Manchester was host to the UK leg of the Strider balance bike World Cup last weekend.
Over 120 two-to-five year olds raced no-pedal balance bikes over the world class BMX track at the National Cycling Centre for the Strider UK World Cup.
Three year-old Ashton Heron (pictured) was crowned the overall British Champion, and will now be flown, with his dad over to Sarasota, Florida, in October to represent Great Britain in the Strider World Championships - which promises to be the biggest global balance bike race in the world.
Adrian, Ashton’s dad, who had brought him all the way from Nottingham to race, said: “It was an incredible day of racing in a stunning venue - all of the kids just loved it! I can’t quite believe that we’re now off to America to race in the Strider World Championships. I’m not sure it has quite sunk in yet both for me or Ashton.”
120 kids raced in the Strider UK World Cup
Strider’s inaugural UK World Cup was backed by our top Olympic BMX medal hope Shanaze Reade, who said: “It’s events like the Strider UK World Cup in Manchester that not only give our youngest riders the chance to get on a bike and have a go, but even race against their friends on the same track that I train on.”
Melanie Thomas, Director of Melrose Kids (the official UK distributor for Strider) said: “The quality of the racing was amazing and the kids loved the chance to race on the same track that our Olympians train on. We will be putting on a schedule of other events both in Manchester and across the UK for children to have-a-go.”
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