Race Report: The First Ever GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup

Oct 29, 2019
by Si Paton  
GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup

The first-ever GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup landed at Resorts World Birmingham in blazing sunshine this weekend. Over 70 riders attended from two to six years of age traveling from all over the U.K to make this a truly national-level event. The 125 meter long course was marked out in the early hours as dawn broke in one of the many car parks at the shopping center that kindly agreed to let us use their facilities.

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup

Practice was well underway at 09:00 with eager riders firing out of the BMX style start gate to then negotiate two sets of whoops, chicanes and 'Noodle Alley' before they crossed the finish line.

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup

Racing started at 11:00 with everyone getting three motos, before we whittled the racers down through quarter, semis and then the mains, with both 'B' and 'A' finals.

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup

Podiums soon followed after an impromptu give away to the crowds of assorted tee shirts, race jerseys, goggles and a Mongoose Scooter!

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup
One lucky boy was racing on this very limited edition, full carbon, Valentino Rossi signature model Kiddimoto with a cool £1,000 price tag!

The top three from each category were invited onto the podium to receive their medals and a large presentation cheque kindly sponsored by the Little Rider Co.

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup


3 Year Old Girls.
1st - Vittoria Martinez.
2nd - Scarlett Taylor.
3rd - Daisy Adams (2 years of age).

5 Year Old Girls.
1st - Rhianon Grahame-Ball.
2nd - Sienna-Rose Parkes (4 years of age).
3rd - Alexandra Canning.

2 Year Old Boys.
1st - Owen Prendergast.
2nd - Sebastian Mcnulty.
3rd - Winsor Loveday.

3 Year Old Boys.
1st - Frazer Allport.
2nd - Henry Tett.
3rd - Charlie Platts.

4 Year Old Boys.
1st - Harvey Roberts.
2nd - Radley Howells.
3rd - Jude Kelly.

5 Year Old Boys.
1st - Henry Duffy.
2nd - Hector Collins.
3rd - Zachary Preston.

6 Year Old Boys.
1st - Cohen Jagielski.
2nd Chae Johnson.
3rd Kaier Phillips.

The Balance Bike Cup will return in 2020 with a number of events scheduled. Checkout their Facebook Page for all the latest info HERE.

GT Bicycles Balance Bike Cup


  • 5 0
 Amazing event, everyone really enjoyed it. Great to see Si bringing young talent into racing.
British Cycling could do more, like reducing the age to start racing a MTB and subsidising entry fee’s to encourage parents to get their kids involved.
The foundations need to be laid to start beating those Frenchies ;-)
  • 4 0
 Si, this was a brilliant event and very well put together. Big shout out to you and your crew for putting it together. Siena absolutely loved it and we’ll be watching out for the next event for sure. Thanks
  • 3 0
 Wicked event. Great day was had by all. Roll on the malverns for another balance bike cup installment. My lad is still buzzing and seeing himself in the top picture on Pink bike means the world to him.... And to me to be fair. Smile happy parent!
  • 3 0
 Great event, Little Rider Co were proud to be involved... Looking forward to more!
  • 2 0
 Well that looks mint! I will definitely be bringing my wee lad to enjoy one of the events next year.

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