Watching hundreds of kids from around the world race their Strider's, I couldn't help but be proud our balance bikes are for future Olympic Cycling Champions.
We must be! The Strider World Cup on the 30th July, saw over 300 pre-school kids racing Strider balance bikes on the famous Piers of San Francisco and showing skills that they will carry forward for life and whilst most won't become Olympic Cycling hero's, all will be able to ride a bike and enjoy exercising outdoors.
Even Olympic Silver medallist Mark Cavendish agrees, quoted in the Mail Online as having a STRIDER ready for his son Frey's first birthday.
Mark told journalists on winning his SILVER at the Velodrome in Rio 2016;
On Frey, Cavendish said: "We've got his presents ready when we're home. He's got a Strider ready for his birthday. Maybe you'll be talking to him in 20 years". Click here for the full article.
Here is Frey on his Strider Pro and the new Strider Rocking base for babies.
From the smiles and laughter echoing around the track in between the roar of the crowd cheering riders on, it is obvious Strider Cup racing is a family sport. Racers arrived from Japan, Ecuador, Italy, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Chile and most parts of the USA and Canada, and it is also very apparent what a global success the STRIDER World Cup has become.
Children race their balance bikes on a purpose designed course in their age year groups. The emphasis is on fun, meeting new friends and improving skills through play. Sure it is a competition, but Strider staff work hard to ensure that every child has a great time.
Every STRIDER race event is unique. Some races are on BMX tracks using start gates, sometimes in a shopping mall, or even at professional cycling events where top riders share the podiums with Strider Riders; they are all fun and help develop skills.
Striders are already used across the UK by professional cycling instructors working in pre-school and primary schools so our next step has to be to open Strider racing up to older kids too. Whilst we have taught over 1 million toddlers to ride our 12” balance bike we also have a 16” and 20” for kids aged 6 -12 years and adults respectively; the perfect tool for those with special needs challenges, Autism or who just need a little help with learning to ride a bike for the first time. Our next mission here in the UK is to get these guys racing.
To enter the 2016 races please visit Striderbike.co.uk/events