Local rider, Callaghan White (3), from Portchester is in training for the biggest ride of his life at the second qualifying event of the Strider™ British Balance Bike Championships in Gosport next month.
He will be joining hundreds of other riders vying for the sought-after qualifying spots for the British championship finals later in the year at the home of British cycling. The overall championship winner will then win the chance to represent Great Britain in the Strider World Championships in Florida – the highest honour in balance bike riding on the planet.
“Cal calls his Strider balance bike his ‘Racing Bike’ and he gets so excited when we say we are going to the track to race. He has just won 4 out of 4 of the Strider Races at Gosport BMX’s Race Day last Sunday so we are hoping that he’ll do really well in his age-group at the main event in June.” Said Callaghan’s mother, Samantha White. “It’s such a great opportunity to give Cal the chance to take part in a proper cycling event – there really is nothing else like it out there.”
The 2013 Strider British Balance Bike Championships will have five major qualifying events that opened with a highly successful day of racing in London in May with over a hundred riders taking to the track.
With Gosport now firmly in the sights of riders from the south coast, and across the UK, The Strider British Balance Bike Championships are next arriving at Gosport BMX on Sunday June 16th before moving onto Gravesend (July 21st), Birmingham (August 21st) and finishing in Manchester at the home of British Cycling on September 22nd.
Open to riders between 18 months and 5 years old, there are still a few places open for riders to join the event in Gosport. Organisers are urging interested families to register before the event fills. Melanie Thomas, Strider British Balance Bike Championships organiser comments: “The events are open to anyone, no matter their ability, with opportunities to train and ride at organised coaching sessions before the big day. They are designed to be exciting, yet safe, environments for children to explore and play on two wheels, with the added excitement of racing.”
The series of events created by Strider, leaders in no-pedal balance bike technology, are part of a wider campaign to encourage tens-of-thousands of toddlers to take to two wheels with training centres and adventure zone play areas also planned throughout the year. Melanie continues: “Research has proven that balance bikes significantly improve balance and coordination which means that even our youngest riders can have a go.”
To register for the event and find out more, visit www.stridercup.org