Joel Hagan

Joel Hagan

Another amazing batch of photos for the September Calendar Contest! Although we can't be absolutely certain, it appears that STRIDER riders are some of the cutest, coolest, and most photogenic kids in the world! It always make it very tough for the staff to narrow it down to our top 3 favorites. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for October, November, and December now! 

Want to see the rest of the entries for September? They're on our Flickr page HERE along with a ton of other great photos!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Biggest Smile Imaginable

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2nd Place - Like Father, Like Son

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3rd Place - Hydration is Important!

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Strider Announces Custom Grindz Jr Protective Pants for Toddler Riders

Durable Denims Perfect for STRIDER Riding

Rapid City, SD (September 29, 2015) — Strider Sports Intl., Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s STRIDER® no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce that Grindz™ by Kevin Robinson -  the leading manufacturer of protective riding gear for teens and adults  -  has teamed up with Strider Sports to produce a Grindz Jr. denim pant for toddlers. The all-new Strider Grindz Jr. Pants for kids aged 2-5 are available for purchase on the StriderBikes.com E-commerce store and at Strider Championship Series events. The BMX/Freestyle pants with custom Strider graphics come in sizes 2T-5T for toddlers and retail for $39.99.

 

The new Grindz Jr. protective gear pants are a safe option for active kids who like to ride all day because pads have to be worn to be effective. These pants feature protective knee pads, an adjustable waist band for growing toddlers, blended outer fabric for durability and comfort, and they are machine washable. Parents will appreciate the protection from the inside out from these rider-designed toddler riding pants that will surely save on scrapes, bumps, and bruises while racing their STRIDER Bike.

“The Strider Grindz Jr. pants are the perfect fit for active toddler STRIDER riders,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports International. “Parents have been asking us to offer riding gear for a long time. These pants really complement our lineup of gear and accessories for the active rider or racer. Grindz Jr. pants are sure to become an essential piece of gear for little riders.”

 

The Strider Grindz Jr. pants are available through the Strider website and onsite at national Strider racing events. To learn more about the pants and/or to purchase, visit http://www.striderbikes.com/product/parts-and-apparel/strider-grindz-pant.

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About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for all ages and abilities. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. STRIDER No-Pedal 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 special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented STRIDER Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. STRIDER Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

 

About Grindz

Grindz, founded in 2011, is a safety based, innovative padding company founded by 10 time X Games medalist and World Record Holder, Kevin Robinson, who saw an overwhelming need for higher safety standards in the action sports industry.  Grindz pants offer a low profile, stylish pant designed to replace traditional, bulky padding.  This innovative product marries style and function while eliminating the excuse of not wearing protection.  Feel secure in knowing that your little ones are safe and protected with Grindz Protective Apparel. Protection from the inside out. To learn more, please visit www.grindzgear.com.

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:34

STRIDER Calendar Contest Winners For August!

Another amazing batch of photos for the August Calendar Contest! Parents seing in photos from around the globe and the Strider staff once again had a tough time picking out our three favorites. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for September now! 

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Triplets in Slovakia

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2nd Place - Please Prepare for Landing

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3rd Place - How Old Did He Say He Was?

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Over 270 STRIDER Riders came out for the 2015 STRIDER World Championship at Main Street Square in Rapid City, SD! The 5th annual race had participants from Canada, China, Ecuador, Japan, Slovakia, and all over the US. It's always fun to see international friendships rekindled as previous champions return to reclaim their title in the next age bracket. We also had a number of racers who had participated in one of the four 2015 STRIDER Championship Series races held in Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

The weekend was full of family focused events and everyone had a great time despite high temperatures.

Friday night was a chance to get to know the lay out of the track and for last chance qualifiers. We capped Friday night off with the STRIDER Corporate Challenge! Eight local businesses had a blast racing the track in a relay. The best part? We raised $1,000 for Youth & Family Services and $1,000 for Black Hills Works.

Saturday was RACE DAY! Some riders were fast, some were slow, but smiles were out in abundance! It was another hot one and many of the racers took advantage of the water hazard for a quick (sometimes mid-race) cool-down! Abbey Road (a Beatles cover band) played in Main Street Square at 7pm. Many of the STRIDER Riders stayed to get rid of even more energy through some pretty amazing dancing skills.

Check out the social media links at the bottom of the page to make sure you don't miss the2016  STRIDER Championship Series dates and locations when they're announced! You should also head over to our Flickr Page to see some amazing photos of all the little racers:

Finallya huge shout out to all the families and STRIDER Riders that came out!

We also had a ton of support from some amazing sponsors: FedEx, Rapid City CVB, Scull Construction, Courtesy Subaru, Honey Stinger, Black Hills & Badlands, KIND Snacks, SCheels, Western Dakota Insurors, Ketel Thorstenson, Black Hills Power, Black Hills Urgent Care, Security First Bank, and Vast Broadband.

