My riding improved instantly!
My muscle memory takes a while to kick in and Coach Richard and his crew of master Ninjas were really patient with me. I even got some bonus education on climbing faster during one of our warm-up laps!
Even though I have been riding for years I learned something new with every skill taught. The clinic was worth every penny and I will be signing up for an advanced one this summer.
I was actually surprised to learn so many little tricks!
I'm a professional drum instructor and I really enjoyed Richard's teaching methods. He not only showed us how to do something, but WHY we should do it. It really makes the information stick! Kris was great too, super motivating!
I was actually surprised to learn so many little tricks and can't wait to practice them on my own! I'd love to go to another clinic or do a one on one session soon.
They’ve helped build my confidence and competence!
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!
It was very professional and at the same time really fun!
~ Karen B.
I felt so confident that I recently signed up for the Catalina MTB Gran Fondo!
The next day, as I was road biking (training for the Solvang Double Century), I dodged a bullet on the Snake/Mulholland by applying my learned mtb skills--a long towing truck went over almost half of our lane on a blind turn as we were descending. Instead of fixating on the truck, I remembered the importance of looking for a clear path and keeping my eyes on where I want to go....Now I understand what people meant when they said that mtb will help improve my road riding skills too!
I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn, and I look forward to the next clinic!
~ Uyen N.
I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys.
I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys. The instructors are knowledgeable and easy to work with. There is a lot of one on one help and they will make sure you understand the skills being taught and are able to perform them successfully. Plus the clinic was lots of fun! I highly recommend and hope to work with these guys again soon.
~ Michelle A.
Enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I’ve ever done to improve my speed and ability on the bike.
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.
G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.
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.
~ Tom T.
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.
Coach Richard is fantastic!
~ Patricia H.
Who doesn’t want to be a Ninja!?
He does a great job of "breaking things down" with the what and the why, and illustrates the information well with his demonstrations, all the while, delivering it with a sense of humor and enthusiasm. Richard's instruction helped me successfully get through a very technical course in Maui without major injury! Yea, thank you Richard!!. Whether a complete beginner or an advanced rider, I promise you can take a lot away from his classes.... and, let's be honest ...Who doesn't want to be a Ninja!
~ Ray S.
As good as it gets is appropriate!
Spend the money on lessons instead, and I know you will be happier (and safer) in the long run. I can't say enough positive things about the Bike Skills clinics.
~ Chris G.
I swallowed my pride and signed up.
I swallowed my pride and signed up.
To date I have done everything I was taught. I made every adjustment to my bike that was recommended. I then had the bike fitted. The skills taught that day are priceless to me. For the first time I understand what position my body needs to be in for each type of terrain. I am not perfect by any means, but in my mind I am shouting the word NINJA to remind myself. I practice the techniques ever time I ride.
~ Hal N.
Everything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking.
Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking skill clinic are quite scarce. Richard La China and his team offer such clinic! Richard has the training as a Coach from USA Cycling and the experience as an expert racer to develop in you the skills and therefore the confidence to negotiate the treacherous obstacles on your path as a mountain biker.
His clinic has several levels from beginner to expert and is organized incrementally to facilitate the learning of more and more difficult skills. In addition to his and his expert team's demonstrations, I also like his verbal explanations about the why of a specific position or skill to have.
Richard and his team have the dedication and patience to teach you anything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking.
Best investment ever.
Also I've taken one-on-one lessons (with Richard La China) and it really speeds up the learning (in my case it was basic jumping) in any area where you deem to be weak in or just need improvement.
~ Thad G.
Richard and Kristen were awesome!
Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome! We all got the opportunity to work on improving our skills with their feedback. Next time I would definitely do the intermediate clinic or do a one-on-one session.
Richard is super patient and provides great feedback and riding tips.
~ Lisa D.
I highly recommend these clinics.
After all, it couldn't be THAT hard, could it? I mean, I knew how to ride/race a bike, I had great fitness, and I had a totally sweet custom-built race mountain bike (courtesy of said boyfriend). So I signed up for a local race series.
Well, several races and countless crashes later (and, allegedly even some tears--although I will deny it to my grave), I wanted to put the kibosh on my mountain bike race career. I had so many cuts, scrapes, gashes, and bruises that you'd have thought I was trying to bring the "mummy" look back into style with all my bandages. (Honestly, I should have bought stock in Band-aids and Advil.) And those were just the external wounds.... My pride/ego and my psyche took a big hit, too, and not even my beautiful series overall winner trophy could take that pain away (yes, I did win, but it wasn't pretty). I just couldn't understand how I could be so terrible at something (ie, how I completely lacked the bike handling skills to navigate around a course crash-free).
However, instead of heeding my calls to sell/destroy/part-out my mountain bike--which at that point I had taken to calling "That Stupid Bike"-- my boyfriend suggested that I take a mountain bike skills class with Ninja Mountain Bike Skills. (My boyfriend....he is so full of suggestions).
So, in March 2013 I took the Beginner Level 1 class and, wow! Boyfriend's idea was great (for once)! What an amazing and transformative experience. I had so many light-bulb moments that I must have looked like a Christmas tree! Coach Richard patiently and thoroughly taught all the important skills that I was completely lacking, from weight distribution, to cornering, to proper braking, to mounting and dismounting, etc. And he doesn't just go through the "how", he teaches the "why"--which for someone like me with a super analytical and critical brain is a HUGE plus. Furthermore, both Richard and his helper Jeff (a former pro rider) gave great race-situation examples for all the skills.
I liked the class so much that I took another one soon after. This time a Women's Only class. I love the fact that this is offered, by the way. It was the kind of totally supportive, stress-free, pressure-free environment that only someone with two x-chromosomes would understand and appreciate. And Coach Richard had two great female helpers there too (Kris and Jessica) that were able to translate some of the concepts into "woman-speak."
Ok, to wrap it up: I highly recommend these clinics. Great instructors. Great content. Bargain price. I saw such immediate gains in my skill level and confidence level that I signed up for yet another race series...This time the US Cup series. Go big, or go home, right?
~ Heidi A.
All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic.
All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic.
~ Mike Sofen
I definitely recommend and will do again!
More drops please! ha! ha! Had fun at the same time and a great workout! I definitely recommend and will do again!
Great clinic. I learned really useful skills.
Can’t wait for the next one!
~ Greg M.
Great clinic, just what I needed!
~ Harper M.
That was time well spent – thanks Coach Richard!
~ Patrick K.
This was awesome!
~ Michael A.
I look forward to an intermediate level class!
~ Sally A.
They made things fun and easy going.
Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise…
Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence!
The Big Bear Mountain Bike Camp was AMAZING!
I have been riding for 1.5 years and still have a lot to learn but Richard and the team are great teachers. I have been a bit apprehensive about jumping in the past but after two days of instruction with Richard, Aaron, Daniel, Ivan, and Erin I feel much more confident and won't be afraid to take on jumps anymore.
The instructor staff are all very experienced riders and it showed. They are all also very friendly and most importantly patient. They aren't afraid to share stories of their mistakes while trying to explain why not to do things a certain way.
You truly are part of the Team Ninja family when you are at the classes and I can't wait to go back to another class!
Thank you Richard and all of the other instructors.