We had an incredible turn out at our 2nd Official Team Ninja meeting – 9 new members joined Team Ninja putting our total rider count at 38 – Awesome!
Here’s a quick recap of the meeting in case you were not able to join us (or couldn’t hear me over all the Lefty’s madness)…
Review of Team Ninja History
Richard started a mountain bike workouts on Meetup.com at Balboa Park in 2012 because he saw there was a void. Every other sport has group workouts and now mountain biking had its own too.
The workout has been free because he sees it as a public good. Hundreds of riders have participated since its inception and there’s no end in site.
A lot of close friendships have been forged at these workouts and it was at participants demand that we created the jerseys, and at their demand that we are starting this team.
Who knew that meetup would be the beginning of something so cool. Still today, 18 or so months later, we’ve have between 25-30 people coming out week after week. If you haven’t made it out to a workout lately, join us!
Team Ninja Mission Statement
A team of like-minded cyclist working together to support each other and achieve our goals while giving back to the community and inspiring others to ride. Team Ninja is open to everyone, no matter what level rider or cycling discipline. You just need to ride a bike!
What We Have Done so Far
IMBA and Team Ninja join forces to put on our first ever Free Mountain Bike Kids Skills Clinic October 2013.
IMBA Kids MTB Skills Clinic | Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (24 participants)
First ever USAC XC MTB race – Ninja Night Race
In the Future
Kids bike skills clinic at San Diego Gran Fondo in April, 2014
This is where Dan and Heidi come in… (if you have ideas, let them know)
Upcoming Cycling Events and Racers
An upcoming MTB race schedule been created by Mike Henry (will be posted on the website shortly)
Ray Snoke will be taking on the task of assembling a Road Race list for Socal – Thank you Ray!! (will be posted soon)
Ninja Night Race – No confirmed date yet, will be announced soon — Stay tuned
New Team Ninja canopy has arrived – awesome!
Water coolers are here.
Tables are here.
(portable bike rack on order)
Reference Sponsor List on website (and in Members only section)
New Sponsors: Lefty’s Pizza, EZ-UP, Paul Gamache LAC – Acupuncture, Sports Medicine and Family Health
Group email list. You need a Google account to participate. This is a great way for everyone to communicate about everything Ninja; team rides, community events, carpools, etc. Go here to request access: http://teamninjaelite.com/forums/
Website updates (new features, check ‘em out!)
Members only section (Member’s Only: Login is ******** and password is ******** (email Richard or Kristen for this information). Go to http://teamninjaelite.com/members-only/ and key it in to get more team info and learn how to access sponsors’ offers.)
Forums (This auto categorizes all group emails into forums threads for future reference, searching,etc.) You can post directly to the forums here, or by sending a group email. Go here to request access: http://teamninjaelite.com/forums/
Please send in your Rider bios to go with your photos – due by Dec 15.
Membership coordinator / communication role.
James Vo will assist Richard in this role. Thank you James!
Other community events (looking for a community service minded volunteer to take this position)
Heidi Amundson will take on this role – Thank you Heidi!
Dan Golich will assist – Thank you Dan!
Rudy Project orders
Michael Henry will take the lead on coordinating these orders. Thank you Michael! Expect an email from Michael soon with instructions, in the meantime – check out http://e-rudy.com to figure out what you’d like to purchase.
Positions yet to fill (let Richard know if you are interested in any of these):
Race / Ride Result Coordinator (post results from team members on Team Ninja site and social media.)
Sponsorship Coordinator – work with prospective and current sponsors for Team support, product, etc.
Social Events (off the bike) Coordinator (Art galleries, concerts, movies, wine nights, etc…)
Thank you Lefty’s Pizza (David)!
If you know anyone who might like to be a sponsor of the team, let Richard know.
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.
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