Set up for the 2015 Lakewood Ranch Strider Championship Race (sponsored by Cycletrader.com) started in the early pre-dawn hours Saturday, April 25th! Bright orange cones and freshly built ramps were dropped in place in preparation for the start of the two year old race class. 2 and 3 year old STRIDER riders outfitted with full riding gear, GoPro cameras, and customized STRIDER Bikes started rolling in about half hour before race time. Good thing they arrived early and fresh. The weather was not kind to the little ones.
By mid morning and the start of the largest race class – the 3 year olds – the temperature was already over 82 degrees and the humidity just as high. That didn’t phase the young STRIDER riders – mostly boys, who made several practice laps around the 900’ course complete with ramps, tire obstacles and tight corners. Nor did it stop the group of over 25 riders with special needs – some who travelled from over an hour away to race against one another.
It was a beautiful day filled with colorful STRIDER Bike riding, huge smiles, lots of cheers, sweaty heads, personal pride, big shiny trophies, a few minor crashes and likely finished with a solid night’s sleep!
Results are listed below. Unfortunately some of the paperwork was lost so if you don't see your little 2 year old please give us a call so we can update the results. Share your great photos from Lakewood Ranch with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Check out all of the great photos we have over on our Flickr Account HERE!
2 YEAR OLDS
- 1#202 William Kennedy - FL
- 2#207 Moto Harris - FL
#213 - TBD - Please call 605-342-0266 with name
#205 Jack McLoughlin - FL
#214 - TBD - Please call 605-342-0266 with name
#208 Cormac Daniel - FL6
#206 Gunnar Hendrix - FL7
#212 - Zayn Lamaa - FL8
3 YEAR OLDS
- 1#308 Brody Johnson - FL
- 2#302 Brantley Gagne - FL
- 3#319 Austin Stubbington - FL
- 4#331 William Larson - FL
- 5#312 Logan Fleming - FL
- 6#314 Joseph Toledo - FL
- 7#330 Ryder Leigh Collins - FL
#306 Landon Rosenberg - FL
4 YEAR OLDS
- 1#408 Chase Alicea - FL
- 2#411 Jacob Florea - FL
- 3 #413 Jasper Mulvihill - FL
- 4#407 Alexander Mesia - FL
- 5#404 Peyton Atkins - FL
- 6#401 Shea Bartholomew - FL
#405 Hayden Bishop - FL
#402 Nicolas Leguizamon - FL
5 Year Olds
- 1#504 Eito Tokunaga - IL
- 2#506 Kooper Norton - FL
#507 Maddox Parks - FL
#502 Brady Wallis - FL
#509 Alejandro Santos - FL
#503 Brady Schulte - FL6
#508 Lily "LaLa" Culver-Wollaston - FL7
#510 Gabriel Torres - FL8
#501 Zaniel Cole - GA 9
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
5 Year old STRIDER
- 1KAI BARTHOLOMEW, SARASOTA, FL
- 2COOPER DAVIS, VALRICO, FL
- 3GRACEN WERRE, JACKSONVILLE, FL
4 year old STRIDER
- 1LOGAN COAKLEY, KID DYNAMITE, ST PETERSBURG, FL
- 2LILANI (LITTLE HAWAII) PRINGLE, PROFILE/CRIT, ARCHER, FL
- 3VIOLET PAPOVICH, BADD & CO, MERRILLVILLE, IN
3 Year old STRIDER
- 1CADE ANSORGE, JESTER/CYCLE CRAFT, BUNNELL, FL
- 2SHEA BARTHOLOMEW, SARASOTA, FL
- 3LAILA MASZAK, LAKE WORTH, FL
- 5PEYTON ATKINS, TAMPA, FL
- 6HAYDEN BRUTY, TAMPA, CO
- 7CHARLIE MULLING, KID DYNOMITE, RUSKIN, FL
- 8TRISTAN TURNER, PALM HARBOR, FL
2 & UNDER STRIDER
- 1KALIA (RUM BUM) PRINGLE, PROFILE EXTREME, ARCHER, FL
- 2TANNER BURDEN, KID DYNAMITE, TAMPA, FL
- 3ANDRES ANDRADE, PINECREST, FL
- 5HAYDEN DECKERT, PALM HARBOR, FL
Tiny Strider Riders To Compete On Specially-Designed Tracks Across America
Rapid City, SD (March 3, 2014) — Strider Sports International, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, has created a new national racing series known as the STRIDER Championship Series. This groundbreaking program will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at four stops across the country this summer, plus the final worldwide event this fall.
