His father Nur Ali is a racer, and now 3-year-old Trophy Club resident Pasha Ali has joined the family business.
He's just one of many toddlers at ready, set, go for the Strider Cup Race in Fort Worth on May 6, which has been declared Youth Cycling Day by Gov. Greg Abbott. It's the first time the race, which features no-pedal balance bikes, has been in Texas.
Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price, known for her bike rides with constituents, will give tips before the first race starts at 9 a.m. in Sundance Square. Competitors come from all over the country, and Ali, like a true Texan, has served notice by practicing his "winner dance."
Categories include races for ages 2 to 5 and for those with special needs.
This is the first of three races in the Strider Cup series; the other races will be May 27 in Pittsburgh and June 10 in Lincoln, Neb., leading to the world championships in July in Salt Lake City. If you want to ooh, ahh and cheer, or just expose your children to the training bikes built to instill confidence and fine-tune motor skills, there will be a ride and play area.
There's still time to register your tot for $25. Register online at http://www.striderbikes.com/fortworth. Last-chance registration will be Friday, May 5, at Cabela's , 12901 Cabela Drive, Fort Worth. There will be no registration the day of the race.