Details Announced for the Pinkbike Balance Bike World Championships

May 6, 2021
by Si Paton  
Three days of balance bike racing for children at the GT Bicycles Malverns Classic, competing in Quad Eliminator, Slalom and Downhill to be crowned World Champion!

Balance Bike World Champs

We are stoked to announce that Pinkbike will host the Balance Bike World Championships being held at the GT Bicycles Malverns Classic, the UK's biggest MTB festival, and party. This exciting and fun competition will help introduce mountain biking to the next generation of young rippers, showcasing the stars of tomorrow (and today)!


Bringing together and celebrating groups of young riders, from up and coming pros to youngsters starting out on their balance bike, are the goals of the Pinkbike Groms program that was launched in 2020.
Groms (under the age of 16) are encouraged to submit their content on Instagram using the #pbgroms hashtag for a chance to be featured on the Pinkbike Instagram account and win exclusive stickers and merch.

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup


Riders Ready, let's go racing!! Children aged from 2 to 5 years of age can race in this fun and competitive competition that is supported by the Little Rider Co and G-Form. Race categories are split between both boys and girls as well as age on the day. There are three days of racing at Eastnor Deer Park, near Ledbury, Herefordshire. Choose from Quad Eliminator, Slalom and Downhill, or take the plunge and enter every race to be in with the chance to be crowned World Champion!

Friday 27th of August – Balance Bike Quad Eliminator.

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!


GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup

Saturday 28th of August – Balance Bike Slalom.

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.


images from the Shimano BDS Llangollen 2016 - Race Report

Sunday 29th of August – Balance Bike Downhill.
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.

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup

For more information on the event and to enter, please checkout the Malverns Classic website


101 Comments

  • 160 2
 What's the maximum entry age?
Asking for a friend.
  • 74 2
 kids aged from 2 to 5...but I assume he can´t read yet Big Grin
  • 5 0
 I see what you're trying to do...
  • 47 0
 I've been told I have the maturity of a 4 year old, do I qualify?
  • 23 0
 My first thought was, "Oh man, there's gotta be a balance bike race category for adults." That would be hysterical.
  • 7 0
 @rrolly: I think you might be on to something. Next level chainless racing!
  • 21 0
 I too have been crying out for a discipline where your balls = your suspension.
  • 6 4
 @rrolly: isnt that pump track, adults that have taken balance bike riding very seriously

Maybe a new rule, have to stay sitting, wear a comically oversized helmet, shoes on the wrong feet, and flat turns?
Lemans style start, chug a beer, or a shot of tequila to start, and finish
The semi’s, quarters, and finals would get increasingly more enjoyable

Be good to one another!
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: no one would have any balls by the end. gee i wonder why they only make balance bikes for little kids?!?!?
  • 1 0
 You’d still get rocked... and you know it
  • 1 0
 If I identify as a 5 year old, can I compete?
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: There must be an Aaron Gwin category!
  • 1 0
 @kanoakea-mtb: Every bike is a balance bike if you are brave enough!
  • 1 0
 @Davec85: sounds like a legal defence
  • 2 0
 @Notmeatall: correct. And if you take the transmission and BB off a baby bike you get a free balance bike, which can turn seemlessly into a push bike whenever they achieve balance. The result is 2-year old who learns how to pedal without training wheels.
  • 108 0
 My son is 2,5 yo, he is very fast ! How big is a safe EPO dose for a 2,5 kid??
  • 1 0
 Is his name Lance?
  • 1 0
 No way, not my son! He must have drank from another kids sippy cup!
  • 90 0
 We got a fantasy comp for this?
  • 105 1
 f*ck yes. I’ll gamble on children.
  • 40 0
 Prize is a free strider and a one year supply of apple juice.
  • 36 0
 Winner gets a Carbon Hotwalk
  • 19 0
 @skyrez18: winner already has one...
  • 2 0
 $50 on little willy junior
  • 2 0
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: ironically, Apple juice could be considered a PED
  • 4 0
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: Sparkling cider for the podium.
  • 51 0
 My 2 year old is entered for the dual slalom. On a more serious note, a lot of these younger riders will have spent a significant time of their life living under lockdown, missing opportunities for play dates and sports clubs etc. I cannot wait to see my son shredding the dual slalom track and having fun!
  • 14 0
 Same here.
My little lad (3 year old) asks me every weekend if it's bike racing day yet? He can't wait to just ride his bike with other children. Doing laps of the garden and local park got boring way back during the first lock down last April!
My daughter's not so heavily into bikes as her brother, but even she's asked if she can enter one of the races at the Classic this year..... hopefully they both catch the biking bug and we can get them having fun face-to-face with other children and away from the damn screens!!!!!
  • 3 0
 @BennyOC: The pump track literally saved my 3 year olds sanity this year during lockdown.
  • 4 0
 @lewiscraik My three year is rad on his glide bike. I showed him Saturday Sends two weeks ago and we spent an afternoon making videos on our home track. He wants me to send them in. I told him if he crashes we could also send it in for Friday Fails.
  • 45 0
 State Of the Sport: 50% of the top 40 riders we surveyed are underpaid because they are four years old.
  • 31 2
 Kid fires out of the start gate and ........ sees a stick they want to take home, all dreams of the parent crying with pride as their young one takes first place ruined in the name of collecting sticks.

