Manchester Strider British Balance Bike Championship (Qualifying and Finals)

Event Name: Manchester Strider British Balance Bike Championship (Qualifying and Final races)
Date: 22 September 2013
Time: 8:15am Doors open, 10am Registration closes
Venue: National Cycling Centre (indoor BMX Track)
Address: Stuart Street, Clayton, Manchester, M11 4DQ
Cost : £8.00

The National Cycling Centre, home of British Cycling, will once again played host to one of the biggest events in the series.

The Championships is designed to provide toddlers and young children aged 18 months to 5 years the opportunity to enjoy friendly racing on BMX tracks around the country.

A full race day was open to anyone between 18 months and 5 years old of all abilities.

Held over two separate tracks, the event commenced with qualifying races for each of the four age groups (2 and under, 3,4 and 5), and finished with the best riders from each of the six qualifying events battling it out to select the overall British Championship series champion!

Selected at random from the four age-group winners, the 2012 Champion 4 year old Ashton Heron selected 3 year old Yaroslav Shemanov as  the winner who will race in the US and represent Great Britain in the Strider World Championships in Florida in October 2013.

The Race Tracks:

At this event, the age group of the rider was determined by their age on the day. There were two separate tracks for racing as follows:

  • The track for 2 year olds will used a section of the main the BMX track.
  • The track for 3, 4 and 5 year olds will use the penultimate and the final straights of the BMX track.

Strider British Balance Bike Championship racing – Qualifying Event

The final Strider British Balance Bike Championship qualifying race will consist of three sessions for each age group:

  1. Practice
  2. Heats   After the heats are completed the scores of each heat are added together and the 5 children with the lowest scores will race in the final qualifying races.
  3. Final Qualifying Races The top 5 riders will gain automatic entry to the Championship finals which will take place immediately after these qualifying races.

Medals were presented to each rider who took part, and trophies presented to the top 3 riders for each age group. The awards presentation took place after the final races.

Strider British Balance Bike Championship Finals  

The top 5  riders from the Qualifying Races in Manchester, were joined by the top 5 of each of the Qualifying events in London, Hampshire, Kent, Birmingham, and Glasgow and raced each other to determine one overall winner per age group. These four children aged 2,3,4 and 5 had the opportunity to win the prize of a trip to take part in the Strider World Championships in Florida in October 2013.

The four age group winners were:

Aged 2 – Ned Jones

Aged 3 – Yaraslav Shemanov

Aged 4 – Theo Rowles

Age 5 – Jack Doherty

3 year old Yaroslav Shemanov was crowned the overall champion he will be racing in Florida in October at the Strider World Championships.

For more information on the Strider World Championships in Florida, please click here.


The address of the venue is the National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Clayton, Manchester, M11 4DQ.

The National Cycling Centre was Britain’s first indoor Olympic cycling track, and since it opened in 1994, has become one of the World’s finest and fastest board tracks. The track is in constant use seven days a week and, thanks to the comprehensive programme of activities for all levels of ability, it is one of the busiest in the world. From elite athletes to novices, the track offers sessions to anyone seeking to experience this exciting sport. Regular users of the track include members of the very successful GB track cycling team, such as Sir Chris Hoy or Laura Trott, as well as local schoolchildren and track enthusiasts.

In 2011 the National Cycling Centre was significantly expanded with the launch of the new £19M indoor BMX track. Together with new, purpose built offices for British Cycling, the governing body for cycling in Britain, this development further consolidates Manchester’s status as the centre of cycling in the UK.

For Directions to the National Cycling Centre, please click here.


The registration team were present to welcome, log riders into their races and provide information for the event. All riders must register for the event and parents/guardians must sign a parental consent form before anyone is permitted to enter before anyone is permitted to enter the track. 


  • Manufactured balance bike with a 12″ maximum tyre diameter.  No converted pedal bikes.

In order to race, children MUST be wearing:

  • Helmets are compulsory for all racers
  • Elbow and knee pads are compulsory for all racers
  • Shoes with full toe coverage
  • Long sleeves and full length trousers are compulsory
  • Gloves are also strongly recommended

No child will be permitted on the track without the correct  safety equipment.

Rules and qualifications for competition

• Rider must be wearing proper attire safety equipment (helmet, elbow, kneepads and gloves)
• Rider must be registered in order to get on track
• Rider may be assisted to the start line
• Heat race selection and start position will be by random.
• Riders must be accompanied at all times by their guardian.