2019 US Strider Cup Race Cities Announced for Two-Wheeling Phenoms Ages 6 and Under

Los Angeles and Minneapolis hosting their first Strider Cup races

 

2018 SCWC Boulder, CO

 

Rapid City, S.D. (September 6, 2018) – As the dust settles from the past Strider Cup race season, Strider Bikes has announced the U.S. cities hosting the 2019 Strider Cup races for children 6 years old and younger on Strider Balance Bikes. Strider has added Los Angeles and Minneapolis, in addition to returning to Boulder, Colorado, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

One race venue that stands out is the Los Angeles race, being held at LA Live in the shadow of the Staples Center. LA Live has served home to the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, the ESPY’s, Grammys, Emmys, American Music Awards … and now toddler, two-wheeling tornadoes.

Strider Cup races are held across the globe, with over 30 races taking place in 2018 in countries such as Japan, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Ecuador. The Strider Cup series is powered by the groundbreaking design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

 

In 2019, the U.S. races include:

Saturday, May 4, 2019: LA Live, Los Angeles

Saturday, June 15, 2019: Boulder Civic Area (Central Park), Boulder

Saturday, July 6, 2019: The Commons, Minneapolis

Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019: NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte

 

While each Strider Cup race fosters camaraderie and supports a community of passionate, outdoor-loving families, the October 5 race at the NASCAR Hall of Fame stands apart from other races as it is the Strider Cup World Championship. This event attracts families from around the world to ride, play and celebrate the freedom and adventure of riding on two wheels. The 2018 Strider Cup World Championship held in Boulder welcomed hundreds of attendees from 14 countries and 26 states.

 

  

Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” the Strider Cup series offers Strider riders ages 6 and under a chance to put their balance bike skills to the test in a friendly, encouraging environment.

A typical race scene involves toddlers, some only 16 months of age, kicking their legs to propel their bikes along a 650-foot plus journey through tunnels, over ramps as fog rolls out from underneath and around obstacles including the 'perilous' Noodle Monster.

Racers delight in a podium ceremony afterward, where the fastest tykes earn trophies and all racers take home medals.

No qualification is necessary to participate in a Strider Cup or Strider Cup World Championship event.

 

Registration for the 2019 races will be available January 2019 at www.StriderBikes.com.

  

Dates and locations subject to change.

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 2 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Thailand, Malaysia and Japan Win Toddler Tour de France Titles

 

SCWC 2018 Start Gate

 

Rapid City, S.D. (July 21 2018) — Hundreds of families cheered on children 6 years old and younger as they raced balance bikes “Fred Flintstone-style” in the Strider Cup World Championship, dubbed the “Toddler Tour de France” on July 21 in Boulder, Colorado. Thailand and Malaysia took home one title each and Japan won three world titles.

Nearly 320 racers from 26 states and 15 countries showed off their balance and coordination skills by navigating obstacles such as the Noodle Monster and Bubble Wrap Trap along the 650-foot course. The youngest rider, 19-month old Crew Blake of Littleton, Colorado, strode along the course in his diaper and enjoyed a cool beverage in his sippy cup after the race.

The event included a free ride and play area with demo bikes and helmets to teach children as young as 3 years old how to pedal a bike. Riders rang the “Pedal Graduation Gong” after learning to pedal on the Strider 14x Sport, the latest model that starts as a balance bike and includes a pedal kit when the child has mastered balancing.

 

2018 SCWC Hug

 

2018 SCWC Hug

 

 

 

“The Strider event was the highlight of our summer and we loved the race – especially the sense of community,” said Cameo Irons, mother of racers Evan (3) and Aimlee (5). Aimlee raced her 14x in balance mode and tried pedals on it for the first time in the demo area. “We were amazed! She pedaled on the first try – taking just three strides and off she went!”

The Strider Cup, held in venues across the country, is powered by the revolutionary design of Strider Bikes, which enables toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where each received a medal, and the top ten finishers took home trophies – some taller than them. Leo Watanabe of Japan took home the 2-year-old title, Archirawit Chaimongkol from Thailand earned the top spot on the podium for 3-year-old racers, Yuhi Otake from Japan won the 4-year-old title, and his countryman Taiga Kuwahara was the 5-year-old winner. Imran Ismail Shariman from Malaysia came in first place in the 14x open class.

