Colorado “Toddler Tour de France” Welcoming Hundreds of Cute 2- to 6-Year-Olds

Tiny riders from around the world to compete in Boulder

 

SCWC - 2018 Boulder

A scene from the 2-and-under starting gate at the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City, UT

 

Rapid City, S.D. (June 26, 2018) — Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers from around the globe – some still in diapers, will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup World Championship, July 20-21, at Central Park & Civic Area in Boulder, Colorado. For parents and spectators alike, the event will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to take captivating photos and videos.

"Our two sons Aidan (7) and Axel (4) transitioned to pedal bikes with no training wheels due to starting on Strider Bikes,” said Adele Sakich of Arvada, Colorado. “It's amazing to see the progression from tiptoeing along on the bike, to zooming down a hill with their feet up. Riding Strider Bikes has been a great confidence booster. Our favorite part of the Strider experience is the Strider Cup races. We love the energy at all the events!”

 

Aidan and Axel - SCWC 2018 Boulder

Aidan and Axel, Strider Cup phenoms

 

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.

“It is a sight to see toddlers from all over the world 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.”

Each year Strider holds one worldwide racing spectacular, the Strider Cup World Championship. This event draws families from across the world, including Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Ecuador, and more. The youngest rider, 21-month-old Eddie Meyer is making the trip with his family from Overland Park, Kansas, for his racing debut.

A typical race scene involves toddlers, some only 18 months of age, kicking their legs to propel the bikes along a 650-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 previous two years saw riders from Japan sweeping all of the world titles.

 2017 SCWC - Japan on Podium

Little racers from Japan have proved dominant in prior year Strider Cup World Championship events. 

 

The Strider Cup World Championship runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. July 21 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.

During packet pickup July 20, Strider will present Imagine Colorado 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/Boulder.

 


 

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.

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. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Strider Bikes Featured by Google in Small Business Report

South Dakota-Based Company Showcases Use of the Internet to Grow Business

Strider + Google

Rapid City, S.D. (June 19, 2018) – Every spring, Google Search sees a spike in one search phrase, “Best first bike.” Strider Bikes is proud to be the top-rated “Best First Bike” featured in Google’s results. But this ranking doesn’t come easy.

“The retail landscape is continually being taken from traditional brick and mortar to a digital retail space,” said Strider Founder, CEO and Chief Enthusiast Ryan McFarland. “We aim to do everything we can to support physical retail, but as a brand, we also need to be meeting parents and grandparents on their terms, through web searches they are making on digital devices.

Because of the digital strategy utilized by Strider Bikes, Strider was selected by Google to represent South Dakota as an example of a successful business leveraging the web to grow their business. As part of this recognition, Strider is being featured in Google’s annual Economic Impact Report, released by Google this June.

“People turn to the web to learn, discover, find, and buy things. Being online can have a big impact’ it’s where business can connect with their customers,” said Mary Ellen Coe, President of Google Marketing Solutions. “At Google, we see the power of the web working for American businesses, and we believe that with hard work and the help of technology, every business can grow.”

“The web is critical to our success,” said McFarland. “It is our platform to educate the globe that a better solution now exists for teaching children how to ride a bike, and at a younger age than ever thought possible.”

 

Ryan McFarland - Google

Ryan working with Charlie on product development and design

 

Strider Bikes came onto the scene in 2007 with a revolutionary concept for teaching toddlers to ride— develop balance first and then pedal the bike later. The company started in the garage of South Dakota-native, Ryan McFarland when he taught his son how to ride at age 2. Strider Bikes now is approaching 2 million bikes sold and spans across the globe with distribution in over 75 countries.

Bode First Wheelie

Ryan's son (Age 2) on an early Strider prototype

 

“Our growth has been greatly accelerated by the web,” notes McFarland. “The Internet really is the prime location to run a business in today’s world. Our use of the web effectively will enable us to realize a world in which all kids possess the ability to independently ride a bike.”

For more information about Strider Bikes and Google’s Economic Impact Report, please visit www.google.com/economicimpact.

