We asked and riders responded: YES, we want to race our mountain bikes at night. And so, together we made history at USA Cycling’s first-ever sanctioned race in the dark. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the inaugural NINJA NIGHT RACE. This sold-out event will go down in the history books.
We especially want to thank our tremendous crew of volunteers. It’s not every day you can find 18 people willing to stand alone in the dark on a race course. Thanks to everyone who helped get the course marked, the registration rolling and the expo buzzing.
Most importantly we want to thank all the racers that came out for a night of fun and smiles for miles. Not to mention insanely fast lap times. Congratulations to our top men’s finishers, Pro racer Brent Preszlow and Cat 1 racer Ben Jones who tied for the fastest time of the night, 1:22:41 over three laps. And congratulations to our top women’s finisher, Cat 2 racer Lisa Hauck for her two-lap time of 1:05:18. Full results can be found here.
After the race, you may have enjoyed a delicious tamale or had your photo taken. For that we want to thank TAMALES D’Pepe, and the fabulous photographers we had on course and around the expo. Check out Matthew Hulet’s site for his yearbook-quality racer portraits, and be sure to stop by Pink Shorts Photography’s Facebook page for even more great images.
Thanks to everyone for making the first NINJA NIGHT RACE a huge success. We’re already looking forward to the next event, so stay tuned for more details. In the mean time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your feedback so we make these events even better.
Richard La China is a Professional Mountain Bike racer, USAC Certified Cycling Coach and a IMBA Certified Mountain Bike Skills Instructor who coaches beginner to pro cyclist. Currently working with mountain bike XC, Endurance and Enduro racers and other competitive and non-competitive mountain bike riders seeking to become their best.
G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know....
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know. It's a non intimidating environment where mistakes are welcomed so corrections can be made. I own G2 Bike is Aliso Viejo and this clinic has been ran out of the Aliso Woods area and when I interviewed the clients they had all but great things to say. None arrogant instructors and easy to follow steps. The biggest bang for many was meeting new area riders at their skill level, gaining confidence, and getting the bike set up and fit properly. G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area. Thanks Richard for all you do for the MTB community! ~ AJ S.
I’m so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic.
I'm so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic. Richard and Randy are...
I'm so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic. Richard and Randy are really skilled at breaking things down, very patient and kind. They were very attentive to what each of us needed individually while maintaining a no-pressure, fun vibe. The place is beautiful, rustic and offers a great opportunity to unplug. It's the seemingly little things that make a big difference in your riding, and I feel like I gained some useful insight about not only being on the bike, but set-up and nutrition as well. ~Susan Tully
Highly recommended! Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn. Coach Richard and Kris...
Highly recommended! Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn. Coach Richard and Kris are some of the most professional and pleasant coaches/cyclist/people I have come across. Looking forward to one of their future clinics. ~ Tom T.
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