Mountain Bike Skills :: Intermediate/Advanced

So you’re a competent mountain biker or XC racer and can ride most technical terrain with confidence. So why can’t you go as fast as your friends?

The answer is that you probably haven’t yet found your flow.  You’ve probably reached a plateau in your mountain biking and perhaps can’t ride faster on technical terrain without fear of crashing?

Or, maybe you’ve tried a few trails, but lacked the confidence to hit technical sections as hard as you would like?

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While we don’t require it, we highly recommend you take our Fundamentals clinic before signing up for our Intermediate/Advanced clinic.  The Fundamentals clinics will not only teach you the core, “must-have” skills required to be a more advanced rider, but give our instructors an opportunity to critique your riding.  We’ll point out any bad habits and recommend homework to best prepare you to take your riding to the next level.

The Int/Adv clinic builds upon your fundamentals and give you a full toolbox of mountain bike skills that you can apply to any terrain, in any location, and any in conditions; be it a gnarly back country trail or our local race course.  This full day clinic also looks closely at the key elements to finding your flow and builds upon your fundamentals to improve your trail speed and energy management.

Following training you will see an immediate improvement in your riding and a boost in your confidence on technical trails.  You will be able to tackle rougher terrain and trickier corners with greater control and negotiate bigger trail obstacles and moderate drops with confidence and commitment.  You will also gain a boost in speed and commitment on fast flowing single track, switchbacks, berms; all of which achieved with far less pedaling by using the topography of the trail to retain, and even, increase speed.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris...
5.0
2014-03-19T14:33:17+00:00
Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris are some of the most professional and pleasant coaches/cyclist/people I have come across.  Looking forward to one of their future clinics. ~ Tom T.  

This was awesome!

This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great...
5.0
2014-03-19T14:48:53+00:00
This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great starting point in order to make you faster. I’m sure everyone including myself experienced a positive feeling in how to improve from this point on. — Don’t expect to be a world champ after this clinic but to learn what and where and most importantly how to improve your trail riding from now on. Richard gives you the tools but you have to put in the work.” ~ Michael A.  

I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding …

I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit...
5.0
2017-05-04T08:18:05+00:00
I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit of a nervous wreck when I realized I was the least skilled in the group – but the instructors didn’t give up on me and gave me plenty of tips, positive reinforcement and new ways to think about my riding. At the end of the weekend, I felt that I had a better understanding how to ride better. I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding, am a lot less timid and am looking forward to taking another camp soon! ~Quan Campbell

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors!

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take...
5.0
2017-06-05T14:43:17+00:00
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take our time to session sections of Braille & Flow while having experts help fix any dysfunctions in our riding technique was priceless. I know I've always had to brake-check a lot before hitting the corners, but now I actually feel more planted while carrying more speed around the berms just w/ a slight change in hip position. I can't wait to actually hit Flow again at speed just to see how my time has improved. As for Braille, I know I need to session some of the jumps & drops a few more times before I hit them at speed (instead of bypassing around most of them as I have in the past) but now I should have the tools to know what I need to practice. Technical instruction aside, they also talked about efficient uphill pedaling, gearing choices as well as techniques to build up more mitochondria in your body... all stuff I'm interested in since I know I need to build up my climbing legs. ~Carlo F.

Mission accomplished!

My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills....
5.0
2014-03-19T14:34:22+00:00
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.  
5.0
5

Course outline

The skills taught and practiced on the Mountain Bike Skills :: Intermediate/Advanced course include:

  • Mind skills
  • Mastering manual front-wheel lifts
  • Manual dropping roots & steps
  • Cornering with speed & confidence
  • Reading & breaking down the trail
  • Introduction to energy management & flow
  • Linking trail sections for flow
  • Attacking flat corners
  • Flat and cambered corners
  • Bermed corners; lines and pumping
  • Switchbacks
  • Maximizing grip and traction with pumping
  • Learning to pump for speed & air

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris...
5.0
2014-03-19T14:33:17+00:00
Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris are some of the most professional and pleasant coaches/cyclist/people I have come across.  Looking forward to one of their future clinics. ~ Tom T.  

This was awesome!

