Have you been wanting to try out STRIDER Racing, but didn't know where to start? The next couple weeks USA BMX tracks all over the country will be celebrating Olympic Day in commemoration of the June 23, 1894 convening of the first International Olympic Committee.
What else is cool about Olympic Day? FREE Racing!
It's coming up quick though so go over to www.USABMX.com and find a track near you.
What do you need? 1. A STRIDER for your toddler
2. A bike for yourself (Once you see others racing you'll want to get in on the action)
3. Long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toe shoes, and a helmet (adults require full face)
4. A sense of Adventure!
4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Willow Francis - McDonald, PA
2 Gavin Saez - Bel Air, MD
3 Tyler Meyers - Ft Edward, NY
4 Addisyn Moore - Team Generation II - Crownsville, MD
3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Dean "Deango" Stewart - Team Stylin - Clifton Park, NY
2 Jackson "The Tank" Corbett - Eldersburg, MD
3 Carson Hooks - Oak Ridge, NC
4 Jerrick "Super" Decker - Team Grippen Park BMX - Windsor, NY
5 Ryder Allen
6 Scarlett Borror - Callaway, MD
7 Erica Greene - Severn, MD
2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Richard Dymond - Team Generation II - New Freedom, PA
2 Timothy Scott - Hagerstown, MD
3 Kash Krickler - Eldersburg, MD
4 Joshua Austin - Forestdale, MA
5 Giuliana "Gigi" Powell - Team GTV Racers Edge - Catonsville, MD
6 Rylyn Tinsman - Sykesville, MD
7 "STRIDER" Ryder West
A Non Profit Organization, In Memory Of Axel Charrette, Dedicated To Providing STRIDER Bikes To Children In Need
Ridgway, Colorado (June 7th, 2013) - The Charrette family has announced the launch of the Axel Project. The Axel Project was created in honor of 2-year old, Axel Charrette, who was killed in Sayulita Mexico in February 2013. The organization’s mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families.
Axel’s love for all things bikes, clearly instilled by his family’s passion for cycling, and his particular affinity for chasing his brother around on his Strider bike, led to the creation of the Axel Project, and its natural corporate partnership with Strider Sports International, Inc.
Randy Charrette, Axel’s father and Project co-founder, expressed his passion for the endeavor, “In the months after our loss we wanted to come up with a way to honor our son’s memory. We decided to set up the Axel Project. Axel loved his Strider and we loved watching him gain confidence and enjoy life as he rode around. By getting more children and families on bicycles we are helping build healthier communities and a better world.”
The Axel Project’s immediate goal is to provide balance bikes to children in need. Organizations can apply to receive Strider bikes, for a nominal fee which includes shipping, as well as instructions on teaching children the basics of riding, by filling out a simple online application on the Axel Project website: http://axelproject.com/apply.
Jen Charrette, Axel’s mother and Project co-founder, explains, “We believe biking not only builds confidence in young children but also improves health, is an outlet to express pure joy, is a foundation to a lifelong appreciation of nature, and helps strengthen family bonds because it’s an activity the entire family can do together. The Axel Project was an obvious way for us to forever memorialize Axel and everything we came to love about riding together as a family.”
Ryan McFarland, founder of Strider Bikes, had only two words when he was asked if his company would be the founding sponsor of the Axel Project. “We’re In,” was his immediate, and indelible response.
Donations to the Axel Project can be made at www.axelproject.com. All donations will be used to fulfill the organization’s mission. In addition, for every Strider bike sold on the Axel Project website, one will be donated to a child in need.
About The Axel Project
The Axel Project is Ridgway, Colorado-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the fundamental principle that a productive, happy life begins with bikes. Our mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families. While our goal is broad, our first project is aimed at providing balance bicycles and instruction to children in need, ages 18 months to 5-years of age, to teach the basic skills necessary to get them riding on two wheels—with their friends, their family and forever. For more information or to contact the Axel Project, visit www.axelproject.com and on facebook.