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. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Two-Wheeling Toddlers Race for Titles at NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte

Strider Cup Charlotte - 2-Year-Old Class

 

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.

 

Strider Cup - Charlotte Obstacles

 

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.

 

Strider Cup Charlotte - Girl 14x

 

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.

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Strider Cup Cleveland High-Five

 

Cycling Tykes Conquer Cleveland with Strider Cup Racing

Families celebrate learning to ride on Youth Cycling Day

 

Rapid City, S.D. (May 26, 2018) — Hundreds of families watched tiny tykes 6 years old and younger race balance bikes “Fred Flintstone-style” in the Strider Cup race May 26 in Public Square in Downtown Cleveland. Mayor Frank Jackson declared it Youth Cycling Day in honor of the first Strider Cup race ever hosted in Ohio,

Nearly 150 racers from 19 states and Canada showed off their balance and coordination skills by navigating obstacles and riding over ramps set up along the 600-foot plus course. The youngest rider, 20-month old Cole Quinlan, hailed from Sheffield Lake, Ohio. The only performance enhancer in his sippy cup was whole milk.

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 14x gong after learning to pedal on the Strider 14x, a newly launched model that starts as a balance bike and includes a pedal kit when the child has mastered balancing.

14x Experience Lean Photo

 

14x Experience - Gong Ring

 

“Zane started riding his Strider over a year ago and started pedaling on the 14x today in just five minutes,” said his father Rob Grabowski, of Metamora, Michigan. He added that the 3-year-old is also riding a PW50 mini-bike without training wheels. “Strider products and these organized races allow kids to experience competition and push the boundaries of what young children can do.”

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.

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. Donovan “D-Money” Cutler from Portland, Michigan, took home the 2-year-old class trophy, Luke “Duke” Liberto traveled from Mount Airy, Maryland, to nab the top spot on the podium for 3-year-old racers, Pasha Ali of Trophy Club, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Mason Turner, a 5-year-old from Clarkston, Michigan, came in first place in the 14x open class.

During the lunch hour, Strider presented Special Olympics Young Athletes Cleveland with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3 – 7 years old.

Event sponsors Once Upon a Time Toys, Honey Stinger, Go-Go Squeeze and Lasater Grasslands Beef provided additional family activities.

Strider Cup was brought to Cleveland in partnership with Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and marks the second stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races, with the final Strider Cup race in 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 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.

 

About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting more than 190 sporting events which provide nearly $570 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.

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Cleveland Hosting World’s Cutest Toddler Race

2018 Strider Cup® National Race Series Features 2 – 6-Year-Olds on Balance Bikes


Rapid City, S.D. (Jan. 18, 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 spring and summer, with Cleveland hosting the two-wheeled tykes at the race in Public Square on Saturday, May 26. Other races will be May 5 in Fort Worth, Texas, and the World Championship on July 20-21 in Boulder, Colorado.

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 between 18 months and 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 Balance 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 Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age six months – 7 years old, 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, 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.

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Monday, 22 January 2018 22:43

Strider Cup Invades Fort Worth, Texas!

Sundance Square Hosting World’s Cutest Toddler Race

2018 Strider Cup® National Race Series Features 26-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.

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Strider Sports Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Birthday Bash

Free Strider Festival to Take Over Main Street Square August 26th

Rapid City, SD (August 15, 2017) — Strider Sports Int’l., Inc, the world’s premier balance bike manufacturer and South Dakota company is planning to throw a party in its hometown of Rapid City, SD to celebrate ten years of success on Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to help Strider celebrate at the Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!  Strider has been teaching kids around the world how to balance and ride on its balance bike since 2007, and it all started here – in Rapid City. There will be a variety of toddler-focused, fun activities for young Strider riders and their parents, including traditional birthday celebration activities, fun riding courses and obstacles, contests, games, and more. No prior riding experience necessary. Families should be sure to bring their Strider bike and their toddler-aged rider.  All FREE to the public.

Strider Sports was founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007 and has sold over 1.7 million no-pedal balance bikes in over 75 countries since that time. Strider 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 physical disabilities. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.

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 1.7 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.

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