Watching a huge group of little kids race on Strider Bikes is quite the scene! “Max was only two-years-old, had a big head, little body, and was kind of wobbly – just like all the other two-year-olds,” Clif energetically recounts. When the race started, suddenly, Max just took off! Even though he slowed down to wait for all his friends to catch up, he still ended up getting third place in his very first race. That lit a fire in Max. The next year, when Max turned 3, Clif made it a goal to go to as many Strider events as possible.
Over the winter, they went to the BMX track…a lot. Both Max and Laney started riding the Strider 14X, and they were ready for the next Strider race season. Their next race was in Fort Worth, Texas, and both kids did well. Max especially loved it. “I was like, okay, so that’s something. You know, a lot of parents push their kids to do a sport and the kid’s not really interested...but Max loves his bike,” Clif explains. He decided to customize a bike for Max, helping him ride a bit faster, and, of course, making it look extra cool. Max was fast, and now, with his new bike, a slick jersey, and an enthusiastic father, he was starting to get noticed.
Max kept going to races. He went to Boulder, L.A., and Minneapolis. He’s fast, and he wasn’t a stranger to the podium. He became known as “Max BMX” and started getting traction on Instagram and YouTube. Max and his dad were hard to miss at Strider events. It wasn’t just their matching “Max BMX” shirts that got attention, but their contagious enthusiasm while racing and mingling after.
Now, Max is five years old. He is riding a pedal bike and is ready to move into the BMX race circuit. His last Strider race was in Minneapolis. Even after all the trophies Max has taken home, it’s not the winning that he or his family will remember most, it’s the people they have met along the way. At every race they have attended, they’ve seen families they met from another race, and over time, they became friends. “It’s just cool to be able to meet people that you wouldn’t otherwise get to know,” Clif said. At the Strider Cup World Championship, they met families from Asia, and now follow each other on social media and are still friends.