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!
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
The third stop of the 2017 STRIDER Cup Series is Lincoln, Nebraska sponsored by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers!
Get your STRIDER Riders ready to race and meet us at Tower Square!
Genuine STRIDER Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race.
|8:00 AM to 2:00 PM||Packet Pickup|
|9:00 AM to 10:30 AM||2 Year Olds and Under Races|
|10:30 AM to 11:30 AM||4 Year Old Races|
|11:30 AM to 12:30 PM||Special Needs Races|
|12:30 PM to 1:00 PM||Lunch Break|
|1:00 PM to 2:30 PM||3 Year Old Races|
|2:30 PM to 3:30 PM||5 Year Old Races|
Race Day packet pickup will be available from 8am to 2pm.
- - Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race. Full Strider Cup race rules HERE.
- - Online registration closes June 9th, 2017
Early packet pickup and last chance registration will be on Friday night prior to the race. We highly recommend attending (but you're not obligated to) so you can pick up your racer's registration bag with their requested jersey, assigned number plate, and other goodies. This will be on Friday June 9th at Scheels in Lincoln (2960 Pine Lake Road) from 5 pm to 7 pm. We will also be conducting a “Tech Inspection” both then and on race day. For more information regarding Tech Inspection please look HERE.
Please bring your racer, bike, and helmet to packet pickup on Friday. If you are unable to do so we can finalize Tech Inspection on race day. Any concerns would need to be addressed before the child is allowed to race so again we would suggest attending packet pickup on Friday if at all possible. Showing up on Friday also gives us the opportunity to address any issues in a calm non-rushed atmosphere and to tell you what to expect on race day. We would also like to inform you about important times as related to your race class, how the "HEATS" (1st Race) and "MAINS" (2nd Race) will work, and how the awards ceremony will flow.
Please bring the electronic or printed tickets that you will be received after you registered to packet pickup as it will help speed up the process. If you will be checking in, picking up the registration bag and doing Tech Inspection on Saturday (race day) we would recommend doing so at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of your racer's age group.
|2 Year Old and Under Class||4 Year Old Class||5 Year Old Class||Special Needs Class|
I believe that I saw fire coming off of those tires on Saturday at the first stop of the 2016 Strider Cup in Lincoln Nebraska!
A big thank you for everyone who braved the heat and showed up at the Railyard in Lincoln to have a great time and race with their fellow Strider riders. The day was indeed warm but it was bearable (especially with ice cream nearby)! A total of 120 racers took part in the first ever Strider Cup race in Lincoln and champions were crowned in the 2, 3, 4 and 5 year old classes along with 3 special needs divisions. A total of 28 out of state racers made the journey from 9 states outside of Nebraska.
Also thanks goes out to our main Sponsor Raising Cane’s along with the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s bureau, and the Railyard.
Speaking for the staff of Strider we had a wonderful time in Lincoln exploring the sites and the very cool Haymarket area, but most of all enjoyed race day along with the enthusiasm and stories that surrounded the Strider experience of those racers.
Below are the top 8 racers from each race class:
2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 39
- 1#225 Brayson, Yingling - Topeka, Kansas
- 2#232 Jensyn Codr - Lincoln, NE
- 3#221 Brady Pearson - Omaha, NE
- 4#227 Bodhi Harmon - Bloomington, MN
- 5#215 Taggart Jensen - Lincoln, NE
- 6#208 Chandler "Chan Chan Man" Lundstrom - Lincoln, NE
- 7#204 Case Dubbelde - Box Elder, SD
- 8#217 Ivan Shearer - Lincoln, NE
3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 40
- 1#304 Ryan Hauf - Rapid City, SD
- 2#327 Madden Thulin - Topeka, KS
- 3#305 Cashton "Cash" Allen - Sioux Falls, SD
- 4#323 Kaiya "Dabee Doos" Hecht - Omaha, NE
- 5#316 Eldyn DeFreece - Cairo, NE
- 6#303 Monroe Nelson - Omaha, NE
- 7#335 Madelyn "Speed Rider" Sherman - Lincoln, NE
- 8#320 Drake "Silas" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
4 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 20
- 1#402 Maddox Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD
#413 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
- 3#403 Logan Brehm - Lincoln, NE
- 4#405 Maddox Snell - Lincoln, NE
- 5#411 Zackeith "Zack" James - Lincoln, NE
- 6#406 Blair Ivy Willmott - Lincoln, NE
- 7#409 Mason Trentman - Grand Island, NE
- 8#410 Yuga Miyazaki - Buffalo Grove, IL
5 year old class - TOTAL RIDERS = 9
- 1#502 Brayden "Mr. B" Allen - Sioux Falls, SD
- 2#505 Alva "Bells" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
- 3#501 Paige Thompson - Lincoln, NE
- 4#504 Mckenzie Vandeventer - Hastings, NE
- 5#509 Aidan Sakich - Littleton, CO
- 6#506 Mason "Belitos" Hecht - Omaha, NE
- 7#503 Landen "Landy" Brauer - Lincoln, NE
- 8#507 Silas Revis - Omaha, NE
#508 Ella Jones - Lincoln, NE
