgh for the race. They’re also planning to go to the Strider Cup Race in Lincoln, NE, on June 11, and possibly the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City on July 21-22.
Now that’s dedication.
More info on the race is at www.striderbikes.com/pittsburgh.
The second stop of the 2017 Strider Cup Series is Pittsburgh, PA on May 27th!
Get your STRIDER Riders ready to race and meet us at Southside Works!
Genuine 12" Strider Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race.
|9:00am - 10:30am||2 and Under|
|10:30am - 11:30am||4 Year Olds|
|11:30am - 12:30pm||Special Needs Race|
|12:30pm - 1:00pm||Lunch Break|
|1:00pm - 2:30pm||3 Year Olds|
|2:30pm - 3:30pm||5 Year Olds|
- - Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race. Full Strider Cup race rules HERE.
- - Online registration closes May 26th, 2017 at 7pm EST
Early Packet Pick-Up and Last Chance Registration:
Early packet pickup and last chance registration will be on Friday night prior to the race. We highly recommend attending (but you're not obligated to) so you can pick up your racer's registration bag with their requested jersey, assigned number plate, and other goodies. This will be on Friday May 26th at DICK'S Sporting Goods (301 South Hills Village #201, Pittsburgh, PA 15241) from 5 pm to 7 pm. We will also be conducting a “Tech Inspection” both then and on race day. For more information regarding Tech Inspection please look HERE.
Please bring your racer, bike, and helmet to packet pickup on Friday. If you are unable to do so we can finalize Tech Inspection on race day. Any concerns would need to be addressed before the child is allowed to race so again we would suggest attending packet pickup on Friday if at all possible. Showing up on Friday also gives us the opportunity to address any issues in a calm non-rushed atmosphere and to tell you what to expect on race day. We would also like to inform you about important times as related to your race class, how the "HEATS" (1st Race) and "MAINS" (2nd Race) will work, and how the awards ceremony will flow.
Please bring the electronic or printed tickets that you will be received after you registered to packet pickup as it will help speed up the process. If you will be checking in, picking up the registration bag and doing Tech Inspection on Saturday (race day) we would recommend doing so at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of your racer's age group.
Single and double rooms available at discounted rates. Reservations should be called in at 412-462-7301 and mention that you're with the "Strider Sports" group.
|4 Year Old Class||5 Year Old Class||Special Needs Class|
Strider Bikes Announces 2017 Strider Cup® National Race Series for Toddlers
Tiny Strider® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks from Coast to Coast
Rapid City, SD (November 17, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at three stops across the country next spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event next July, the Strider Cup World Championship event.
The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 2 and 5 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.
You’ll find Strider Cup races in the following cities in 2017:
• Saturday, May 6: Fort Worth, TX, at Sundance Square
• Saturday, May 27: Pittsburgh, PA, at Southside Works
• Saturday, June 10: Lincoln, NE, at Tower Square
The series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 22 at Gallivan Center
in Salt Lake City, UT, where nearly 250 toddlers competed on the custom Strider track in 2016. Organizers are expecting over 400 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.
There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25, and will open in January. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration.
Pre-registration will be available soon; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information. Sponsors for the 2017 events include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, LDS Hospital, FedEx, Amica Insurance, and more.
For the second year in a row, Strider will host races for athletes with special needs at each of the events. These athletes will race the 12” balance bike models, as well as Strider’s new, larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community.
A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly encouraging their young racers as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to 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.
As one parent put it, “My son loves his Strider Bike and this event has given him a great way to race, go fast, and feel like a big kid without having to navigate pedals.”
Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship. Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.
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.
What a fun day of STRIDER Championship Series Racing at the Station Square on June 6th; new friends were made, challenges were overcome, and smiles were abundant!
A big shout out goes to all the folks who participated and helped out in the recent race in Pittsburgh, PA! What a great day! Fabulous weather, great venue and tons of enthusiasm from everybody involved.
All of the STRIDER HQ staff that went out to Pittsburgh were amazed at the response and the great vibes that we got from everybody that we met. What a cool city too, with beautiful bike paths, a great bike community, and a neat bike rental system.
Also a big thanks to the fine folks at the Wheel Mill Bike Park for letting us do packet pickup there! While Taylor Swift didn’t make it over to see us on Saturday we still
rocked Station Square! : )
Check out the excellent photos from race day on our Flickr page HERE!
2 YEAR OLDS and under
- 1#218 - Patrick "Paddy" Marsic - PA
- 2#202 - Kabir Raphael - MD
#216 - Oakley "Oakdawg" Lindner - MD
#226 - Gavin McNulty - PA
#206 - Lily Opitz - PA
#221 - Brayden Cooney - PA6
#224 - Hunter Clayton - NJ7
#203 - Steven "Buddie" Heagerty - PA8
3 YEAR OLDS
- 1#302 - Isshi Komatsu - PA
- 2#323 - Travis Clayton - NJ
- 3#311 - Tristen Mieczkowski - PA
- 4#324 - Jarrett Dearborn - WV
- 5#317 - Jacob Shafer - PA
- 6#304 - Connor Clemons - MD
- 7#316 - Leopold Hossbach - PA
#325 - Finn Lithgow - PA
- 1#903 - Kolby Liston - PA
- 2#902 - Nicholas "Nick" Monteparte - PA
- 3#801 - Dante Hoffman - PA
- 4#802 - Matthias "Matti" Shelton - PA
- 5#805 - Nydia "Yaya" Deeter - PA
#804 - Eric Jackson - PA
4 YEAR OLDS
- 1#419 - Eddy Hosack - PA
- 2#403 - Christopher "Chris" Opitz - PA
- 3 #409 - Declan "Diamond Cutter" Sims - PA
- 4#415 - Giovanni Riccelli - PA
- 5#405 - Jackson Donahue - PA
- 6#407 - Bradyn Stanley - PA
#404 - Evan Wood - PA
#422 - Ryan Craig - PA
5 Year Olds
- 1#505 - Eito "EITO!" Tokunaga - IL
- 2#502 - Leo Sicilia - PA
#504 - Max Klaich - PA
#512 - Coleman Hixenbaugh - PA
#503 - Jacob Andreyo - PA
#501 - Alaina Shea - PA6
#508 - Raymond "Ray" Valentine Lanza - PA7
#506 - Tommy "Tommy Gun" Guenther - PA8
The third stop of the STRIDER Championship Series is Pittsburgh, PA on June 6th!
Join us at Station Square and get your STRIDER Riders ready to race!
STRIDER Racing Rules Can Be Found HERE!
|9am - 10:30am||2 and Under|
|10:30am - Noon||3 Year Olds|
|Noon - 12:30pm||Lunch/Break|
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Special Needs|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||4 Year Olds|
|2:30pm - 3:30pm||5 Year Olds|
- - Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race