Details Announced for the 2022 Balance Bike World Championships

Nov 18, 2021
by Si Paton  
Balance Bike World Championships

Press Release: Malverns Classic


Three days of racing to be crowned the Balance Bike World Champion!

Date: 26-28th of August 2022 (August Bank Holiday Weekend).
Venue: GT Bicycles Malverns Classic Mountain Bike Festival at Eastnor Deer Park, Herefordshire. HR8 1RQ. England.

The Balance Bike World World Championships presented by The Little Rider Co and supported by G-Form.

Riders Ready, let's go racing!! Children aged from 2 to 5 years of age are invited from all around the world to race in this fun and competitive competition. Race categories are split between both boys and girls in their age category. There are three days of racing with Quad Eliminator, Slalom and Downhill. Enter every race to be in with the chance to be World Champion!

Balance Bike World Championships

Friday 26th of August – Balance Bike Quad Eliminator – ENTER HERE

Four riders on the BMX style start gate, elbows out and go! This is action-packed head-to-head racing down into the main arena. Riders will fire out of the four-man start gate at the same time, battling elbows high into the first corner. The course will be fast and flowing with plenty of passing places for the skilled and the brave. The top two racers from each round will go through to the next heat, a simple elimination format as we head to the super finals!

Balance Bike World Championships

Saturday 27th of August – Balance Bike Slalom – ENTER HERE

Racing one at a time down the slalom course, the race is against the clock! This is action-packed racing as riders fire out of the BMX style start gate and around the coloured gates. The fastest four from each category will go into the super finals.

The 1st and 2nd fastest riders will be in the A Final. The 3rd and 4th fastest will be in the B final. (B final will run first, the winner will be awarded 3rd place). These super finals will be based on one race, racing dual slalom head to head. Gate pick goes to the rider that qualified fastest.

Balance Bike World Championships

Sunday 28th of August – Balance Bike Downhill – ENTER HERE

Downhill is the Formula 1 of mountain bike racing. The purest form of racing with riders racing against the clock. The course will be fast and flowing with plenty of corners for the riders to showcase their skills.

Balance Bike World Championships

The festival is free to children aged 12 and under as are all the Fair Ground rides. If you require any further information regarding the Balance Bike World Championships of the GT Bicycles Malverns Classic, please check out the website HERE.

Main Arena GT Bicycles Malverns Classic



74 Comments

  • 143 1
 Will the uci be conducting anti-doping tests? I suspect that many of these athletes are juicing. Apple juicing to be exact.
  • 14 0
 My son had a balance bike race shortly after the Martin Maes ban was announced - I did check his prescibed medicine on the WADA list. He was OK to race, but still didn’t win.
  • 31 0
 Tests show the athletes have high levels of HGH
  • 24 0
 As long as a rider doesn’t drink from someone else’s juice box they should be ok.
  • 3 0
 Pedialyte---over hydration!
  • 15 0
 Performance Enhancing Hugs have been a big issue with this age group previous...so some level of testing would be really appropriate to keep the playing field level.
  • 1 0
 Checked for use of Crank?
  • 48 0
 My 2 year old is looking for sponsors to fly her out. PM me with inquiries.
  • 4 0
 I heard Pinkishbike is run by a rad dad. Maybe they'll hand out some sponsorship money.
  • 33 0
 Shorter cranks taken to the extreme.
  • 31 0
 Hear me out: MegAvalanche + Strider bikes. . .
  • 18 4
 See, this is where Specialized's carbon strider makes sense. By the way, Strider opened their first brick-and-mortar store in Bentonville. Completely adorable. If you're there, it's worth checking out, especially if you have a little ripper. They have ALL KINDS of gear I'd never seen or heard of.
  • 2 0
 And check our local operation, Buddy Pegs, while you’re there which also specializes in kids bikes and programming, though they sort of focus more on the post-strider demographic (though they do carry balance bikes from woom and other companies).
  • 1 3
 Strider has a carbon bike too! Released two years before specialized and cost $100 less! Theres one on display at the bentonville store to drool over.
  • 12 0
 What's up with this groomed course? And all the kids are on single crown forks nowadays? I remember back when the Balance Bike World Championships were still raw...
  • 2 0
 The slalom course was pretty raw this year - certainly for 12” wheels.
  • 12 0
 Can we get a bike check???
  • 10 0
 Any mullet setups?
  • 4 0
 bikes are all too long and low
  • 1 0
 @sofakingwetarded: Honestly, they’re seldom slack enough haha
  • 11 0
 Look at those kids muscles, they are clearly doping.
  • 11 0
 I bet it's because of someone else's water bottle.
  • 12 0
 @pioterski: someone else's jugs*
  • 3 0
 hidden motors in some of those rides......not even close to a level playing field. This is jacked.
  • 8 0
 Remove the wooden ramps after practice. Let's see the kids send it MVdP style, or not. lol