KIds live life on their own terms. :-)

Good luck to any parents with dreams.
  • 7 0
 That would be my young twins. Charging out of the start ramp then ‘ooh, doggy’ and off they’d ride to find someone’s dog, or cake, or daisy, or shiny object on the floor.
  • 3 0
 @CustardCountry: Herding cats would be easier.
  • 5 0
 My first thought exactly. Good call.
  • 7 0
 one of those passed me on a climb yesterday
  • 1 0
 @boogereater42069: you sure that wasn't an e-hotbike?
  • 24 5
 Wait, are we already April 1st again!?
  • 13 0
 Will there be a recognition for over parenting, tiger momming or just parents being general arseholes while they force their kid to compensate for the parent’s shortcomings?
  • 5 0
 Don't forget the helicopter (/drone) parents, instagram / social media content managers, & the athletes' media representatives
  • 12 0
 If I was there I'd destroy them
  • 28 0
 Sounds illegal
  • 1 0
 Not the younglings!
  • 12 0
 competitive dad's ahoy...
  • 9 0
 Still waiting for the eBalance bike championships
  • 1 0
 I'm sure it's just a matter of time
  • 8 0
 2 year olds are expected to have Instagram accounts?
  • 9 1
 Is there an e-balance category?
  • 2 0
 @Austink: no iron-y detected. And all models appear to be in stock
  • 1 0
 @Austink: and I thought I was just being silly. Silly me
  • 3 0
 @short-but-sweet: the only silly ones are the people buying mopeds for 3 year olds.
  • 7 0
 I'd rather watch this than adults racing TBH. Alternate with wiener dog racing and I'm all set.
  • 6 1
 As a Dad with an 11yo who had a balance bike when he was 2, this is cool. The MTB world is really embracing the youth and the future looks bright. Exciting times!!!
  • 6 0
 Jackson Goldstone was 15 years ahead of time....he could maybe call himself a world champion now...
  • 6 0
 some hardo dad is gonna show up with that carbon hotwalk
  • 1 0
 Surely the Atherton’s could print & glue one up.
  • 6 0
 makes more sense than ebike racing lol
  • 3 0
 For anyone that is questioning how exciting this could be, the Japanese have been doing this for years

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ilH612Blzw
  • 3 0
 I want to see how the kid places that shows up with the Specialized carbon strider bike
  • 9 6
 Human being loves competition so much, it is getting ridiculous...
  • 4 0
 #chainlessFTW
  • 3 0
 Blood tests for the winners, with Flintstones band-aids!
  • 2 0
 I CAN"T BELIEVE E-STRIDER RACING IS HAPPENING - pinkbike comment board in 2023
  • 1 0
 2021* it's called stacyc races!
  • 2 0
 World Championships !!! And the event is only in one place !! Hahahaha , it's like the word nasca Championships hahahahha
  • 1 0
 I think you ment Nazca?
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: yes sorry that poo sport hahahha
Americans are bad at F1 so the just make indicar to race a O hahahhaha boring !!!!!
  • 5 4
 its cool for championship like that,but to name it world wow wtf thats lame
  • 7 6
 I don't know that we need to be putting kids into competition like this so early but I hope they enjoy it.
  • 8 0
 The earlier they learn to trample over others to win, the younger they will be when they make their first million Wink
  • 1 0
 @Rig: So.....they'll be middle class in comparison to their classmates whose parents got NFT and Crypto rich?
  • 2 0
 No poopy-faces is the start gate, hopefully.
  • 3 0
 Wait this isn't satire?
  • 2 0
 Can’t wait to meet the Strider Factory Team
  • 2 0
 finally a race I might win
  • 1 0
 The missing rule is that the parent running along side has to finish a beer before their child crosses the finish
  • 1 0
 Is 2 years their racing age or will they actually have to be 2+ years old? - Asking for a daughter of a friend.. Smile )
  • 1 0
 Please let this be on a dedicated course, I dont need another tiny grom destroying my PB, my pride has its limits! :-P
  • 1 0
 Weren't grownup-sized balance bikes called "velocipedes" a couple years back?
  • 1 1
 I hope there's a rainbow jersey on offer, even if it's not a UCI sanctioned one
  • 1 0
 Madness - the UCI would ban all the kiddies from competition for life!
  • 1 0
 this event looks painful to watch... unless you're a parent Smile
  • 2 0
 Bring betting into the mix and everything become more exciting.
  • 1 2
 In the day an age of not even being able to fail of out of school, it's refreshing to see some proper head to head competition at a young age!
  • 1 0
 as always. comment seccion is gold!! lol
  • 2 0
 Dude this is so sick.
  • 1 0
 My boy's a demon on his strider and hotrock - he'd have a blast!!
  • 1 0
 Wheres the fantasy league sign up? I got a good feeling about this one.
  • 1 0
 Welp time to install Ceramicspeed on the Specialized carbon balance bike.
  • 3 4
 2 - 5??? 5 is a bit bloody old for a balance bike. My son was out of balance bike and racing micro by that point.
  • 8 0
 Sounds pretty laid back around the @PaulieAU house...
  • 1 0
 Love it!
  • 3 4
 Loving the full face helmets!
  • 2 3
 Can i take a part, i'm only TreeTeen, LoL!
  • 5 7
 Nothing like bringing competition to our children to fulfill our broken dreams. What's next rampage with trannies?
  • 3 1
 ??? what
  • 2 1
 bait
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