INTRODUCING THE AXEL PROJECT BIKE CLASSIC

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THE NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, IN MEMORY OF AXEL CHARRETTE, PLANS CHARITY RIDE OVER RED MOUNTAIN PASS

Ridgway, Colorado (February 15th, 2014) The Axel Project has announced plans to hold its inaugural bicycle classic—a breathtaking ride over Colorado’s historic Red Mountain Pass, on August 30th 2014. The Axel Project Bicycle Classic will be the organization’s premier fundraiser to help fund and expand their mission to introduce bicycles and a healthy lifestyle to kids and families.

The Axel Project Bicycle Classic is comprised of a 35- or 56-mile road ride topping out at 11,018K feet on the iconic Red Mountain Pass, rivaling any pass in the world for scenery. In addition to the rides over Red Mountain Pass, a family ride through the town of Ridgway will also be available. After the rides are complete, participants and visitors alike will gather in Ridgway’s Town Park for the Axel Project Bicycle Classic Festival, complete with a kid’s adventure zone, live music, food and refreshments.

Randy Charrette, Axel’s father and Project co-founder, expressed his excitement for the Bike Classic, “All the plans are in place and we already have quite a few riders signed up, including a few surprise guests! The level of interest and commitment from our sponsors has been heartwarming. And we’re overjoyed by how many children and families we’ve already been able to help.”

Charrette went on to describe other projects that are in the works, “We have several exciting things happening this year in addition to our attendance at the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge. We’ve written a children’s book and plan to launch a KickStarter campaign to fund its printing—we should have copies before the Tour of Utah. Finally we have just been accepted as a collaborative Partner for the 2014 Ride the Rockies. With over 2500 riders we’re excited to spread the word about 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.

For more information on the Axel Project Bicycle Classic, please visit www.axelprojectride.com. 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 wheelswith their friends, their family and forever. For more information or to contact the Axel Project, visit www.axelproject.com.

 

Published in Pay It Forward
Saturday, 17 August 2013 06:00

Happy STRIDERday: Racing In Breckenridge

 Who's getting excited for the 3rd annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge? The folks over at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and the Stork and Bear Company know that it is serious business!

Watch this fun video and check out the race details below...have a great Saturday!

"Join us on Wednesday, August 21st at 9:30 a.m., just before the Stage 3 Start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Breckenridge! This free event is for kids 2-5 years old. All participants must provide a helmet and Strider bike. Register at the Stork & Bear Company at 610 Main Street in Frisco by Tuesday, August 20th. Call 970.668.5937 for more information."

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Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride Through Colorado with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros at Each of The Race’s Finish Festivals August 19-25


Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2013) — 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 Strider Racing® to downtown Denver on August 25 and Adventure Zones to each stage of the USA Pro Challenge, August 19-25.

The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives toddlers one to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed 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 an Adventure Zone at each stage along the USA Pro Challenge route, as well as during the opening weekend festival in Aspen. Dates and locations include: Aspen, August 18 (opening weekend); Aspen, August 19; Breckenridge, August 20; Steamboat Springs, August 21; Beaver Creek, August 22; Vail, August 23; Fort Collins, August 24; and downtown Denver for the finish on August 25.

On Sunday, August 25, the Adventure Zone will transform into the STRIDER race course. Tiny two-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11 a.m., followed by the thrilling three-year-olds at noon. The four and five-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. Families may register their STRIDER riders on site. No registration fee required.


The USA Pro Challenge currently holds the record as the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the world’s top athletes will race 600 miles through the majestic Rockies — reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure — more than two miles in elevation.  

Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The USA Pro Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Racing and the mission of the Axel Project. Showcasing Strider Racing 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!”

For more information, visit
www.StriderBikes.com or www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com

Published in Strider Adventure Zone
Thursday, 13 June 2013 21:06

Introducing The Axel Project

A Non Profit Organization, In Memory Of Axel Charrette, Dedicated To Providing STRIDER Bikes To Children In Need

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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.

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Thursday November 22, 2012 from 9:30am -12:00pm  at Tommy D's house!

