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Happy New Year From STRIDER!

It has been another Amazing year at Strider Sports International! The 2013 STRIDER ST-3 was full of cool new improvements on an already (in our opinion) cool little bike. The STRIDER calendar contest was a huge hit! Look for them on the walls of STRIDER dealers all over the country, you can also order one for yourself HERE. Another highlight was the 2012 STRIDER World Championships. With racers ranging from 18 months to 5 years old from as far away as Japan and Slovakia, the 2nd annual racing weekend at Sarasota BMX was a huge success!

With almost 100,000 new STRIDER riders in 2012, 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year!

Happy New Years!

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Merry Christmas From STRIDER Sports!

Merry Christmas from Strider Sports International!  Hope you are all having a happy holiday with family and friends. Don’t eat too much and don’t over drive the conditions!

Luckily, we’ve been able to get some stealth photos from the North pole of an elf enjoying the new STRIDER Ski Attachments. These are proving to be a popular accessory for Santa’s helpers during the off season!

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STRIDER Dealer Spotlight: Hap's Cycle

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Hap’s Cycle is a family owned (2nd generation) and operated shop in Sarasota, Florida. Hap’s was founded in 1948 as a Harley dealership and became the 5th Honda dealer in the country when they made the switch in 1961! All of the 22 employees, including the owners Alice, David, & Bob, are bmx and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Ninety year old Uncle Kenny was the first employee hired in 1949. Where is Uncle Kenny today? You can find him driving his convertible Roush Mustang to work or back in the warehouse whipping donuts (we presume) on the company forklift.

In 1974 Alice Bixler got involved with BMX racing with her kids at Sarasota BMX. In 2011 her grandson Gavin competed in the inaugural STRIDER World Championship at the very same track that Alice’s kids starting riding at! The entire Hap’s cycle crew is excited about the next generation of 2 wheeled enthusiasts!

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This commitment to two wheeled fun, from STRIDER bikes to custom racing motorcycles, is the reason Hap’s Cycle Sales is the first installment of the STRIDER Dealer Spotlight!

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Ryan and James Headed Over The Pacific For The STRIDER Cup 2012 Final Round Japan Championship!

Try to wrap your head around these numbers: 1500 entrants. 750 STRIDER Riders chosen by lottery. Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition convention center with over 215,000 sq. feet.

“I’m super excited to visit Japan in December and be a part of the Japan STRIDER Cup Finals.  Our Japanese Strider distributor, Mr. Okajima and the Mamegyorai team, do an amazing job of running events and the Japanese Strider riders and parents are so enthusiastic that I’m sure this is going to be the biggest and best Strider event I’ve ever attended.  This will be my first time visiting Japan so after the race, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the sights.”  ~Ryan McFarland (Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider)

Japan is where STRIDER Cup started, so it is fitting that Ryan will be there to see the largest STRIDER racing event EVER! December 9th is going to be a crazy day of STRIDER World Cup racing action in Yokohama! Word is that there will be an autograph session as well…luckily James (Int’l business manager) will be along to keep Ryan grounded.

If you happen to be in the Tokyo/Yokohama area come check it out on December 9th. It promises to be a memorable event for all involved! More information can be found HERE (Google Chrome will translate contents for you)

Gifts from team Japan presented to Ryan at the 2012 STRIDER World Championships in Sarasota, FL

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Happy STRIDERday From Osaka, Japan!

We’re getting closer to the STRIDER World Championship and Sarasota Kids Fest. Here is a fun video from Osaka, Japan to get you in the Strider Cup spirit!

Now get outside and enjoy a beautiful day with your STRIDER Rider(s)! Have a great Saturday.

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Strider Creates a New Balance Bike Centre-of-Excellence at The Birmingham BMX Club

Exciting News from across the pond! Way to go Strider UK…We’ll see you in Sarasota for the Strider World Championships!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Strider, the world leaders in balance bike technology, are excited to bring Strider balance bike coaching and racing to the Birmingham BMX Club in a move that will make the track at Perry Park a centre-of-excellence for Strider balance bike riding in the UK.

The partnership between Strider and the Birmingham BMX club will see weekly training sessions and races for children from 18 months to 5 years-old at the clubs track as well as the chance for children, supervised by their parents, to hire Strider balance bikes to use during open track sessions.

