Thailand, Malaysia and Japan Win Toddler Tour de France Titles
Rapid City, S.D. (July 21 2018) — Hundreds of families cheered on children 6 years old and younger as they raced balance bikes “Fred Flintstone-style” in the Strider Cup World Championship, dubbed the “Toddler Tour de France” on July 21 in Boulder, Colorado. Thailand and Malaysia took home one title each and Japan won three world titles.
Nearly 320 racers from 26 states and 15 countries showed off their balance and coordination skills by navigating obstacles such as the Noodle Monster and Bubble Wrap Trap along the 650-foot course. The youngest rider, 19-month old Crew Blake of Littleton, Colorado, strode along the course in his diaper and enjoyed a cool beverage in his sippy cup after the race.
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 “Pedal Graduation Gong” after learning to pedal on the Strider 14x Sport, the latest model that starts as a balance bike and includes a pedal kit when the child has mastered balancing.
“The Strider event was the highlight of our summer and we loved the race – especially the sense of community,” said Cameo Irons, mother of racers Evan (3) and Aimlee (5). Aimlee raced her 14x in balance mode and tried pedals on it for the first time in the demo area. “We were amazed! She pedaled on the first try – taking just three strides and off she went!”
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 them. Leo Watanabe of Japan took home the 2-year-old title, Archirawit Chaimongkol from Thailand earned the top spot on the podium for 3-year-old racers, Yuhi Otake from Japan won the 4-year-old title, and his countryman Taiga Kuwahara was the 5-year-old winner. Imran Ismail Shariman from Malaysia came in first place in the 14x open class.
On Friday evening Strider presented Imagine Colorado with 10 Strider 14x Sport models designed for children 3 – 7 years old.
Event sponsors Amica, Clif Bar, Honey Stinger, Justin’s, Lasater Pei’s Bars, Quarq, Nitze Ize and Wild Child Bikes provided additional family activities.
The Strider Cup World Championship in Boulder was the season finale for an exciting race season. Strider hosted three previous Strider Cup races in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 5, Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26 and Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 16.
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Colorado “Toddler Tour de France” Welcoming Hundreds of Cute 2- to 6-Year-Olds
Tiny riders from around the world to compete in 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, 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.
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.
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.
Thank You Soooo much for coming out to the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship!
News Coverage: KSL TV, ABC 4, Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Deseret News (Special Needs Coverage) Telemundo Utah (live feed), Telemundo Utah (Starting at 1:35), The Week, MSN.com, Triathlete.com, Standard-Examiner,
A HUGE shout out to Dannon, our title sponsor, and our class sponsors; Intermountain LDS Hospital, Competitive Cyclist, The Color Run, and Chick-fil-A City Creek Center!
results from each "A main" race:
2 year old AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 101
- 1#162 - Kaisei Nishimura - Tokyo, Japan
- 2#135 - Luke "Duke" Liberto - Mount Airy, MD
- 3#201 - Jax Awekamp - Salt Lake City, UT
- 4#134 - Huxley Fair - Morrison, CO
- 5#103 - Emitt Prado - Martinez, CA
- 6#120 - Mikito "Mickey" Takamatsu - Bangkok, Thailand
