Strider to hold balance bike World Cup

Over 120 two to five year olds will race on the no-pedal bikes in Manchester this weekend.
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Balance bike maker Strider is looking to encourage the next generation of cyclists at the Strider UK World Cup at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

From June 30th, sessions will be open to anyone aged between two and five years old and will be held weekly on a Wednesday morning 9.00am to 11.00am.

The top rider from the day will be crowned UK champion at the event and will win a trip to Florida to represent Britain at the Strider World Championships in October.

Backed by Great British cyclist, Shanaze Reade, the event is part of the UK’s first official series of balance bike events in the UK.

Shanaze Reade, Britain’s top BMX cyclist said: “I’ve loved cycling since I was really young and am never happier than when I am in the saddle. 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. It’s an amazing opportunity.”

Melanie Thomas, Director of Melrose Kids (the official UK distributor for Strider) said: “This is a really exciting program of events which aims to encourage our younger cycling talent to have a go. No experience is necessary as children use their feet on the ground to push the balance bike along rather than pedalling. Although this year’s event is full - there’ll be plenty of chances to have a go in our weekly training and monthly races.”

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