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.




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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We have a lot of STRIDER fans throughout the Spanish speaking world and we finally have a video just for them. Our good friends over at Mama y Bebes did a great review with both the STRIDER ST-4 and the STRIDER Super 16.

Now get outside and ride your bicicleta!

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Rapid City, South Dakota (May 30, 2012) – Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes for toddlers learning to ride, has announced a charitable partnership with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). Strider Sports International is donating 500 bikes to UHCCF throughout 2012 to be distributed to children at various UHCCF fundraising events and to raise funds for its child medical grant program. In addition, Strider Sports will donate a percentage of bike sales throughout the year to UHCCF.

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation provides medical grants, up to $5,000, to help families pay for children’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. Eligible families can apply for a grant online at www.uhccf.org.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation,” said Ryan McFarland, chief executive officer of Strider Sports International. “And one thing that we share is our passion for happy and healthy kids. At Strider, we love riding bikes and seeing little kids light up with excitement when they get that first taste of the freedom, confidence, and thirst for adventure that comes from that first successful bike experience.”

“We thank Strider Sports for its generous donation of bikes and funding, and for selecting UHCCF as a charitable partner,” said Matt Peterson, president of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. “Our two organizations share a passion for improving the health of children, and Strider Sports will help us provide additional medical grants to children in need.”

As part of this partnership, Strider Sports International and the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation will work together throughout the year at a variety of professional sporting events where Strider will host its world-renown, child-friendly “Adventure Zones.” Strider “Adventure Zones” provide an opportunity for children as young as 18 months to ride a Strider bike on different terrains, navigate a number of obstacles, improve bike-handling skills, and socialize with other children. UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation volunteers will work with children at the “Adventure Zones” to help create a fun, safe environment.

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. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, light 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 No-Pedal Balance Bikes in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com

About UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that strives to enhance either the clinical condition or quality of life of children who have health care needs not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. UHCCF provides medical grants of up to $5,000 for costs associated with medical services and equipment.  UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) employees. Donations to help provide assistance are deeply appreciated. To apply, donate or learn more, please visit www.uhccf.org.


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Los Angeles, Ca (May 8, 2012) Yesterday morning, Strider Sports International, Inc., which designs specifically-engineered, no-pedal bikes that encourage toddlers and young children to ride, learn and explore the world on two wheels at a very early age, donated 100 “No-Pedal Bikes” to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  The donation to local-based organizations (such as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles) is part of Strider Sports’ sponsorship commitment to the Amgen Tour of California to serve communities that host the upcoming road cycling race.

Several patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles were on-hand to receive and try out the Strider “No-Pedal Bikes” with special instructions provided by two-time U.S. Olympian and track cycling coach, Adam Duvendeck, as well as former professional BMX rider, Greg Hill.

"We are so proud to be part of Amgen's California bike tour, and to have this opportunity to donate Strider bikes to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Strider no-pedal balance bikes make it possible for all children to realize their bike riding potential,” says Ryan McFarland, Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider Sports Intl., Inc.  “There is nothing more satisfying to us than to see smiles of confidence beam from Strider riders when they realize they are riding on two wheels. We are committed to developing future riders and look forward to this year’s Amgen Tour of California,” commented McFarland.

"We are thrilled that Strider Sports International has generously donated “No-Pedal Bikes” to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The unique design of the Strider bike allows our diverse patient population to ride at an early age," said Rodney B. Hanners, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  "The young toddlers that received the bikes today were very appreciative and excited to begin exploring the world around them. We are proud to be a part of Amgen Tour of California and are extremely thankful to Strider Sports International, and to AEG, our corporate partner for introducing us to them."

“Through the generous support of many of our Amgen Tour of California sponsors, we have the opportunity to not only introduce the great sport of cycling to residents of California as well as the millions who watch our race on television, but to also give back to communities throughout the state like we are doing today,” said Kristin Bachochin, Executive Director, Amgen Tour of California and Senior Vice President, AEG Sports. “The donation made today by Strider Sports will both help children learn the joy of cycling at an early age and, more importantly, be part of the great care and rehabilitation that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides to their patients on a daily basis.”

An additional component of Strider Sports International’s sponsorship of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California cycling race is the creation of Strider Adventure Zones that will be featured as part of the popular Lifestyle Festivals at the finish lines at each stage of the eight-day race which kicks off Sunday May 13th in Santa Rosa, CA. Strider Adventure Zones provide young children the opportunity to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding on two wheels. In addition, kids will have an opportunity to race on a specially-designed course at the race’s Final Stage at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on May 20th. The races and other activities planned for the Strider Adventure Zones are the perfect way to fuel a child’s budding passion for cycling and to help teach sportsmanship and camaraderie with fellow riders.

The Amgen Tour of California is an eight-day event, featuring elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. The 16 world-class teams chosen to participate in the 2012 race will include Olympic hopefuls and Tour de France contenders representing more than 20 countries, giving fans around the world a preview of what is to come this July in both France and London.

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About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports Int’l, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in January 2007 Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, light weight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented Strider™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. For more information, visit http://www.StriderSports.com.

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes

The STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The same simple, no-pedal design that allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, also allows older children (up to 44” tall and 60 pounds) with special needs, physical or intellectual disabilities to successfully operate a bike alongside able-bodied friends and family.  STRIDER bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at http://www.StriderSports.com.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll.  Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospitsl is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

For more information, visit www.CHLA.org. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, or visit our blog: www.WeAreChildrens.org.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 13-20, 2012. In a 2011 poll conducted by CyclingNews.com, the Amgen Tour of California was voted the number one race in America and fourth best race in the world. For more information, visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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The sun finally came out in sunny California!

It was another great day of STRIDER Adventure Zone fun in sunny Santa Cruz. We always love to hear from the kids and parents who are already riding their STRIDER Bikes....today we had a lot of them. The local shop (Epicenter Cycling) is selling them and they have a pump track right in the shops backyard!

Santa Cruz is steeped in bike culture: Bike Lanes everywhere, families riding cruisers with their skim boards under their arms and piles of bikes locked up at all the local restaurants. What a great city to be a STRIDER Rider! Thanks for coming out to ride Santa Cruz.

See you on Tuesday Livermore!

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The STRIDER Adventure Zone Tour of California has begun in Santa Rosa! We will be sharing reports and photos from the road all week as we travel with the Amgen Tour of California.

It is always fun to be around so many people who are all focused on biking! We've seen Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Beach Cruisers and Commuters...the best part is that they all seem to get that balance is so important in the learning process.

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We're headed to Santa Cruz County for some Monday STRIDER fun! If you're in the area or know some families with toddlers in the area make sure to let them know we'll be at the Finish festival!  Stride On!

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Saturday, 22 October 2011 12:00

Happy Striderday: West Coast Road Trip

Tim V. uploaded a great video to StriderLife.com on Thursday that chronicles his Son's (Daniel a.k.a. Tito) Strider fun from their month long road trip up the West Coast of the US.

If you've got a couple extra minutes check out the longer video with some footage of Tito's kite attached to his Strider (7:27 mark) and then get outside and make some family memories of your own!


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