Tots brave the heat to compete

Youngsters Take To Strider Race Course

Emma and Lucy line up to start the race.
Emma and Lucy line up to start the race.

Saturday’s heat wave didn’t stop the determined young girls at the Strider Race hosted by Union College Cycling Team at the Barbourville Bike Skills Park. Emma Gray, 4, of Manchester, and Lucy Wilson, 2, of Corbin were the first to officially break in the new Strider course built by Union College Cycling Team. Colby Wilson, of Gonzo Speed Shop, sells the pedal-less balance bikes from his shop in Corbin.

He explains the benefits of the bikes, “according to a study performed by the University of Colorado, Strider bikes have shown to improve balance in kids by up to 20 percent.” Although the sport is relatively new to the area, Wilson believes it is sure to take off, “Right now its all about exposure. Out west it’s really big but we just don’t have many dealers here. But, once kids come in and try them, they’re hooked!”
Wilson has organized two more Strider races this season, Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, for children ages 18 months to five years. For more information contact Colby Wilson at Gonzo Speed Shop (606) 344-9929.