The unique Strider Championship Series will cater directly to children between two and five years old who want to experience the thrill of racing. 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.
Find STRIDER Championship Series races in the following cities this summer:
· Saturday, June 21: Rapid City, SD, at Main Street Square - Register HERE
· Saturday, July 12: St. Cloud, MN, at Lake George, Presented by Scheels - Register HERE
· Sunday, August 24: Denver, CO, as part of the festivities surrounding the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race - Register HERE
There will be heats for 2 and under, 3, 4, and 5-year-olds at each of the races. Registration fees are $25 online or $35 on site. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open now and can be found at www.StriderBikes.com.
A typical Strider race scene has young parents and grandparents holding their breath as the bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, grasp their mini grips, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 400-foot plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. All young racers are treated to an Olympic-style podium award ceremony immediately following their race, where trophies taller than some of the riders are given to top finishers. All participants receive medals and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.
Participating in any of these events will automatically qualify the rider for the Strider World Championship. The series-ending race will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota — world headquarters for Strider Sports International, Inc. The big event goes down this year on September 19, 20 and 21. Please visit our website at STRIDER World Championship for more information.
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed worldwide in over 70 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com.
About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
We Create Riders! STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at www.StriderBikes.com
SCHEELS is a 24-store operation with stores in 10 states including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois; as well as a new store in Sandy, Utah. Play, shop, and explore over 85 amazing specialty shops with the area's largest selection of sports, fashion, and footwear! www.Scheels.com
About USA Pro Challenge
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2014. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
It was another great weekend of racing in Louisville, KY during the 2014 Bluegrass Nationals! Check out all the photos from last weekend over on our Flickr page and make sure to join us in Monroe, LA for the Cajun Nationals March 8th.
4 Year old STRIDER
- 1Violet Papovich, Merrillville, IN
- 2Larry Andrews, Smyrna, TN
- 3Reagan Rice, Plainfield, IN
3 Year Old STRIDER
- 1Bradley "B-Rad" Knapp, Bowling Green, KY
- 2Cole "Man" Scheessele, Newport News, VA
- 3Gunner Trimolt - Team ZMX Racing - Munster, IN
- 4Chase Hodge, Columbus, OH
- 5Gavyn Bennett, Lansing, MI
- 6Mathew McDonald, Lewis Center, OH
2 & UNDER STRIDER
- 1Brody Walters, Huntington, WV
- 2Gavin Strain, Indianapolis, IN
- 3Quinton Mudd, Louisville, KY
Ashton was the 2012 UK STRIDER Champion and joined us for the STRIDER World Championship in Sarasota, FL. He even patented his now signature move, "The Fire Hydrant" (pictured below), during the STRIDER trick competition!
The video below is a great example of STRIDER progression and balance. Did I mention that the video is shot in Sherwood Forest? If you didn't think it could get any cooler than that, watch Ashton's balance skills. This is one of the main reasons that we tell parents to hold on to their STRIDER bikes even after their children have started pedalling.
He goes through the enitre rhythm section standing on the Launchpad footrests. He also is able to balance and keep going through some slow going on top of the tabletop jumps.
Have a great Saturday...Now get outside and enjoy the day!
We love to see all the new and returning STRIDER riders at the USA BMX National events! The season is nearly wrapped up, but if you're in Tulsa the final weekend in November make sure to check out the Grands at the QuikTrip Center. You can also look for events in your area on the STRIDER Calendar or find a local STRIDER friendly riding area.
