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Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride....


Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride Through Colorado

with the USA Pro Challenge Professional Cycling Race


Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros

at Each of The Race's Finish Festivals August 19-25

Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2013) - Strider Sports International, the world's premier manufacturer and marketer of children's no-pedal balance bikes, in conjunction with the Axel Project, is bringing Strider Racing
® to downtown Denver on August 25 and Adventure Zones to each stage of the USA Pro Challenge, August 19-25.

The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives toddlers one to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrain and obstacles.

People can find an Adventure Zone at each stage along the USA Pro Challenge route, as well as during the opening weekend festival in Aspen. Dates and locations include: Aspen, August 18 (opening weekend); Aspen, August 19; Breckenridge, August 20; Steamboat Springs, August 21; Beaver Creek, August 22; Vail, August 23; Fort Collins, August 24; and downtown Denver for the finish on August 25.

On Sunday, August 25, the Adventure Zone will transform into the STRIDER race course. Tiny two-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11 a.m., followed by the thrilling three-year-olds at noon. The four and five-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. Families may register their STRIDER riders on site. No registration fee required.

The USA Pro Challenge currently holds the record as the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the world's top athletes will race 600 miles through the majestic Rockies - reaching higher altitudes than they've ever had to endure - more than two miles in elevation.  

Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, "The USA Pro Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Racing and the mission of the Axel Project. Showcasing Strider Racing next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!"

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About Strider Sports International, Inc.  

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage Toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in Rapid City, South Dakota in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. At Strider, we love riding bikes, and we love inspiring kids to ride. Our mission is to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that develop two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, weight and ease-of-use combine to eliminate any fear of riding; instilling confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find STRIDER Bikes in your area, visit  


About Strider Racing ®

The Strider racing events are play experiences designed to let toddlers and young kids age 18 months to five years old explore the world on two wheels. Whether it is test riding a STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike for the first time or racing STRIDERS on a dirt track with other toddlers, these events have something for every family interested in giving their child a head start. Balance, coordination, and confidence all develop naturally when children experience group play and friendly competition on STRIDER Bikes. For more information, visit   


About The Axel Project

The Axel Project is Ridgway, Colorado-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the fundamental principle that a productive, happy life begins with bikes. Our mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families. While our goal is broad, our first project is aimed at providing balance bicycles and instruction to children in need, ages 18 months to 5-years of age, to teach the basic skills necessary to get them riding on two wheels-with their friends, their family and forever. For more information or to contact the Axel Project, visit


About USA Pro Cycling Challenge  

Referred to as "America's Race," the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 19-25, 2013 and travel through eight host cities from Aspen to Denver. For seven consecutive days, the world's top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they've ever had to endure. After attracting more than 1 million spectators in 2012, making it one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2013. Featuring a challenging, 599-mile course, the third annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America's most beautiful scenery.


More information can be found online at and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge


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STRIDER SPORTS INT'L, INC.                  (605) 342-0266

1820 SAMCO RD.                           RAPID CITY, SD 57702 

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