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Rapid City, SD (July 22, 2017) — As the Tour de France ends, the next generation of cycling pros from around the world competed in the country’s cutest sport – toddler balance bike racing. Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, hosted the event with record-breaking attendance welcoming nearly 400 toddlers aged 18 months  to 5 years old to the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, July 22, for the 7th Annual 2017 Strider Cup World Championship presented by Dannon.

Families traveled from across the U.S., as well as 50 competitors representing 14 additional countries; Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The pint-sized tykes piloted Strider Bikes along a 750-foot plus course with obstacles, water features, cones and ramps. The youngest registered racer was 18-month-old Walker Huntsman of Salt Lake City.

“The Strider Bikes give them something healthy to do,” said Brett Windfrey of Ogden, Utah. He had three sons racing; 2-year-old twins Masen and Jett, and 5-year-old Carrter. “The first thing they want to do when they wake up is go outside and ride.”

The Japanese dominated the races, taking home all world titles. The Strider Cup World Championship included the 2 and under class and the 3-year-old class, both sponsored by LDS Hospital. Kaisei Nishimura won the 2 and under class, and Raito Kaneko came out on top of the largest field of the day in the 3-year-old class title. Taiga Kuwahara took home the top trophy in the 4-year-old class, sponsored by Competitive Cyclist. Waku Kunitate won the 5-year-old class, sponsored by The Color Run.

The event also included the Special Needs Races sponsored by Chick-fil-A for 30 racers of all ages and abilities on the 12” models, as well as the 16” and 20” balance bikes. Several athletes with the Jimmy Jaguars and Bright Bears Special Olympics teams participated.

“Riding the Strider Bikes has helped their balance, coordination, and confidence,” said Melissa Clark, mother of 9-year-old twins Sara and Emma of Eagle Mountain, Utah, who participated in the Special Needs Race. “They loved the race. It was so exciting and fun for them to do something like this.”

Prior to the championship race, Strider hosted three Strider Cup races in cities around the country: May 6 in Fort Worth, TX, May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

 

About Dannon

DanoneWave Public Benefit Corporation is the largest benefit corporation in the U.S. and is a business unit of Danone.  DanoneWave was formed following the acquisition of Whitewater Foods by Danone, bringing together two purpose-driven, health-focused and high-growth companies. DanoneWave’s ambition is to produce healthful dairy, plant-based products and coffee creamers and beverages, create economic and social value and nurture natural ecosystems through sustainable agriculture. Its portfolio of brands include: Activia, DanActive, Danimals, Dannon, Danonino, Danone, Earthbound Farm, Horizon Organic premium dairy products, International Delight coffee creamers and iced coffee, Light & Fit, Oikos Greek yogurt, Silk plant-based foods and beverages, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega and Wallaby Organic.

 

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Wow – that was one windy and hot afternoon in Lincoln, but none of that seemed to bother the 160+ racers. Little legs battled the wind and strode over, through and around various obstacles – including our cool mister, once that heat and humidity kicked in. We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We ended up with just over 170 registered racers, and it was wonderful to see several returning racers from 2016. Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, for the wonderful support, lemonade and water. A big thanks also to SCHEELS for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Keller Williams, Black Hills Energy, Lincoln Children’s Museum, and FedEx. Thanks also to the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as the City of Lincoln for their support! We had a fantastic time in Tower Square of Lincoln, Nebraska, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with their Strider bike.  Thank you for the hospitality and hope to see you in Salt Lake City!

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Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 49

  • 1#117 Rhett Elkins - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#133 Ellie Larson - Kearney, NE
  • 3#142 Maxwell "Maxxx" Carney - Clif Carney
  • 4#147 Lander Wirth - Gretna, NE
  • 5#123 October "Tobey" Jenkins - Beatrice, NE
  • 6#103 Ronan Flippin - Gretna, NE
  • 7#145 Shea Jermain - Liberty, MO
  • 8#105 August Schultz - Lincoln, NE
  • 9#141 James Nekuda - Kearney, MO
  • 10#114 Preston Dockhorn - Monroe, NE
  • 11#104 William Crane - Minden, NE
  • 12#110 Bentley Lantis - Omaha, NE
  • 13#132 Emmett Irene - Lincoln, NE
  • 14#119 Micah Brumm - Lincoln, NE
  • 15#101 Lennon Nelson - Omaha, NE
  • 16#111 Noah Andre - Kearney, NE

