Are you ready for the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship on July 21-22 in Salt Lake City? Below are some news and tips for last-minute prep! Racers are coming from across the U.S., as well as more than 40 competitors from nine countries; China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Russia, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand and Canada.

 

Dannon Donation to Head Start Utah

The Dannon Company, part of DanoneWave, partnered with Strider to give away 50 Strider Balance Bikes and helmets to Salt Lake City youth through Head Start Utah. Representatives from Head Start picked up the 50 new bikes and helmets at Dannon’s West Jordan, Utah, plant on Monday, July 10.

Head Start Utah will be giving the Strider Bikes, helmets and a free race entry to children for the Strider Cup World Championship July 21-22. July 10 as part of the global Danone Day celebrations where Danone employees give back to their communities. 

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Packet Pick-up Reminder

Friday packet pick-up is mandatory. It will include a bike inspection, and time to ask staff any last-minute questions. The last chance to register online is Thursday, July 20 by 5:00 PM MST. Parking validations can be obtained at the packet pick-up booths. The Gateway has recommended using the "North" garage located at 400 W between 100 S and S Temple. We’ll also have a free Strider Adventure Zone on Friday for local children age 2-5 and registered racers.

 

Salt Lake Magazine Feature

Did you see the cool article in Salt Lake Magazine: Stride Right: Tots Take Balance Bikes to the Next Level? The Hewett’s have three children who plan to attend; 5-year-old Hawk, 3-year-old Lincoln and 2-year-old Cozette. Hawk raced in 2015 and 2016, and Lincoln raced last year.

In the article, their dad, Justin, shared, “The independence has given my kids a lot of confidence that they can do other things,” he says. “It’s part of who Hawk is, his bike. It’s a big part of his identity.”

 

Youngest Racer and Cousins Ready to Race

The youngest registered racer so far is 19-month-old Xarin Galindo of West Jordan, Utah. Several families from nearby Ogden are participating, include cousins Weston Storey, Porter Dayton and Shyanne Anderson (pictured below). Weston’s mother Shannon Storey found out about the race and signed them all up. She said they, “have had their bikes for a while now and love them. They all have big personalities and are very excited about the event.”

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Special Needs Racers Raring to Go

The racers in the Special Needs class are in their final training sessions, including several athletes from the Jimmy’s Jaguars and the Brighty Bears Special Olympics teams who raced last year. They’ll be showing off their improved skills 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.

Many new racers have been training with Monti Poulson, a special education teacher who received bikes last year from a Select 25 Grant from Select Health, the insurance arm of Intermountain Healthcare. Monti started her school’s first bike program and has encouraged over 40 people with disabilities to learn to ride. More than a dozen will participate in the upcoming event. Intermountain LDS Hospital was a Class Sponsor at last year’s Strider Cup Race, and is a Class Sponsor for both the two- and three-year-old riders at this year’s Strider Cup World Championship. More details are in this blog: Strider Sparks Special Education Teacher into Action

Kyrie, pictured below, raced last year and is excited about this year's race!

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Sometimes an email makes you grimace, other times you smile with delight. When Ann at Strider received the below from Special Education teacher Monti Poulson, she had no idea the fire she had sparked. Monti has taken giant leaps with her students on Strider Bikes. And it all started with this email to Ann …

”I appreciated your enthusiasm so much-you lit a fire under me and I've planned 5 camps this summer …You're AwEsOmE!!  I had tried talking to many people for months to get this all going and you were the only person who gave me a plan and made me believe I could do it. Thank You!!”

Monti is an incredible woman who knows how to pursue her dreams. She thought about being a Special Education teacher after high school, but life took her in another direction. She got married, had five children, and spent 20 years as a realtor before going to college and earning her hard-earned degree.

For the past three years, Monti taught Severe Special Education at Mt. Nebo Jr. High in Payson, Utah, where she worked with individuals who have Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities. She is now teaching students 18 to 21 years old at Dan Peterson School in American Forks, Utah, a school for individuals with severe special needs.

After learning about Strider Balance Bikes, Monti submitted and won a Select 25 Grant from Select Health, the insurance arm of Intermountain Healthcare, to buy several 16” and 20” Strider Bikes in June 2016.