As part of the relationship, the Birmingham BMX Club is building a Mini Cycle Speedway for coaching junior riders and smaller scale races. Named the STRIDER™ Mini Speedway, the space will be an invaluable tool for novice riders with the option of adding ramps and obstacles that cover the entire width of the track for more experienced Strider riders. The Strider Mini Speedway is due to be completed in September.

Melanie Thomas, Director of Melrose Kids Ltd (the official UK distributor for Strider) said: “We are so excited about our new partnership with the Birmingham BMX Club to create our second Strider centre-of-excellence in the UK. The unprecedented success of the training sessions and racing at the National Cycling Centre has just shown the demand for activities aimed at toddlers and young children and we are proud to now be leading the way and partnering with the Birmingham BMX Club to coach our next generation of cyclists.”

Strider are also planning to host a major Strider World Cup racing event at the venue in 2013; however dates and details for this will be released closer to the time. Take a look at www.youtube.com/StriderCupUK to see some of the action from other events in the 2012 series.

Mark Sleigh, Birmingham BMX Club Coach and Track Manager said: “We have already seen the power of balance bike riding to help teach children the skills and balance necessary for cycling and BMX riding and this new partnership with Strider means that we can cater for our youngest riders ever. You never know, we may just be teaching our next British or Olympic Champion!”

“As a Strider centre-of-excellence, we will be planning regular coaching sessions and open sessions as well as working with the team at Strider to host one of the biggest Strider balance bike races ever held in the UK. It’s all very exciting!”

Birmingham City Council whom invested heavily in the construction and set up of the International standard Birmingham BMX Track are delighted to hear news of the partnership and are looking forwards to toddlers learning how to ride Strider bikes as part of their promotion of healthy lifestyles in the City of Birmingham.

Garry Peal the Business Development Manager for Birmingham City Council’s international events team said: “To hear that The Birmingham BMX Club have created a partnership with Strider, to get children as young as 18 months using the Birmingham BMX Track, is amazing news. Now the facility Birmingham City Council have built as a legacy of the 2012 UCI World BMX Championships, can truly cater for all age groups! We shall work closely with the Birmingham BMX Club and Strider to promote this brilliant opportunity for the toddlers of Birmingham.”

For more information visit www.birminghambmxclub.com or email Mark Sleigh on wheelnutscoach@yahoo.co.uk

-ENDS-

Strider media contact:
Mark Hayward
Tel: 0161 973 8486 Mobile: 07731 752 096
Email: mark@swaycommunications.co.uk

Strider Cup is heading to Langley, BC, Canada…Eh! (8/4)

This Saturday (8/4) is a chance for our STRIDER Riders from the Great White North to have some STRIDER Cup Racing fun! Join Fraser Valley STRIDER Bikes and BMX Canada at the Borderline Nationals in Langley, British Columbia.

Arrive from 9:30- 10am for sign-up, racing begins just after 11am
Three age categories – 2’s, 3’s & 4’s
All participants will receive a trophy, 1st and 2nd place will receive large ones!
$25 for the event, tons of fun to be had!

Let’s make some great memories for our kids.

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Happy STRIDERday: Japan Edition

We’re always looking for new videos from STRIDER riders and groups from all over the world. Japan has once again taken top prize for the coolest international STRIDER video!

Time to step it up, all of you other countries!

Have a great Saturday…now get out and Stride!

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"Rocket Boy" Uses Pump Section To His Advantage!

Strider Cup was pioneered in Japan, made it’s way to the United States and is now active all over the globe! Last year’s winner of the 5 year old class at the Strider World Championship in Sarasota, Florida has recently mastered a new STRIDER skill which will serve him well when he starts racing BMX. Watch the short clip below and try not to be impressed with his skills.

Ryunosuke will be too old to race in this year’s Championship race (October 12th-14th in Sarasota), but hopefully this video will inspire some other STRIDER racers.

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Bunny Hops With Danny McAskill…Happy Easter!

I tried and tried to find a moderately amusing video of an Easter Bunny on a bicycle…it’s more difficult than you would think.  So instead of a bunny on a bike here is an awesome video of Danny McAskill taking Bunny Hopping to an entirely new level!

Hope everyone is having a Happy Easter, Safe Travels and Fun Family Times! Stride On…

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