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 51

  • 1#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 2#142 Cruz "Cruzy the Racer" Gallegos - Santa Fe, NM
  • 3#116 Brady Pearson - Omaha, NE
  • 4#144 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 5#147 Jensyn Codr - Omaha, NE
  • 6#120 Asher Huerta - Bellevue, NE
  • 7#111 Paladin Knust - Blue Springs, MO
  • 8#135 Cooper "Buttercup" McKinney - Gowrie, IA
  • 9#126 Daniel "DJ" Applegate - Lincoln, NE
  • 10#143 Kaleb Edwards - Palmyra, NE
  • 11#115 Santiago Gonzalez - Clovis, NM
  • 12#137 Jase Stark - Hickman, NE
  • 13#149 Theo Plooster - Malcolm, NE
  • 14#124 Easton Allen - Belton, MO
  • 15#123 Henry Norton - Lincoln, NE

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 47

  • 1#142 Drake "Silas" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#120 Keller Larson - Kearney, NE
  • 3#103 Madden "Danger" Thulin - Topeka, KS
  • 4#106 Colin Wettergel - Elkhorn, NE
  • 5#105 Nash Edwards - Marysville, KS
  • 6#135 Karter "Kar Kar" Gailey - Fort Dodge, IA
  • 7#119 Liam Uhl - Mapleton, IA
  • 8#131 Ayden Schmidt - Harrisburg, SD
  • 9#136 Brecken Vetick - Genoa, NE
  • 10#117 Preston Herbolsheimer - Lincoln, NE
  • 11#111 Silas "Si" Hill - Leon, IA
  • 12#104 Monroe Nelson - Omaha, NE
  • 13#144 Madelyn Sherman - Lincoln, NE
  • 14#122 Eldyn DeFreece - Cairo, NE
  • 15#108 Gavin "Ninja Fast" Berg - New Hope, MN
  • 16#133 Harlynn Frerichs - Bennington, NE

  

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 9

  • 1#106 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 2#101 Maddox Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD
  • 3#105 Brennan Klug - Gretna, NE
  • 4#108 Ethan Reiman - Lincoln, NE
  • 5#104 Bailey Wiliams - Beaver City, NE
  • 6#103 Cade Gentrup - Lincoln, NE
  • 7#107 Zack "Bubba" James - Lincoln, NE
  • 8#102 Logan Brehm - Lincoln, NE

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11

  • 1#177 Andy Brockmeier (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 1#176 Robert Michael (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#178 DJ Steiner (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 3#185 Rylan Widga (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 4#184 Moses Stevenson (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 5#182 Patricia Palafox-Huber (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 6#175 Haley Aernie (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 7#180 Noel Canaan (16" Strider) - Lincoln,NE

 

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What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Pittsburgh’s SouthSide Works!  None of those mighty two year olds seemed to be bothered by a bit of rain or puddles. Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including some very sharp turns! We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We even witnessed a few victory dances.  We ended up with just over 150 registered racers! Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor MedExpress, for the wonderful support and water. A big thanks also to Thick Bikes for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Eat’n Park Restaurants, DICK’S Sporting Goods, QDoba, and Amica Insurance. Finally, we’d like to thank Mayor Bill Peduto for joining us to congratulate the riders of the Special Needs race class. 

We had a fantastic and memorable time in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider.  Thank you for the hospitality and LET’S GO PENS! 

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 51

  • 1#136 Luke "Duke" Liberto - Mount Airy, MD
  • 2#142 D'Nero Willbrich - Silver Spring, MD
  • 3#138 Cameron Kline - Clymer, PA
  • 4#118 Emilio "Lio" Hernandez - Bethesda, MD
  • 5#108 Lincoln Dooley - Alexandria, VA
  • 6#113 Cooper King - Cortland, OH
  • 7#121 Jace Crissman - Emlenton, PA
  • 8#101 Tatum Redshaw - White Oak, PA
  • 9#114 Alan Roe - Dearborn, MI
  • 10#130 Jaxson Turner - Clarkston, MI
  • 11#145 Layne Hendershot - Washington, WV
  • 12#107 Albert Wang - Wooster, OH
  • 13#127 Lucas "Lukey" Pavelka - Greensburg, PA 
  • 14#105 Alexis Heagerty - Avalon, PA
  • 15#106 Maddy Mieczkowski - Coraopolis, PA
  • 16#116 Dillon Dressel - Westfield, PA
  • 17#132 Addison Kennedy - Moon Township, PA

