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Daniel Pitard

2,173 REVIEWS – 5 STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

IMG_2527As the story goes, Daniel’s obsession with wheels started at the early age of two when he learned to ride his bike around the neighborhood without training wheels.

Fast forward through the years of street riding, bmx, dirt jumping and general adolescent mayhem to ten years ago.  Life got hectic and Daniel needed to burn off steam.  He picked up a road bike for the first time and never looked back.
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Several years ago, Daniel’s life changed when he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. After being poked, prodded and medicated, getting sicker and sicker, he realized the bike was his answer to staying healthy and feeling better. He was determined to not let this get the best of him. A self-proclaimed bacon and donut lover, he changed his diet and focused on riding, enjoying the peace and strength cycling gave him. Spoiler alert: he still loves bacon and donuts.
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On a whim, Daniel decided to join a group of friends on a mountain bike ride one day, and was instantly hooked. Daniel has been riding and training seriously for the last five years, actively seeking to improve his skills. It was his desire to hone his mountain bike skills that led him to Ninja Mountain Bike Performance. The positive environment inspired him to want to help others improve their skills. Daniel is a Certified IMBA Level I instructor, and is a huge MTB advocate and a member of the SDMBA.

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When Daniel is not ripping the local trails or climbing insane hills on his mountain bike, you can find him climbing even more insane hills on his road bike. When his legs have finally turned to jello, you can find him restoring his Grandfather’s classic car or spending time with his wife, Lara, and his cat, Tailpipe.  A huge fan of the Tour de France, Daniel was fortunate to travel to France twice recently to climb the famed Alpe D’Huez.

A native San Diegan, Daniel loves coaching and helping others “get it.” His goal, as a coach, is to share his passion and enthusiasm for riding. Daniel loves helping people gain confidence, working with them to further their bike skills and the enjoyment that comes with riding.  He looks forward to helping and working with all of you.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris...
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2014-03-19T14:33:17-07:00
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...
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2014-03-19T14:48:53-07:00
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...
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2017-05-04T08:18:05-07:00
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...
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2017-06-05T14:43:17-07:00
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....
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2014-03-19T14:34:22-07:00
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.  

I look forward to an intermediate level class!

Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I...
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2014-03-19T14:49:32-07:00
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...
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2017-06-05T14:02:09-07:00
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
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