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.
So far, two Canadian kids are signed up for the Strider Cup Race in Pittsburgh on May 27. One is driving more than 9 hours to compete on his Strider Balance Bike. How cool is that! The delicious Pittsburgh perogies aren’t the only reason they’re coming. These two are excited to see how their skills match up with young ones in the Northeast United States.
Riding helps Lucas’ eyes
Lucas G. is registered to compete in the 2-year-old class, and is traveling from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, for the event.
He received his Strider Bike when he was just 16 months old. His mother Stephanie said, “We chose a Strider Bike because we liked the way the bike was made and the different accessory offerings. They had Kawasaki green, so we knew it was a right fit.”
Lucas rides his Strider Bike at the Wasaga Beach BMX Park and around the neighborhood in warmer temperatures. During the winter months, his parents set up a little course in their basement to help the active tot burn off energy – and practice his skills.
“Riding has helped improve his balance, and also his eyesight,” said Stephanie. “Lucas has had glasses since he was one year old. We feel like the riding has helped him focus and his eyes are getting better.”
What does Lucas say about his Strider Bike? Stephanie shared, “He always wants to ride and says ‘let’s do dirt jumps.’”
So do we!
Strider is “the coolest”
Four-year-old Jared C. from Espanola, ON, received his Strider Bike on his 2nd birthday and says his Strider Bike, “is the coolest.” We agree.
His mother, Felicia C., said, “when I bought him his Strider Bike, all he wanted to do was ride to the park and places and around the house.”
“It’s helped him with his balance,” she added. “He even started riding a two-wheeled pedal bike at three years old, without using training wheels.”
Asked why she chose a Strider Bike over other brands, Jared’s mom Felicia C. said, “I decided to buy a Strider Bike because I liked the design, how light it was and just the overall set up and attachments you could get.”
The Canadian winters don’t slow down Jared. He rides through the snow with his ski attachment. His family is used to driving for track time. In the winter, they sometimes travel six hours to the Rock City Indoor BMX track in Greenville, MI. In the summer, Jared races at the Milton BMX track in Ontario, a 5-hour drive.
Jared’s family will be traveling more than nine hours to Pittsburgh for the race. They’re also planning to go to the Strider Cup Race in Lincoln, NE, on June 11, and possibly the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City on July 21-22.
Now that’s dedication.
More info on the race is at www.striderbikes.com/pittsburgh.
Strider Bikes Announces 2017 Strider Cup® National Race Series for Toddlers
Tiny Strider® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks from Coast to Coast
Rapid City, SD (November 17, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at three stops across the country next spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event next July, the Strider Cup World Championship event.
The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 2 and 5 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.
You’ll find Strider Cup races in the following cities in 2017:
• Saturday, May 6: Fort Worth, TX, at Sundance Square
• Saturday, May 27: Pittsburgh, PA, at Southside Works
• Saturday, June 10: Lincoln, NE, at Tower Square
The series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 22 at Gallivan Center
in Salt Lake City, UT, where nearly 250 toddlers competed on the custom Strider track in 2016. Organizers are expecting over 400 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.
There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25, and will open in January. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration.
Pre-registration will be available soon; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information. Sponsors for the 2017 events include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, LDS Hospital, FedEx, Amica Insurance, and more.
For the second year in a row, Strider will host races for athletes with special needs at each of the events. These athletes will race the 12” balance bike models, as well as Strider’s new, larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community.
A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly encouraging their young racers as bright yellow cowbells are rung and 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 from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.
As one parent put it, “My son loves his Strider Bike and this event has given him a great way to race, go fast, and feel like a big kid without having to navigate pedals.”
Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship. Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.
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. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. 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.
Thank You Soooo much for coming out to the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship!
What a great finish to the US 2016 Strider Cup racing season! With stops in Lincoln, Nebraska, Salt Lake City, Utah, Spokane, Washington, and finally our Strider Cup World Championship in San Francisco, California it was definitely a year to remember!