With the bikes, Monti started the school’s first bike program and has encouraged over 40 people with disabilities to learn to ride. More than 12 are planning to participate in the Special Needs Race at the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City on July 21-22. Intermountain LDS Hospital was a Class Sponsor at last year’s Strider Cup Race, and is a Class Sponsor for both the two and three year old riders at this year’s Strider Cup World Championship.

“These kids get so few opportunities to compete in an event,” said Monti. “Sometimes the Special Olympics programs are too high functioning. Learning to ride a bike is changing and enriching their lives.”

She added, “It is such a good thing that Strider has done. With the bikes, we’ve been able to create recreational opportunities for them. Biking is a good leisure activity with health benefits.”

As part of the bike program, Monti encourages families check out bikes and ride together, sharing, “When parents ride with their child, they learn faster and it works much better.”

Through the Utah State 4-H extension, she started the Ability Buddies 4-H Club, which pairs an age-appropriate buddy with each child who has disabilities.

“Some students may use Strider Bikes for rest of their lives, which is wonderful,” Monti added. “Others have gone on and are riding pedal bikes. One rides like the wind on his pedal bike. No training wheels needed.”

This isn’t the first time Monti has taken a giant leap with a new program. At a previous school, she secured a grant for an archery program. More than 200 kids have been involved since its inception.

Monti is certain of the potential to expand the Strider Bike program at all the schools she works with and to improve the lives of even more young people.

“We would love to have more bikes to train more kids,” she said. “we have 12 students planning to race in the Strider Cup World Championship, but will be taking more if I can get more Strider Bikes. There is no shortage of students who have learned how to ride these bikes that would love to come and compete.”

We don’t doubt that potential – and Monti’s fire and enthusiasm to make it happen. 

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Dannon and The Color Run among Sponsors for 2017 Strider World Championship

Chick-fil-A Intermountain LDS Hospital and Competitive Cyclist also supporting event 

Rapid City, SD (June 30, 2017)  - Dannon has signed on as the Title Sponsor for the 2017 Strider World Championship.  The seventh annual event will be held in Salt Lake City, July 21-22. A Dannon yogurt plant is in nearby West Jordan, Utah. Additional sponsors of the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship include Intermountain LDS Hospital, The Color Run, Competitive Cyclist and Chick-fil-A. 

The Strider World Championship is the culmination of a series of qualifying races held in North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Over 350 riders between two and five years old are expected to compete, as well as 30 racers with special needs. Over ten countries will be represented in the world’s premier balance bike racing competition.

“We are truly fortunate to have the support of a global brand like Dannon,” said Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports’ founder and CEO. “As our company has grown worldwide and our championships have expanded, we have sought to align ourselves with companies who focus on health, nutrition, and putting smiles on faces. Dannon is a perfect partner for our company and our events.”

In addition, the local West Jordan Dannon plant has partnered with Strider and will be hosting an employee “Strider Bike Build”.  The 50 Strider bikes and helmets will be donated to the local Head Start Program in Utah on July 10th so that children as young as 2 years old can learn how to balance and ride on two wheels.

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 WhiteWave 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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Toddlers from Ten Countries Racing Balance Bikes in Salt Lake City

Strider® Cup World Championship Races Set for July 22 at Gallivan Center 

 

Rapid City, SD (June 29, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is welcoming hundreds of balance bike racing toddlers – some still in diapers – to the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, July 21-22, for the 7th Annual 2017 Strider Cup World Championship presented by Dannon.

Racers are coming from across the U.S., as well as more than 40 competitors from nine countries; China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Russia, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand and Canada.

All eyes will be on the 24 Japanese racers, whose technique and stamina are unrivaled in Strider Bike racing. Siblings Kei and Kai Murayama are registered for the 2017 championship event and both raced in 2016; Kei won the 3-year-old world title and Kai placed 10th in the 2-year-old class.

The youngest registered racer so far is 19-month-old Xarin Galindo of West Jordan, Utah. Toddlers will put their Strider Bike skills to the test during these family-friendly races. The event will also feature a free Strider Adventure Zone play area on both days for kids age 2-5. Strider Bikes and helmets will be provided.

The Wall Street Journal attended a previous Strider Cup Race and created a recap video declaring Balance Bikes: The End of Training Wheels. In the WSJ article, Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing, the writer asserts, “Training wheels have been disrupted.” ESPN shared that 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.”

During Strider races, hundreds of relatives cheer on racers while ringing yellow cowbells. Toddlers kick their short legs and embark upon a 600-foot plus journey which includes obstacles such as the Strider tunnel and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a podium award ceremony, where they receive either a trophy or a medal.

