• Skills Tips for November – Steep Descents • Ninjas are Heading to Orange County • Professional Bike Fits – What You Need to Know • Team Ninja Information Meeting • Zumwalt’s Bike Shop Year End Clearance • How to Host Your Own Skills Clinic • Women’s Only Skills Clinics • Ninja Night Race – Recap • Ninja Exclusive Offer for November • One-on-One Skills Sessions • Is a Cycling Coach Right for You? • The Ninja Market is Open for Business • Quick n’ Dirty Race Schedule • Upcoming Clinic Schedule • The Perfect Holiday Gift • A New Kinda of Gym – Free Mountain Bike Workouts • Bonus Skills Tip – Riding at Night
Skills Tip for November
How to Ride a Steep Descent
Before you tackle any unfamiliar section of trail, take a minute to evaluate the situation. Look for what may be an obvious ‘line’ (a route that most other mountain
bikes have taken). This route may not always be the most efficient choice or even the smoothest, but it’s usually the path of least overall resistance.
As you approach the decent, slow down, bring your weight forward… (more…)
Ninjas are Heading to Orange County
We are excited to announce we’re hitting the road again! This time, we’ve got Orange County in our sights, and we are thrilled to partner with G2 Bike to offer three clinics on the January 18–19, 2014 weekend.
This cyclist’s dream shop has got something for everyone—you can head over to pick up training tools, or a training plan (complete with coach!) to help you be your best in whatever discipline speaks to you. G2 Bike’s Manager, Ted Willard, our host for the weekend and fellow coach said, “I discovered the joy of helping athletes develop and strive for more than they think they are capable of.” To that we say, “Now that’s the spirit!”
Join us and learn to Ride Like a Ninja. You’ll soon conquer your fears… (more…)
Does Your Bike Fit You?
I mean really fit.
Because let me tell you, there’s a lot more to it than a couple measurements and turns of the allen keys.
I haven’t had a fit in a few years, and with a nagging pain in my left knee I thought it would be best to call in the pros. After listening to Aaron passionately discuss saddle heights and pedal mechanics… (more…)
Team Ninja is open to everyone, no matter what level rider or cycling discipline. You just need to ride a bike!
If you’d like to learn more, join us for some delicious pizza and beer. And if you know someone who might want to join the team, bring ’em too! The meeting will be November 21, 2013, 6pm at Lefty’s in Mission Hills. More information and RSVP here.
Have you been waiting for the best deal so you can finally upgrade your bike and not break the bank? Now is your chance, the deals won’t get any better than this. Zumwalt’s Cycle Center is clearing out their 2013 inventory to make room for the 2014 models. Find the bike that’s just right for you at a great price. Stop in today for a test ride and tell ’em San Diego Mountain Bike Skills sent you!! Only $100 down required for Christmas layaway. Financing is available OAC. Details here.
Interested in hosting a mountain bike skills clinic at your bike shop?
Hosting a mountain bike skills clinic is a great way to get some ‘zero-cost’ exposure to promote your shop. We love it because it give us a home-base for our clinics and the riders love it because they’ve got a place to rent or demo bikes, pick up parts, accessories and check out new bikes.
We Offer Women Only Clinics. Our women’s only mountain bike skills clinics teach you the same important lessons as our co-ed skills clinics in a supportive, un-intimidating manner.
These clinics prove to be advantageous as they allow participants to test their limits without any unnecessary stress or pressure… (more…)
Ninja Night Race
World’s first USAC Sanctioned Night MTB Race
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… (more…)
Ninja Exclusive Offer
$100 Off Professional Bike Fit *
We’ve partnered up with the fit experts at Inner Strength Fitt Lab Training Systems to offer you the professional fit solution you’ve been looking for. Would you like to know how to set up your mountain or road bike so it is perfectly matched to your height, weight and riding style? Would you like to know how to find the perfect riding position to maximize your comfort and efficiency? Perhaps you are in the market for new bike and need to know what type and size of bike would suit you and your riding.
If this sounds like you, then ISF’s Professional Bike Fit could be just the thing to help get you and your bike working in perfect harmony. Click HERE to schedule your fit (use promo code: NINJA). *Discounted offer is only valid for fits schedule before December 31, 2013.
One-on-One Skills Session
Individual Skills Coaching
Have you already attended one of our skills clinics and now want to focus on mastering just one or two specific skills?
Is your schedule jam packed and preventing you from attending the scheduled group clinics?
Or maybe you’re a loan wolf that just doesn’t like being in a group setting at all. To address these situations, San Diego Mountain Bike Skills is now offering One-On-One Skills Sessions.
One coach. One student. 100% attention.
The beauty of the One-on-One sessions is that you, the student, can dictate what you want to learn and how much time you want to spend on each skill… (more…)
Do You Want to Get Fitter and Faster?
You’ve come to the right place! Coach Richard is currently accapting athletes of all levels. Richard is a USAC Certified Cycling Coach at Crank Cycling currently working with Cat 3 to Pro racers as well as non-competitive recreational riders seeking to become their best. To set up a time to discuss your goals and select a program that fits your cycling level and budget, click HERE…
Ninja Market is Open for Business
Check out the Ninja Market today to buy your very own ‘Ride Like a Ninja’ Jersey, T-shirt and more. Sorry, no throwing stars… yet. We’ll be adding Sock Guys Socks to the store very soon, we’re just waiting for the first order to make it to Ninja HQ. Stay tuned for those and more Ninja gear very soon.