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 44

  • 1#108 Drazen Caso - Masontown, WV
  • 2#115 Blaze Thompson - West Middlesex, PA
  • 3#140 Boston McReynolds - Camden, OH
  • 4#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 5#142 JP Pickens - Shamokin, PA
  • 6#111 Shawn Madeja - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 7#116 Carter Wharrey - Valencia, PA
  • 8#133 Domenic DePaoli - Mars, PA
  • 9#119 Brantley Smas - Nottingham, NH
  • 10#139 Lucas Hall - Jefferson Hills, PA
  • 11#123 Brodie Huey - Howell, MI
  • 12#118 Lydia Tsesmilles - Kensington, OH
  • 13#104 Mycal Jones - Jeannette, PA
  • 14#145 Kaylena Gould - New Kensington, PA
  • 15#112 Lucas Saturinas - Bellevue, PA
  • 16#122 Clyde Gibson IV - Woodbine, MD

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 34

  • 1#102 Hudson Hitchings - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2#122 Mason Turner - Clarkston, MI
  • 3#115 Drew Eldred - Trout Run, PA
  • 4#129 Gavin Leaf - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 5#134 Rowan Bowser - Worthington, PA
  • 6#124 Davin Faye - Livermore, CA
  • 7#118 Alex Haight - Wadsworth, OH
  • 8#111 Brayden Cooney - Imperial, PA
  • 9#132 Kenzie Swain - Oakdale, PA
  • 10#103 Steven Heagerty - Avalon, PA
  • 11#113 DJ Cline - Export, PA
  • 12#133 Shizuku Matsumoto - Mars, PA
  • 13#108 Colton Dowler - Belpre, OH

 

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 13

  • 1#106 Trevor Smith - Stonesboro, PA
  • 2#112 Brian "Crazy Legs" Catron - Baltimore, MD
  • 3#102 Brandon Hart - Delmont, PA
  • 4#103 Connor Clemons - Saint Leonard, MD
  • 5#111 Jamir Hughes - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 6#104 Thomas DeVincentis - New Castle, PA
  • 7#108 Elliana "Ellie" Stanton - Russell, PA
  • 8#107 Joh Yamada - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 9#109 Maxwell "Max" Parker - Centreville, VA
  • 10#105 Paizley Sparks - Brackenridge, PA
  • 11#113 Lydia Garland - Baltimore, MD
  • 12#110 Ashwin Raja - McDonald, PA
  • 13#101 Mateo DiBernardo - Monongahela, PA

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11

  • 1#198 Connor Fish - Marshall, MI
  • 2#194 Matthias Shelton - Monroeville, PA
  • 3#193 Nydia Deeter - Titusville, PA
  • 4#187 Benjamin Shaffer - Drums, PA

 

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Wall Street Journal Confirms Strider Balance Bikes Make Training Wheels Obsolete

ESPN writes Strider Cup Racing is “something you need to see to believe”

Rapid City, SD (May 31, 2017) — A feature story and video in The Wall Street Journal declares Balance Bikes: The End of Training Wheels. Writer Jason Gay attended the Strider Cup Race in Fort Worth, writing in Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing:

“Training wheels have been disrupted. Today, more children than ever are learning on balance bikes … The concept is simple: The more a child rides a balance bike, the more comfortable he or she becomes on two wheels.”

ESPN shared Gay’s article on Instant Awesome: Say hello to the ‘Tour de France’ of toddler bicycle racing, adding, “Honestly, this is something you need to see to believe.”

Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, hosts the series and is celebrating 10 years and 1.6 million bikes sold since 2007.

“Strider Bikes teach balance and inspire kids as young as 18 months old to enjoy the freedom of two wheels,” said Strider CEO and Founder Ryan McFarland. “Tricycles and training wheels are a disservice to all. Most children who start on a Strider Bike transition easier and faster to a pedal bike than those who start on three wheels.”

USA Cycling’s President Derek Bouchard-Hall has two daughters who started on balance bikes and were riding pedal bikes by age five. In Gay’s article, Bouchard-Hall noted, “Balance bikes are highly effective at helping kids learn to ride … They’ve made training wheels obsolete from the perspective of many parents—including me.”

Diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland raced at Fort Worth. Her dad, Brett, said, “She wakes up, grabs her helmet and is at the back door waiting to go most mornings. We’re glad to see her excited about her bike instead of a screen or other toys.”

