2017 Strider Cup Schedule
For the past several years, BMX News has reported the progress Strider Sports is making on their Strider Cup race series. We last reported the action from the Strider World Championships in San Francisco last July (link below). Well, the Strider Cup series is back for 2017, with three tour stops, plus the World Championships in Salt Lake City.
Here is the full information on the 2017 tour, and on the series, in general, if you are joining the program, already in progress.
Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 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 three stops across the country next spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event next 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.
2017 Strider Cup Schedule
Saturday, May 6: Fort Worth, TX, at Sundance Square
Saturday, May 27: Pittsburgh, PA, at Southside Works
Saturday, June 10: Lincoln, NE, at Tower Square
The series-ending Strider Cup World Championship race will be held July 22 at Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Nearly 250 toddlers competed on the custom Strider track at the 2016 event in San Francisco. Organizers are expecting over 400 toddler-aged racers from around the world to compete at this pinnacle event.
Each event will have age classes for 2, 3, 4 and 5-year olds. Entry fee is $25, and will open in January. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration link is below.
Sponsors for the 2017 events include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, LDS Hospital, FedEx, Amica Insurance, and more.
For the second year in a row, Strider will host races for athletes with special needs at each event. These athletes will race the 12” balance bike 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 event, 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, “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 navigate pedals.”
Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship.
There is no denying that the Strider riders of today are the BMX racers of tomorrow. BMX News is, and always will be, a big fan and supporter of what Ryan McFarland and his capable crew are doing for getting kids on bikes, and for the sport of BMX Racing. We wish them the best with the 2017 Strider Cup season, and look forward to watching their ever-growing company do its thing in the new year.
Keep an eye on News for coverage from some of the 2017 events.