There are few things in all of cycling as cute and fun as Strider racing. Kids aged two to five show off their skills on the brands’ line of no-pedal bikes in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
Today Strider Sports has announced the dates and locations for its 2015 Strider Championship Series, a national racing series for 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 four stops across the country this spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event this fall, the Strider World Championship.
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.
You’ll find Strider Championship Series races in the following cities this year:
- Saturday, April 25: Bradenton, FL on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch
- Saturday, May 9: Ventura, CA at the Pier
- Saturday, June 6: Pittsburgh, PA at Station Square
- Saturday, August 8: Salt Lake City, UT at the Gateway Mall
There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 on site. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open now.
New this year, Strider will host races and demo opportunities for athletes with special needs at each of the events. These athletes will race the 12-inch models, as well as Strider’s new, larger 16-inch and 20-inch balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the Special Needs Community. Strider bikes have transformed the lives of many individuals with special needs, such as those with Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy, by improving both physical and emotional health. The physical benefits mentioned by family members and physical therapists include improvements with motor skills, strength and balance. Some of the emotional benefits include freedom, confidence and increased social interactions with peers. Strider believes every person should have a chance to ride and last year gave more than $100,000 worth of bikes to the Special Needs Community.
A typical Strider race scene has young parents and grandparents holding their breath as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, grasp their mini grips, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. All young racers are treated to an Olympic-style podium award ceremony immediately following their race, where trophies taller than some of the riders are given to top finishers. All participants receive medals and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.
Participating in any of these events will automatically qualify the rider for the Strider World Championship. This series-ending race will be held August 28-29 in Rapid City, South Dakota, the world headquarters for Strider Sports International, Inc. Visit the Strider World Championship website for more information.