See you next year! 

Results

2 and under - TOTAL RIDERS = 65

  • 1#240 - Ryan Hauf - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#274 - Vance Singer - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#217 - Lucah Behnke - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#238 - Cashton Allen - Sioux Falls, SD 
  • 5#215 - Saaya Hino - Tokyo, Japan
  • 6#213 - "Madd" Maddox McKie - Rapid City, SD
  • 7#251 - Hudson Williamson - Black Hawk, SD
  • 8#228 - Ethan Simonton - Rapid City, SD

3 year olds - TOTAL RIDERS = 84

  • 1#302 - Waku Kunitate - Nisshin-Shi, Japan
  • 2#301 - Mason Murphy - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#380 - Gage Ritter - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#376 - Sam "Froggy" Hauk - Lead, SD
  • 5#374 - Vladimir "The Impaler" Lewis - Rapid City, SD
  • 6#324 - Shane "Green Ghost" Scott - Fontana, CA
  • 7#332 - Gunner Clinedinst - Apple Valley, CA
  • 8#322 - Jose Diaz - Riobamba, Ecuador
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    #315 - Maddox "Max" Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD

  • 10

    #386 - Damian "Dae Dae" Cury - Rapid City, SD

4 YEAR OLDS - TOTAL RIDERS = 54

  • 1#413 - Raisei Miyashita - Nagano, Japan
  • 2#402 - Liam Dixon - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#437 - Brayden Stephen - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#445 - Talon Saiz - Box Elder, SD
  • 5#419 - Ayeden Koplin - West Bountiful, UT
  • 6#415 - Marvin Cuny - Hermosa, SD
  • 7#409 - Landon Green - Rapid City, SD
  • 8#441 - Titan Ross - Summerset, SD

5 YEAR OLDS - TOTAL RIDERS = 38

  • 1#502 - Ryoichi Nakayama - Osaka, Japan
  • 2#512 - Rui "Louis" Takahashi - Tokyo, Japan
  • 3#503 - Danny "Pastrana" Villacis Barriovuevo - Puyo, Ecuador
  • 4#514 - Koki Hara - Kanagawa, Japan
  • 5#504 - Patrik Dinka - Trencin, Slovakia
  • 6#518 - Ryder Clinedinst - Apple Valley, CA
  • 7#534 - Sousuke Hino - Tokyo, Japan
  • 8#515 - Kaisei Shimizu - Aichi, Japan

special needs - TOTAL RIDERS = 33   Total Races = 5

Race 1

  • 1#904 - Timothy Hathaway - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#907 - Sara Mellegard - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#901 - Daniel Cousins - Box Elder, SD
  • 4#910 - Courtney Schreiber - Quinn, SD
  • 5#906 - Colette Long Wolfe - Rapid City, SD
  • 6#911 - Kjersten Slusser - Rapid City, SD
  • 7#908 - Renae Moller - Rapid City, SD

Race 2

  • 1#903 - Jeffrey Fuller - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#915 - Chardinai Duvall - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#913 - Cindy Rooney - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#916 - Aimee Johns - Ft. Pierre, SD
  • 5#914 - Ruth Reed - Rapid City, SD
  • 6#912 - Bob Tomahawk - Rapid City, SD
  • 7#909 - Twilia Otterstetter - Rapid City, SD

Race 3

  • 1#920 - Blaze Johnson - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#923 - Dale Landorf - Hot Springs, SD
  • 3#917 - Shannon Hammer - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#922 - Navaeh Smith - Peidmont, SD
  • 5#924 - Dakota Teel - Hot Springs, SD
  • 6#925 - Jessica Anderson - Rapid City, SD
  • 7#919 - Amy Fugate - Kadoka, SD

Race 4

  • 1#931 - Grady Leonard - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#929 - Ali Miles
  • 3#926 - Robert Nichols - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#927 - Bryce Olafson - Rapid City, SD
  • 5#930 - Rachel Lefberene
  • 6#928 - Austin Nichols

Race 5

  • 1#701 - David Drolc - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#703 - Jimmy Landorf - Hot Springs, SD
  • 3#601 - John Landorf - Hot Springs, SD
  • 4#801 - Kama Coyle - Walnut Creek, CA
  • 5#702 - Nathaniel Durrett - Hot Springs, SD
  • 6#921 - Harvey Gammill - Rapid City, SD

 

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We had over 100 STRIDER Bike riders at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City! A huge thanks to everyone for coming out and sharing your Saturday morning with us. We had riders from all over Utah, and as far away as California and Georgia!

 

We've got some great photos posted on our Flickr page with more to come next week. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest STRIDER Happenings!

