Fall is a marvelous time of year for mountain bikers… summer crowds have disappeared, changing leaves provide breathtaking views, and traction is returning to trails for confidence-building descents. If you’re only looking forward to pumpkin spiced-everything and breaking out your flannel this season, it’s time to spice it up with a heaping cup of fresh skills and a dash of local flavor at a bucket-list fall destination. No matter where you are in the country or in your riding journey, we have the perfect Adventure Camp or Clinic for you.
Oakridge, OR • October 26-27
One of only six IMBA Gold-level Ride Centers, Oakridge sits amongst hundreds of miles of new school flow trails and old school, narrow singletrack (seriously, they were built by mules and mountain men). Gain a black-belt level mastery of maneuvering through tight switchbacks, speed-reading the trail ahead, and conserving energy during long descents… after shuttle rides to the top with stunning views of the Cascades.
Spice it up with post-ride eats from Jackie Chan’s former personal chef at Lee’s Gourmet Garden.
Register here to go for the (IMBA) gold in “Stokeridge”!
Kingdom Trails, East Burke, VT • September 28-29
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. As the weekend rolls on, you’ll find yourself tackling more advanced terrain, negotiating once-intimidating trail obstacles and finding the ever-elusive flow on your bike.
Spice it up at the Fall Foliage Festival to celebrate the vibrant changing leaves.
Register here to experience New England’s MTB mecca!
Sedona, AZ • September 28-29 & December 14-15
The idyllic red rocks of Sedona are the place to put your technical skills to the test. With step-ups and steep transitions around every corner, drops of all sizes and high speed corners to play on, you’ll be amazed by what you and your bike can do together and you’ll go home with a huge boost in confidence because of it. Face your fears of rock slabs and gnarly-looking ledges; we’ll help you roll through it all with ease.
Spice it up with fresh New Mexican Hatch chiles roasting on the patio at Son Silver West gallery.
SkyPark Bike Park, Lake Arrowhead, CA • October 12-13
Fall isn’t your jam? Get a jump on winter at this Christmas-themed wonderland by chasing Santa down the flow trail. Pedal up just 10 minutes from Santa’s Village and choose your own adventure from wide green and blue trails with berms and wood features to technical black diamonds with drops and elevated skinnies. Session all day and celebrate your progression as you begin to clear the tabletops and build confidence on the meticulously maintained trails (thanks to the hard-working elves!).
Spice it up with zip lining, rock climbing, sweet shops, ice-skating, archery, ropes courses, and… yeah, you’re gonna need a few more days.
Woohoo! As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher!...
Woohoo! As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher! I would encourage everyone to stay away from the mind trap that buying a more expensive mountain bike is what you need to ride better. Spend the money on lessons instead, and I know you will be happier (and safer) in the long run. I can't say enough positive things about the Bike Skills clinics. ~ Chris G.
Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence!
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much...
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much we learned. I’ve been riding for over 10 years but with all self taught skills. We wanted to learn fundamentals the right way and Richard took us through all of that (along with critical bike setup) and the intermediate stuff that they teach in one day plus he spent an extra hour at the end to teach us jumping which I had always been nervous about. Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence, we even learned to move the bike in the air on a crossed take off and landing. I think my favorite part though was riding fast on the very gnarly technical descent. We will be booking up more private lessons during the summer at Big Bear. Thanks Richard you are a very good teacher! ~John U.
I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and...
I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and felt stuck and was not improving at all. Aaron was a great instructor! Very patient and broke down everything step by step and we repeated the skills until we felt comfortable. I look forward to mastering the skills I learned and taking another clinic in the spring. ~Jody Hachenberger-Amend
Special thanks to Santa Fe Fat Tire Society for bringing you in!
My wife and I had the privilege of attending the skills 2 day camp in Santa Fe New Mexico August...
My wife and I had the privilege of attending the skills 2 day camp in Santa Fe New Mexico August 20th and 21st. Richard and Aaron and Catherine where fantastic trainers and teachers they brought new light into basic skills of riding each person in the group was able to excel in what we were doing before we moved on to some other awesome skill or task individual attention was felt by all in the group and visible Improvement was seen in all Riders when we have you back next year you should plan on doubling or tripling the number of riders thanks for a super fun weekend and special thanks to Santa Fe Fat Tire Society for bringing you in and of course thanks to Richard and Aaron and Kathryn. ~Bruce Hamby
This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike. I was riding a hard tail bike mostly...
This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike. I was riding a hard tail bike mostly for the workout. After racing in an Xterra, I realized that a new bike was in my future. ( I could tell a huge story about the process of purchasing a new MB and the massive amount of miss information you can obtain from bike shops. Especially when you know nothing about bikes. ) Not long after I purchased the new MB, I had my first over the handle bars wreck. I still cannot remember the actual crash. I can see the rut that I am about to hit on the downhill, and then I remember waking up on the trail barely able to breath. The crash gave me some time to catch up on email. One of those emails was a beginners MB clinic hosted by Richard and the Ride Like a Ninja crew. I swallowed my pride and signed up. To date I have done everything I was taught. I made every adjustment to my bike that was recommended. I then had the bike fitted. The skills taught that day are priceless to me. For the first time I understand what position my body needs to be in for each type of terrain. I am not perfect by any means, but in my mind I am shouting the word NINJA to remind myself. I practice the techniques ever time I ride. ~ Hal N.
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.