2018 Strider Cup® National Race Series Features 2 – 6-Year-Olds on Balance Bikes

Rapid City, S.D. (Feb. 27, 2018) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its United States 2018 Strider Cup races, part of the international Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and young children. Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” these family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Bike skills to the test.

The series includes four stops across the country this spring and summer, with Charlotte hosting the two-wheeled tyke race at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Saturday, June 16. Other races will be May 5 in Fort Worth, Texas, and May 26 in Cleveland, Ohio, and the World Championship on July 20-21 in Boulder, Colorado

Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports, said the races seek to encourage cycling among young children. “When you get kids active and outdoors, it develops habits that will last a lifetime,” McFarland said. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age 2 to 100.”

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children 18 months to 6 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

Pre-registration is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud parents, grandparents and siblings eagerly encouraging the racers in their family as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over and around obstacles such as tires, water features and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.