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Jessica Cera

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

About Jessica Cera

Born and raised in the mountains of Whitefish, MT Jess grew up with a love for outdoor recreation. She enjoyed cross-country skiing,snow shoeing, hiking, and running as hobbies, but never entered any competitions until 2007 when she entered her first mountain bike race.

Jessica Cera | 2013 Sage Brush / US Cup
(Photo Credit Ti Peng)

 

Shortly after entering the mountain bike arena, Jess read about XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon in a magazine and completed her first race in 2008.  Over the next two years, Jess excelled racing XTERRA and won the overall female amateur title at the 2010 XTERRA National Championship. In 2011 raced her first season on the XTERRA America Tour professionally, and finished ranked 6th in the pro women’s division.

In 2012, Jess won the Cat 1 mountain bike race at Sea Otter and upgraded to the pro category.  Shortly after she discovered that what she thought was an injury plaguing her right leg, was actually Illiac Artery Compression Syndrome.  No longer able to complete trail runs, or bike at high intensity, due to loss of blood flow to her right leg, Jess decided to give XTERRA and XC mountain bike races a break and focus on the USAC Pro MTB Ultra Endurance Tour.  She finished the season ranked 2nd overall for the pro women.

At the end of the 2012 season, Jess had a major surgery in which a vein patch was used to replace the compressed section of her iliac artery.  After a winter of rest, Jess came back stronger than ever for the 2013 season and decided to keep the focus on the bike, placing within the top 3 at all southern California road races, and finishing 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the first two endurance mountain bike races of the year.

Jess graduated, in 2007, with a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University.  In, 2009 Jess started her own company called Fit Food by Jess, where she is a private chef and caterer. Fit Food by Jess has gained great traction in the triathlon and cycling communities, as well as her Fit Bars (energy bars for endurance athletes).  Jess writes weekly recipes and monthly columns for Triathlete Magazine where her fresh, seasonal style of cooking has been well received. Jess wants to share her love of cooking, along with techniques, so athletes can better understand how to combine this element into their daily lives and fuel their training.

Mentoring athletes is extremely important to Jess because she attributes her success to the mentors she’s had along the way.  Specifically, Jess enjoys working with women and building  “bike confidence,” making the sport more fun and safe and applying a popular saying in the mountain bike world, “smooth is fast and fast is smooth.”

To learn more about Jess, check out www.fitfoodbyjess.com

 

 

I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys.

I recently attended one of the Intermediate/Advanced Efficiency and Flow clinics. Even though I have been riding for many years...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:31:08-07:00
I recently attended one of the Intermediate/Advanced Efficiency and Flow clinics. Even though I have been riding for many years I learned a lot from this clinic. The techniques covered ranged from reviewing basic skills such as basic body position to practicing more advanced techniques like switchbacks, bunny hops, and cornering. I was able to recognize, get instruction, and practice some skills where I was weak and instantly improve them. Even skills I thought I was pretty good at I was able to pick up useful tips. I also realized that deliberate skills practice is not something I incorporate into my riding, but now that I understand what I should be doing I will make sure to add this in! After taking the course my comfort on the bike has improved and I am more aware of my body position and movement of the bike. 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.  

Can’t wait for the next one!

Although I’ve ridden a fair amount, I’ve never bothered to learn much technique so this was a great class that...
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2014-03-19T14:46:15-07:00
Although I’ve ridden a fair amount, I’ve never bothered to learn much technique so this was a great class that showed the basics. Can’t wait for the next one! ~ Greg M.  

The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it.

I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It...
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2017-05-04T08:13:50-07:00
I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It covered a wide breadth of skills, some of which I already felt aquatinted with and others I had little to no experience with. I found all of the material useful. I was able to improve skills I already had and was able to learn new skills. I also feel confident leaving the course that the instructors have provided all of the information for me to practice and improve outside of the course setting. The environment of Balboa Park was perfect for learning and sessioning the skills covered. The instructors were friendly, fun, and attentive to all of the participants. They spent more or less time on certain skills based on how the entire group was grasping them. They also gave individualized attention to participants that required more help with technique. The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it. ~Alexandra Rose Brysiewicz

It was well worth it!

Taken the 3 day Skills Camp out in Mulberry Gap GA. Outstanding weekend. We had a small group of  about...
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2017-06-05T14:30:23-07:00
Taken the 3 day Skills Camp out in Mulberry Gap GA. Outstanding weekend. We had a small group of  about 8 people with 3 Ninja Pro's. Richard and the  instructors were  attentive  and always helpful. The course had you work on your base fundamentals, advanced skills, along with  bike setup,maintenance, nutrition ,This was a very comprehensive course. After learning the skills, we'd hit the trails and the training didn't stop. Instructors would  get to a technical portion of a trail and have us all stop and they would  show us how to use the skills we just learned. Everyone learned at their own pace. So no one felt pressured to keep up with others.  Having fun was always top priority. Arriving back home, I was practicing all the skills i've learned  like an excited  little kid with a new bike.  I hope to take this course again when they come back to this side of the country -- it was well worth it! ~Vic D.

Enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I’ve ever done to improve my speed and ability on the bike.

Hands down, enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I've ever done to improve my speed and ability...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:31:49-07:00
Hands down, enrolling in the Intermediate/Advanced clinic was the best thing I've ever done to improve my speed and ability on the bike. I am so much faster on singletrack and through technical sections/jumps that even if people are more fit than me, I still keep up with them (and kind of love watching them do a lot more work than they need to). Richard and Kris are fantastic and break things down in a way that makes sense and is manageable. By the end of my first clinic, I was jumping off ledges and power climbing up sections that I couldn't drive a car up. 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.  

Great clinic, just what I needed!

Great clinic. Just what I needed to better know how to handle situations on the trail to maintain speed/momentum and...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:47:22-07:00
Great clinic. Just what I needed to better know how to handle situations on the trail to maintain speed/momentum and be more efficient. ~ Harper M.  

This will not be our last Ninja training clinic!

My 14 year old son and I (I'm 43) went to the Intermediate/advanced skills clinic at Malibu Creek State Park....
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-05-04T08:16:07-07:00
My 14 year old son and I (I'm 43) went to the Intermediate/advanced skills clinic at Malibu Creek State Park. We both race and ride at a very fast pace. Getting faster for us is about making sure our fundamentals are solid and we can continue to use those fundamentals to smooth out our flow to increase our skills and confidence. Richard has a way of breaking down all the information to make it very understandable and usable. My son and I have been to other skills classes before and knew what to expect, mostly. Richard was able to coach us to better form riding high speed flat corners! We brushed up on and cleaned up some less helpful habits. We really worked to understand the how and why behind some skills that we already had but didn't know we that we did. All in all we had a blast! Richard was fun and informative. Taylor was helping Richard out for the day. It was fun to watch her demo some skills at speed. Her input throughout the day was informative and light hearted. It was a fun day on the bike with some great people and coaching. This will not be our last Ninja training clinic! Thanks for everything Richard and Taylor! ~Eric Zubick
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