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Strider Sports Rolls Through Colorado with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge!

Impromptu Race at the Crested Butte STRIDER Adventure Zone at 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge!

Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros at Each of Six Stage Finishes and Finish Festival in Downtown Denver August 18-26

Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2012) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is bringing Strider Racing® to downtown Denver, Colorado on August 26th and Adventure Zones to every stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge August 18-26.

The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrains and obstacles.

Find an Adventure Zone at each stage along the race route: Durango, August 18-19; Telluride, August 20; Crested Butte, August 21; Aspen, August 22; Beaver Creek, August 23; Colorado Springs, August 24; Boulder, August 25; and downtown Denver for the finish August 26.

On Sunday, August 26th at 11:00am, the Adventure Zone becomes the STRIDER Cup race course. Fast five-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11:00am, followed by the fearless four-year-olds at Noon. The three and two-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1pm and 2pm, respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. No registration fee required.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 135 of the world’s top athletes will race 683 miles through the majestic Rockies — reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure — more than two miles in elevation.

Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Cup Racing and the Strider Adventure Zone program. Showcasing Strider Racing next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!”

For more information, visit www.StriderRacing.com or www.ProCyclingChallenge.com.

About Strider Racing ®
The Strider Cup™ racing events are play experiences designed to let toddlers and young kids age 18 months to five years old explore the world on two wheels. Whether it is test riding a STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike for the first time or racing STRIDERS on a dirt track with other toddlers, these events have something for every family interested in giving their child a head start. Balance, coordination, and confidence all develop naturally when children experience group play and friendly competition on STRIDER Bikes. For more information, visit http://www.StriderLife.com.

About USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Breathtaking altitudes, treacherous climbs and 135 of the world’s best riders. It was the most challenging race ever held on American soil. The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race will again be one of the biggest and best races in the world with an anticipated one million spectators on site and 25 million viewers through broadcast partners, NBC and Versus. For more information, visit http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com.


About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage Toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in Rapid City, South Dakota in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. At Strider, we love riding bikes, and we love inspiring kids to ride. Our mission is to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that develop two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, weight and ease-of-use combine to eliminate any fear of riding; instilling confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find STRIDER Bikes in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.

Happy STRIDERday: Motorcycle Noises Edition!

We’ve set up elaborate STRIDER obstacle courses and we’ve set up cones in an empty parking lot. The kids seem to always have a great time! They have even more fun with sound effects. Wyatt and Jack have been practicing their motorcycle noises.

You should try sound effects like this next time you’re riding bike ride with your kids. It will bring a smile to their faces and most likely yours as well.

Have a great Saturday from STRIDER!

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STRIDER At AMA Pro Hillclimb Event In West Branch, MI!

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday…We’ll be in the fingers of the oven mitt of Michigan. Join us in West Branch, MI for the AMA Pro Hillclimb Ogemaw Nationals!

Entrance for adults is $15 and kids 10 and under are free! The STRIDER Adventure Zone will be up and running from Noon to closing. If you’ve never been to a Pro Hillclimb event and you’re going to be in the area now is the time to go. The Hillclimb racing and STRIDER Adventure Zone action will be intense.

For maps and more information visit the calendar at Strider Life.

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Happy STRIDERday: Keystone Strider Cup Edition!

Keystone Resort in Colorado is a great place to play in Winter AND Summer! They recently held their 2nd annual Strider Cup race during the Summer opening weekend. The competition was fierce, the course was fast and everybody had fun.

Check out the cool highlight video below, then head over to Strider Life and try to find something similar in your neck of the woods. USA BMX tracks all over the nation are another excellent place to look as well!

Have a great Saturday…Stride On!

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Happy STRIDERday: Pacific Northwest Single Track Edition

What a monumental occasion, the day your little ripper starts riding single track with you! For a lot of STRIDER parents this is one of the milestones that they are most excited about.

What two wheeled achievement are you most looking forward to or what was the milestone you’ve already passed that you’ll always look back at fondly? Share your STRIDER Success story at Strider Life or share a photo with us on our Facebook page.

Have a great Saturday working towards your next monumental occasion!

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2 Year Old's First Time At The Pump Track

We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again; Pump Tracks are great fun for STRIDER riding! They also seem to be popping up all over the place. Cities and counties are including them in parks, almost every BMX track has one and more ambitious parents are building them in their backyards!

Here is a great new video of a 2 year old and his first time on the brand new Markham Park pump track in Florida. I kept looking for gator snouts poking out of the water behind him.

Have an awesome Saturday! Now get outside and have some fun!

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Santa Cruz County On Day Two…Livermore Tuesday!

The sun finally came out in sunny California!

It was another great day of STRIDER Adventure Zone fun in sunny Santa Cruz. We always love to hear from the kids and parents who are already riding their STRIDER Bikes….today we had a lot of them. The local shop (Epicenter Cycling) is selling them and they have a pump track right in the shops backyard!

Santa Cruz is steeped in bike culture: Bike Lanes everywhere, families riding cruisers with their skim boards under their arms and piles of bikes locked up at all the local restaurants. What a great city to be a STRIDER Rider! Thanks for coming out to ride Santa Cruz.

See you on Tuesday Livermore!

STRIDER Partners with AMA Pro Racing!

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 10, 2012) – AMA Pro Racing is excited to announce a partnership with Strider Sports International for the 2012 AMA Pro Hillclimb season.

AMA Pro Hillclimb produces extreme competition in a truly traditional form of motorcycle racing dating back to the early 1900’s, pitting man and machine against mountainous terrain in a race against the clock. The fan-friendly and family-oriented atmosphere of the events will be bolstered in 2012 with the addition of the STRIDER® Adventure Zone at each of the AMA Pro Hillclimb events on this year’s calendar.

