Every year we keep getting bigger and better, with more product and service offerings and more partnerships with some of the best companies in the industry. This coming year is no exception and we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Rock n’ Road Cyclery for some of our Orange County-based clinics in 2016!
These Rock n’ Road hosted clinics will be run out of Santiago Oaks Regional Park, which is one of the best mountain biking spots in all of Orange County. The park has a super diverse trail system that will readily accommodate our beginner riders and challenge our intermediate/advanced riders.
One of the most exciting aspects of this partnership is that we will be offering our FIRST EVER Women’s Only Int/Advanced Full-Day clinic! The skill level of the ladies in the OC—and their demand for their own clinic—was too great for us NOT to do it! (If you want a full-day Women’s Only Int/Adv Clinic in your area, contact us here.)
Additionally, for every person that signs up for any of our R n’ R clinics, we will donate $10 to Project Bike Love, a group that seeks to empower women in developing countries by providing them with a bicycle for their transportation needs (i.e. to school or work). Rock n’ Road has been a supporter of this group since it’s inception and we are thrilled to get involved, too.
Rock n’ Road is Orange County’s premier bike shop that now has 4 state-of-the-art locations. All of their stores are Specialized Concept Stores that provide the most comprehensive retail experience possible. Their Mission Viejo location even includes a Specialized BG Data fitting system that provides computerized analysis of your riding style, allowing you to fine-tune your fit and unlock some free watts.
While we love the ‘stuff’ in their stores, our favorite aspect of R n’ R is their commitment to cycling beyond just the gear. Company founder, Matt Ford, has gone above and beyond to create a vibrant and inclusive cycling community in Orange County with classes, rides, and clubs based out of his stores, and even heavy involvement in the racing community. We dig all that stuff, too.
The Guru’s #1 passion is taking bike skills and breaking them down into tangible, progressive steps. Is there a skill you just can’t master? A maneuver you don’t understand? A fear you can’t seem to get past? Turn to the Guru! The Ninja Skills Guru has spent years riding bikes and carefully breaking down riding skills into easy digestible steps so you can tackle the trail with confidence. Yup, the guru is that friend who doesn’t talk about anything but bikes!
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.
This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great...
This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great starting point in order to make you faster. I’m sure everyone including myself experienced a positive feeling in how to improve from this point on. — Don’t expect to be a world champ after this clinic but to learn what and where and most importantly how to improve your trail riding from now on. Richard gives you the tools but you have to put in the work.” ~ Michael A.
I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding …
I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit...
I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit of a nervous wreck when I realized I was the least skilled in the group – but the instructors didn’t give up on me and gave me plenty of tips, positive reinforcement and new ways to think about my riding. At the end of the weekend, I felt that I had a better understanding how to ride better. I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding, am a lot less timid and am looking forward to taking another camp soon! ~Quan Campbell
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors!
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take...
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take our time to session sections of Braille & Flow while having experts help fix any dysfunctions in our riding technique was priceless. I know I've always had to brake-check a lot before hitting the corners, but now I actually feel more planted while carrying more speed around the berms just w/ a slight change in hip position. I can't wait to actually hit Flow again at speed just to see how my time has improved. As for Braille, I know I need to session some of the jumps & drops a few more times before I hit them at speed (instead of bypassing around most of them as I have in the past) but now I should have the tools to know what I need to practice. Technical instruction aside, they also talked about efficient uphill pedaling, gearing choices as well as techniques to build up more mitochondria in your body... all stuff I'm interested in since I know I need to build up my climbing legs. ~Carlo F.
My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills....
My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills. I knew Richard La China from the cross country racing scene and felt confident that he and the ninja team could help out. I bought a woman's beginner clinic for my wife and she really enjoyed the challenge and experience. She is a better mountain biker now with much more confidence and new and improved skills. Mission accomplished! I highly recommend Richard LaChina and the ninja skills clinics for any level. I bought my wife a clinic gift card for Christmas which she will use to take the intermediate clinic. I plan on taking an advanced course to improve my cornering skills. ~ Mark T.
We are a group of passionate, dirt-loving, community oriented, world class mountain bike skills instructors committed to helping you reach your personal riding goals through clinics and camps. We are excited to work with riders of all ability levels and share the joy (STOKE) of mountain biking.