- 7#139 - Carson "Squishy" Robbins - West Jordan, UT
- 8#172 - Masen Winfrey - Ogden, UT
- 9#126 - Hunter Falk - Kamas, UT
- 10#178 - Mason Burns - Syracuse, UT
- 11#191 - Beckett Wood - Mapleton, UT
- 12#118 - Ryder Fowler - West Point, UT
- 13#150 - Rudy Davis - Bluffdale, UT
- 14#193 - Elsie Stone - Lehi, UT
3 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 137
- 1#142 - Raito Kaneko - Yonezawa, Japan
- 2#125 - Yuhi "Super Yuhi" Otake - Hirakata, Japan
- 3#157 - Eddie Wei - Taoyuan City, Taiwan
- 4#174 - Mioko "Mio" Oka - Nagoya, Japan
- 5#140 - Misaki "Misakix" Takao - Ikoma, Japan
- 6#130 - Kai Murayama - Okazaki-shi Aichi-ken, Japan
- 7#133 - Minato "Minapon" Watanabe - Kyotanabe City, Japan
- 8#112 - Weston Storey - Ogden, UT
- 9#182 - Logan Nielson - Saratoga Springs, UT
- 10#183 - Cruz "Cruzy the Racer" Gallegos - Santa Fe, NM
- 11#126 - Lukas Nielsen - Price, UT
- 12#165 - Jace Gardner - West Jordan, UT
4 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 76
- 1#128 - Taiga Kuwahara - Mishima-shi, Japan
- 2#116 - Kei Murayama - Okazaki-shi Aichi-ken, Japan
- 3#119 - Keiya Takamatsu - Bangkok, Thailand
- 4#123 - Kohaku "Kohachi" Miyazaki - Oosakasi, Japan
- 5#137 - Zion Angela - Savaneta, Aruba
- 6#135 - Greg Santiago Delgado - Turrubares, Costa Rica
- 7#117 - Chen "A bao" Pinchi - New Taipei City, Taiwan
- 8#108 - Jacob Bodamer - South Jordan, UT
- 9#156 - Khoi "Tin" Tran Minh - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
- 10#136 - Gage Holladay - Midvale, UT
- 11#148 - Reed "Reedo" Mahin - Jackson, ID
- 12#139 - Holden Denton - Heber, UT
- 13#109 - Charles "Charlie" Noyola - Redwood City, CA
5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 43
- 1#112 - Waku Kunitate - Nisshinshi, Japan
- 2#111 - Nick "Nicknack" Wangvilai - Bangkok, Thailand
- 3#104 - Sota Suzuki - Anjyo, Japan
- 4#126 - Haruka Nagao - Chiyoda-ku, Japan
- 5#105 - Ryuhey "Ryu" Satoh - Akirunoshi, Japan
- 6#114 - Ruka Izumitani - Inazawa, Japan
- 7#115 - Yamato Ogata - Higasioumi-si, Japan
- 8#102 - Taro Matsuzawa - Gunma-ken, Japan
- 9#119 - Shito Kimura - Mishima, Japan
- 10#116 - Ryutaro "Taro" Fukuoka - Saitama-ken, Japan
- 11#106 - Yudai Nagai - Kyoto-shi, Japan
- 12#117 - Amane Kaneko - Yonezawa, Japan
- 13#113 - Namiki "Namikix" Takao - Ikoma, Japan
Special needs Strider Class - Total Riders = 30
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Thank You Soooo much for coming out to the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship!
What a great finish to the US 2016 Strider Cup racing season! With stops in Lincoln, Nebraska, Salt Lake City, Utah, Spokane, Washington, and finally our Strider Cup World Championship in San Francisco, California it was definitely a year to remember!
The Strider Cup World Championship on San Francisco's Pier 35 (right next to Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39) was an amazing event! The venue had the advantage of being covered, but with the large garage doors open felt like you were on the water with beautiful San Francisco vistas. With a total of 302 Strider racers it was the largest race we've ever held. Nine different countries participated with the largest groups from Japan (25) and Equador (15).
Our hopes and goals for this race was simple, to give riders (of all abilities) an enjoyable weekend! Hopefully, your Strider rider will remember the camaraderie, fun race competition, and continue to gain confidence on their Strider Bikes!
A HUGE shout out to FedEx, our presenting sponsor, and our class sponsors; Yelp, Camelbak, Clover Stornetta Farms, Kidz Gear, and Golden Gate Urgent Care!
