“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.
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.