The Strider Cup World Championship on San Francisco's Pier 35 (right next to Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39) was an amazing event! The venue had the advantage of being covered, but with the large garage doors open felt like you were on the water with beautiful San Francisco vistas. With a total of 302 Strider racers it was the largest race we've ever held. Nine different countries participated with the largest groups from Japan (25) and Equador (15).
Our hopes and goals for this race was simple, to give riders (of all abilities) an enjoyable weekend! Hopefully, your Strider rider will remember the camaraderie, fun race competition, and continue to gain confidence on their Strider Bikes!
A HUGE shout out to FedEx, our presenting sponsor, and our class sponsors; Yelp, Camelbak, Clover Stornetta Farms, Kidz Gear, and Golden Gate Urgent Care!
results from each "A main" race:
2 year old AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 97
- 1#224 Miku Shiozawa - Aichi-Ken, Japan
- 2#263 Logan Rodriguez - Tracy, CA
- 3#284 Ryden "Ry Ry" Morgan - West Valley City, UT
- 4#240 Andrew "Fireball" Croskery - Belmont, CA
- 5#247 Malek "Coco" Faraj - Mission Viejo, CA
- 6#205 Noah Jones - San Mateo, CA
- 7#223 Hudson Nye - Chico, CA
- 8#249 Dixon Zhu - San Francisco, CA
- 9#206 Bates Binaoro - Hercules, CA
- 10#217 Kai Murayama - Aichi Okazaki-Shi, Japan
3 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 94
- 1#322 Kei Murayama - Aichi Okazaki-Shi, Japan
- 2#320 Emilio Alejandro Perez Fernandez - Puyo, Ecuador
- 3#385 Mason Antell - San Francisco, CA
- 4#324 Anthony "Suco" Contreras - Puyo, Ecuador
- 5#380 Aidyn "A-Train" Low-Blythe - Fairfield, CA
- 6#307 Lily Mae Christiansen - Bay Point, CA
- 7#315 Jaxson "Jax" Boehme - Napa, CA
- 8#345 Rory Lee - Capitola, CA
- 9#314 Harrison Burns - San Bruno, CA
- 10#393 Seth Postier - San Jose, CA
- 11#382 Mason Davis - Santa Cruz, CA
4 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 55
- 1#415 Waku Kunitate - Tokyo, Japan
- 2#413 Sota Suzuki - Anjyo, Japan
- 3#406 Yamato Ogata - Higashioumi-Shi, Japan
- 4#410 Ruka Izumitani - Inazawa, Japan
- 5#448 Jose Martin Benavides Paredes - Quito, Ecuador
- 6#416 Daijiro Wakida - Tokyo, Japan
- 7#452 Cade "Cade Man" Myers - Winters, CA
- 8#405 Diego Salinas - Fremont, CA
- 9#409 Tomas "Hammer" Escobar Mesa - Sabaneta-Antioquia, Colombia
5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 39
- 1#512 Ao "Aosan" Yamashita - Osaka, Japan
- 2#520 Kuuto Kitazawa - Tokyo, Japan
- 3#510 Teruya "Teru" Kouda - Nara, Japan
- 4#511 Sawa "Sawa-san" Ishimaru - Osaka, Japan
- 5#502 Makoto Goriki - Aichi, Japan
- 6#523 Sora Shiozawa - Aichi-Ken, Japan
- 7#503 Rui Ishimoto - Nishinomiya-shi, Japan
- 8#514 Namiki Takao - Nara Ikoma, Japan
- 9#515 Shoma Sano - Aichi Toyoake-shi, Japan
Special needs 12" Strider Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 3
- 1#902 Miles Robinson - San Jose, CA
- 2#905 Juniper Naim - San Jose, CA
- 3#903 Katie Kang - San Jose, CA
- 4#901 Sanchit Sharma - Sunnyvale, CA
Special Needs 16"/20" Strider CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 5
- 1#914 Marissa Erickson - Alameda, CA
- 2#900 Jason Toy - San Francisco, CA
- 3#911 Bill Dickson - San Lorenzo
- 4#901 Sanchit Sharma - Sunnyvale, CA
- 5#910 Jake Silva - San Bruno, CA