We have most sizes of the jerseys in stock now, the bib shorts order is being place at the end of the month and we expect the to arrive the 1st week of January. If you’d like bib shorts to go with your jersey, order them right away to make sure they get in our next group order…
San Diego Mountain Bike Skills is a proud sponsor of the Quick n’ Dirty XC race series. These events are quickly gaining popularity as a fun yet challenging series of races that keeps you tuned up, doesn’t break your wallet, and in most cases, gets you home in time for dinner. More information HERE…
The Perfect Holiday Gift!
Mountain Bike Skills Gift Cards are the perfect choice for a holiday gift, or any other gift giving occasion. Gift Cards can be used toward any Mountain Bike Skills clinic or camp. *If you purchase your gift card before November 30, 2013 — we’ll include a ‘Ride Like a Ninja’ T-shirt at no additional charge.
How About a New Kind of Gym You Actually Go To?
The time changed and it gets dark now at 5:00pm, so what?
We’re still riding our bikes! Join us every Tuesday evening at 5:45pm until 7:30pm for a free night mountain bike workout. Make sure to bring your lights!
These workouts are appropriate for riders of all levels, from true beginners to experienced racers. The focus of each workout will vary from endurance, aerobic to anaerobic including efforts to increase your lactate threshold, Vo2Max and over all just make you FITTER, FASTER and STRONGER!
To learn more about these workouts and to RSVP, check HERE…
Bonus Mountain Bike Skills Tip
Riding at Night
Whenriding at night, use two lights for best visibility. One on your handlebar to light the trail directly in front of you, and a smaller light mounted on your helmet pointing in the direction you’re looking. If you only use a bar mounted light, looking around corners and navigating switch-backs will be very difficult. An ideal combination of light power is 500+ lumens on your helmet and 1000 lumens on your bars. The two lights together make night riding a much more enjoyable experience.
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.
They’ve helped build my confidence and competence!
Coming from a triathlon background I had spent most of my time on the road, though I did have a...
Coming from a triathlon background I had spent most of my time on the road, though I did have a few seasons of cyclocross under my belt. I was a novice mountain biker with just enough confidence to get myself into trouble on the trails. I started by attending the free Tuesday night mountain bike workouts at Balboa Park, led by Coach Richard. While these are primarily geared toward building fitness, we learned some skills tips and I met some cool folks. Since then I've taken the intermediate and advanced skills clinics, as well as raced a couple times. Coaches Richard and Kris are great at instruction, which is not easy. Most great riders cannot teach others to do the same, but these two are exceptional at it. They've helped build my confidence and competence. In fact they have taken time during weekday and weekend rides to help give me pointers! I joined Team Ninja to train and race with this fun crew and would highly advise you check them out! ~Henry H.
All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic.
This clinic was PERFECT for me…as a very experienced roadie but pure beginner on MTBs, Richard’s instruction was clear, detailed,...
This clinic was PERFECT for me…as a very experienced roadie but pure beginner on MTBs, Richard’s instruction was clear, detailed, and specific, so that I could start to get the feel of how to work effectively on trails instead of asphalt. Jeff (a former elite cyclocross racer) also joined us and added some solid hints and comments. All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic. ~ Mike Sofen
I highly recommend their skills camps, and plan on attending more …
I've been a recreational mountain bike rider for a few years, and have been riding on single track, but never...
I've been a recreational mountain bike rider for a few years, and have been riding on single track, but never had any formal training. I just finished the weekend skills course in Irvine, CA with Richard, Randy and Daniel as the instructors. They are excellent instructors breaking every fundamental skill down, demonstrating the skill and then evaluating your practice runs with constructive criticism before applying the skills on the trails. Even though I have been riding single track for a few years, I quickly found out that I have been doing many things if not everything wrong, which means the people I ride with are doing it wrong too. Richard, Randy and Daniel are very patient and professional encouraging every student no matter what the age or gender (our class had males and females from late 20s to late 50s). They went over everything from bike set up, basic position, turning, high speed cornering, wheels lifts to you name it. If you have a desire to improve your skill then Ninja Mountain Bike Performance are the team to go to! I highly recommend their skills camps, and plan on attending more of their camps in the future. ~Kyle Kimm
Just finished the Intermediate/Advanced course. I had previously taken the Beginning course about a year ago. I was not disappointed....
Just finished the Intermediate/Advanced course. I had previously taken the Beginning course about a year ago. I was not disappointed. The preparation and lesson planning is great. Instructors seem to be everywhere providing input and excellent advice. Both groups had a wide range of skilled riders, but the team made everyone welcome and everyone learned important new skills. This training makes everyday more fun on my bike. DAY 2: Just rode one of my "regular" morning workout routes. 2 PR's - and I thought I was just cruising. I was making no effort to ride fast... just smooth like I was taught. ~Peter O.
It was very professional and at the same time really fun!
The intermediate and advanced clinic was very helpful and effective. Easy to follow, a lot of information but somehow I...
The intermediate and advanced clinic was very helpful and effective. Easy to follow, a lot of information but somehow I was able to retain it. I think because the instructors present it well. It was very professional and at the same time really fun! ~ Karen B.
This truly life changing gift will be greatly appreciated by the recipient and is the perfect choice for birthdays, holidays, or any other gift-giving occasion!Gift Certificates are available for all Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, Camps, One-on-one Sessions and Ninja Gear. Order yours here.