Strider Cup events include races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds and Special Needs Races. After the Fort Worth race, Strider held one in Pittsburgh on May 27. The next races are June 10, Lincoln, NE, and the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as riders of all ages with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

 

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Rapid City, SD (May 10, 2017) — Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is welcoming balance bike racing toddlers, some still in diapers, to the Strider Cup Race Presented by MedExpress on May 27 at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh. In honor of the event, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto have declared May 27 as Youth Cycling Day.

This is the second time the event has been held in the Keystone State. The first time was in 2015. The Strider race in Pittsburgh is the second of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series, in which toddlers as young as 18 months old put their Strider Bike skills to the test. Most of the registrants for the May 27 event are from across Pennsylvania, but racers are also traveling from Canada, Texas, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire and more!

The youngest registrant so far is Kevin “Bubster” Husband from Greensburgh, Penn., who is just 19 months old. In addition to the races, these family-friendly events feature a free Strider Adventure Zone ride and play area with Strider Bikes to test ride.

Jackson Biernesser of Pittsburgh is signed up in the popular 3-year-old class. His mother, Donata, said, “Riding a Strider Bike is really teaching him balance and independence. Not having pedals is teaching him how to steer the bike easier.”

The May 27 event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online or families can register their young rider at the packet pick-up Friday, May 26 at DICK'S Sporting Goods, 301 South Hills Village #201, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. There is no same-day race registration. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, a number plate for their bike, and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open at www.striderbikes.com/pittsburgh.

A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of proud parents and grandparents cheering on racers while ringing cowbells as the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles such as dirt mounds and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.

The Strider Cup events also include races for individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs. Strider has donated bikes to several families in the area. Special needs racers compete on the 12” models, as well as the larger 16” and 20” Strider Balance Bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs.

The first 2017 Strider Cup race featuring 200 toddlers was held May 6 in Fort Worth, Texas. The third one will be June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Fort Worth's Sundance Square! Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including the fountains. We ended up with just over 200 registered racers! Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor, Dannon, for the wonderful support and delicious yogurt samples. A big thanks also to CLIF Kid for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Richardson Bike Mart, the Fort Worth Zoo, Splash Kingdom Waterpark, and Nestle Toll House Café. Finally, we’d like to thank Kyle of the Balance Bike Riders Group and Mayor Betsy Price for joining us on election day.
We had a wonderful time in your very friendly city of Fort Worth, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider. Thank you for the hospitality!

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

News Coverage: Fort Worth Star-TelegramWall Street JournalESPN SportsNationOutside Magazine

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 74

  • 1#101 Roman Martinez - Sugar Land, TX 
  • 2#139 Everett Higgs - Bushland, TX
  • 3#115 Brixton "B-Man" Brown - Lewisville, TX
  • 4#162 Theodor "Teddy" Conrad - San Marcos, TX
  • 5#114 Jacob "Jake" White - Bedford, TX
  • 6#137 AJ Angeles - Murphy, TX
  • 7#116 Shane Rattan - Fort Worth, TX
  • 8#122 Maddox "Mad Man" Crow - Frisco, TX
  • 9#117 Wyatt Franer - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#172 Hadley Whitlow
  • 11#127 Jaxon Fisher - Burleson, TX
  • 12#133 Andrew "Buddy" Thurlow - Bedford, TX
  • 13#151 Emma Bowman - Alvin, TX 
  • 14#138 Deacon Rains - Richardson, TX

 

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 67

  • 1#135 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, Kansas
  • 2#106 Graham Wells - Frisco, TX
  • 3#116 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 4#127 Sawyer Whitmire - Fort Worth, TX
  • 5#121 Ariel De Sandozequi - Arlington, TX
  • 6#166 Emmary Hoover 
  • 7#129 Knox Thornton - Wylie, TX
  • 8#154 Giovanni Chavarria - Plano, TX
  • 9#101 Colton Jensen - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#151 Brylen McBride - Fort Worth, TX
  • 11#102 Boone Shires - Plano, TX
  • 12#167 Jett Jobe
  • 13#156 Mason Hardcastle - Denton, TX

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 27

  • 1#104 Cason Chambers - Rockwall, TX
  • 2#126 Emmet Zvekan
  • 3#118 Cole Pittman - Bossier City, LA
  • 4#117 Chase Staples - Lantana, TX
  • 5#102 Reagan Roaquin - Leander, TX
  • 6#127 Liam Harrell
  • 7#119 Ryder Chen - Houston, TX
  • 8#112 Graham Pettersson - Fort Worth, TX
  • 9#106 Brantley Painter - Houston, TX
  • 10#107 Dez Eschenbach - Euliss, TX