There were 2 racks of STRIDER bikes in Utah last weekend for a total of 10 riders, including a 2 year old and a 4 year old, all the rest were 3 years old. One moto having close finishes for the top 3 all three laps , the course was through the 3rd straight and around the 3rd corner at Rad Canyon BMX all the kids had a great time and were excited to receive their trophies. The results sheets went missing, but everyone had a great time! Thanks for coming out.
3 Year Old STRIDER
Johnny Goodwin - Team Box Components - Anaheim, CA
Jaden Dey - Team CRBMX - St. Helens, OR
Isabella "The Gremlin" Leija - Team Chico Corsa - Chico, CA
Jett Baker - Hemman, UT
Ducky Adams - Extreme Team - Rock Springs, WY
Jesse James - Denver, CO
Sam Smalley - Lodi, CA
Owen "Rocket" Garthe - Team X Factory - PHOENIX, AZ
We found this cool video from a STRIDER parent on YouTube last week. It seemed like a perfect time to share it since several of the STRIDER employees are taking part in the Gold Rush Gravel Grinder today!
Have a great Saturday, whether you're out on your bike suffering like us or enjoying a leisurely ride to visit some farm animals!
5 Year Old STRIDER
1 "Racin" Gracyn Hill - Team Poppaclutch BMX Racing - MURFREESBORO, TN
2 Kyle Sperber - Thomas Station, TN
4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Matthew Jahnke - Team Answer/SSquared/TLD - North Prairie, WI
2 Lucas Hutson
3 Matthew Edens - Kingston Springs, TN
4 Preston Bowlin
5 Collin Momper - Team Potter Plates/Dan's Comp - Jonesboro, GA
6 Chloe "Wild Wild" West - Big Ring Travis Racing - Nashville, TN
3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Larry Andrews - Smyrna, TN
2 James Lester - Antioch, TN
3 Caris McConnell - Brentwood, TN
4 Harper Hoge - Lenexa, KS
2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Marshall Miller - Union, KY
2 Gunnar Trimolt - Munster, IN
3 Avery Speagle - Oxford, MI
4 Jackson Pochmara - Lake Orion, MI
5 Ian Ruffino - O'Fallon, MO
6 Uhllana Woods - Benbrook, TX
7 Talon Trahan - Team Trikin Out Truks - Houston, TX
8 Jayce "Boo Bear" Grieve - Team Factory Doublecross - Cabot, AR
The Covered track at Duke City BMX in Albuqueque, NM saw some amazing STRIDER racing action last weekend. Check out the some photos and results and head over to our facebook page to share your photos from raceday.
4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Lane Mihm, Team Flip it Bikes/Alienation - Fritch, TX
2 Ellery Hoffman - Los Ranchos, NM
3 Rebecca Biberos
4 Camryn Ross - Pearland, TX
5 Ella Spitz - Albuquerque, NM
3 Year Old STRIDER
1 "Racin" Masin Stice - Yucca Valley, CA
2 Ashton Hunt - Westminster, CA
3 Isaiah Chavez - Albuquerque, NM
4 Thomas Avila - Albuquerque, NM
2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Ruby Reece - Fort Worth, TX
2 Sophia Chavez - Albuquerque, NM
3 Anthony Maul
4 Gordy Cordova - Albuquerque, NM
5 Isaac Spitz - Albuquerque, NM
Hesperia BMX in California has the newest STRIDER specific course in the USA BMX world. If you're in the area and you haven't checked out the STRIDER action at Hesperia BMX go see waht it's all about!
Their practice/race schedule can be found on our website and more information on their track is below. Stride On!
1. Hesperia BMX is located at 17501 Live Oak Street, Hesperia, CA 52345 and the track phone number is (760) 678-5792
2. The track operator is Dan Dalton and the track website is www.HesperiaBMX.com
3. We decided to put in a STRIDER track to help build the sport of BMX by including family members of all ages. This gives them a safe track to ride without interfering with the full track operation.
4. The track is 175 ft. long with 6 obstacles (rollers and tables)in the first straight and 5 in the back straight (complete with it's own spectator tower.
