Part of the reason for choosing the Strider Balance Bike was to join the Strider Community, it seemed that Strider really encourage the children to be active and hold events and races for the children to take part in. They are huge in America and it looked like it could be really popular in this country also. So we jumped at the chance to take part in the first Strider racing in Birmingham.
We checked in and all of the children received a number plate for their bike along with a little strider bell. All children had to wear knee and elbow pads as well as a helmet for safety. The races were split by ages, 2 year olds, 3 year olds etc. The 2 year olds race was the first on however all of the children were allowed to practice first. I personally felt this was a bit much as the track was quite narrow and for my not quite 2 year old she found it a bit scary with some of the older children who were flying round the track. A better way to do it would have been to have 20mins / half an hour practice for each of the age groups before their races so that it doesn’t get quite as manic.
Macy didn’t end up racing as she found it too much – she struggled to get up the hills on the track, she hadn’t quite got the strength and the older children flying behind her and having to stop while she got up a hill really put her off and upset her. It was a shame as she looked fab in all her gear and hopefully next year when she is a bit bigger she can withstand the boisterousness of the older children. The older children did have a whale of a time and it was a great atmosphere, I think all the children that took part got a medal.