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
The 2014 STRIDER Calendar can be purchased HERE!
Need something to smile about? Just look at our facebook page!
At Strider we get to hear a ton of fun stories from parents of toddlers learning to ride bikes and their amazing adventures. The pictures we receive could literally have us overdosing on cuteness on any given day. It is truly one of the most rewarding parts of our job!
I have to admit, though, I have a soft spot in my heart for the letters, emails and pictures we get from therapists who are using our bikes as a tool to improve the health and lives of kids with disabilities. The therapists are thankful for a bike that they can use to help the kids in their work and we are thankful for the amazing things they do to help kids every day!
From increasing balance, assisting with work on range of motion, to building strength, and aiding in bilateral motor coordination therapists are using STRIDER Bikes as tools. The kids are having fun and often don’t even realize they aren’t just playing!
Here are just a couple pictures and a couple stories to warm your heart today:
”Using the Strider Super 16 is the perfect tool to integrate balance, coordination, and strength along with giving kids with various challenges the confidence and independence that they would never experience with a standard bike. It’s priceless to see the smiles on their faces when they finally grasp the concept. Thanks Strider!!!” Kim Burke, MPT
“I have a few of one little camper on your bikes so I’ve attached them here. His Mom told me that the therapists had him using them a great deal though the week because he enjoyed them so much and they helped him work his quads which he needed to accomplish one of his goals for the week of going up and down stairs using alternate feet. He achieved that goal and others during his week at camp. And his parents said they’re going to be buying a Strider Bike for him now because of this experience.” Sarah Hartway, Adam’s Camp
Has your child learned everything they need to know on a STRIDER already? Here's a video to make you realize there is always more to learn!
The Japanese always have a strong showing at the World Championship Trick Competion. Check out this great video from Team Trick Riders...has your STRIDER rider perfected any of these moves?
Have a great Saturday!
The STRIDER Super 16 was developed for older kids still having balance issues, and playing around at the skate park. Chris, our South African distributor, is a big BMX rider and thought it would be fun to see what a local racer could do with it. The results are pretty cool!
If you thought STRIDER Bikes were only for toddlers, think again.
Now get outside and have a great Saturday!
People are constantly surprised to learn that the world-wide headquarters for Strider Sports International, Inc., is located in Rapid City, SD. Even people in Rapid City are surprised!! So where is Rapid City? It’s nestled in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, in the southwestern corner of the state, 30 minutes from Mount Rushmore.
We’re putting Rapid City on the map as we’re hosting our 2014 STRIDER World Championship Race here in September 2014 (Watch for more details. If you’ve never visited, what are you waiting for?? This place is awesome—no smog, no crazy traffic, low crime—just clean air, beautiful mountains, great biking trails,and friendly people! We have a strong presence in this region of the U.S. with lots of children riding STRIDERS! But our presence extends far beyond the central US! In fact, STRIDER™ Bikes are available all over the US, as well as in 70+ countries, through our awesome global network of STRIDER distributors, and countless sub-distributors and dealers!
In the next weeks and months, we’ll begin introducing each of our distributors to you (pictured above with Strider staff at the 2013 STRIDER World Championship in Sarasota, FL), and sharing more of our global Strider culture. Stay Tuned.
Note to self: It's cold and snowy...time to head to the desert! Check out this cool STRIDER video with your little ones and then find somewhere cool to ride!
It was another great year of STRIDER Racing at the 2014 Extreme Indoor Enduro! A big thank you to MX4Fun for letting us come back. From the 2 and under class to the pro 5 year olds everyone had a great time on the challenging STRIDER Enduro course. The top 3 finishers are listed below and pictures can be found below, and on our Flickr page. If you have photos or video to share we'd love to see them on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram.
2 and Under STRIDER
1st - Crosby Backer - Gillette, WY
2nd - Kenleigh Johnson - Rapid City, SD
3rd - Liam Douglas - Upton, WY
3 Year Old STRIDER
1st - Gatlin Comer - Piedmont, SD
2nd - Wyatt Stabnow - Alliance, NE
3rd - Hunter Larson - Rapid City, SD
4 Year Old STRIDER
1st - Brodie Muth - Rapid City, SD
2nd - Bailey Merchant - Rapid City, SD
3rd - Caleb Studer - Rapid City, SD
5 Year Old STRIDER
1st - Taycen Bertotto - Piedmont, SD
2nd - Landon Kruske - Lead, SD
3rd - JD Kizer - Newcastle, WY
This is another shout out to all of you STRIDERville residents to sign up for the first race of 2014! We're coming back to the Extreme Indoor Enduro on January 4th.
The Enduro is a favorite race for the local kids because of the unique obstacles; rocks, logs, and even tight turns between saplings!
Check out the video below and make sure to go get registered if you're anywhere near Rapid City, SD.
Now get outside and have some fun!
Riding a bike is fun!
Strider Balance bikes are fun!
Riding a bike is a healthy habit that can increase physical activity in kids, and help combat rising childhood obesity rates!
I am sure you can easily believe and understand these statements. However, here is an entirely new reason to get your toddler on a balance bike perfecting those skills:
The development of balance in toddlers leads to better cognitive learning!
Strider Balance bikes are scientifically proven to increase balance in toddlers. But balance is not just a physical skill.
Marjorie Woollacott, Ph.D., a professor of human physiology states, “Balance is a pillar beneath every skill we have.” Balance plays a larger role in the overall development of our children than we realize. Reading difficulties can occur and learning development will be delayed when balance and other systems are out of sync.
I will try to take all the scientific verbage and boil it down to my type of language. There are three parts to physical balance; eyes, body, and ears. Babies are born with the inner ear balance. As they become toddlers they engage the visual and begin to develop the bodily strength to increase their sense of balance. All of these systems must work together to form balance. For a baby and toddler that is in prime developmental stages it takes a lot of brain power to bring all three together. That same brain power and the same systems are required for all of the learning they will do. The more balance is practiced and perfected it becomes second nature. Less of that brain power is needed to focus on physical balance, and more of the brain can be devoted to learning.
So, now is the time! It is our parental duty to get kids out on those bikes having fun, and we can all rest assured we are helping our toddlers prepare for better grades in school!