Young racers push their “balance bikes” during a Strider Cup event. (submitted photo)

Young racers push their “balance bikes” during a Strider Cup event. (submitted photo)

Young balance-bikers to race in Surrey at Canada’s first Strider Cup event

Similar races in U.S. cities have involved hundreds of kids

Kids as young as two years of age are set to compete in Surrey during the first Strider Cup event ever held in Canada.

A day of “balance bike” races will be held on the plaza outside Surrey City Hall on Saturday, Aug. 17, as part of a series organized by American bike manufacturer Strider Bikes.

Strider Cup races are billed as “amazing opportunities that give kids from all over the world to put their Strider skills to the test at several stops across the continent,” according to an event post at stiderbikes.com.

“This exclusive race series is for Strider riders 2-6 years old who want to experience the thrill of racing. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate.”

Similar races in U.S. cities have involved hundreds of kids who use their feet to push their bikes along, as Striders are not equipped with pedals.

Surrey was chosen as a Strider Cup event location after Brad McLean became the Canadian distributor for Strider bikes. He is president of Matrix Concepts Canada, based in South Surrey.

“Surrey is a good spot for this event, nice and central,” McLean said.

“Strider has been putting on this series in the States for the five past or six years, and there’s a world championship and other events, but this is the first one ever held in Canada. Other lower-level events have been held in Canada, but not like this.”

McLean said Strider Cup events are designed to be fun for young riders, but also competitive.

“It’s a cool experience for young kids,” he said. “It’s a fun event that gives them confidence and also the thrill of racing and competition, that experience of riding and showing what they can do on the track.”

A media advisory for the Surrey event promises visuals of “toddlers 20 months to 5 years old racing Strider Bikes for the first time in Canada and raising trophies (almost as tall as themselves).”

“Right now we’re sitting at around 100 racers (for the Surrey event),” McLean said Thursday, “and from past experience they tell me that a lot of kids are registered by their parents the week before, a good number of them.

“Being a first-year event in Canada, in Surrey, the numbers are a little lower than what they do in the States, of course, so we’re expecting that number to grow. Down there they get 200, 300 racers for a Strider Cup, and we’re hoping for around 150 for a first-time event, to build off that for future years.”

On race day, the action at Civic Plaza will start at 8 a.m. with an Open Course Parade of Racers, followed by 2-Year-Old and Under division races. Four-year-olds hit the track at 11 a.m., followed by a lunch break. Afternoon races include the 3-Year-Old Class and 14x Open Class. Race day will also include the “14x Experience,” an area where kids can try pedaling for the first time.

Online registration is done on the eventbrite.com website, for a fee of $32 in American funds (approximately $42.25 Canadian). The entry fee includes a Strider jersey, number plate “and other goodies” given out at Packet Pickup times. Race registration closes Thursday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m., although 14x Open Class competitors can sign up on race day.



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack’s historic Royal Hotel is offering COVID-style wedding packages for two weeks in June. (Facebook/ Royal Hotel Chilliwack)
Chilliwack hotel offers pop-up, COVID-style weddings for 2 weeks this June

‘Weddings can still happen, albeit in a different fashion,’ says Laura Reid of Royal Hotel

Nick Warmerdam and his dog Diesel are inviting locals to check out the Lakeland Farm U-pick Flower Farm this spring. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Abbotsford’s Lakeland Flowers opens for spring

Tulip farm attraction opened on April 14, open to the public daily seven days a week

A man holds a child while speaking with RCMP following an erratic driving incident on Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Friday, April 16, 2021. The child and a woman (but not this man) were in this Jeep Grand Cherokee which hit a barrier and a parked car on Highway 1 and continued driving. The vehicle finally exited the highway at Yale Road West and came to a stop. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Video captures woman driving erratically with child after hitting barrier, car on Hwy 1 in Chilliwack

Smoke seen coming from SUV as it continues to travel eastbound of shoulder of highway

Video image
UPDATE: Bridge traffic moving normally after high-velocity crash involving logging truck

Northbound crash occurred at approximately 2 p.m., involves 6 vehicles, north lanes shut down

An undated picture of the Hope Station House. (Photo/Save The Hope Station House)
Hope council must consider all options for Station House: B.C. Ombudsperson

Investigation ‘revealed flaws in District’s process,’ statement said

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

Vancouver-based Doubleview Gold Corp. is developing claims in an area north of Telegraph Creek that occupies an important place in Tahltan oral histories, said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
B.C. Indigenous nation opposes mineral exploration in culturally sensitive area

There’s “no way” the Tahltan would ever support a mine there, says Chad Norman Day, president of its central government

Stz’uminus Elder George Harris, Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, and Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris opened the ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)
Symbolic red dresses rehung along B.C. highway after vandals tore them down

Leaders from Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith hung new dresses on Sat. April 17

A Western toadlet crosses the centre line of Elk View Road in Chilliwack on Aug. 26, 2010. A tunnel underneath the road has since been installed to help them migrate cross the road. Saturday, April 24 is Save the Frogs Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 18 to 24

Save the Frogs Day, Love Your Thighs Day and Scream Day are all coming up this week

Local carpenter Tyler Bohn embarked on a quest to create the East Sooke Treehouse, after seeing people build similar structures on a Discovery Channel show. (East Sooke Treehouse Facebook photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. carpenter builds fort inspired by TV’s ‘Treehouse Masters’

The whimsical structure features a wooden walking path, a loft, kitchen – and is now listed on Airbnb

The Attorney General’s Ministry says certain disputes may now be resolved through either a tribunal or the court system, pending its appeal of a B.C. Supreme Court decision that reduced the tribunal’s jurisdiction. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Court of Appeal grants partial stay in ruling on B.C. auto injuries

B.C. trial lawyers challenged legislation brought in to cap minor injury awards and move smaller court disputes to the Civil Resolution Tribunal

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read