On Friday evening Strider presented Imagine Colorado with 10 Strider 14x Sport models designed for children 3 – 7 years old.

Event sponsors Amica, Clif Bar, Honey Stinger, Justin’s, Lasater Pei’s Bars, Quarq, Nitze Ize and Wild Child Bikes provided additional family activities.

The Strider Cup World Championship in Boulder was the season finale for an exciting race season. Strider hosted three previous Strider Cup races in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 5, Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26 and Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 16.

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 2 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 in cash & genuine Strider Bikes to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Published in Press Releases

Colorado “Toddler Tour de France” Welcoming Hundreds of Cute 2- to 6-Year-Olds

Tiny riders from around the world to compete in Boulder

 

SCWC - 2018 Boulder

A scene from the 2-and-under starting gate at the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City, UT

 

Rapid City, S.D. (June 26, 2018) — Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers from around the globe – some still in diapers, will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup World Championship, July 20-21, at Central Park & Civic Area in Boulder, Colorado. For parents and spectators alike, the event will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to take captivating photos and videos.

"Our two sons Aidan (7) and Axel (4) transitioned to pedal bikes with no training wheels due to starting on Strider Bikes,” said Adele Sakich of Arvada, Colorado. “It's amazing to see the progression from tiptoeing along on the bike, to zooming down a hill with their feet up. Riding Strider Bikes has been a great confidence booster. Our favorite part of the Strider experience is the Strider Cup races. We love the energy at all the events!”

 

Aidan and Axel - SCWC 2018 Boulder

Aidan and Axel, Strider Cup phenoms

 

The Strider Cup series, held across the United States and around the globe, is powered by the groundbreaking design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

“It is a sight to see toddlers from all over the world leaning into turns with huge grins on their faces, exhibiting excellent balance and control,” said Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast Ryan McFarland. “Parents who are on the hunt for ways to get their kids to put down their tablets and screens, and enjoy the outdoors, need look no further.”

Each year Strider holds one worldwide racing spectacular, the Strider Cup World Championship. This event draws families from across the world, including Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Ecuador, and more. The youngest rider, 21-month-old Eddie Meyer is making the trip with his family from Overland Park, Kansas, for his racing debut.

A typical race scene involves toddlers, some only 18 months of age, kicking their legs to propel the bikes along a 650-foot plus journey over ramps, obstacles and through tunnels. Racers delight in the podium ceremony afterward, where the fastest tykes earn trophies and all racers take home medals. The previous two years saw riders from Japan sweeping all of the world titles.

 2017 SCWC - Japan on Podium

Little racers from Japan have proved dominant in prior year Strider Cup World Championship events. 

 

The Strider Cup World Championship runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. July 21 and will include race classes for registered riders 6 years old and younger, as well as a free learn-to-pedal area with demo bikes and helmets for all children.

During packet pickup July 20, Strider will present Imagine Colorado with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3 – 7 years old.

For racers, registration is $27 per class and includes a jersey, number plate, and other goodies valued at more than $50. More information, registration and the full schedule are available at www.StriderBikes.com/Boulder.

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires the next generation of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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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
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 21:26

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Photo Round-Up!

STRIDER Cup Racing Action in Denver!

What a whirlwind tour of awesomeness.  Ted and Dave’s excellent adventure (I’m Ted) was a dive into the unknown, neither of us were avid followers of the pro racing circuit so we didn’t fully know what to expect as we headed out on the road to follow the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  As we do at Strider our task was to get kids on 2 wheels and what better place to do it than during the USAPCC, with over a million spectators in total the odds were in our favor.  Little did we know what we had gotten ourselves into : )

We started in Durango for the opening weekend festival which was on the Fort Lewis College campus.  What a beautiful bike friendly town.  Being my first time in Southwestern Colorado I was in awe of its beauty and how many STRIDER riders there were out and about.  Durango is a dedicated STRIDER town as evidenced by the amount of kids that rode in our Adventure Zone on Saturday and Sunday.  From Durango we were always ahead of the tour, tearing down at night and heading to the next day’s town’s finish line festival.  Our typical day was to get up early, eat, get to the festival and set up, run the Adventure Zone till 6pm, load out, head to the next town (which was often 3 hours or so away), grab some food, get settled into the hotel and sleep hard till the alarm, etc. etc. etc.