Special Needs 8 and under Strider 12" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 4
- 1#904 Andy Brockmeier - Lincoln, NE
- 2#905 Cecelia Fritsch - Lincoln, NE
- 3#902 Pia Flynn - Lincoln, NE - (tie for 3rd)
- 3#901 Max Flynn - Linccoln, NE - (tie for 3rd)
SPECIAL NEEDS 8 AND UNDER STRIDER 16" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 4
- 1#917 - Lincoln, NE
- 2#918 DJ Steiner - Lincoln, NE
- 3#916 Noel Canaah - Lincoln, NE
- 3#915 Haley Aernie - Lincoln, NE
SPECIAL NEEDS 9 AND Older STRIDER 20" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 4
- 1#923 Caleb Capps - Lincoln, NE
- 2#922 Robert Michael - Lincoln, NE
- 3#924 Devan Stutzman - Dorchester, NE
- 3#921 Gavin Eichenberger - Lincoln, NE
LINCOLN SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES TRAIN FOR STRIDER CUP
Special Olympic athletes in Lincoln are now training for the City’s first Strider Cup Race from
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in the Railyard. Most of the 23 athletes who are learning
to ride Strider Bikes are on the Lincoln Shooting Stars, a Special Olympics Nebraska team
sponsored by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department’s Easterday Recreation Center.
Strider Sports International donated 30 of the no-pedal balance bikes to Special Olympics
Nebraska, with 22 designated for Easterday. In addition to the 12-inch model for younger riders,
the company has in recent years developed 16-inch and 20-inch models for older children and
adults with balance and coordination challenges. A 2015 research study confirmed that riding a
Strider Bike improved stability scores of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Three Strider Cup training sessions have already been held in Lincoln, and two more are
planned. Media are invited to cover the training from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at
Easterday, 6130 Adams Street.
“The training program is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to overcome anxieties
about riding bikes in a fun setting with peers,” said Kerry Zingg, Easterday Center Director. “It
was so exciting to see such joy and enthusiasm from the youth who participated in our first week
of training. We look forward to seeing the youth develop confidence in their abilities in the
weeks to come.” Zingg said the athletes range in age from three to 16 years old.
The bikes were assembled by Scott Anderson, a Special Olympics athlete and part-time
employee at Special Olympics Nebraska; parents of those in the Young Athletes Program; and
Lincoln Parks and Recreation volunteers. Parks and Recreation Carpentry Maintenance staff
built two rumble bars and a bike ramp for the Strider Bike Program.
Special Olympics Nebraska CEO Carolyn Chamberlin said the agency is excited about the new
partnership with Strider Bikes. “Many of our athletes who previously could not ride a bicycle
are excelling on the Strider Bike, and it means so much to see them experience the thrill of riding
like their typically-abled peers,” she said.
“My son Matt struggled to learn how to ride a traditional bicycle, but excelled on his Strider
Bike,” said Alisa Hoffman, mother of Special Olympics Nebraska athlete Matt, 15. “He finally
learned how to balance while riding and has since become more independent in his play.”
The Special Olympic athletes will compete in the Special Needs Races during the Strider Cup,
presented by Raising Canes Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln. Strider Cup attendees will
receive free admission to the Strider Adventure Zone, where riders can test ride all three sizes of
Strider Bikes. Helmets will be provided. The event is the first of three national Strider Cup
Races. Participants in the Lincoln event as well as those competing in Salt Lake City, Utah and
Spokane, Washington can qualify for the Strider World Championship presented by FedEx in
July in San Francisco.
This is the second year the series has included Special Needs Races for athletes of all ages and
abilities. Strider has waived the registration fee for athletes in these races. Strider works with
Special Olympics teams in each race city, but the races are open to any Strider Rider with special
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEBRASKA
Special Olympics Nebraska is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1972. Its mission
is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type
sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The athletes have continuing
opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate
in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes
and the community. For more information, visit sone.org.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, 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, to instill confidence in the rider and to
help people 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. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. For more information, visit
Salt Lake City daycare centers receive 100; then 20 to be given away at party
Rapid City, SD (May 4, 2016) — Stoel Rives LLP, a business law firm in Salt Lake City, is teaming up with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth.
