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Adventures

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Our Adventures are designed for the enthusiast rider or avid racer that is looking to build up and clean up their ‘toolbox’ of mountain bike skills in order to handle a variety of terrain at speed.

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We will blend an in-depth version of our traditional Intermediate – Advanced skills training with coached riding sessions and several mini-seminars on hot topics like nutrition, altitude acclimatization, and the perfect bike set-up.

After camp, you will see an immediate improvement in your riding and will have a boost in confidence on technical trails. You will be able to tackle rougher terrain and trickier corners with greater control and flow through single track, switchbacks, and berms with far more speed and efficiency.

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Off the bike, you can enjoy all the scenery, shopping, and dining that your destination has to offer. Our camp locations are known as prime real estate not only for their awesome mountain bike trails, but also for their leisure activities. Any non-mountain bikers accompanying you for the long weekend will have more than enough to do to keep them happy and busy.

You can think of our camps as an awesome opportunity for what we like to call a “traincation”—a fun-filled vacation in which you get to spend most of your time doing what you like to do most—ride your mtb.

Typical 3-Day Adventure Schedule and Details

(Day 1) Friday:
—9:45am- Arrive at Trail Head

—10:00am-12:00pm — Camp Overview, Brief Bike Safety Check / Bike Set-up Review (tire pressure, cockpit set-up, suspension set-up), Morning Skills Session (mind skills, ready position, effective braking, and fluid shifting)

—12:00-1:00pm—Lunch Break

—1:00pm-3:30pm—Afternoon Skills Session (high speed cornering, climbing, wheel lifts, and how to get out of trouble)

—3:30-6:30pm—Free time (Official on-bike camp training is done for the day. Use your free time however you’d like: ride, shower, eat, explore the city.)

—6:30pm-8:00pm—Mini Seminar #1 Bike Set-up/ Bike Fit Discussion.

(Day 2) Saturday
– 8:45am – Arrival at Trail Head

– 9:00am – 12:00pm – Morning Skills Session: (brief review of Day 1 skills followed by new skills like switchbacks, drops, bunny hops, rock dodge, technical climbs and descents)

– 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break

– 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Afternoon Riding Session (practice what you’ve learned out on the trails)

— 4:00pm— Official on-bike camp training is done for the day

—4:30pm-5:30pm—Mini Seminar #2 and #3 Fueling and Nutrition followed by Altitude Acclimation Breakdown

(Day 3) Sunday
– 8:45am – Arrival at Trail Head
– 9:00am – 12:00pm—Morning skills session (brief review of Day 2 followed by new skills like, track stand/balance, tail whip, dynamic weight shift, intro to jumping, and pumping)

—12:00pm-1:00pm—Lunch Break

– 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Afternoon Riding session (Putting it all together with emphasis on efficiency and flow / how to go faster)

—3:00pm-3:30pm—Graduation Ceremony (review of weekend skills, Q&A session, group photo)

– After 3:30pm official on-bike camp training is done. At this time, you are free to hang around and get in some extra credit riding or pack up and head back home to the real world.

Includes:
Skills Training
Mini-Seminars

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Typical 2-Day Camp Schedule and Details

(Day 1) Saturday:
—8:45am- Arrive at Trail Head

—9:00am-10:30am — Camp Overview, Brief Bike Safety Check / Bike Set-up Review (tire pressure, cockpit set-up, suspension set-up)

—10:30am-12:00pm — Morning Skills Session (mind skills, ready position, effective braking, and fluid shifting)

—12:00-1:00pm—Lunch Break

—1:00pm-4:30pm—Afternoon Skills Session (high speed cornering, climbing, wheel lifts, and how to get out of trouble).

—6:00 —In-Depth Bike Set-up/ Bike Fit Discussion. Bring your bike.

(Day 2) Sunday
– 8:45am – Arrival at Trail Head

– 9:00am – 12:00pm – Morning Skills Session: (brief review of Day 1 skills followed by new skills like switchbacks, drops, bunny hops, rock dodge, technical climbs and descents)

– 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break

– 1:00pm-4:30pm – New Skills on the trail include track stand/balance, tail whip, dynamic weight shift, intro to jumping, and pumping.

— 4:30pm— Official on-bike camp training is done. At this time, you are free to hang around and get in some extra credit riding or pack up and head back home to the real world.

Includes:
Skills Training

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Accommodations

While lodging is not included in the cost of the camp there are plenty of affordable hotels in the area that can be booked for the weekend.   Inquire with us for information about the host hotel for each location.

*We reserve the right to make changes to the schedules as we see fit.

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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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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

I’ve ridden mountain bikes since 1988 …

I'm a 63 y.o. Road and MTB cyclist.  I've ridden mountain bikes since 1988.  I really wish that I'd taken...
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2017-06-05T14:44:17-07:00
I'm a 63 y.o. Road and MTB cyclist.  I've ridden mountain bikes since 1988.  I really wish that I'd taken this course 25 years ago and I might have avoided some of the injuries I received over the years. I took only the morning first intro session at Phoenix and I learned a great deal in a short period of time.  Richard is a very gifted cyclist and coach with excellent pedagogical skills.  The class moved quickly, but covered all the appropriate details needed to handle a bike on technical trails.  Richard had two local expert cyclists who demonstrated techniques while he provided a narrative and answered question. We had one relatively new rider who was very wary of some of the steeper, technical descents.  By the end of the class, you could actually see a significant increase in her confidence using the skills acquired in the class. I'm looking forward to doing one of Ninja's camps and I hope they are able to expand their clinics to my area (Albuquerque, NM). William J.

Coach Richard is fantastic!

I attended a women's basic mountain bike skills clinic and saw an immediate improvement in my riding. Coach Richard is...
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2014-03-19T14:35:11-07:00
I attended a women's basic mountain bike skills clinic and saw an immediate improvement in my riding. Coach Richard is fantastic! ~ Patricia H.    

They made things fun and easy going.

Had a great class Oct 11. Kris and Richard were very helpful and knowledgeable. They made things fun and easy...
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2015-09-28T07:50:53-07:00
Had a great class Oct 11. Kris and Richard were very helpful and knowledgeable. They made things fun and easy going, even while rolling you off the the lunch table bench. Came away with a bit more confidence which I have already put into practice. I really appreciated the review of what was covered in the class in the follow up email. Looking forward to taking the Jan intermediate class at Balboa, hopefully it will be up for registering soon. In the mean time I have a lot to work on. ~Linda Peterson

Don’t hesitate, sign up for the next skills clinic in your area!

My adult son and I participated in the "Fundamentals" camp on Saturday at Hildebrand Ranch in Denver, Colorado. We were...
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2017-06-05T14:10:17-07:00
My adult son and I participated in the "Fundamentals" camp on Saturday at Hildebrand Ranch in Denver, Colorado. We were both very pleased with the clinic and would highly recommend it to anyone who has recently started riding full suspension mountain bikes. We have already been back out on the single-track trails practicing what we learned in the clinic. Aaron and Richard did a great job breaking down all the fundamentals and honestly amazed at the impact on my riding. Still have a lot to work on but if I follow the instructions I can improve my riding. We are both scheduled to attend a two day clinic in Santa Fe with Richard and looking forward to taking our riding to the next level. If you want to improve your skills, don't hesitate to sign up for the next skills clinic in your area. ~Dan Mitchell
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