Strider / Balance Bikes
Strider / Balance bikes are non-pointed class and are a development class where parents can assist their rider around the track. We don’t charge for this class and we don’t award trophies. However, we do pass out treats after the riders have completed their racing. We ask that each rider have a $30 membership.
Is your rider ready for the track? That is a question we get asked and the answer is simple. If your rider can get around the track with minimal help then they are ready. If you have to hold or help your rider balance while going around the track, then they are not ready.
If your rider can’t ride the track by themselves then you must accompany / escort the rider around the track.
How do we practice? Practice is on Wednesday nights from (6-8PM) and all strider / balance bike riders must go as a group and only when the starter signals that it is time to go. We request that all striders enter staging and approach the gate through Chute 5/0 in order to be in full view of the starter to ensure safety and to allow the starter to recognize when a group of Strider/Balance Bike riders are ready to fill the gate. Generally, we will run about 10/12 gates and then the Strider/balance bikes. You must keep control of your rider at all times. If your rider is taking too long to ride the track you may be asked by an infield official to exit the track at either the 1st or 2nd corner.
Race Nights: Strider / balance bike practice starts when signup’s close and will run for 15 minutes. Prior to that it is up to the gate operator to allow Strider / Balance bikes on the track. For safety reasons, we don’t allow the older riders on the track the same time that our Strider / balance bikes are on the track.
Strider / Balance bike riders who are making the transition to a pedal bike can practice / race with the striders until they are ready to move to the Novice class. A new pedal bike rider is generally ready for the Novice class when they can make their way around the track from the gate to the finish line and can navigate all obstacles on their own without having to dismount their bicycle and push it up a jump. Once a young rider is in the Novice class, a parent can only assist the rider on the gate, not on the track. When that time comes and your rider is ready for the next step, you will need to purchase a full USABMX membership, which is convertible from the Balance Bike membership.