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Kristina Vevia

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

About Kristina Vevia

(IMBA Level I Certified)

Kristina got started mountain biking in 2013 as a way to improve her health and fitness. She has come a long way since her first ride (2.5 miles on a paved bike path), and is passionate about sharing the sport with other women. In 2015, Kristina set a goal that she wanted to complete a 50 mile (6000ft) mountain bike ride with a group of her friends, and she knew to get ready for the ride (which was a year away in May 2016), that she needed to look at ways to improve both her fitness and technical skills (in order to “keep up with the guys”).

From the paved bike path to flat fire roads, Kristina found herself continuing to try to keep up and stay safe in technical situations. So with her goal in mind, she sought out anyone to help her, and that is when she signed up with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance. She became a ninja-addict pretty much overnight (starting with just a 1:1 skills session and quickly moving to clinics, camps and full-on fitness coaching). When asked, Kristina attributes her skills breakthrough to one weekend at the Laguna Camp. Nothing like having to descend the well-known technical Noble Canyon trail to shake things up. As she tells it: “After that weekend, rocks weren’t really an issue anymore. Segments at Penasquitos Canyon just paled in comparison.”

In 2016, Kristina entered into the Kenda Cup series for her rookie season as a Cat 3 rider (Women 20-29). Throughout the race season, she continued to pursue improvements in both fitness and skill. Being exposed to new trails through racing, along with continued exploration of the trails in San Diego and the Ninja camps and clinics – it became a challenge to find trails with roots, rock drops and steep trail transitions in order to push herself to more. But she found herself back at Nobel Canyon and was able to see the difference like night and day (in just 6 months)!

May 2016 came quickly, and wouldn’t you know it – through the encouragement of a community of mountain bikers, Kristina was able to finish the 50 mile ride that she had been training a year for. It was her biggest accomplishment to date – most miles and climbing in one ride (long way from that 2.5 miles…).

Finishing off the race season, Kristina landed the overall Kenda Cup West Series Champion, and then she competed and won at the California State Championships, going on to win at the Mountain Bike National Championships in Mammoth.

By the end of 2016, Kristina hadn’t quite had enough of her mountain bike yet so she wrapped up the year with a bikepacking tour in New Zealand and then starting 2017 by enjoying a 9-day Adventure Camp (still a ninja-addict).

Kristina recently was certified as an IMBA Level 1 Ride Guide, and is looking to be earn her certification as an instructor so she can teach others about mountain biking (as she is pretty much in love at this point).

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My riding improved instantly!

I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have...
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2014-03-19T14:16:07-07:00
I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have really enjoyed the increased confidence jumping my bike over obstacles. 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. ~Michael W.  

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...
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2014-03-19T14:41:56-07:00
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.

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

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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2017-06-05T14:21:32-07:00
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. ~Heather B.

A must for all!

Great Clinic. A must for all. Great fundamental course. ~Art L.
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2017-08-19T13:54:58-07:00
Great Clinic. A must for all. Great fundamental course. ~Art L.

I was actually surprised to learn so many little tricks!

Last Sunday I went to the Intermediate/Advanced mountain bike skills class in Malibu and loved it! I bike quite a...
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2014-03-19T14:22:11-07:00
Last Sunday I went to the Intermediate/Advanced mountain bike skills class in Malibu and loved it! I bike quite a bit and feel comfortable doing pretty tough trails, but I had never learned proper riding technique. This clinic focused on the skills needed to properly ride obstacles and how to ride them with maximum efficiency. 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. ~Andrew T.  

I highly recommend these clinics.

I love to ride bikes, and I love to ride them fast.  After some years of road riding, I decided...
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2014-03-19T14:43:05-07:00
I love to ride bikes, and I love to ride them fast.  After some years of road riding, I decided (read: my boyfriend suggested) that I should give mountain biking a try. And not just weekend lah-de-dah, pack-a-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich mountain biking--I decided I was going to RACE mountain bikes. 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...
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