“Rojo Velcro” is the term the locals use to describe that perfect ribbon of red singletrack that winds through the beautiful high desert setting in Sedona, Arizona. With hundreds of miles of this “shred carpet” (another well-deserved name for the trails) and a town a full of sights, food, and entertainment, this is an unforgettable destination to enjoy a Ninja skills clinic!
Skills and Thrills
Chuckwagon Trail is trail full of features and easy to access from multiple parking areas, so it’s only a short warm up ride to get to the good stuff. You’re met with incredible views and a large slickrock slab that’s perfect for working body positioning and drills on a level surface. Descending from there, you’ll find a rock waterfall to work on technical climbing and descending. Next up? The best corner combinations around! Smooth “S” turns, combined with tight, arcing corners that are perfect for putting Ninja’s cornering techniques to the test.
Sedona riding requires a varied skillset to maintain momentum and navigate features. Front wheel lifts are a constant necessity to get up and over the ledges and rock features. How are your steeps?! The ability to handle steep rolls and drop techniques will elevate your experience here. Most of all, you’ll need to be able to simultaneously ride and gawk at the surreal scenery all around you!
Sedona is a tourist town so there’s no shortage of quality grub. A lap around the parking lot of the Whole Foods is like an Instagram feed of #vanlife and adventure rigs. It’s no wonder that people gather there with the well-stocked hot food buffet, smoothies, sushi, pizza, bar, and grill. Odds are you’ll cross paths with some fellow riders and maybe even high five some Ninja coaches if you time it right! After a day on the trails, it’s hard to beat Picazzo’s for wings, roasted sweet potatoes, and gluten-free pizzas that’ll change your life.
We’re going to say it: it’s okay to spend a few moments off the bike… seriously. Sedona’s entertainment options are endless with shops, outdoor concerts, art galleries, spas, wildlife parks, and hot air ballon rides. With the altitude, desert air, and technical riding, you’ll be grateful for a chance to unwind, catch your breath, and see why Sedona’s a hot spot for non-cyclists, too.
Ain’t No Party Like a MTB Party
Shoutout to Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition for all they do to support the trails and community, the volunteers that keep the Posse Grounds Bike Park tuned up, and all the Forest Service and locals that put in work on the trails! When it comes to bike shops, Over The Edge has all your needs covered from rentals to routes to repairs.
Enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I’ve ever done to improve my speed and ability on the bike.
Hands down, enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I've ever done to improve my speed and ability...
Hands down, enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I've ever done to improve my speed and ability on the bike. I am so much faster on singletrack and through technical sections/jumps that even if people are more fit than me, I still keep up with them (and kind of love watching them do a lot more work than they need to). Richard and Kris are fantastic and break things down in a way that makes sense and is manageable. By the end of my first clinic, I was jumping off ledges and power climbing up sections that I couldn't drive a car up. You could buy a $5,000 carbon bike and do 10,000 ft rides every day, but you will get the best return on any investment you make in your riding by attending a Ninja Skills Clinic. ~ Regina J.
My 14 year old son and I (I'm 43) went to the Intermediate/advanced skills clinic at Malibu Creek State Park....
My 14 year old son and I (I'm 43) went to the Intermediate/advanced skills clinic at Malibu Creek State Park. We both race and ride at a very fast pace. Getting faster for us is about making sure our fundamentals are solid and we can continue to use those fundamentals to smooth out our flow to increase our skills and confidence. Richard has a way of breaking down all the information to make it very understandable and usable. My son and I have been to other skills classes before and knew what to expect, mostly. Richard was able to coach us to better form riding high speed flat corners! We brushed up on and cleaned up some less helpful habits. We really worked to understand the how and why behind some skills that we already had but didn't know we that we did. All in all we had a blast! Richard was fun and informative. Taylor was helping Richard out for the day. It was fun to watch her demo some skills at speed. Her input throughout the day was informative and light hearted. It was a fun day on the bike with some great people and coaching. This will not be our last Ninja training clinic! Thanks for everything Richard and Taylor! ~Eric Zubick
I have, like many cyclists, been riding bikes since childhood. Feeling like I hit a plateau in my technical riding...
I have, like many cyclists, been riding bikes since childhood. Feeling like I hit a plateau in my technical riding skills (because I had), I began searching for a mountain bike skills camp. I wanted to attend a camp that would push me to be a better rider, but I needed it to be in a great location on actual trails. After a fair amount of searching, I decided that spending a weekend at a Ninja Mountain Bike Skills camp would be perfect. It didn't hurt that the camp was in Big Bear. The condensed review: It took only a few hours of trail riding with Richard and Daniel to drastically change my riding for the better. The long review: The camp was broken into morning and afternoon sessions, separated by an amazing lunch on each day. The morning sessions were, in general, based on technique and riding isolated technical features. The afternoon sessions functioned more like a capstone; we rode incredible trails, like Fall Line and Skyline, and put our newly-learned skills into action. Richard and Daniel were attentive to both the class as a whole as well as each individual. The pacing of each individual lesson (I'm a teacher, so I viewed each piece as a lesson) was wonderful. There were constant checks for understanding as well as incremental assessments of our skills on the bike. We were never once, all weekend, bogged down in repetition, nor were we rushed through a skill or concept. I was blown away by the sheer volume of skills that were taught in such an easy-to-grasp manner. Of course, we were not standing by our bikes the whole time listening to a lecture: we were actively riding while Daniel and Richard looked on with critical eyes. Richard was clear in his introduction...
G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know....
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know. It's a non intimidating environment where mistakes are welcomed so corrections can be made. I own G2 Bike is Aliso Viejo and this clinic has been ran out of the Aliso Woods area and when I interviewed the clients they had all but great things to say. None arrogant instructors and easy to follow steps. The biggest bang for many was meeting new area riders at their skill level, gaining confidence, and getting the bike set up and fit properly. G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area. Thanks Richard for all you do for the MTB community! ~ AJ 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.