 

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 15

  • 1#112 Christian Lilley - Granberry, TX
  • 2#104 Travis Zapata - Fort Worth, TX
  • 3#111 Aidan Sakich - Golden, TX
  • 4#106 Colton "Showtime" Bowman - Alvin, TX
  • 5#105 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 6#110 Mason Armstrong - Fort Worth, TX
  • 7#101 Austin Aylor - Graham, TX
  • 8#113 Issac Camarillo
  • 9#108 Silas Flowers - Grapevine, TX
  • 10#107 Brycen Barnett - Burleson, TX
  • 11#115 Shlok Munigala
  • 12#103 Olivia Bainbridge - Haslet, TX
  • 13#102 Nathan Saul - Fort Worth, TX
  • 14#114 Emmanuel Ortega
  • 15#109 Lilian Conrad - San Marcos, TX

 

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Strider Bike Racing Toddlers Take Over Fort Worth’s Sundance Square May 6

Texas Governor Declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor Gives Biking Tips


Rapid City, SD (May 6, 2017) — Governor Greg Abbott declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day in honor of today’s Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. May is also National Bike Month. Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, runs the series and is celebrating 10 years in business with more than 1.6 million bikes sold around the world since 2007.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave tips to the Strider Balance Bike racers in the 2-year-old and under class, which included the youngest competitor – diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland from Wichita Falls, Texas. The little tyke, who has been riding her Strider Bike since she was 14 months old, enjoyed a cold beverage from her sippy cup after striding along the 600-foot plus course over and around obstacles.

Nearly 200 racers participated in the race, the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. This was the first time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington.

“Abigail started riding her Strider Bike at just 14 months old,” said Brett Crossland, Abigail’s father. “Now she wakes up, grabs her helmet and is at the back door waiting to go most mornings. We’re glad to see her excited about her bike instead of a screen or other toys. The Strider Cup Race today was awesome!”

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they received either a trophy or a medal and posed for the cheering crowd. The event included races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs Races for all ages and abilities.

Roman Martinez of Sugar Land, Texas, crossed the finish line ahead of the other 2-year-old racers to take home the top trophy. The winner of the popular 3-year-old class, Braysen Yingling, traveled from Topeka, Kansas. Cason Chambers of Rockwall, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Christian Lilly of Granberry, Texas, came in first place in the 5-year-old class.

Racers in the Special Needs Class competed on the 12” models, as well as the larger 16” and 20” Strider Balance Bikes. Before the race, Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

“The fact that Strider includes us helps society see that our children can do what the rest of the kids do,” said Dr. Amanda Young, Adapted Physical Education Teacher at KinderFrogs. She recently completed her dissertation about the importance of family inclusion w/physical activity. “For most of these kids, it was their first experience on a two-wheeled bike. One of the best things with Strider Bike program is that the family can ride together, enjoying a healthy activity that gets them all outside.”

Strider worked with the Dannon Company in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community prior to today’s race.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Texas Governor declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor to Give Little Riders Tips

Rapid City, SD (April 19, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is welcoming balance bike racing toddlers, some still in diapers, to the Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon on May 6 at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas.

This is the first time the event has been held in the Lone Star State. In honor of the event, Governor Greg Abbott has declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will stop by to give the littlest bike riders tips before the first race at 9 a.m.

Pasha Ali, three-year-old racer from Trophy Club, Texas, is registered and has been practicing his “Winner Dance” for several months. His father, Nur Ali, believes riding the Strider Bike has helped Pasha improve his balance, coordination and develop quicker reflexes.

Ali, who has nearly two decades of car racing under his seatbelt, said, “I’m very excited about this season for both of us, as this is the first year we’ll race in the same calendar year; he in the Strider Cup and myself in Red Bull Global Rallycross series.”

The race is the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series, in which toddlers as young as 18 months old put their Strider Bike skills to the test. Most of the registrants for the May 6 event are from Texas, but racers are also traveling from California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington. In addition to the races, these family-friendly events feature a free Strider Adventure Zone ride and play area with Strider Bikes to test ride.

The May 6 event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online or families can still register their young rider at the packet pick-up at Cabela’s on Friday, May 5, at 12901 Cabela Drive in Fort Worth. There is no same-day race registration. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, a number plate for their bike and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open at http://www.striderbikes.com/fortworth.

