Strider Sports Internationial donates 100 "No-Pedal" bikes to Children's Hospital Los Angeles as part of the Local "Legacy" created by the upcoming Amgen Tour of California race
Bikes donated allow toddlers and young children to learn to ride a bicycle at an early age
Los Angeles, Ca (May 8, 2012) Yesterday morning, Strider Sports International, Inc., which designs specifically-engineered, no-pedal bikes that encourage toddlers and young children to ride, learn and explore the world on two wheels at a very early age, donated 100 "No-Pedal Bikes" to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The donation to local-based organizations (such as Children's Hospital Los Angeles) is part of Strider Sports' sponsorship commitment to the Amgen Tour of California to serve communities that host the upcoming road cycling race.
Several patients from Children's Hospital Los Angeles were on-hand to receive and try out the Strider "No-Pedal Bikes" with special instructions provided by two-time U.S. Olympian and track cycling coach, Adam Duvendeck, as well as former professional BMX rider, Greg Hill.
"We are so proud to be part of Amgen's California bike tour, and to have this opportunity to donate Strider bikes to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Strider no-pedal balance bikes make it possible for all children to realize their bike riding potential," says Ryan McFarland, Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider Sports Intl., Inc. "There is nothing more satisfying to us than to see smiles of confidence beam from Strider riders when they realize they are riding on two wheels. We are committed to developing future riders and look forward to this year's Amgen Tour of California," commented McFarland.
"We are thrilled that Strider Sports International has generously donated "No-Pedal Bikes" to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The unique design of the Strider bike allows our diverse patient population to ride at an early age," said Rodney B. Hanners, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "The young toddlers that received the bikes today were very appreciative and excited to begin exploring the world around them. We are proud to be a part of Amgen Tour of California and are extremely thankful to Strider Sports International, and to AEG, our corporate partner for introducing us to them."
"Through the generous support of many of our Amgen Tour of California sponsors, we have the opportunity to not only introduce the great sport of cycling to residents of California as well as the millions who watch our race on television, but to also give back to communities throughout the state like we are doing today," said Kristin Bachochin, Executive Director, Amgen Tour of California and Senior Vice President, AEG Sports.
"The donation made today by Strider Sports will both help children learn the joy of cycling at an early age and, more importantly, be part of the great care and rehabilitation that Children's Hospital Los Angeles provides to their patients on a daily basis."
An additional component of Strider Sports International's sponsorship of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California cycling race is the creation of Strider Adventure Zones that will be featured as part of the popular Lifestyle Festivals at the finish lines at each stage of the eight-day race which kicks off Sunday May 13th in Santa Rosa, CA. Strider Adventure Zones provide young children the opportunity to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding on two wheels. In addition, kids will have an opportunity to race on a specially-designed course at the race's Final Stage at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on May 20th. The races and other activities planned for the Strider Adventure Zones are the perfect way to fuel a child's budding passion for cycling and to help teach sportsmanship and camaraderie with fellow riders.
The Amgen Tour of California is an eight-day event, featuring elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. The 16 world-class teams chosen to participate in the 2012 race will include Olympic hopefuls and Tour de France contenders representing more than 20 countries, giving fans around the world a preview of what is to come this July in both France and London.
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports Int'l, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in January 2007 Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, light weight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented Strider™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. For more information, visit www.StriderSports.com.
About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
The STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The same simple, no-pedal design that allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, also allows older children (up to 44" tall and 60 pounds) with special needs, physical or intellectual disabilities to successfully operate a bike alongside able-bodied friends and family. STRIDER bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at www.StriderSports.com.
About Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children's hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll. Children's Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children's Hospitsl is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
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About the Amgen Tour of California
The largest cycling event in America, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 13-20, 2012. In a 2011 poll conducted by CyclingNews.com, the Amgen Tour of California was voted the number one race in America and fourth best race in the world. For more information, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.