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Strider Cup World Championship Races Through Boulder

Catch all the pint-size action on Saturday, July 21.

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Toddlers lean forward at the start gate, cowbells ring, the gate drops, and—vroom!—they’re off on their balance bikes, on a trek around tires, through water features, and over wooden ramps. That’s the scene awaiting families in Boulder on Saturday, July 21, when competitors as young as 18 months gear up for the 2018 Strider Cup World Championship. Racers might look tough in their helmets and jerseys, but the atmosphere at the Strider Cup is pure fun, as parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends gather around the 650-foot course to support hundreds of brave young riders.

Started by the Strider balance bike company in 2011, Strider Cup races are “race and play” events that give young riders an opportunity to participate in competitive racing. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age two to 100,” says Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports. Balance bikes like the ones made by Strider are beginner bicycles sans pedals or training wheels that give kids as young as 18 months a strong and early start on two wheels.

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Children of all sizes and skill levels can get in on the race-day action, in multiple races divided by age. All participants are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony following their race, and will receive a medal; top finishers earn trophies. Don’t forget to bring a Strider, helmet, sippy cup, and sunscreen, along with enough energy to cheer on these small-but-mighty athletes.

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