 

 

Below are the top 8 racers from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 32

  • 1#234 Ryker Faddis - Riverton, Utah
  • 2#232 Mason Hunt - West Jordan, Utah
  • 3#236 Teagan "Teag" Steele - Price, Utah
  • 4#243 Kellen VanRoosendaal - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 5#258 Colin VonLinger - Meridian, Idaho
  • 6#247 Hesston "Dusty Crop Hopper" McCulley - Beaver, Utah
  • 7#245 Likka "Bear" Stuart - Eden, Utah
  • 8#231 Triston "Tornado" Neilson - Vernal, Utah

 

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 41

  • 1#333 Boston Nish - Draper, Utah
  • 2#355 Kort Barnes - Bountiful, Utah
  • 3#359 Alex Filipovic - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 4#351 Hawk Hewett - Draper, Utah
  • 5#368 Otis Day - Farmington, Utah
  • 6#345 Landon Nielson - Saratoga Springs, Utah
  • 7#330 Kayson McGee - Tooele, Utah
  • 8#362 Kayner Sweat - Heber City, Utah

 

4 and 5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 19

  • 1#513 Talin "Talenelo" Richards - Hemet, California - 5 Years Old
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    #434 Cooper Sheffield - Centerville, Utah

  • 2#437 Dane Fear - Big Piney, Wyoming
  • 3#436 Lorenzo "Enzo" Poll - Saratoga Springs, Utah 
  • 4#432 Harper Douthit - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 5#428 Gavin Sherwood - Tooele, Utah
  • 6#430 Ryker "Roo" Martinez - Roy, Utah
  • 7#427 Marshall Nixon - Santaquin, Utah

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 10

  • 1#596 Dominic Williams
  • 2#598 William Peterson
  • 3#496 Rhys Tuncel 
  • 4#499 Olivia Heiner
  • 5#597 Grayson Argyle
  • 6#595 Bryton Elias
  • 7#498 Davis Pauley
  • 8#495 Kyler Westmoreland
  • 9

    #497 Preston Moore

  • 10

    #599 Katie Valentine

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:47

STRIDER Calendar Contest Winners For July!

The competition for the July Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered (It was especially neat that all the winners for July had more than one child in them), but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for August! 

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Thumbs Up in Crested Butte

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2nd Place - Brothers In The Skate Park

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3rd Place - Pump Track Duo

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Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride Through Utah

with the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Professional Cycling Race

Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros

at Each of The Race’s Finish Festivals August 3-9


Rapid City, SD (July 30, 2015) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, in conjunction with the Axel Project, is bringing the Strider® Adventure Zone to each of the stage finish expo locations of the Tour of Utah professional cycling event taking place next week.


The Strider Adventure Zone activation taking place at each of the Expos gives toddlers one to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER Balance Bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a fun ride and play area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrain and obstacles.

People can find a free Adventure Zone complete with loaner bikes and helmets at each Tour of Utah Lifestyle Expo beginning Tuesday, August 4th, as well as during the Strider Championship Series Race taking place Saturday, August 8th in Pioneer Park, downtown Salt Lake City.  Dates and locations of the Lifestyle Expos include: Ogden, August 4; Bountiful, August 5; Heber Valley, August 6; Salt Lake City, August 7; and Park City, August 9th.

 

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is one of only five UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage, North American pro cycling events in 2015. Showcasing some of the world’s most prestigious teams and cyclists for seven days in August, this event now attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. Nearly a decade since its opening circuit, the Tour of Utah, today, stands shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious professional bicycle stage race events as our answer to the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer.


Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The Tour of Utah is a natural fit to help promote STRIDER Riding and the mission of the Axel Project. Showcasing STRIDER Bikes and the young toddler riders next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!”

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...

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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

 

 

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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!

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We had over 60 videos from 16 countries entered into the STRIDER Bikes Rule Video Contest!

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Voting has officially ended! Watch for the results to be posted on Thursday 7/30!

 

Head over to our YouTube channel and see all of the amazing videos sent in from parents all over the world!

 

There's is $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs! Make sure to find your favorite video and get the word out! Winners of both the "Staff Picks" and "People's Choice" will be announced on Thursday 7/30!

 

How Winners Will Be Chosen: There will be two categories with five winners in each.

  1. Staff Picks will be the top five videos as chosen by the staff of Strider Sports Int'l, Inc.
  2. People's Choice will be the top five videos based on a combination of the quantity and quality of the comments on their videos (excluding those who have already won "Staff Picks"). Individuals are encouraged to share their video entries through social media, e-mail, and word of mouth to get friends and family to comment on them. If the same user submits multiple comments on an individual video, only the first comment will be considered. Only comments on the video entries uploaded on the STRIDER Bike YouTube channel will count toward the awards.

 

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The competition for the June Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered, but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for July!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Balance On Abandoned Rail

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2nd Place - Splashing In The Mountains

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3rd Place - Keep That Bike Shiney

3rd Place June

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