This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great...
5.0
2014-03-19T14:48:53+00:00
This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great starting point in order to make you faster. I’m sure everyone including myself experienced a positive feeling in how to improve from this point on. — Don’t expect to be a world champ after this clinic but to learn what and where and most importantly how to improve your trail riding from now on. Richard gives you the tools but you have to put in the work.” ~ Michael A.  

I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding …

I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit...
5.0
2017-05-04T08:18:05+00:00
I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit of a nervous wreck when I realized I was the least skilled in the group – but the instructors didn’t give up on me and gave me plenty of tips, positive reinforcement and new ways to think about my riding. At the end of the weekend, I felt that I had a better understanding how to ride better. I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding, am a lot less timid and am looking forward to taking another camp soon! ~Quan Campbell

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors!

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take...
5.0
2017-06-05T14:43:17+00:00
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take our time to session sections of Braille & Flow while having experts help fix any dysfunctions in our riding technique was priceless. I know I've always had to brake-check a lot before hitting the corners, but now I actually feel more planted while carrying more speed around the berms just w/ a slight change in hip position. I can't wait to actually hit Flow again at speed just to see how my time has improved. As for Braille, I know I need to session some of the jumps & drops a few more times before I hit them at speed (instead of bypassing around most of them as I have in the past) but now I should have the tools to know what I need to practice. Technical instruction aside, they also talked about efficient uphill pedaling, gearing choices as well as techniques to build up more mitochondria in your body... all stuff I'm interested in since I know I need to build up my climbing legs. ~Carlo F.

Mission accomplished!

My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills....
5.0
2014-03-19T14:34:22+00:00
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.  
5.0
5

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Typical Schedule

Although the course is flexible it will usually keep to the following program:

  • 07:45-08:00 Arrival at course venue
  • 8:00-8:30 Course commences, introductions and equipment check
  • 8:30-8:45 Warm-up ride to skills area
  • 8:45-11:00 Accelerated review of Fundamentals with Int/Advanced progressions
  • 11:00-12:00 Practice progression in practice area.
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (bring your own, or we’ll pick a place nearby).
  • 1:00- 4:00 Hit the trails, practice everything you’ve learned on the trails.
  • 4:00 – 4:15 Recap, review of skills learned, questions.

 

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Highly recommended!

Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris...
5.0
2014-03-19T14:33:17+00:00
Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris are some of the most professional and pleasant coaches/cyclist/people I have come across.  Looking forward to one of their future clinics. ~ Tom T.  

This was awesome!

This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great...
5.0
2014-03-19T14:48:53+00:00
This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great starting point in order to make you faster. I’m sure everyone including myself experienced a positive feeling in how to improve from this point on. — Don’t expect to be a world champ after this clinic but to learn what and where and most importantly how to improve your trail riding from now on. Richard gives you the tools but you have to put in the work.” ~ Michael A.  

I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding …

I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit...
5.0
2017-05-04T08:18:05+00:00
I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit of a nervous wreck when I realized I was the least skilled in the group – but the instructors didn’t give up on me and gave me plenty of tips, positive reinforcement and new ways to think about my riding. At the end of the weekend, I felt that I had a better understanding how to ride better. I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding, am a lot less timid and am looking forward to taking another camp soon! ~Quan Campbell

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors!

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take...
5.0
2017-06-05T14:43:17+00:00
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take our time to session sections of Braille & Flow while having experts help fix any dysfunctions in our riding technique was priceless. I know I've always had to brake-check a lot before hitting the corners, but now I actually feel more planted while carrying more speed around the berms just w/ a slight change in hip position. I can't wait to actually hit Flow again at speed just to see how my time has improved. As for Braille, I know I need to session some of the jumps & drops a few more times before I hit them at speed (instead of bypassing around most of them as I have in the past) but now I should have the tools to know what I need to practice. Technical instruction aside, they also talked about efficient uphill pedaling, gearing choices as well as techniques to build up more mitochondria in your body... all stuff I'm interested in since I know I need to build up my climbing legs. ~Carlo F.

Mission accomplished!

My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills....
5.0
2014-03-19T14:34:22+00:00
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.  
5.0
5

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