Strider Bikes and Special Olympics FLAME Team Up for 2014 Legends Ride


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Strider Bikes and Special Olympics Flame Team Up for 2014 Legends Ride

Rapid City, SD (July 30, 2014) — Strider Sports, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of  no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce it has teamed up with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® and the Rapid City FLAME delegation of Special Olympics South Dakota to make this year's Legends Ride extra memorable for Special Olympics athletes!  All Special Olympics FLAME athletes participating in this year's Legends Ride will receive a STRIDER bike to keep! 

On August 4th immediately following the Press Conference in Deadwood (between 2-3 pm), Strider Sports will present a STRIDER bike to each Special Olympics athlete participating in the Legends Ride. A STRIDER bike demo area will allow the athletes to practice and show off their riding skills alongside Legends Riders.  For most of these athletes, this will be the first time riding a bike on two wheels as they don’t yet ride a typical bike.

Rod Woodruff of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Special Olympics FLAME have dedicated funds raised from the 2014 Legends Ride to the purchase of STRIDER Bikes for Special Olympics athletes in the Black Hills area to allow them to learn to ride on two wheels.  STRIDER bikes have turned individuals with intellectual disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, or those having muscle tone and balance issues) into bike riding enthusiasts!

STRIDER No-Pedal balance bikes break down the overwhelming task of learning how to ride into a safe and natural progression; it's as easy as walking. With feet safely on the ground, a rider is easily able to maneuver and ride the lightweight bikes.

Strider Bikes believes everyone deserves to experience life on two wheels. The number one toddler balance bike responsible for teaching over a million children how to ride is now joined by two larger models, ensuring the availability of a bike to fit people of all ages, sizes, and abilities! A STRIDER balance bike is the perfect balance of safety, performance, and FUN, without the weight and complications of pedals. The use of a STRIDER bike instills confidence and stellar bike handling skills to last a lifetime.


About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage kids and adults of all abilities to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland 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, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed worldwide in over 70 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit


About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes

STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help riders learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design instills considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime.  STRIDER No-Pedal balance bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children, and even teens and adults can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at


About the Legends Ride

Established by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, the Legends Ride is dedicated to bringing rally goers together to raise significant funds for local charities including the Special Olympics FLAME and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.  Having raised over $325,000 for charity since its inception in 2008, the Legends Ride has played host to some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling along with riders from all corners of the world.


About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is host to the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. The Chip's nine days of concerts are free with camping. Passes grant access to music industry's hottest stars, the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise, 25 bars, mouth-watering food and beverage vendors and thrilling exhibits. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers clean, well maintained facilities, private showers, cabins, RVs, paved roads and more. Outrageous events such as unforgivably hot bikini contests and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts are a few of the many daily spectacles unique to the Chip. The famed creek-fed, 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining family-owned, independent music festivals in the world. More details are available at


About Special Olympics South Dakota – Rapid City FLAME

Rapid City FLAME offers sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  The organization serves almost 150 athletes, a ten-fold increase over seven years. Athletes participate in basketball, bowling, track, aquatics, skiing, soccer, volleyball, golf, softball, t-ball, and now Striding!  Year-round opportunities allow athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share their gifts with their families, other athletes and the community.  For more information, please see



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