5. Volunteers and track staff built the track in two days with the help of a Bobcat (daily rental)for the heavy lifting. A mixture of 50/50 dirt and clay was used to build the track, which is fenced in with snow fencing and STRIDER penants.
6. Hesperia BMX STRIDER Practice and Race times: Wednesdays Practice 5:30-7:00pm race to follow. Saturdays Practice 4:00-6:00pm race to follow.
As lightweight mountable/wearable cameras become more popular the videos we find on YouTube keep getting cooler. Here's a fun one of Benjie out for a ride with his Dad 3 weeks after getting his STRIDER. You can tell that he's getting more comfortable; lifting up his feet, balancing while moving slowly, and racing his Dad.
If you're having troubles getting your little gal or guy out on their STRIDER take a hint from this video. If you're on a bike yourself it will most likely be more fun for both you and your STRIDER rider!
Have a great Saturday...now get outside and have some fun!
A guest post from our very own Paul Elder. Inventory & Logistics Manager at Strider Sports International. Paul is the proud daddy of two rippin' STRIDER Riders, a hunter, he recently finished his first Marathon in Fort Collins, CO. Colorado Marathon, and has been an avid Mountain Biker since he starting working here at Strider. (Turns out we have that effect on people!) To see Paul's full bio on our Strider Staff Page click HERE.
They call me "Crash".
I'm a guy who rides a mountain bike. Definitely not to be confused with an actual mountain biker.
The cuts, bruises, and localized swelling that cover my legs and arms after a ride seem to confirm I'm not exactly talented on two wheels. My Strider family certainly enjoys hearing about my latest escapades after a lunch ride, and my home family (wife, 4 year old, and 2 year old) suggest fairly regularly that I may be better suited to ride a STRIDER full time.
The good news is, I really am getting better at it! To clarify: getting better at crashing. You might think it's as simple as falling off your bike, but there is sooo much more to wrecking than just falling over. Believe me - I'm a guy who literally crashed in the middle of the bike path, going less than one mile an hour (first day in clipless pedals). I'm managed to avoid "the big one" [hold on one second while I knock on every piece of wood in the room...ok, done] but every unplanned dismount from the bike has the potential to hurt.
From what I can tell, there are three main categories of crashes:
1) "I couldn't get un-clipped". These are really a bummer, and tend to have a recurring point of impact on the inside of your shins where where your bike consistently smashes you, because you are, you know, 'stuck'. Most people learn pretty quickly how to un-clip...not this guy. I'm good for this type of wreck about every other ride, even if it's just stopping for a rest. Nothing worse than confidently rolling up to the guys you are riding with, and then tipping over onto the ground.
2) "I Knew that Technical Portion was Beyond Me". The machismo based argument is, you have to keep trying tough sections of trail in order to improve, and some day, you'll make them. In the mean time, they're probably gonna hurt. But at least you are moving fairly slow and the damage is generally short term.
3) "Didn't See That Coming". These are generally high speed, maybe going over the bars or having the bike wash out under you. I've mostly avoided these (knocking on wood again) because I'm not very fast. But I've definitely had a couple close calls. I think these are "karma crashes"; about the time you get a little confident and start messing around, Bang!, you go down like a rock.
Here's the good news - every crash is an opportunity to GET BACK UP. It's the best life lesson to learn: being successful at something, whether riding or in other parts of life, is as simple as getting up one more time than you were knocked down. It's a lesson we get to see young STRIDER riders learning all the time. Our goal is to make learning to ride as safe and as fun as possible, and we believe the STRIDER does exactly that. But are kids going to wreck? Yup, they sure are; the same way they crashed when learning to crawl, the same way they crashed when learning to walk, and the same way they'll crash some day in the future in some other way. It's part of life.
So, when your little STRIDER rider tumbles of the bike, hold your breath, bite your tongue, and wait a second to see how they react. They might just surprise you by picking themselves up, dusting off, and getting back on the bike. And they'll have gained new confidence in themselves that can't be taught, it can only be learned.
And me? I'll be the guy tangled up in his bike off the side of the trail. But don't worry - I'll be along shortly. And maybe one time after I get up, I'll be able to say I'm a mountain biker.