What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Spokane's Riverfront Park! We were a little nervous when we woke up to clouds and a light rain, but the skies cleared and little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles. We ended up with 188 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. Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in San Francisco, California, July 29th and 30th.
A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our sponsor, Toyota, for the wonderful support. It could not have been as amazing without you!
Speaking for the staff of Strider (and all of the amazing volunteers) we had a wonderful time in Spokane exploring the city and the beautiful Riverfront Park, but most of all enjoyed race day along with the enthusiasm and stories that surrounded the Strider experience of the racers.
Below are the results from each race class:
2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 63
- 1#221 Reid Jordan - Kennewick, WA
- 2#202 Ryan "Flyin' Ryan" Taylor - Calgary, AB, Canada
- 3#226 Eli Gwinn - Otis Orchards, WA
- 4#214 Beckett Cook - Spokane Valley, WA
- 5#201 William "Will" Stuart - Spokane, WA
- 6#203 Zane Scholes - Post Falls, ID
- 7#223 Colton "Bird" John - Post Falls, ID
- 8#256 Connor Runnion - Moses Lake, WA
- 9#241 Connor Mabbott - Spokane, WA
3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 63
- 1#329 Reese Keyser - Kalispell, MT
- 2#345 Ryder Meyer - Spokane, WA
- 3#302 Alexander "AJ" Rodriguez - Spokane, WA
- 4#332 Lorenzo Hewitt - Spokane, WA
- 5#320 Braydin "B-Dog" Gaines - Spokane, WA
- 6#307 Nikko Nuxoll - Lewiston, ID
- 7#310 Emmet Zvekan - Seattle, WA
- 8#357 Noah Everson - Polson, MT
- 9#306 Gabe Mazzuca - Coeur d'Alene, ID
4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 39
- 1#434 London "Lando" Ellenwood - Polson, MT
- 2#422 Gauge Butler - Happy Valley, OR
- 3#435 Emmett Clemenhagen - Kendrick, ID
- 4#405 Rylie Prussack - Post Falls, ID
- 5#407 Rad Rieth - Cheney, WA
- 6#402 Tomota Brodsky - Spokane, WA
- 7#419 Karson Wise - Spokane Valley, WA
- 8#404 Matthew "MJ" Orlob - Spokane, WA
5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 13
- 1#513 Grady Caudill - Blanchard, ID
- 2#507 Ateden Koplin - West Bountiful, UT
- 3#506 Atticus Krenz - Spokane Valley, WA
- 4#503 Jamseon Holleran - Cheney, WA
- 5#501 Haakon Nies - Bozeman, MT
- 6#512 Sawyer Haggerty - Liberty Lake, WA
- 7#511 Cohen Burke - Spokane Valley, WA
- 8#510 Adah Schur - Kennewick, WA
- 9#508 Bergen Gates - Spokane, WA
- 10#509 Kari Legg - Lewiston, ID
SPECIAL NEEDS 8 and up (Group 1) - Total Riders = 5
- 1#902 Johanna Schuele-Van Aken(9) - Medical Lake, WA
- 2#904 Kaden Pinyo(11) - Spokane, WA
- 3#908 Morgan Reel(13) - Spokane, WA
- 4#906 Kenner Clark(10) - Spokane, WA
- 5#901 Payton Pearce(9) - Spokane Valley, WA
SPECIAL NEEDS 8 and up (Group 2) - Total Riders = 5
- 1#903 Abigail Gacusana(11) - Spokane, WA
- 2#907 Hailey Borbridge-Dishneau(14) - Spokane Valley, WA
- 3#905 Nathanial Contreras(8) - Cheney, WA
- 4#909 Andrew Roy(10) - Spokane, WA
- 5#910 Benjamin Mueller(10) - Spokane, WA
We have our first Strider Cup racer for the Spokane event on Saturday, July 9! Lyndsey Stuart signed up her 2-year-old son, Will. The little tyke got his STRIDER Bike on his first birthday and Lyndsey said he “mastered it by the time he turned 18 months old.”
Will loves his Strider Bike and tells everyone it's his "BMX race bike". His older brother, Drew (7) races BMX. Will attended practices with him last year, pretending to race with the big boys. Will is planning to race in the Strider class at the BMX track this spring. He should be in fine shape and able to navigate the fun Strider Cup obstacle course in July.
This is the first Strider Bike in the Stuart family. Drew and sibling Maggie (9) started on toddler ride on toys and tricycles before moving to bikes with training wheels.
“My older two got really frustrated with training wheels, they are loud and slow you down,” said Lyndsey. “We do a lot of trail riding, mountain biking and like to take our bikes camping with us. The training wheels just couldn't handle all that and it was very frustrating for everyone.”
She added that the Strider Bike has been a great improvement, “At just 18 months, this last summer, Will had no problem navigating and keeping up with the big kids. As a parent there seems to be a lot less ‘helping’ with the Strider Bike as well. He just gets on and goes.”
Strider looks forward to seeing Will and other racers at the Strider Cup in Spokane on July 9, and at the other two Strider Cup races this year; Lincoln, NE (June 11), and Salt Lake City, UT (June 25). The Strider Cup World Championship in San Francisco will be July 29-30, 2016. For more info and to check out all of the events, visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events.
The third stop of the 2016 STRIDER Cup Series is Spokane, WA sponsored by Toyota on July 9th!
Get your STRIDER Riders ready to race and meet us at Riverfront Park!
Genuine STRIDER Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race.
|9:00am - 10:30am||2 and Under|
|10:30am - Noon||3 Year Olds|
|Noon - 12:30pm||Lunch Break|
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Special Needs|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||4 Year Olds|
|2:30pm - 3:30pm||5 Year Olds|
- - Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race. Full Strider Cup race rules HERE.
- - Online registration closes July 5, 2016 at 9am MST
- - Important times as related to your race class
- - How the race heats and mains will work
- - How the awards ceremony will flow
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.