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Alexandria

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NINJA EVENT INFORMATION FOR

Alexandria, VA – November 5/6, 2022

***Reminder: If you are joining us on Sunday, remember that daylight saving time is this weekend. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night. 


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**THIS IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLINIC THIS WEEKEND**


MEETING LOCATIONS

Saturday – Women’s / Co-ed  Fundamentals, Jumping Mini-Clinic, and 2 Day Camp
  • Laurel Hill MTB Trails, Lorton, VA
  • The lot we are parking in is fairly new and GPS directions often have a glitch that redirects you to a different parking lot.  Please click on the map link below and zoom in to see exactly where you should be parking / meeting your instructors. You will be turning off of Lorton Rd across from where Workhouse Rd tees into it, then immediately turning right to the parking area.
    • This is NOT the parking lot by the horse arena.
  • Link to location on Google Maps —> https://goo.gl/maps/47bYR35bd4RPPZeR6 
 
Sunday – Intermediate / Advanced Clinic and 2 Day Camp


SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

  • Women’s Only Fundamentals | 8:45am – 12:15pm 
  • Co-ed Fundamentals | 8:45am – 12:15pm
  • 2-Day Camp | 8:45am – 4:00pm
  • Jumping Mini-Clinic | 1:30pm – 4:00pm

SUNDAY

  • 2-Day Camp | 8:45am – 4:00pm (lunch break around 12:15 pm)
  • Intermediate / Advanced Clinic | 8:45am to 4:00pm (lunch break around 12:15 pm)
  • ***If you are joining us on Sunday, lunch will be shorter that day.  Please pack a lunch, as there will not be time to leave for lunch


INSTRUCTORS


WHAT TO BRING

  • BIKE in good, working order
  • HELMET
  • Plenty of water and snacks
  • We highly recommend you wear pads.
  • Laurel Hill tends to have poison ivy along the trails.  We recommend you wear tall socks and bring some poison ivy wipes just in case.  
  • If you’re joining us for more than one clinic this weekend and staying for a full day, be sure to bring a LUNCH, or plan to find a quick, nearby eatery.
  • If locally mandated, bring a face covering.
  • Be sure to check the weather forecast before you come and dress for the conditions. We recommend sunscreen.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of pedals should I have on my bike?

We recommend you ride whatever pedals you’re most comfortable with.  If you learned on clipless pedals (clipped in), then please bring those.  However, we have found that it’s much easier to learn the majority of the skills with flat pedals if you have some experience on them.  Notably, flat pedals are designed to be worn with flat soled shoes (i.e. flat soled mtb specific shoes, skater shoes, vans). 

Do I need pads?

Pads are not mandatory at any of our clinics or camps, but we highly recommend you bring (and use) them.  We’ve seen a set of pads give our participants that added level of safety and comfort needed for them to have a light-bulb breakthrough moment.

Can I ride an e-bike at this event?

Ninja welcomes e-bikes at our clinics that are held on e-bike friendly trails. We encourage you to do your own research on local e-bike regulations and if you aren’t sure, check with us to see if e-bikes are permitted at the venue you’re considering joining us at.  Please note, not all Ninja teaching venues are open to e-bikes.

Should I tip my instructors?

While gratuity is not required or expected,  it’s certainly appreciated by your instructors! 5-10% for each guest is Industry Standard for exceptional service, support, and expertise. Unless you’d like to tip separately, instructors divide tips among themselves.

COVID-19 

All of our clinics across the country are following local guidelines for COVID-19 (including any orders regarding face coverings, social distancing, group size restrictions, etc.). We ask that participants be informed as to any local COVID-19 restrictions that may apply to outdoor gatherings and travel to and from the event.

….more frequently asked questions and answers HERE!

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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.  

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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 …

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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!

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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!

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