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.
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.
….and I thought I already knew how to corner (ha, ha!)!
Congrats to Richard, Hannah, Bernadette, Cory, Shana and company for a great clinic covering many skills, all practical, in a...
Congrats to Richard, Hannah, Bernadette, Cory, Shana and company for a great clinic covering many skills, all practical, in a great environment for learning . Your professionalism, skill and experience in teaching, choice of terrain to teach in, and enthusiasm all made this a totally worthwhile experience. I would do it again and again as you never stop learning. ....and I thought I already knew how to corner (ha, ha!)! ~James Crawford
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.