Toddler Tour de France welcomes hundreds of tiny riders

2- to 6-year-olds from around the world to compete in Strider Cup in Boulder

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Posted 7/15/18

Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers — some still in diapers — will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup World Championship July 20 and 21 at Central Park and …

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Toddler Tour de France welcomes hundreds of tiny riders

2- to 6-year-olds from around the world to compete in Strider Cup in Boulder

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Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers — some still in diapers — will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup World Championship July 20 and 21 at Central Park and Civic Area in Boulder.

For parents and spectators alike, the event provides opportunities to take captivating photos and videos.

“Our two sons Aidan (7) and Axel (4) transitioned to pedal bikes with no training wheels due to starting on Strider Bikes,” Adele Sakich, of Arvada, said in a recent news release. “It's amazing to see the progression from tiptoeing along on the bike, to zooming down a hill with their feet up. Riding Strider Bikes has been a great confidence booster. Our favorite part of the Strider experience is the Strider Cup races. We love the energy at all the events.”

Strider Cup series events take place across the United States and around the globe. The series is powered by the design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation, the release said.

“It is a sight to see toddlers from all over the world leaning into turns with huge grins on their faces, exhibiting excellent balance and control,” Strider founder and chief enthusiast Ryan McFarland said in the news release. “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.”

Each year Strider has one worldwide racing spectacular, the Strider Cup World Championship, which draws families from across the world, including Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Ecuador and more. The youngest rider, 21-month-old Eddie Meyer, is making the trip with his family from Overland Park, Kansas, for his racing debut.

A typical race involves toddlers, some only 18 months of age, kicking their legs to propel the bikes along a 650-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 previous two years saw riders from Japan sweeping all of the world titles.

The Strider Cup World Championship takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 21 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.

During packet pickup July 20, Strider will present Imagine Colorado 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. More information, registration and the full schedule are available at www.StriderBikes.com/Boulder.

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