NINJA GOES TO SUMMER CAMP! Join Ninja, Camp Jorn YMCA and WinMan Trails for a week of mountain biking skills development and summer camp awesomeness. When not pedaling in the skills area at Camp Jorn or around the sweet singletrack at WinMan Trails, campers will be taking advantage of all the summer camp activities …Read More →
Have a listen! In the latest episode of the Singletracks.com podcast, hear professional Ninja instructor Richard La China talk about the number one skill mountain bikers need help with, plus the biggest mistakes mountain bikers make when it comes to building technical skills. Hear more about Ninja camps and clinics and get the low down …Read More →
You’re smoking down some sweet single track and right as you nail that last high-speed corner you see your friends seemingly float down a steep drop. You choose the b-line and cruise around this wall of mystery and then start hammering like mad to catch up with your friends … sound familiar? Safely riding off …Read More →
Mountain biking doesn’t have to be all about going BIGGER and BADDER. Turns out, tuning up the little things is all it takes to launch your riding to the next level. Ready to step it up a notch right now? Here are 5 important tune-ups to focus on during your next ride. 1. Head Up …Read More →
It turns out, perfecting stair-riding will help both your Urban Slayer reputation AND your ability to tackle technical singletrack. Mother nature (and trail builders) frequently throw stair-like features our way on the trail. Perfecting your stair riding will, in turn, better prepare you to smoothly sail down these features. No more bobble head. No more …Read More →
Track standing is one of those old faithful mountain bike skills; reliable, practical and just a little showy. The track stand will help you to tackle technical sections of trails, navigate city riding and of course, show off for your friends. Here are a few practical applications for a track stand: Pause at the top of …Read More →
Oh, the dreaded skinny. For many riders, the thought of getting those fat mountain bike tires rolling in a straight line down a log or thin plank gets the heart pounding. Consider these 8 steps to in your quest to conquer skinnies … 1. Get Mental As with most things in mountain biking, you need …Read More →
Is your braking holding you back? Much of an experienced mountain biker’s control, skill and speed lies both in the way they use their brakes (ease the squeeze!) AND the way they set-up their brake controls on the bars. In this article, we’re going to focus on the importance of proper set-up of your brake levers. …Read More →
“Smooth is fast.” You’ve heard that a hundred times … but what does it really mean? If you’re focused on riding fast, expect to spend the majority of your ride in a very reactive state. This can result in poor line choice, over-breaking in corners, bouncing down technical sections (causing fatigue), wasting energy cleaning up …Read More →
Ninja Instructor Hannah Levine is selling her super rad camper van. This van has been designed to maximize space and functionality. Lots of storage for your all your gear and clothes. Ideal for anyone looking to travel with bikes and dogs! Fits in a normal parking space; easy to drive and maneuver. The perfect Ninja …Read More →
My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills....
My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills. I knew Richard La China from the cross country racing scene and felt confident that he and the ninja team could help out. I bought a woman's beginner clinic for my wife and she really enjoyed the challenge and experience. She is a better mountain biker now with much more confidence and new and improved skills. Mission accomplished! I highly recommend Richard LaChina and the ninja skills clinics for any level. I bought my wife a clinic gift card for Christmas which she will use to take the intermediate clinic. I plan on taking an advanced course to improve my cornering skills. ~ Mark T.
Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I...
Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I look forward to an intermediate level class! Thanks for doing this coach Richard! ~ Sally A.
The best money I’ve ever spent on mountain biking!
Just finished a two day skills workshop in Dallas. To say it was the best money I've ever spent on...
Just finished a two day skills workshop in Dallas. To say it was the best money I've ever spent on mountain biking would be an understatement. Our instructor was Aaron Lucy, a wonderful teacher and just a real pleasure to be around kind of guy. I highly recommend Ninja for anyone from novice to advanced riders as they cover just about anything and everything that will make you a more rounded rider. Thanks so much Aaron for all the advice and coaching! ~Mark Stewart
I'm a 63 y.o. Road and MTB cyclist. I've ridden mountain bikes since 1988. I really wish that I'd taken...
I'm a 63 y.o. Road and MTB cyclist. I've ridden mountain bikes since 1988. I really wish that I'd taken this course 25 years ago and I might have avoided some of the injuries I received over the years. I took only the morning first intro session at Phoenix and I learned a great deal in a short period of time. Richard is a very gifted cyclist and coach with excellent pedagogical skills. The class moved quickly, but covered all the appropriate details needed to handle a bike on technical trails. Richard had two local expert cyclists who demonstrated techniques while he provided a narrative and answered question. We had one relatively new rider who was very wary of some of the steeper, technical descents. By the end of the class, you could actually see a significant increase in her confidence using the skills acquired in the class. I'm looking forward to doing one of Ninja's camps and I hope they are able to expand their clinics to my area (Albuquerque, NM). William J.
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.