We cordially invite you to celebrate the union of Kingdom Trials and Ninja Mountain Bike Performance. That’s right – another EPIC trail network added to our lineup of bucket list events.
It’s rare to find an area that truly has it all; stunning vistas, trails that take your breath away, and a supportive community with a sparkling personality to boot. When you find that place, you forget your commitment issues, schedule a skills clinic, and put a (chain)ring on it.
The Kingdom Trails is a non-profit organization with trails that are built and maintained by a full-time trail crew. The entire 88 mile network of 123 trails is on over 90 private parcels of land. If you make it into town early (highly recommended), head to the Welcome Center where you can purchase your access pass, pick up a map, and chat with a trail pro who will help you dial in the perfect route.
To kickoff your Ninja weekend, meet up at Village Sport Shop Trailside to pick up any last minute necessities for the weekend, rent a bike, or just sip an espresso from their coffee bar to get extra jazzed for the day ahead. You have a lot to look forward to.
The Kingdom Trails wind through a wooded and pastoral setting, startlingly tranquil surroundings in contrast to the ripping flow trails with a mix of rooty, rowdy singletrack. “To say they are scenic would be an understatement. It’s a bucket list destination for any rider,” says Susan Clifford, Lead Ninja Instructor based out of Vermont.
Enough talk. It’s time to start class. Let’s ride!
Kick off the weekend with a review of the foundational bike handling skills; effective braking, body positioning, wheels lifts, cornering and more. Dial in your technique with progressive drills and trail rides where you can put all your new knowledge to the test. Kingdom Trails is pretty much a giant playground where you can find just about any terrain your heart desires. Our favorite part? Many of the climbs are mellow which allows you to lap the “must-dos” like Troll Stroll for berms, jumps and high-speed cornering practice or Ridge to dial in your line-finding skills through webs of roots and rocks. As the weekend rolls on, you’ll find yourself tackling more advanced terrain, negotiating once-intimidating trail obstacles and finally understand what it means to flow on your bike.
Ninja Lead Instructor Sue Clifford shot by Mike Hitelman
Where do you wind down and refuel after a long day of soaking up Ninja skills knowledge? You can grab a brew at The Hub Trailside or head into town to relax at Mike’s Tiki Bar and order up a hot pizza from the local food truck. This is the post-ride hangout for every rider in the area so you can chat up the locals and get directions to the nearest swimming hole to rinse off the day.
Jonathan Emery // Mike’s Tiki Bar
As for where to lay your head at night, if you prefer traditional New England comfort between big days on the bike, there is a myriad of beautiful bed and breakfasts in the area so you can sleep easy and wake up ready to take on the trails.
Adam Lukowski of Adam Lukowski Visuals // Burke Mountain Campground & Scenic Toll Road
Burke Mountain Campground, managed by Burke Mountain Resort, has tent sites, lean-tos and even Wifi so you can upload all your clinic snaps to Instagram. Burke Mountain Resort also has 116 trailside suites that offer ride-in / ride-out access to both Kingdom Trails and the Burke Bike Park. Yes, Bike Park = lift-accessed riding. We highly recommend extending your weekend by one extra day to put all of your new skills to work on repeat without all that pesky pedaling.
Still not convinced this clinic destination is right for you? Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what top bike publications have to say about the area:
“Oh yeah, I said it. East Burke, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, is home to the best mountain biking in the country. You get more than one hundred miles of rolling rocking ripping singletrack, every inch is fun.” – DirtRag Magazine
“The best trail network in North America.” – BIKE Magazine
Don’t let commitment issues get in the way of eternal singletrack bliss – Sign up today!
Had a great class Oct 11. Kris and Richard were very helpful and knowledgeable. They made things fun and easy...
Had a great class Oct 11. Kris and Richard were very helpful and knowledgeable. They made things fun and easy going, even while rolling you off the the lunch table bench. Came away with a bit more confidence which I have already put into practice. I really appreciated the review of what was covered in the class in the follow up email. Looking forward to taking the Jan intermediate class at Balboa, hopefully it will be up for registering soon. In the mean time I have a lot to work on. ~Linda Peterson
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My adult son and I participated in the "Fundamentals" camp on Saturday at Hildebrand Ranch in Denver, Colorado. We were...
My adult son and I participated in the "Fundamentals" camp on Saturday at Hildebrand Ranch in Denver, Colorado. We were both very pleased with the clinic and would highly recommend it to anyone who has recently started riding full suspension mountain bikes. We have already been back out on the single-track trails practicing what we learned in the clinic. Aaron and Richard did a great job breaking down all the fundamentals and honestly amazed at the impact on my riding. Still have a lot to work on but if I follow the instructions I can improve my riding. We are both scheduled to attend a two day clinic in Santa Fe with Richard and looking forward to taking our riding to the next level. If you want to improve your skills, don't hesitate to sign up for the next skills clinic in your area. ~Dan Mitchell
My brain is still swelling with knowledge one month later.
I had a great time at a 3 day camp in Big Bear, CA and my brain is still swelling...
I had a great time at a 3 day camp in Big Bear, CA and my brain is still swelling with knowledge one month later. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleased with the professionalism and detail that Richard and his team brought to camp. They not only take the time to teach you great MTB skills, but when and why you should use them. They begin with the fundamentals skills and reinforce those skills throughout the camp, which I found quite helpful. The skills progress quickly and we covered a lot of ground in three days. I was able to do a few skills I had never really tried before by the end of camp. I recommend highly and plan to attend another camp in the future. ~Joey W.
I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road...
I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road triathlete, I had very little experience and no technical skills on a mountain bike. I took the Ninja beginner and then intermediate classes almost back to back. Richard is a great teacher, and taught the sequential skills that matter most. He does a great job of "breaking things down" with the what and the why, and illustrates the information well with his demonstrations, all the while, delivering it with a sense of humor and enthusiasm. Richard's instruction helped me successfully get through a very technical course in Maui without major injury! Yea, thank you Richard!!. Whether a complete beginner or an advanced rider, I promise you can take a lot away from his classes.... and, let's be honest ...Who doesn't want to be a Ninja! ~ Ray S.
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.