“We’re excited to have the Strider Adventure Zones participate at the AMA Pro Hillclimb events,” said Ryan McFarland, chief executive officer of Strider Sports International. “These are fun, off-road motorcycle enthusiast events, and now there will be two-wheeled adventure for even the youngest family members in attendance.”

The STRIDER® Adventure Zone is a safe and friendly environment that encourages kids 18 months to 5 years old to explore mobility on two wheels, and experience the challenge and thrill of riding on unique terrain and obstacles. STRIDER™ no-pedal balance bikes will be supplied by the company for toddlers, young children, and families to join in and participate in two-wheeled action of their own on race day.

“This is a great way to highlight our focus of family at our events,” said Scott Campbell, President of the Professional Hillclimbers Association, promoters of the 2012 AMA Pro Hillclimb Championship. “We want to use the 2012 season as a way to improve the experience at every race for every race fan and the STRIDER® Adventure Zone is a perfect start to exposing the kids to the love of two wheels. We are pleased to have Strider’s support and interest in our Series and being added to their already popular and growing list of events.”

The 2012 AMA Pro Hillclimb season will kick off on June 3 at the White Rose Motorcycle Club in Jefferson, Pa. For more information on AMA Pro Hillclimb, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/hc/.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in January 2007 Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit http://www.Striderbikes.com

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts at our newest centralized social media outlet www.StriderLife.com! Join the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall!

STRIDER Donates Bikes to Children's Hospital Los Angeles!

STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL DONATES

100 “NO-PEDAL” BIKES TO

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES

AS PART OF THE LOCAL “LEGACY” CREATED BY THE UPCOMING AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA RACE

BIKES DONATED ALLOW TODDLERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN TO LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE AT AN EARLY AGE

Los Angeles, Ca (May 8, 2012) Yesterday morning, Strider Sports International, Inc., which designs specifically-engineered, no-pedal bikes that encourage toddlers and young children to ride, learn and explore the world on two wheels at a very early age, donated 100 “No-Pedal Bikes” to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  The donation to local-based organizations (such as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles) is part of Strider Sports’ sponsorship commitment to the Amgen Tour of California to serve communities that host the upcoming road cycling race.

Several patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles were on-hand to receive and try out the Strider “No-Pedal Bikes” with special instructions provided by two-time U.S. Olympian and track cycling coach, Adam Duvendeck, as well as former professional BMX rider, Greg Hill.

“We are so proud to be part of Amgen’s California bike tour, and to have this opportunity to donate Strider bikes to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Strider no-pedal balance bikes make it possible for all children to realize their bike riding potential,” says Ryan McFarland, Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider Sports Intl., Inc.  “There is nothing more satisfying to us than to see smiles of confidence beam from Strider riders when they realize they are riding on two wheels. We are committed to developing future riders and look forward to this year’s Amgen Tour of California,” commented McFarland.

“We are thrilled that Strider Sports International has generously donated “No-Pedal Bikes” to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The unique design of the Strider bike allows our diverse patient population to ride at an early age,” said Rodney B. Hanners, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  “The young toddlers that received the bikes today were very appreciative and excited to begin exploring the world around them. We are proud to be a part of Amgen Tour of California and are extremely thankful to Strider Sports International, and to AEG, our corporate partner for introducing us to them.”

“Through the generous support of many of our Amgen Tour of California sponsors, we have the opportunity to not only introduce the great sport of cycling to residents of California as well as the millions who watch our race on television, but to also give back to communities throughout the state like we are doing today,” said Kristin Bachochin, Executive Director, Amgen Tour of California and Senior Vice President, AEG Sports. “The donation made today by Strider Sports will both help children learn the joy of cycling at an early age and, more importantly, be part of the great care and rehabilitation that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides to their patients on a daily basis.”

An additional component of Strider Sports International’s sponsorship of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California cycling race is the creation of Strider Adventure Zones that will be featured as part of the popular Lifestyle Festivals at the finish lines at each stage of the eight-day race which kicks off Sunday May 13th in Santa Rosa, CA. Strider Adventure Zones provide young children the opportunity to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding on two wheels. In addition, kids will have an opportunity to race on a specially-designed course at the race’s Final Stage at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on May 20th. The races and other activities planned for the Strider Adventure Zones are the perfect way to fuel a child’s budding passion for cycling and to help teach sportsmanship and camaraderie with fellow riders.

The Amgen Tour of California is an eight-day event, featuring elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. The 16 world-class teams chosen to participate in the 2012 race will include Olympic hopefuls and Tour de France contenders representing more than 20 countries, giving fans around the world a preview of what is to come this July in both France and London.

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About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports Int’l, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in January 2007 Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, light weight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented Strider™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. For more information, visit http://www.StriderSports.com.

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes

The STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The same simple, no-pedal design that allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, also allows older children (up to 44” tall and 60 pounds) with special needs, physical or intellectual disabilities to successfully operate a bike alongside able-bodied friends and family.  STRIDER bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at http://www.StriderSports.com.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll.  Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospitsl is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

For more information, visit www.CHLA.org. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, or visit our blog: www.WeAreChildrens.org.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 13-20, 2012. In a 2011 poll conducted by CyclingNews.com, the Amgen Tour of California was voted the number one race in America and fourth best race in the world. For more information, visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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There Is Still Snow In Japan!

It has been an unusually warm winter in StriderVille! When the STRIDER Ski Attachments arrived we barely even had any slush to test them out, but that was enough for the first ever STRIDER Snow Cup!

Luckily they still had snow when the first shipment arrived in Japan! This great video from the first Strider Snow Cup in Japan makes us really excited for the snow to start flying next Winter. Stride On!

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