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Lindsey Yokley

For Lindsey, mountain biking found its way into her life in 2007 when she took her first job at Snowshoe Mountain in the rocky hills of West Virginia.   While she originally showed up for the snowboarding, after seeing how much fun other people were having riding downhill in the summer, she decided to jump on a bike.  At the time, her only riding experience was building and playing around on ramps in her neighborhood as a kid.

Lindsey very quickly fell in love with downhill riding and before she knew it, she was a downhill shredding machine.  She continued to work for the Snowshoe ski patrol and bike patrol for 5 years and received her IMBA Level 2 mountain bike coaching certification from Shaums March in 2013.

After sustaining a couple of major injuries while riding, Lindsey needed to explore other areas of the cycling industry while her body recovered.   She packed up and moved to Colorado where she graduated from Barnet Bicycle Institute and started a new career as a bike mechanic and salesperson.  Lindsey’s recovery from her injuries left her feeling overweight and out of shape – but her inner passion for bikes kept her fighting.   Ready to make a change for the better, Lindsey moved back to her home in Tennesee and got laser focused on getting back in shape.   In 2015 she found R.B.’s Cyclery – a primarily road and triathlon bike shop – and they convinced her to start riding road bikes.  The downhill queen who had sworn she would never ride a road bike, made the decision that was best for her fitness goals, and started pedaling pavement.  Much to her surprise, she loved it!

Lindsey was asked to join the race team for the Tennesee Women’s Cycling Project Tennessee and competed in cross-country mountain bikes and criterium road races.   Shortly thereafter Lindsey learned about the local NICA program and team in search of another coach – she signed right up, happy to give back to her local community through coaching.

You’ll still find Lindsey coaching local NICA riders, riding downhill or hitting jump lines at her favorite local trails. She hopes  to inspire other riders, especially other ladies, to get out there and try something new.

I swallowed my pride and signed up.

This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike.  I was riding a hard tail bike mostly for the workout.  After racing in an Xterra, I realized that a new bike was in my future. ( I could tell a huge story about the process of purchasing...
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2014-03-19T14:37:51-07:00
This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike.  I was riding a hard tail bike mostly for the workout.  After racing in an Xterra, I realized that a new bike was in my future. ( I could tell a huge story about the process of purchasing a new MB and the massive amount of miss information you can obtain from bike shops. Especially when you know nothing about bikes. )  Not long after I purchased the new MB, I had my first over the handle bars wreck.  I still cannot remember the actual crash.  I can see the rut that I am about to hit on the downhill, and then I remember waking up on the trail barely able to breath.  The crash gave me some time to catch up on email.  One of those emails was a beginners MB clinic hosted by Richard and the Ride Like a Ninja crew. I swallowed my pride and signed up. To date I have done everything I was taught.  I made every adjustment to my bike that was recommended.  I then had the bike fitted.  The skills taught that day are priceless to me.  For the first time I understand what position my body needs to be in for each type of terrain.  I am not perfect by any means, but in my mind I am shouting the word NINJA to remind myself. I practice the techniques ever time I ride. ~ Hal N.  

I definitely recommend and will do again!

Thanks Richard for this awesome clinic. Went back to basic fundamentals and through the repetitiveness of each section, it helped build confidence & speed! More drops please! ha! ha! Had fun at the same time and a great workout! I definitely recommend and will do again! ~Robbyn E.  
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2014-03-19T14:44:43-07:00
Thanks Richard for this awesome clinic. Went back to basic fundamentals and through the repetitiveness of each section, it helped build confidence & speed! More drops please! ha! ha! Had fun at the same time and a great workout! I definitely recommend and will do again! ~Robbyn E.  

Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily!

Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much we learned. I’ve been riding for over 10 years but with all self taught skills. We wanted to learn fundamentals the right way and Richard took us through all of...
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2017-08-19T13:52:49-07:00
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much we learned. I’ve been riding for over 10 years but with all self taught skills. We wanted to learn fundamentals the right way and Richard took us through all of that (along with critical bike setup) and the intermediate stuff that they teach in one day plus he spent an extra hour at the end to teach us jumping which I had always been nervous about. Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence, we even learned to move the bike in the air on a crossed take off and landing. I think my favorite part thpugh was riding fast on the very gnarly technical descent. We will be booking up more private lessons during the summer at Big Bear. Thanks Richard you are a very good teacher! ~John U.