4 Year Old STRIDER
Logan Coakley - Kid Dynamite - St Petersburg, FL
Lilani Pringle - Profile/Crit Plate - Archer, FL
Rebecca Biberos - Loveland, CO
Reagan Rice - Plainfield, IN
3 Year Old STRIDER
Mark Beilfuss - Lutz, FL
Isaac Teran - Astoria, NY
Nixon Murr - Vert Clothing - New Smyrna Bch, FL
Ethan Rose - Winter Springs, FL
Andre Hernandez - Miami, FL
Isabella "Hellz Bellz" Pullen - Kingwood, TX
2 & UNDER STRIDER
Addison "Addi Bo Baddi" Schleifer - Jacksonville, FL
Logan Rudy - Pasadena, MD
Jaystin Simmons - Alachua, FL
Elise Schleifer - Jacksonville, FL
Tanner Burden - Tampa, FL
Laila Maszak - Lake Worth, FL
Cooper Loggins - Newnan, GA
Kalia "Rum Bum" Pringle - Profile Racing - Archer, FL
4 Year Old STRIDER
Alessandra Lupo - San Carlos, CA
Braxton Rollins - Anderson, CA
Cohen Kinne - Sparks, NV
Cody Benthin - Redwood City, CA
Max Loveless - Truckee, CA
Matteo Deleon - S Lake Tahoe, CA
Joseph Vandaam - Loyalton, CA
Brady Spidahl - SPARKS, NV
Ashton Hunt - Westminster, CA
3 Year Old STRIDER
Diesyll Mastenbroek - Rio Linda, CA
Darius "Little D" Chapman - Team Bighorn BMX - Sparks, NV
Isabella "The Gremlin" Leija - Team Chico Corsa - Chico, CA
Greyson Kane - S Lake Tahoe, CA
Ellie Benthin - Redwood City, CA
Cruz Padilla - Team Sprockets - Bella Vista, CA
Adyson Abbott - Roseville, CA
Vincent "The Rocket" Hajek - Team Israel - Los Angeles, CA
Bradley Baldwin - Sparks, NV
Gianna Yee - Team Impact - San Jose, CA
Casey Kirkpatrick - Sparks, NV
Arabella Delpeloso - Bertrand, NE
Laila Gomez - Team Bighorn BMX - Sparks, NV
Camdin Ford-Shell - Rio Linda, CA
2 & Under STRIDER
Andrew Raskopf - MOB Moto BMX - San Jose, CA
Enzo Guinasso - SPARKS, NV
Charlie Dibb - Mountain View, CA
Ryder Heile - Park City, UT
Axel Campbell - Henderson, NV
Espn Schenenan - Team Kaos - Garderville, NV
The STRIDER racing action was hot in downtown Denver (so were the soaring temperatures) at the final day of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The location was fantastic, the STRIDER racers were excited, and the spectators were loud!
Thanks to everyone for coming out and making 2013 another successful and fun year. A HUGE thanks to the Axel Project for running the STRIDER Adventure Zone at all the finish festivals along the 2013 route. Special thanks to Spindaroos for giving the 1st place winners from each age division a very cool Race Leader Jersey!
As a mom, I worry. Okay, that’s obvious. I worry about my kids being accepted, capable, respectful, proud, and confident. When it comes to sports I feel like I need to choose wisely. Here is the deal, I am almost 6 feet tall and my husband is 6’2” so our kids are, well, giants. At 3 years old my son, Adam was the exact size of the average 6 year old. Now he’s 6 and I’m thinking about making him get a job he’s so big. I know everyone’s situation is different. You may have a child who is tiny, or overweight, or underweight, with special needs, or just completely uncoordinated… the only thing you need to worry about is to doing what’s best for your child.