results from each "A main" race:
2 year old AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 97
- 1#224 Miku Shiozawa - Aichi-Ken, Japan
- 2#263 Logan Rodriguez - Tracy, CA
- 3#284 Ryden "Ry Ry" Morgan - West Valley City, UT
- 4#240 Andrew "Fireball" Croskery - Belmont, CA
- 5#247 Malek "Coco" Faraj - Mission Viejo, CA
- 6#205 Noah Jones - San Mateo, CA
- 7#223 Hudson Nye - Chico, CA
- 8#249 Dixon Zhu - San Francisco, CA
- 9#206 Bates Binaoro - Hercules, CA
- 10#217 Kai Murayama - Aichi Okazaki-Shi, Japan
3 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 94
- 1#322 Kei Murayama - Aichi Okazaki-Shi, Japan
- 2#320 Emilio Alejandro Perez Fernandez - Puyo, Ecuador
- 3#385 Mason Antell - San Francisco, CA
- 4#324 Anthony "Suco" Contreras - Puyo, Ecuador
- 5#380 Aidyn "A-Train" Low-Blythe - Fairfield, CA
- 6#307 Lily Mae Christiansen - Bay Point, CA
- 7#315 Jaxson "Jax" Boehme - Napa, CA
- 8#345 Rory Lee - Capitola, CA
- 9#314 Harrison Burns - San Bruno, CA
- 10#393 Seth Postier - San Jose, CA
- 11#382 Mason Davis - Santa Cruz, CA
4 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 55
- 1#415 Waku Kunitate - Tokyo, Japan
- 2#413 Sota Suzuki - Anjyo, Japan
- 3#406 Yamato Ogata - Higashioumi-Shi, Japan
- 4#410 Ruka Izumitani - Inazawa, Japan
- 5#448 Jose Martin Benavides Paredes - Quito, Ecuador
- 6#416 Daijiro Wakida - Tokyo, Japan
- 7#452 Cade "Cade Man" Myers - Winters, CA
- 8#405 Diego Salinas - Fremont, CA
- 9#409 Tomas "Hammer" Escobar Mesa - Sabaneta-Antioquia, Colombia
5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 39
- 1#512 Ao "Aosan" Yamashita - Osaka, Japan
- 2#520 Kuuto Kitazawa - Tokyo, Japan
- 3#510 Teruya "Teru" Kouda - Nara, Japan
- 4#511 Sawa "Sawa-san" Ishimaru - Osaka, Japan
- 5#502 Makoto Goriki - Aichi, Japan
- 6#523 Sora Shiozawa - Aichi-Ken, Japan
- 7#503 Rui Ishimoto - Nishinomiya-shi, Japan
- 8#514 Namiki Takao - Nara Ikoma, Japan
- 9#515 Shoma Sano - Aichi Toyoake-shi, Japan
Special needs 12" Strider Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 3
- 1#902 Miles Robinson - San Jose, CA
- 2#905 Juniper Naim - San Jose, CA
- 3#903 Katie Kang - San Jose, CA
- 4#901 Sanchit Sharma - Sunnyvale, CA
Special Needs 16"/20" Strider CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 5
- 1#914 Marissa Erickson - Alameda, CA
- 2#900 Jason Toy - San Francisco, CA
- 3#911 Bill Dickson - San Lorenzo
- 4#901 Sanchit Sharma - Sunnyvale, CA
- 5#910 Jake Silva - San Bruno, CA
With 62 entries from 16 countries we had a very tough time narrowing it down to the top 10 winners!
There were two categories, Strider Staff Pick and People's Choice, with 5 winners in each. With over $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs we had a tough time picking the top 5 for the Staff Picks from all of the amazing videos. The film makers did a great job getting the word out as well! There were over 48,000 views on YouTube in less than one week. The winners for the People's Choice were chosen based on the quality and quantity of comments on the videos uploaded to our YouTube channel.
Don't despair if you weren't selected as one of the top 10...we'll be getting you a $50 Strider product voucher by email (expect to see this by Aug 17th).
If your video is one of the videos below watch for an email explaining what we'll need from you in order to get you your prize money!
In the end the top 10 videos came from 6 different countries!
Drum roll, please...
1st Place - Vicente Exploring - Chile
2nd Place - Love At First Sight - Thailand
3rd Place - Ducati Jacob - USA
4th Place - Road Safety - Philippines
5th Place - Exploring Utah - USA
1st Place - Daydreaming In School - Italy
2nd Place - Riding Buddies at Highland Mountain Bike Park - USA
3rd Place - Ethan Danger - USA
4th Place - The Lone Strider - USA
5th Place - Anytime, Anwhere - South Korea
Thanks again to everyone for entering and sharing your creative videos with us!
We recently sold bike number 595,974 and it may have been sold in Thailand, one of our newer distributors.
It doesn't matter where you're from, the STRIDER is cross-cultural!
Now get out and enjoy some time on your bike...no matter where you are!