Making strides in South Shore’s BMX future |

Making strides in South Shore’s BMX future

Becky Regan
Ethan Mooiweer eyes his future, a pedal BMX bike, as he pushes along during Strider practice on Monday. The Monday practice was Mooiweer's second time on the track and he was already cruising with confidence in his dinosaur helmet.
Becky Regan / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

Monday nights at Tahoe BMX is just about as happening as it gets for the 2- to 5-year-old crowd in South Lake Tahoe.

Strider practice, which is held every Monday from 5- 7 p.m., was clearly the week’s high point for about 30 young riders as they pushed and slid their way around the Tahoe BMX track with enthusiasm this past Monday.

Striders are bikes without pedals, and are considered a training wheel alternative. The South Shore Strider team practices every Monday, and parents and siblings are welcome to join the young riders on the track.

This past Monday, Strider practice was a true family affair. Parents were in purist of their little riders, lending a push when needed and some encouragement on the downs. Encouragement was rarely needed, however, as the Striders charged up jumps and kicked up their feet for the ride down.

“I’m planning on keeping the practices open until nobody shows up anymore,” track director Jason Toutolmin said.

The Striders also race every Friday night in separate age divisions during the weekly BMX races that start at 5 p.m.

“We race the striders first on Friday nights, right after the national anthem, so then when the striders are done they get to hang out and watch the races,” Toutolmin said. “Because these guys are the future of BMX.”

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