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Aaron Lucy

Growing up in Queenstown, New Zealand, Aaron was immersed in the outdoors from an early age.

White water rafting and Snowboarding were high school PE activities.  Aaron purchased his first mountain bike as transport to an after school job but soon found himself ripping up the local hiking trails on it. He was hooked.

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Moving to Wellington NZ Aaron found himself surrounded by a great mountain bike community with a thriving race scene. Pretty soon he found himself racing Downhill as part of the (legendary/notorious) Cycle Services race team, competing at a national level for many years.

Leaving New Zealand to sample some foreign dirt Aaron spent several months riding in British Columbia before settling in Los Angeles. While loving riding in the ‘always summer’ SoCal climate he still takes regular opportunites to hit the mountain air in Mammoth, Big Bear and Whistler.aaron_lucy_dirt_academy_jumpaaron_lucy_dirt_academy

On a recent trip through Moab, Sedona and Durango Aaron was inspired to share some of his Mountain Bike experience and joined the I.M.B.A Instructor Certification Program. He is now a certified Mountain Bike guide and instructor with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance!imba_certified

 

Heidi Amundson | Cat 3 XC

1st Place AG Cat 3 XC California State Championship (2014) Fireroad 60k AG Winner (2014) 5th Place AG Series Overall...
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1st Place AG Cat 3 XC California State Championship (2014) Fireroad 60k AG Winner (2014) 5th Place AG Series Overall XC  US / Kenda Cup (2014) 1st Place AG Series Overall Beginner Women XC Racers and Chasers (2012) Richard’s passion for cycling is inspiring. You only need to spend a short amount of time with him to feel energized by his engaged and focused approach. Whether your goal is to simply increase your fitness, do a multi-day bike tour, or even win a race series, Richard will help you get there. Before Richard started coaching me, I had never ridden more than 20 miles and had never stood on a podium for a cycling event. Now, a year later, I have completed a 4 day, 400 mile tour and placed in numerous races. Thank you Coach Richard!

The preparation and lesson planning is great!

Just finished the Intermediate/Advanced course.  I had previously taken the Beginning course about a year ago.  I was not disappointed....
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2017-06-05T14:24:04-07:00
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.

My speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved!

I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going...
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2017-05-04T08:06:22-07:00
I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved. I would not have attempted 50% of the drops and jumps on the course prior to participating in the clinic, and my overall time would have been much slower. The first two hours of the class (int/adv Sedona) made the whole thing more than worth it, and the rest of the two days seemed like a bonus. Both Courtney and Richard were encouraging and patient, and both had that classic mountain biker charm and humor ready when the moment called for it. Overall a very enjoyable and valuable weekend. For reference, I participate in amateur XC endurance races (with no hope of ever coming close to winning anything) and have been riding for about two years. I was worried before taking the class that I would not be skilled enough, but the int/adv was appropriate for my skill level. If you're worried, just go for it anyway. There is a good mix of people and everyone was very friendly! ~Alana Bencivengo

Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider.

Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team...
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2017-08-19T13:50:55-07:00
Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team was awesome. I learned how to approach uphill switchbacks, how to “pre-turn”, & most important, how to descend with confidence. Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider. As another review said, “best money spent on mountain biking.” You can have an expensive bike, but if you don’t know how to ride, what’s the point? Highly recommend this class for all ages/skills. I will definitely be taking more classes! ~Rean

I love love love Ninja mountain bike clinics.

I love love love Ninja mountain bike clinics. I had the opportunity to take part in the 2 day clinic...
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2021-10-19T06:10:19-07:00
I love love love Ninja mountain bike clinics. I had the opportunity to take part in the 2 day clinic on the Kingdom Trails in Burke, Vermont with Patrick Howell. Truly, the best days on my bike ever, I jumped AND landed and have the video to prove it! 😊  I can’t get over my learning curve and special bonus that my 10 year old thinks I’m a rock star because I can jump 5 feet! I felt safely challenged and completely encouraged by Patrick and his assistants for the weekend. This was the second Ninja event for our family this summer, the first was a half-day for my son. I’ll tell you what, if the Ninja’s are in your town or close enough to access, sign up! My cheeks still hurt from smiling so much  Thanks Ninjas and Patrick  💕 Maggie Hooker Vermont 
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