I’ll save the poetic imagery for the poets but what a beautiful state to have the race.  Honestly all the stops were fantastic and the kids were tons of fun.  While we were pretty tired at the end of the day working with the kids and the bikes make/made the days a true pleasure.  The kids and the parents both bring a sense of enthusiasm and excitement that meshed perfectly with the USAPCC.  The joy and camaraderie of cycling was always evident.  I never tire of seeing the kids with a big smile on their face as they are going down an Adventure Zone ramp or hearing a success story from a parent of how their child learned balance, independence and how to ride a pedal bike from his/her experiences on a STRIDER.

We at HQ know that Colorado is STRIDER country and from Dave and Ted we’d like to thank you for a wonderful reception and memorable experience.

Oh ya - PS  - Congrats Christian!

We'd love to see photos and hear stories from others they met along the way. If you stopped by the 2 day festival in Durango, rode an adventure zone at one of the finish festivals, or raced in the STRIDER Cup in Denver share your photo or story on our Facebook wall or join the conversation over at Strider Life! Below is a list of our photos from all of the stops.

Photo sets from all the USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish festivals:

1. Durango (Start Festival) - Aug 18-19 - Flickr Set

2. Telluride - August 20 - Flickr Set

3. Crested Butte - August 21 - Flickr Set

4. Aspen - August 22 - Flickr Set

5. Beaver Creek - August 23 - Flickr Set

6. Colorado Springs - August 24 - Flickr Set

7. Boulder - August 25 - Flickr Set

8. Denver (Finish Fest and Strider Cup) - August 26 - Flickr Set

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Published in Strider Racing

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Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros at Each of Six Stage Finishes and Finish Festival in Downtown Denver August 18-26

Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2012) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is bringing Strider Racing® to downtown Denver, Colorado on August 26th and Adventure Zones to every stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge August 18-26.

The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months 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 terrains and obstacles.

Find an Adventure Zone at each stage along the race route: Durango, August 18-19; Telluride, August 20; Crested Butte, August 21; Aspen, August 22; Beaver Creek, August 23; Colorado Springs, August 24; Boulder, August 25; and downtown Denver for the finish August 26.

On Sunday, August 26th at 11:00am, the Adventure Zone becomes the STRIDER Cup race course. Fast five-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11:00am, followed by the fearless four-year-olds at Noon. The three and two-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1pm and 2pm, respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. No registration fee required.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be 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, 135 of the world’s top athletes will race 683 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 Cycling Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Cup Racing and the Strider Adventure Zone program. 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.StriderRacing.com or www.ProCyclingChallenge.com.

About Strider Racing ®
The Strider Cup™ racing events are play experiences designed to let toddlers and young kids age 18 months to five years old explore the world on two wheels. Whether it is test riding a STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike for the first time or racing STRIDERS on a dirt track with other toddlers, these events have something for every family interested in giving their child a head start. Balance, coordination, and confidence all develop naturally when children experience group play and friendly competition on STRIDER Bikes. For more information, visit http://www.StriderLife.com.

About USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Breathtaking altitudes, treacherous climbs and 135 of the world’s best riders. It was the most challenging race ever held on American soil. The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race will again be one of the biggest and best races in the world with an anticipated one million spectators on site and 25 million viewers through broadcast partners, NBC and Versus. For more information, visit http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com.


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 in Rapid City, South Dakota in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. At Strider, we love riding bikes, and we love inspiring kids to ride. Our mission is to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that develop two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, weight and ease-of-use combine to eliminate any fear of riding; instilling confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find STRIDER Bikes in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.

Published in Adventure Striding