A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of proud parents and grandparents cheering on racers while ringing cowbells as the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles such as dirt mounds and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.

The Strider Cup events also include races for individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs. Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. The athletes are learning to ride for the May 6 race.

Special Needs Racers compete on the 12” models, as well as Strider’s larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs.
Strider is working with employees at the Dannon Company facility in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. 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. To date, Strider has sold more than 1.5 million. Since its inception, Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund to organizations that serve children and adults in need. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

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Collin and Graham Bombeck of Lincoln, Nebraska, were about 18 months old when their father, Derek, bought them Strider Bikes. The 3-year-old twins raced their bikes last year, and are planning to show off their improved skills at the 2017 Strider Cup Race sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers on June 10, this year held at Tower Square (details at www.striderbikes.com/lincoln).

“It has been very interesting to watch them progress on their Strider Bikes,” said Derek. “They were very timid at first and have now gained a lot of balance, coordination and confidence. No matter how fast they get going down hills, they always seem to be in control and know how to safely slow down.”

Derek added, “Having twin boys makes everything a competition or race. They compete with one another in everything – from putting on their clothes to finishing their meals. Their Strider Bikes offer a constructive way for them to race while burning energy and having fun. A little competition is a good thing and it makes them each want to get better and faster for the next time.”

Collin and Graham sparked enthusiasm in their neighborhood for the Strider Bikes. After seeing the boys progress and balance, some neighbors were so impressed they bought bikes for their kids. 

As the Sales Development Manager at the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, Derek knew about the Strider Cup Race many months beforehand. He was very impressed with how professionally the race was organized and run.

“It was an amazing, fun and kid-friendly event for the families. What blew me away was all of the detail that the Strider team put into setting up the course, as well as the production of the event. It was first class.”

“I’m sure we’ll have even more families this year,” he added. “The thing I heard most was how people wished they would have gotten their kids in the event. After seeing the news and reading about it in the papers, families were hoping it would come back this year.”

Since the twins don’t understand the concept of time, Derek hasn’t told his them about this year’s race yet, “or they would constantly be asking if the race is today or tomorrow.”

“I’m sure they’ll be excited to get new shirts, as they still refer to last year’s shirts as their ‘cool’ shirts and always want to wear them. The medals and the bell attachments that they received were also pretty huge for them.”

You never know what cool item will be in the racer goodie bags!

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Meet Tyson and Roman, a.k.a. “TyRo.” They’re best buds who share a passion for biking. At just 2 years old, Tyson enlightened his pal Roman about how fun it is to ride and race Strider Balance Bikes. (in photo, Tyson is on left, Roman on right)

The two friends from Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston, first met at daycare when they were one year olds. They’re excited about heading to Fort Worth for the Strider Cup Race on May 6.  “TyRo” are often overheard by their teachers at school having fragmented conversations about bikes and going to the dirt track. 

Tyson’s dad is an avid mountain biker and began his balance bike research early on so that he and Tyson could share a hobby. They chose a Strider Bike because it was lightweight and had the smallest inseam so Tyson could start riding at 18 months old.

Recently, his proud dad created a video of his first mountain bike trail ride. If you don’t smile during these 60 seconds, you may want to have your lips checked. Tyson is riding ladder obstacles that some adults would skip. Impressive! Video of Tyson's First MTB Ride

“Riding the Strider Bike has been a huge confidence booster to an otherwise shy kid,” said Tyson’s mom Stella. “It's also helped him pick up riding a scooter almost instantly and it has improved his balance and agility. He was able to skip training wheels and go straight to a pedal bike a few months after he turned two!”

Besides mountain bike trails, Stella said Tyson rides his Strider Bike, “in malls, parks, the zoo, skate parks – pretty much anywhere until someone tells us to stop.” When he wants to go to the local BMX track in Pearland, he says, “Mommy! Go burt (dirt) track with Roman? I go fast.”

Roman is also two years old, born just nine days apart from Tyson. Roman’s mom, Suzanne, said she bought him a Strider Bike just shy of his second birthday because of its reputation, recommendation and how quickly he took to it after test driving Tyson’s.

“Roman has always been quite agile, and the Strider Bike has helped him further refine his agility and increase his speed,” said Suzanne. “He rides around the neighborhood, on local trails, at the BMX park and even inside the house.”

As soon as Roman wakes up, he asks, “Ride bike please?”

Sounds like a good morning mantra.


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