Employees at Stoel Rives assembled all of the bikes, and the firm is hosting a Giveaway Party on Wednesday, May 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Gallivan Center, 239 Main Street, Salt Lake City. Rad Canyon BMX will be onsite with a FREE Adventure Zone where children can come test ride a Strider Bike. The Giveaway Party is open to the public.
Stoel Rives will be donating 50 of the bikes to the children and families at Lolie Eccles Early Education Center: Childcare, Preschool & Kindergarten, part of YWCA Utah, and another 50 to the Wasatch Christian Early Learning Center. In addition, 20 Strider Bikes will be given away to the public at the May 25 Giveaway Party.
“Stoel Rives is happy to sponsor the Strider event because we believe in the numerous benefits that stem from getting kids on bikes at an early age,” said Reed Topham, Partner at Stoel Rives. “In addition to the obvious physical benefits, cycling contributes to improved mental health through interaction with family, friends, and the outdoor environment. We believe these benefits are increasingly important in a world that encourages young people to spend more and more time isolated in a virtual world through electronic devices.”
“Cycling is also an important form of active transportation, which benefits our community by reducing traffic congestion and air pollution,” added David "D.J." Williams, Partner at Stoel Rives. “We believe that an early introduction to cycling will lead to lifelong ridership.”
After the May 25 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Salt Lake City Strider Cup race on June 25. The Salt Lake City Race is the second of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test. The Strider Cup Race is returning to Salt Lake City after an exciting race last year at Pioneer Park. Photos and a video from last year are on the 2015 Strider Cup Salt Lake City page.
“My three-year-old daughter, Meg, rode a Strider Bike last summer and had a lot of fun,” said Loren Hulse, Intellectual Property Attorney at Stoel Rives. “This spring she sat on a pedal bike for the first time and was off and riding independently within minutes!”
The June 25 event will have races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs riders of all ages. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 on-site for the toddler races. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration, and all racers will receive either a medal or a trophy. Pre-registration is open now at http://www.striderbikes.com/saltlakecity.
The 2016 Strider Cup races will be held on June 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah and July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.
ABOUT STOEL RIVES LLP:
Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to clients in the Energy & Infrastructure, Agribusiness, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing & Consumer Products, Technology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Government & Public Agencies and Natural Resources industries throughout the United States. The firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, project development and real estate law. For more information visit www.stoel.com.
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.
Excited children and their families came with fingers crossed to win a Strider Bike at Raising Cane’s Giveaway Party on April 17 in Lincoln, Nebraska, held at one of their four Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise locations.
Strider and Raising Cane’s teamed up to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local children. More than 50 of the bikes were donated to children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. In addition, 35 bikes were given away to the general public who registered onsite at the April 17 party. An additional 20 bikes were given to customers who registered in-restaurant between March 28 and April 10, and the remainder was given to children of Raising Cane’s crewmembers.
Kids at the event loved the free Adventure Zone set up by the local SCHEELS store. The play zone was busy all day with toddlers and younger children riding demo Strider Bikes. The Strider cowbells and participation ribbons were a big hit as well.
"We thought this event was going to be great, but after seeing the excitement on the faces of so many children, it really sunk in how amazing it truly was," said Dee Walker, Director of Marketing for the Lincoln Raising Cane's restaurants. "We couldn't be happier with how it turned out and can't wait to see many of these kids racing at the Strider Cup in June."
Acacia and Tyler Gentrup came to the event hoping to win bikes for their sons; 2-year-old Cash and 4-year-old Cade. They were delighted to hear Cade’s name called early on, and he chose a blue bike. When Cash’s name was called a bit later, he also wanted a blue one. Unfortunately, just a few bikes were left and none of them were blue. Cade graciously offered to give Cash the blue one he won, and take a red one instead. How’s that for brotherly love!
Besides parents of toddlers, several grandparents came and were able to win bikes for their grandchildren. An older gentleman even came specifically to win a bike for a boy in his neighborhood. He wasn’t disappointed and took home a Strider Bike for the little guy.
The Lincoln Journal Star stopped by and wrote an article, Raising Cane's Gives Away Strider Bikes to Lincoln Toddlers. The local ABC affiliate, KLKN-TV, also came by.