I thought about having my son join football, but the problem was the sign-up sheets read “Don’t worry, we group the kids by size not age, so no one gets hurt” so he would be being tackled by 10 year olds. Not going to happen. I thought about wrestling which goes by weight, and he would be grappling with 10 year olds. Again, not going to happen. We tried soccer. He hated it. He is what you would call a “lover, not a fighter” so when someone wanted the ball, he would kick it to them… no matter what team they were on…
The one thing he really loves is riding his bike. It’s fun. He can go on long rides with Gramps to find Geocaches, he can go get dirty at the dirt jump part, or circle endlessly around the car in the driveway, doesn’t matter what, it’s always fun.
I will be the first to admit that I am competitive, and secretly want my kids to have that fire inside them too. When you sign your kid up for a sport and they really aren’t into it, it isn’t fun for them, you, or the coach who is desperately trying to wrangle your inattentive “lover boy.”
After I started working at STRIDER, I discovered USA BMX. Talk about an intimidating sport! Full face helmets, giant jumps, a loud gate that crashes down and sends your child down onto a dirt track that you are sure is going to scar them for life… It’s not like that. Turns out the 6 year old novice class doesn’t do a whole lot of “jumping” the full face helmets, while intimidating in appearance, are really just there to save you some money on dental bills should they get their teeth bumped on a friend or their bike (on a side note, maybe parents should think about putting those on kids at soccer practice! I’m kidding!… sort of.) They crash, a lot, but I haven’t seen a single kid out for the night because of a wreck. It teaches them humility, you crash, you dust yourself off, you get back up. It teaches them respect, if there is a “man down” in practice, you get off your bike and help them off the track so no one gets hurt.
My first moments of watching Adam at the track were painful, he walked up almost every hill, and half the time he didn’t have enough pushing momentum that he just feel right over even if he wasn’t on his bike. When the kids ride before the moto races begin, all of the ages and abilities ride together. The STRIDER Class is riding right alongside the adults. (Although many tracks have totally separate STRIDER Tracks and practice times. Most, if not all, do have a time frame that allows only STRIDER kids on the track, and the actual STRIDER motos start and finish lines are only a portion of the full track.) As I am watching my son go around the track, slow, and crashing more than riding, the gate dropped for the second practice heat and he is only about half way to the finish line. There are 10 and 12 year old boys going fast, they are jumping, they are good. Adam is in their way. He’s going to get run over. They are going to be so annoyed that he is in the middle of the track with his bike tipped over, again. My nerves were building up as they got closer and closer to him and that is when it happened… They stopped. They picked up his bike dusted him off told him keep trying and they finished. And so did he. I took a deep breath and I choked up a little bit thinking about how I really hope those boys’ parents were watching, because seeing that is better than seeing a first class race finish any day.
We’re nearing the end of his first BMX Season. We know the lingo, and how it works (thanks to some awesome dads who were more than willing to answer all of my “so what happens if…” questions on the first night.) Adam still isn’t the most competitive dude. BMX has “moto” races which are usually two or three separate races that let you qualify for the “main” race at the end of the night, where only the top 4 riders of the first motos in each class are able to race. (That is the race where you can win the ribbons or trophies and get points.) The kids that don’t qualify for the main, get to participate in the “sportsman’s race” with other non-qualifying racers. All ages, even the STRIDERS.
Last week he didn’t qualify for the main, and the sportsman’s race consisted of: one 12 year old, two 8 year olds, Adam, who is 6, and one STRIDER rider. As you can probably imagine, they finished in that order as well. BUT… What Adam won in that sportsman's race was better and bigger than any trophy. At the end, he was approached by the 12 year old who gave him a great big high-five, and a piece of candy. And then Adam went to the STRIDER rider, gave him a big-high five, and reminded him that everyone in that race wins candy, so don’t forget to go get his piece too.
USA BMX has the slogan “Nobody sits in the bench in BMX!” I’m so proud to say that my son’s bike is his sport. And I am so excited about all the STRIDER kids that race with him. I know those kids will be the 12 year olds giving the high-fives someday.
Even if you have decided as a parent that you would rather not participate in an organized sport, putting your child on his or her STRIDER bike, having them interact with friends and instilling confidence in them everyday means you don’t have to worry. You’re doing it right.