U.S. Sales Manager, Kent Jacobs had an amazing opportunity to attend the annual Telluride Ski Resort event “The White Room” for some networking and media contacts, oh and fun. This is Kent Skiing… oops! I meant to say working:
Here is Kent eating stellar food and drinking spirits in a Yurt…. Oh shoot, I meant to say working:
(Photo by Ben Eng Photography Portfolio)
On a serious note, Kent said he made some great contacts like Megan Mulligan, from AIM Outdoor Trade Network and Jeff Evans with Mountain-Vision and had a really good time. He spread the STRIDER word and is making us one step closer to balance bike world domination and the downfall of training wheels. (aka restraining-wheels) And we aren’t jealous of his trip at all. Okay, maybe just a little jealous.
If you live in Colorado you already know that we at STRIDER have a special place in our hearts for you! Every year we travel through the state during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and we hear thousands of STRIDER success stories from parents. Telluride Ski and Snowboard School posted this photo on their facebook page this week showing that STRIDER fun is no longer just for Summer in the mountains of CO.
Stride On Telluride Ski Resort!
“Telluride is the perfect community in the summer for Strider bikes with its pedestrian-friendly town. Being able to now make use of Strider bikes in the winter time a huge bonus. Our youngest guests of our Ski School love to take a break from skiing and hop on something that they know – a Strider – and do something they didn’t know was possible with it – to slide on the snow! Way to go Strider!” ~ Noah Sheedy (Director of Telluride Ski and Snowboard School)
What a whirlwind tour of awesomeness. Ted and Dave’s excellent adventure (I’m Ted) was a dive into the unknown, neither of us were avid followers of the pro racing circuit so we didn’t fully know what to expect as we headed out on the road to follow the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. As we do at Strider our task was to get kids on 2 wheels and what better place to do it than during the USAPCC, with over a million spectators in total the odds were in our favor. Little did we know what we had gotten ourselves into : )
We started in Durango for the opening weekend festival which was on the Fort Lewis College campus. What a beautiful bike friendly town. Being my first time in Southwestern Colorado I was in awe of its beauty and how many STRIDER riders there were out and about. Durango is a dedicated STRIDER town as evidenced by the amount of kids that rode in our Adventure Zone on Saturday and Sunday. From Durango we were always ahead of the tour, tearing down at night and heading to the next day’s town’s finish line festival. Our typical day was to get up early, eat, get to the festival and set up, run the Adventure Zone till 6pm, load out, head to the next town (which was often 3 hours or so away), grab some food, get settled into the hotel and sleep hard till the alarm, etc. etc. etc.
I’ll save the poetic imagery for the poets but what a beautiful state to have the race. Honestly all the stops were fantastic and the kids were tons of fun. While we were pretty tired at the end of the day working with the kids and the bikes make/made the days a true pleasure. The kids and the parents both bring a sense of enthusiasm and excitement that meshed perfectly with the USAPCC. The joy and camaraderie of cycling was always evident. I never tire of seeing the kids with a big smile on their face as they are going down an Adventure Zone ramp or hearing a success story from a parent of how their child learned balance, independence and how to ride a pedal bike from his/her experiences on a STRIDER.
We at HQ know that Colorado is STRIDER country and from Dave and Ted we’d like to thank you for a wonderful reception and memorable experience.
Oh ya - PS - Congrats Christian!
We'd love to see photos and hear stories from others they met along the way. If you stopped by the 2 day festival in Durango, rode an adventure zone at one of the finish festivals, or raced in the STRIDER Cup in Denver share your photo or story on our Facebook wall or join the conversation over at Strider Life! Below is a list of our photos from all of the stops.
Photo sets from all the USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish festivals:
1. Durango (Start Festival) - Aug 18-19 - Flickr Set
2. Telluride - August 20 - Flickr Set
3. Crested Butte - August 21 - Flickr Set
4. Aspen - August 22 - Flickr Set
5. Beaver Creek - August 23 - Flickr Set
6. Colorado Springs - August 24 - Flickr Set
7. Boulder - August 25 - Flickr Set
8. Denver (Finish Fest and Strider Cup) - August 26 - Flickr Set
Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts at our newest centralized social media outlet www.StriderLife.com! Join the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall!
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Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros at Each of Six Stage Finishes and Finish Festival in Downtown Denver August 18-26
Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2012) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is bringing Strider Racing® to downtown Denver, Colorado on August 26th and Adventure Zones to every stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge August 18-26.
The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrains and obstacles.
Find an Adventure Zone at each stage along the race route: Durango, August 18-19; Telluride, August 20; Crested Butte, August 21; Aspen, August 22; Beaver Creek, August 23; Colorado Springs, August 24; Boulder, August 25; and downtown Denver for the finish August 26.
On Sunday, August 26th at 11:00am, the Adventure Zone becomes the STRIDER Cup race course. Fast five-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11:00am, followed by the fearless four-year-olds at Noon. The three and two-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1pm and 2pm, respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. No registration fee required.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 135 of the world’s top athletes will race 683 miles through the majestic Rockies — reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure — more than two miles in elevation.
Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Cup Racing and the Strider Adventure Zone program. Showcasing Strider Racing next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!”
About Strider Racing ®
The Strider Cup™ racing events are play experiences designed to let toddlers and young kids age 18 months to five years old explore the world on two wheels. Whether it is test riding a STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike for the first time or racing STRIDERS on a dirt track with other toddlers, these events have something for every family interested in giving their child a head start. Balance, coordination, and confidence all develop naturally when children experience group play and friendly competition on STRIDER Bikes. For more information, visit http://www.StriderLife.com.
About USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Breathtaking altitudes, treacherous climbs and 135 of the world’s best riders. It was the most challenging race ever held on American soil. The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race will again be one of the biggest and best races in the world with an anticipated one million spectators on site and 25 million viewers through broadcast partners, NBC and Versus. For more information, visit http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com.
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. At Strider, we love riding bikes, and we love inspiring kids to ride. Our mission is to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that develop two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, 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 Bikes in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.