Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers – some still in diapers – from throughout North Carolina and as far away as California and Ontario, will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup, June 16, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. For parents and spectators alike, the event will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to take captivating photos and videos.
“It is a sight to see toddlers leaning into turns with huge grins on their faces, exhibiting excellent balance and control,” said Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast Ryan McFarland. “Parents who are on the hunt for ways to get their kids to put down their tablets and screens, and enjoy the outdoors, need look no further.”
The Strider Cup series, held across the United States and around the globe, is powered by the groundbreaking design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.
A typical race scene involves toddlers kicking their legs to propel the bikes along a 500-foot plus journey over ramps, obstacles and through tunnels. Racers delight in the podium ceremony afterward, where the fastest tykes earn trophies and all racers take home medals.
The Strider Cup event runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will include race classes for registered riders 6 years old and younger, as well as a free learn-to-pedal area with demo bikes and helmets for all children. Other free activities are available courtesy of event sponsors FedEx, Springfree Trampoline, Spirited Cyclist/Uptown Cycles, Honey Stinger, I Heart Water and The Charlotte Observer.
During the lunch hour, Strider will present Special Olympics Young Athletes Charlotte with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3 – 7 years old.
For racers, registration is $27 per class and includes a jersey, number plate, and other goodies valued at more than $50. More information, registration and the full schedule are available at www.StriderBikes.com/Charlotte
Strider Cup marks the third and final stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races. The summer of two-wheeled excitement culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler biking celebration attracting families from across the globe for two days of camaraderie, excitement and bike riding.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.: Strider creates and inspires the next generation of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.