Strider Bike Championship
Competing in the Olympics may be a dream, but Saturday kids as young as two-years-old raced for gold.
For the first time, the U.S. Strider Championship took place downtown at Main Street Square.
These lightweight bikes without pedals are made specifically for toddlers to help them learn how to ride a bike.
The obstacle course at Main Street Square was a perfect venue for Strider racers to compete on grass, concrete, over ramps, and through the water fountains.
Ted Huettl, Events Manager for Strider Sports, says, "I think it's a beautiful venue! The water, especially on a July day – it’s kind of toasty out. You can't ask for anything more. Nice restaurants and cafes around here. We've done a lot of events. Like, we've been in the middle of a parking lot, or something like that, but not nearly as pleasant as what we have here."
Although Strider Sports is based here in Rapid City, they've done even bigger events across the nation.
Huettl says, "We've done a lot of different events in Rapid, but nothing quite as grand as this. And we've had a world championship down in Sarastoa, Florida, that we've been doing the last several years. And that's a lot like this. But bring on an international flavor because Strider is huge internationally too. And so all sorts of kids from other countries come to those too."
Strider works with BMX to promote bike riding at an early age.
And BMX events typically open up with Strider races at their events as well.