READY, SET … TODDLE
STRIDER™ LAUNCH THE FIRST EVER BRITISH BALANCE BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FOR TODDLERS
Roll over Wiggo − thousands of pint sized riders between 18 months and 5 years-old are set to ride in the first ever STRIDER British Balance Bike Championship series for toddlers later this year.
The 2013 Strider British Balance Bike Championships will have five major qualifying events that will commence in London on Sunday May 5th at the Merton BMX track. The championships will then visit Gosport (June 16th), Gravesend (July 21st), Birmingham (August 21st) and finish in Manchester at the home of British Cycling (September 22nd).
At each qualifying event, finalists will win the chance to enter the invitation-only finals, also held in Manchester in September, to ride for the chance to be crowned the British Champion and represent Great Britain at the Strider World Championships in Florida later in the year.
Alison Oliver, Managing Director of the Youth Sport Trust, who is in support of the Strider British Balance Bike Championships said: “The Youth Sport Trust believes passionately that sport changes lives and we work tirelessly to encourage greater opportunities for young people to take part in PE and school sport. We believe that young people should be introduced to an active lifestyle from a young age which is why it is encouraging to see the work of the Strider British Balance Bike Championships.”
LONDON STRIDER BRITISH BALANCE BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP (Merton BMX track) May 5th:
Held at the newly built Merton Saints BMX club, south London, the event will host opportunities for children of all abilities from 18 months to 5 years old to ride and race.
Two separate tracks will be created to cater for the different ages and abilities. It’ll be a great day to inspire children into riding as well as giving them a chance to ride and race over a full BMX track!
HAMPSHIRE STRIDER BRITISH BALANCE BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP (Gosport BMX) June 16th:
Gosport BMX will be hosting the second event in the Strider racing calendar. Racing will start at 10am with the 2 (and under) year-olds followed by older riders.
Participants will need to arrive and register an hour before their race commences. With plenty of opportunities to practice and age-group races – it is set to be a great celebration of balance bike riding.
KENT STRIDER BRITISH BALANCE BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP (Cyclopark) July 21st:
The Cyclopark in Gravesend will host the third event in the series with 3,4 and 5 year olds riding over a section of the venues national BMX track and the 2 year olds riding over a specially created circuit within the Strider arena.
As well as this, there is the added bonus of plenty of family friendly playground equipment and the additional opportunity of testing out your skills on the resident skatepark.
BIRMINGHAM STRIDER BRITISH BALANCE BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP (Birmingham BMX) August 21st:
Held as part of British Cycling’s adult National BMX Championship celebrations, the Birmingham Strider Cup will take centre stage in the lead up to the main event.
Held on the Wednesday before the National Championships, the Strider Cup will create a track for the older riders that will include part of the main track as well as creating a bespoke track for the 2 (and under) year-olds – incorporating the Strider Oval.
As well as Strider riding, there will be camping facilities, funfair, spectating opportunities for the National BMX Championships and a permanent Strider Adventure zone on-site for riders to continue their riding even after race day has finished!
MANCHESTER STRIDER BRITISH BALANCE BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING & FINALS (National Cycling Centre) September 22nd:
The National Cycling Centre will once again play host to one of the biggest events in the series. A full race day is open to anyone between 18 months and 5 years old of all abilities.
Held over three separate tracks, the day will finish with the best riders from each of the five qualifying events battling it out to select the overall British Championship series champions.
Selected at random from the four age-group winners, organisers will select one British Champion who will win the chance race in the US and represent Great Britain in the World Championships later this year (more details and Ts and Cs can be found on www.stridercup.org