"And the leader, Little Jerry, just went over the bars! He was expecting the ramp to be there and tried to roll it!"
  • 7 0
 Parents going off in the comments!
  • 4 0
 witnessed a dad popping a neck vein while screaming at the UCI official for disqualifying his daughter for cutting the course.
  • 4 0
 Rumor has it next years World Championship Strider Bike race will be held at Glen Helen during the World Vet Championship Race. Striders will be 2nd drop in the 30+ pro moto.
  • 4 0
 I guarantee some dentist tried to get his kid to race on an e-strider, was denied, then stormed off with a crying kid in tow. They spent the whole event sulking in the sprinter.
  • 1 0
 There were plenty of kids swapping to e-balance bikes to ride back to the top of the course this year.
  • 4 0
 i now regret teaching my daughter to ride a pedal bike at 3 years old.... she used to rip on her balance bike! Great event tho! Good to get the young involved.
  • 2 0
 Same issue here - my son raced in the blanace bike races at the Malverns last year, but will be on a pedal bike by next August!
  • 2 0
 @lewiscraik: you could postpone teaching him how to use pedals for another year, hell, another 5 years! you could have a reigning champ on your hands!
  • 1 0
 @GumptionZA: it was hard enough keeping him away from his big brothers bike last summer!
  • 4 0
 This is not the content that we want, but it is the content that we need...
  • 2 0
 Wish this was in the US! Unfortunately (?) my son is now on a pedal bike. This is such a cool way to get kids to experience the competitive side of riding.
  • 1 0
 Strider have their world championships in US!
  • 2 0
 Since it’s world champs, do I need a Sprout+ account for the live feed? Will really miss the RBTv call by Warner, wondering how that brave lad can even sit
  • 6 1
 Looks like a Session.
  • 1 1
 I spent years working a city-wide Bike Rodeo event where youngsters competed in multiple events to advance to the city finals. Also coached various YMCA leagues for 10 years and was a Boy Scout leader for 14.

Hard pass on any event where "parents" are involved.
  • 4 0
 Oh man! Can't wait until RedBull takes over this event!
  • 6 0
 Just imagine how awesome this would be with Rob Warner commentating...
  • 2 0
 Me scrolling through feed: What kind of clickbaiting satire is this!?

Also me: WTFRICK this is a real thing. Where was this when I was 3?!
  • 1 0
 Great article. I will take just a second to say that downhill is completely unlike F1. In F1, all the competitors are on the course at the same time. It's true, you could look it up. That's what makes it great.
  • 3 0
 That is a very long time to get to wear the rainbow stripes!
  • 3 0
 This is the only event I would have a chance of winning.
  • 1 0
 How about poor #049? His parents brought him to a world championship on a bike he outgrew 2 years ago; and they knew it! They put a longer seatpost in to try to compensate.
  • 2 0
 I really want to see the Pro category races. 14" wheels and under only.
  • 1 0
 World Championships? yo mean WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS??
... so there is a world wide qualification scheduled, in order to attend?
  • 3 9
flag sailor74 (Nov 18, 2021 at 7:34) (Below Threshold)
 lol no just the usual USA thinking its the only country in the world
  • 5 0
 @sailor74:
Date: 26-28th of August 2022 (August Bank Holiday Weekend).
Venue: GT Bicycles Malverns Classic Mountain Bike Festival at Eastnor Deer Park, Herefordshire. HR8 1RQ. England.
  • 2 0
 @sailor74: just another geezer not reading the article
  • 1 0
 ... it is called sarcasm ...
& it refers to the fact that kids of that age must play ...
it would be kinder and more appropriate to call it ... "World balance games... every kid invited"
and not "marketing wise" as ...world championship bla bla bla ...
to probably attract viewers
  • 1 0
 @louantonis:
Everone knows it is tongue-in-cheek.
Here's an even more over-the-top naming from another sport:
www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/209847/Humans-dominate-the-Foxer-Intergalactics
  • 1 0
 Can we get video of parents berating their 2-5 year olds for losing and not going all out. Parents are the best.
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to see what all the athletes are running for brakes, drivetrains and suspension.
  • 2 0
 In depth bike checks please.
  • 1 0
 for wanna be racer parents
  • 1 0
 Gotta get my 2yo’s passport application completed STAT!
  • 1 0
 I would highly recommend full faces here.
  • 1 0
 FINALLY a race I can win!!!....
  • 1 0
 Can my kid on her e-Strider participate?
  • 1 0
 If this was the basis of the Pinkbike Academy, I might actually watch it.
  • 1 0
 how do i register
  • 1 4
 So gt didn’t get the green message invited kids from all over the world for a publicity stunt ….
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