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Join the Danielson family for the 2nd Annual Tommy D's Thanksgiving Ride for Juniors!

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Professional Road Cyclist Tom Danielson (Team Garmin-Sharp)will be hosting the ride at his property near the Boulder reservoir. The main course for older kids and parents will be a closed Time Trial where you can race your own timed laps or see how you compare to your friends. It should be a lot of fun with some obstacles thrown in to spice it up a bit!

There will also be a very fun STRIDER course with some smaller obstacles and ramps for the STRIDER riders!

Other activities for the kids include: Oatmeal and other goodies from Skratch Labs, Prizes from Giro, coloring activities, and some bike handling tips from Tommy D!

Pre-Registration is FREE and Required if you are coming out to ride! If parents want to ride there is a $5.00 fee. Parking at Boulder Reservoir – exact address will be sent on Wednesday, November 21st

What a great way to have some fun on two wheels on Thanksgiving Day...You'll also be out of the cooks way at your house!

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Published in Strider Education
Saturday, 09 June 2012 12:19

Happy STRIDERday: Lyons Pump Track Girl

Here is a dramatic masterpiece involving a young STRIDER Rider conquering her fear of the pump track in Lyons, CO.

Hope you're having a great Saturday with your STRIDER Riders! Check out the short movie and then get outside and conquer some of your own fears!

Stride On!

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Published in Parents Are Talking

Starting today Friday (6/8) and running through Sunday (6/10) is the Lyons Outdoor Games in beautiful Lyons, Colorado! If you are in the vicinity (Just west of Longmont, a short hop north of Boulder, and a bit south of Estes Park) and you love all things outdoors then this is the place to be this weekend. There are events for everybody (even the dog) in the family including a STRIDER Adventure Zone and STRIDER Rider Clinic.

Get out there and have some fun with other STRIDER families, be inspired by the "big kids", and celebrate the outdoor lifestyle.

Tell them STRIDER sent you!

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Published in Strider Events

About a month and a half ago we received a call from Kirk in Colorado. He had been driving home from a visit with his grand kids in Denver when he spotted a bright green spot in the snowy ditch on the side of the road. Wanting to help keep the road clean for others Kirk stopped to put the green thing in the back of his pick-up. When he saw that it was a STRIDER Kirk gave us a call to see if anybody had contacted us about losing one or if the parents may have registered the bike with us. He left his phone number and we never thought it would go further...

*Dramatization...This may or may not be anything like what Kirk actually saw

A week later we received the below email at our general information address from Jennifer:

"I LOVE the strider bike! We bought one for my daughter before she turned two....on the lowest seat setting, she could barely touch the ground. We'd make her ride it...and sometimes she'd only do it for a minute or two. But she mastered it in no time and we bought her a 12" bike with pedals as soon as her feet could touch the ground. It's a very heavy bike, actually and she learned to ride it after just a few sessions at age 3 1/2. She can balance on it almost standing still. We never used training wheels and she is the youngest person we know who rides a bike without them. The strider bike is also very light weight...easy to carry when you're on a walk and they don't want to ride anymore. Toddlers are fussy like that. Now my 16 mo. old son is already on his (well, was, it fell off the car on the way to CA from CO. BUMMER!) I love that bike so much I cried (bothered me more than the kids!) Anyway, thank you so much for the cool creation. My kids love it and they really CAN do it!"  -Jennifer

What are the chances?

We gave Kirk a call back to let him know that we had found the STRIDER owners over 1,000 miles away! In the mean time Kirk's grandchildren had been enjoying the Green STRIDER. We couldn't bring ourselves to take away a bike from kids who were using it so we told them to keep it and to make sure to come out to the STRIDER Adventure Zone and STRIDER Cup races in Denver at this year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish festival!

Jennifer's daughter, has moved on to her pedal bike in their final destination of Arizona:

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Jennifer's Son, is riding in style on the brand spanking new Red ST-3 STRIDER we sent him...we couldn't stand to see a STRIDER deprived little brother!

Watch Out Big Sis, I'll be pedaling before you know it!

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Published in Parents Are Talking