The Strider Cup World Championship includes the 2 and under class and the 3-year-old class, both sponsored by LDS Hospital. Competitive Cyclist is sponsoring the 4-year-old class. The 5-year-old class is sponsored by The Color Run. The registration fee is $25 online before July 20 at 7 p.m. MST. There will be no onsite registration. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, number plate for their bike and a goodie bag valued at more than $50. Registration is at http://www.stridercupworldchampionship.com.

Strider is teaming up with The Dannon Company to give away 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to disadvantaged youth through Head Start Utah. Dannon employees will assemble the bikes and donate the bikes and helmets to Head Start representatives on July 10. Several of the bike recipients are expected to participate in the race.

The Strider Cup World Championship event also includes the Special Needs Races sponsored by Chick-fil-A for athletes of all ages and abilities. Strider donated bikes to several local organizations. These athletes will race the 12” models, as well as the 16” and 20” balance bikes.

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 WhiteWave 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!

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 = 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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Check the Strider Facebook and Instagram pages for photos of the Lincoln race! The Lincoln CBS TV affiliate, 1010 News, covered the event with this piece: Strider Bike Racing ReturnsThe Lincoln Journal-Star also came out and wrote the article: Big Win for a Small Boy: Strider Cup Special Needs Race Empowers Children. They also posted images at Photos: Strider Cup Race.

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Tour de France of Toddler Racing Features Strider Bikes in Lincoln

Governor Pete Ricketts Declares Kids Bike & Smile Day

Mayor Chris Beutler Declares Youth Cycling Day


Rapid City, SD (June 10, 2017) — Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, welcomed future Tour de France riders to the Strider Cup Race Presented by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers today at Tower Square in Lincoln. In honor of the event, Governor Pete Ricketts declared June 10 Kids Bike & Smile Day, and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler has declared it Youth Cycling Day.

The Wall Street Journal article, Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing, recently shared, “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.”

Since 2007, Strider Balance Bikes have trumped tricycles as the best way to teach toddlers to ride. Strider Sports is celebrating 10 years in business and over 1.6 million Strider Bikes sold in more than 75 countries.

Toddlers, some still in diapers, strode along the 600-foot plus course over and around obstacles at the Strider Cup Race. The youngest registrant was Roman Hirt from Junction, KS, at just 18 months old. He’s been on his Strider Bike for just a month and grinned throughout the entire race.

Today’s race was the third of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. Most of the 172 registrants came from across Nebraska, but racers traveled from Canada and over nine states, including Texas and Florida.

Siblings 3-year-old Ezra and 4-year-old Madelyn Sherman raced their hearts out. Madelyn recently transitioned to a pedal bike without using training wheels. Their mother, Becky, said the event was well-organized and fun, adding, “cycling is a wonderful sport for families. Starting on a Strider Bike is not scary or intimidating. Both Ezra and Madelyn wake up in the morning and want to ride. We get out a few times every day, and it’s good for me too!”

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, as well as riders with special needs. Strider donated bikes to Easterday Recreation Center for area children with disabilities to participate in the Special Needs Races.

Rhett Elkins from Lincoln sped his way to the top of the 2-year-old class, one of the largest fields of the day. In the 3-year-old class, Case Dubbelde of Rapid City captured the number one spot on the podium. Drake “Silas” Franklin of Lincoln came in first among the 4-year-old racers. In the final race of the day, 5-year-old Brecken Yingling, who traveled from Topeka, KS, took home first place in his class.

The first two 2017 Strider Cup races were held May 6 in Fort Worth, Texas and May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA. 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 Raising Cane’s & Southern Hospitality Ventures

The Lincoln and Grand Island franchise—Southern Hospitality Ventures—was opened in 2006 by Justin and Jennifer Jones, who moved to Nebraska from Louisiana. Since opening their first location, they have set out to make a change in their community by becoming active community leaders with programs such as this one. Since 2006, the franchise has given back over $1.4 million to the communities in which their restaurants are located.

Raising Cane’s has One Love—chicken fingers—and focuses its menu offering on fresh, made-to-order chicken fingers paired with their homemade Cane’s sauce, grilled Texas toast, creamy coleslaw, and crinkle-cut French fries. facebook.com/CanesNebraska or twitter.com/CanesLincoln

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 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!

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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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