G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.

Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know.  It's a non intimidating environment where mistakes are welcomed so corrections can be made.  I own G2 Bike is Aliso Viejo and this clinic has been ran out of the...
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2014-03-19T14:32:41-07:00
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know.  It's a non intimidating environment where mistakes are welcomed so corrections can be made.  I own G2 Bike is Aliso Viejo and this clinic has been ran out of the Aliso Woods area and when I interviewed the clients they had all but great things to say.  None arrogant instructors and easy to follow steps. The biggest bang for many was meeting new area riders at their skill level, gaining confidence, and getting the bike set up and fit properly.  G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.  Thanks Richard for all you do for the MTB community! ~ AJ S.  

Well worth your time if you want to improve!

We attended the 2-Day Mountain Bike Skills Camp in Denver CO. I'm a beginner to mountain biking and the class exceeded my expectations. The first day was basic fundamental training from bunny hops to cornering your bike. The second day we put those skills to the test by climbing and...
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2017-06-05T14:16:17-07:00
We attended the 2-Day Mountain Bike Skills Camp in Denver CO. I'm a beginner to mountain biking and the class exceeded my expectations. The first day was basic fundamental training from bunny hops to cornering your bike. The second day we put those skills to the test by climbing and downhill at all different skill levels, Richard and Aaron even took video to help improve our skills. Well worth your time if you want to improve! ~Russ Anderson

Best investment ever.

Best investment ever. The Ninja mountain bike skill clinics will definitely bring up your riding level a notch or two. Being able to get instant feedback from the instructor (s) in this case Richard La China and his assistant is invaluable. From getting the correct riding position to improving the...
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2014-03-19T14:41:16-07:00
Best investment ever. The Ninja mountain bike skill clinics will definitely bring up your riding level a notch or two. Being able to get instant feedback from the instructor (s) in this case Richard La China and his assistant is invaluable. From getting the correct riding position to improving the skills necessary to have a fast flow through the trails builds confidence and is the key to having more fun when mountain bike riding. Also I've taken one-on-one lessons (with Richard La China) and it really speeds up the learning (in my case it was basic jumping) in any area where you deem to be weak in or just need improvement. ~ Thad G.  
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Aaron Hauck | Cat 1 Endurance (Single Speed)

Leadville 100 8th Overall Single Speed (2014) Fireroad 100 1st Place XC (Single speed course record 2014)
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Leadville 100 8th Overall Single Speed (2014) Fireroad 100 1st Place XC (Single speed course record 2014)

Hunter Weiss | Cat 1 U23 XC

7th Place Cat 1 XC (19-24) (2015) USAC National Championship 7th Place Overall (2015) SoCal High School Cycling League
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7th Place Cat 1 XC (19-24) (2015) USAC National Championship 7th Place Overall (2015) SoCal High School Cycling League

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.  

Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise…

I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our...
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2015-09-28T07:52:14-07:00
I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our home AND my daughters like to ride in the dirt. Took classes through the high school league to be more acquainted with the fundamentals skills and acquire more knowledge of the NICA league rules. Coach La China and staff broke down the skills for our team riders in a fun and engaging process. Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise to bring our riders to a new level of confidence. ~Ron G.

Jessica Tomazic | Cat 1 XC

Richard is a wonderful coach and I would highly recommend him to any cyclist out there who wants a big...
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2015-09-11T11:02:35-07:00
Richard is a wonderful coach and I would highly recommend him to any cyclist out there who wants a big improvement in their performance.  Richard combines his vast mountain bike racing knowledge and coaching experience to develop individualized training programs that will challenge and reward you. Richard complements the training program with regular feedback on workouts, so you can always be sure to achieve your best result. Thank you Richard!! ~Jessica Tomazic
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