Toddlers to take part in 'no pedal' BMX race in Mitcham
Hundreds of pint-sized riders are being invited to take part in Merton’s first ever BMX toddler race using specially designed "no pedal balance bikes".
Children as young as 18 months, up to five-years-old, will be able to take part in the Strider British Balance Bike Championship at Merton’s BMX track in Mitcham on May 5.
The bikes used in the competition are designed by Strider who manufacture balance bikes with no pedals allowing even the youngest would-be riders to have a go.
Councillor Nick Draper, Merton Council's cabinet member for community and culture, said: "The Strider British Balance Bike Championships are a great opportunity for young riders to get on two wheels at our new BMX track in Mitcham – the jewel in the crown of Merton’s Olympic Legacy.
"This will not only help youngsters build confidence and coordination, but also inspire a generation of children to get on a bike and have a go.
"I would encourage all of Merton’s families with children under five to register, come along to use one of the bikes provided by Strider, and have fun trying out this new sport."
Melanie Thomas, organiser of the Strider British Balance Bike Championships said: "The Strider 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."
Five qualifying events will be held this summer, culminating the finals in Manchester where riders will have the chance to compete for the chance to represent Great Britain at the Strider World Championships in Florida later this year.
For more information and to register visit stridercup.org.