More than 180 Race in Spokane’s Inaugural Strider® Balance Bike Event


Rapid City, SD (July 11, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, brought the Strider Cup Race presented by Toyota to Spokane for the first time ever. More than 180 participated in the races held at Riverfront Park on July 9. The day included races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, as well as riders of all ages with special needs.

Rory Johnston, the youngest competitor at 20 months, hailed from Moyie Springs, Idaho. In the 2-year-old and under class, Reid Jordan from Kennewick, WA, came in first across the line. Reese Keyser from Kalispell, MT, won the 3-year-old class. He’s been on his Strider Bike since he was 18 months old.

“Reese went straight to a pedal bike a few months ago and didn’t even need training wheels,” said his mom, Chelaine Keyser. “I think every kid should have a Strider Bike!”

Landon Ellenwood from Polson, MT, won the 4-year-old class, an impressive feat as it was his inaugural Strider race. He received his Strider Bike for his first birthday and transitioned to a pedal bike about six months ago. The little guy even rides a PW50 dirt bike. His dad, Chris, also a dirt bike rider, said, “The Strider Bike is the number one ticket for kids. It takes away the need for training wheels.”

Grady Caudill from Blanchard, Idaho, took home first place in the 5-year-old class. He transitioned to a pedal bike at age four, but still loves riding his Strider Bike.

The Special Needs Races gave nine athletes a chance to show off the skills they learned on bikes donated by Strider Sports Int’l. Johanna Schuele-Van Aken, an exuberant 9-year-old from Medical Lake, WA, has had her Strider Bike for six weeks and took home first place in the Special Needs Races. “She rides it every day,” said her mom Kathy Van Aken. “Her balance has really improved and she can even go downhill with both feet up.”

SpokeFest and Mountain Gear teamed up with Strider to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth, distributing most of them at a Giveaway Party at Mountain Gear on June 4. Several of those recipients participated in the race.

The July 9 race in Spokane was the final of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. The first Strider Cup race was held June 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska and the second one was June 25 in Salt Lake City. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, has more information on all of the races.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.


Toyota understands the importance of empowering our youth with confidence in a safe and meaningful way, as well as supporting the community we love. Your Local Toyota dealers are proud to sponsor the 2016 Strider Cup as a part of our constant dedication to community involvement and enrichment of life for our citizens. Our success is dependent on making sure our customers are living and participating in a thriving, vibrant community. Toyota is proud to cheer on our youth as they work together to do great things and go places! Visit