Many folks left with smiles and brand new Strider Bikes. They have plenty of time to practice before the Strider Cup Race in Lincoln on June 11, www.striderbikes.com/lincoln.
Rapid City, SD (March 28, 2016) — The Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln, Nebraska, is teaming up with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth. Raising Cane’s is hosting a Giveaway Party to hand out the bikes on April 17 from 1 p.m. – 3 pm. at their restaurant located at 58th & Old Cheney (5810 S. 58th Street). SCHEELS will also be onsite with a FREE Adventure Zone where children can come test ride a Strider Bike. The Giveaway Party and Adventure Zone is open to the public.
Raising Cane’s will be donating over 50 of the bikes to the children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. In addition, 35 bikes will be given away at the April 17 Giveaway Party, where 5 bikes will be given away every 15 minutes to those in attendance. An additional 20 bikes will be given away to customers who register in-restaurant between March 28 and April 10, and the remainder will be given to children of their crewmembers.
“The partnership with Strider was a no-brainer for us. Not only does it embody one of our core values of supporting active lifestyles, but our (Justin and I) two children used them as well and we are true believers in the bike,” said Jennifer Jones, owner of the Lincoln and Grand Island Raising Cane’s restaurants. “So when we had the opportunity to give other children a chance to have a Strider Bike of their own and to host an event that would put 120 of these bikes under children in the community, we were very excited and didn’t hesitate to become apart of it.”
After the April 17 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Lincoln Strider Cup race on June 11. The Lincoln race is the first of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. It is also the first time Strider has held a national race in Lincoln. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test.
Derek Bombeck of Lincoln got Strider Bikes for his two-year-old twin sons Collin and Graham when they turned one. "It has been amazing watching their progression and confidence over the past 9 months. When we go outside the first thing they ask for is their Strider bikes. We ride them around the neighborhood and at the park. With the balance and coordination they are learning on their Strider Bikes, transitioning to pedal bikes should be easy."
The June 11 event will have races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs riders of all ages. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 on-site for the toddler races. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration, and all racers will receive either a medal or a trophy. Pre-registration is open now at http://www.striderbikes.com/lincoln.
Upcoming Strider Cup races are slated for June 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.
The Tanaka family is traveling over 500 miles to race in the first Strider Cup race of the season!
The first Strider Cup entrants for the Lincoln, NE, race on June 11 are 4-year-old Shugo Tanaka (pictured at left) and his 2-year-old brother Moriya, signed up by their dad Mitsuo. The Tanaka family moved to the U.S. from Japan last fall and live in Wisconsin, where Mitsuo works as a mechanical engineer in Watertown.
Mitsuo first heard about Strider Bikes a few years ago and said, “Strider is popular in Japan. Many races of Strider Bikes were held near my house in Japan. Many kids are involved with the Strider team in Japan.”
Both boys started on Strider Bikes at two years old. While Shugo is a veteran with seven races under his belt, the Lincoln race will be Moriya’s first Strider competition. The family didn’t make it to the 2015 Strider World Championship last year in Rapid City, SD, but are planning to go to San Francisco this year for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship on July 29-30.
When asked what the boys like most about their Strider Bikes, Mitsuo replied, “Speeding.” We’re not surprised.
We can’t wait to see their smiles at the Lincoln Strider Cup race on June 11!
For more info and to register, visit www.StriderBikes.com/lincoln
Strider Bikes Announces 2016 Strider Cup® Racing Series for Toddlers
Tiny STRIDER® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks
Rapid City, SD (January 19, 2016) —Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of
children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce three locations confirmed in its 2016 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
several stops across the country this spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event in 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.
Strider Cup races confirmed so far in the following cities this year:
- Saturday, June 11: Lincoln, NE, at the Railyard
- Saturday, June 25: Salt Lake City, UT, at Pioneer Park
- Saturday, July 9: Spokane, WA, at Riverfront Park
There will be races for 2 (and under), 3, 4, and 5 year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 onsite.
Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Preregistration
is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information.
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” 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 following the 2015 Strider race in Salt Lake City, UT, “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
Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World
Championship. This series-ending race will be held July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California.
Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.
The first stop of the 2016 Strider Cup is Lincoln, Nebraska on June 11th!
Get your STRIDER Riders ready to race and meet us at The Railyard on Canopy Street!
|9:00am - 10:00am||2 and Under|
|10:00am - 11:00am||3 Year Olds|
|11:00am - Noon||Special Needs|
|Noon - 12:30pm||Lunch Break|
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||4 Year Olds|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||5 Year Olds|
- - Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race. Full Strider Cup rules HERE.