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Mountain Bike Skills :: Intermediate/Advanced

So you’re a competent mountain biker or XC racer and can ride most technical terrain with confidence. So why can’t you go as fast as your friends?

The answer is that you probably haven’t yet found your flow.  You’ve probably reached a plateau in your mountain biking and perhaps can’t ride faster on technical terrain without fear of crashing?

Or, maybe you’ve tried a few trails, but lacked the confidence to hit technical sections as hard as you would like?

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While we don’t require it, we highly recommend you take our Fundamentals clinic before signing up for our Intermediate/Advanced clinic.  The Fundamentals clinics will not only teach you the core, “must-have” skills required to be a more advanced rider, but give our instructors an opportunity to critique your riding.  We’ll point out any bad habits and recommend homework to best prepare you to take your riding to the next level.

The Int/Adv clinic builds upon your fundamentals and give you a full toolbox of mountain bike skills that you can apply to any terrain, in any location, and any in conditions; be it a gnarly back country trail or our local race course.  This full day clinic also looks closely at the key elements to finding your flow and builds upon your fundamentals to improve your trail speed and energy management.

Following training you will see an immediate improvement in your riding and a boost in your confidence on technical trails.  You will be able to tackle rougher terrain and trickier corners with greater control and negotiate bigger trail obstacles and moderate drops with confidence and commitment.  You will also gain a boost in speed and commitment on fast flowing single track, switchbacks, berms; all of which achieved with far less pedaling by using the topography of the trail to retain, and even, increase speed.

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Course outline

The skills taught and practiced on the Mountain Bike Skills :: Intermediate/Advanced course include:

  • Mind skills
  • Mastering manual front-wheel lifts
  • Manual dropping roots & steps
  • Cornering with speed & confidence
  • Reading & breaking down the trail
  • Introduction to energy management & flow
  • Linking trail sections for flow
  • Attacking flat corners
  • Flat and cambered corners
  • Bermed corners; lines and pumping
  • Switchbacks
  • Maximizing grip and traction with pumping
  • Learning to pump for speed & air

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Typical Schedule

Although the course is flexible it will usually keep to the following program:

  • 07:45-08:00 Arrival at course venue
  • 8:00-8:30 Course commences, introductions and equipment check
  • 8:30-8:45 Warm-up ride to skills area
  • 8:45-11:00 Accelerated review of Fundamentals with Int/Advanced progressions
  • 11:00-12:00 Practice progression in practice area.
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (bring your own, or we’ll pick a place nearby).
  • 1:00- 4:00 Hit the trails, practice everything you’ve learned on the trails.
  • 4:00 – 4:15 Recap, review of skills learned, questions.

 

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Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider.

Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team was awesome. I learned how to approach uphill switchbacks, how to “pre-turn”, & most important, how to descend with confidence. Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider. As...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-08-19T13:50:55-07:00
Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team was awesome. I learned how to approach uphill switchbacks, how to “pre-turn”, & most important, how to descend with confidence. Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider. As another review said, “best money spent on mountain biking.” You can have an expensive bike, but if you don’t know how to ride, what’s the point? Highly recommend this class for all ages/skills. I will definitely be taking more classes! ~Rean

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 (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,...
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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...

….and I thought I already knew how to corner (ha, ha!)!

Congrats to Richard, Hannah, Bernadette, Cory, Shana and company for a great clinic covering many skills, all practical, in a great environment for learning . Your professionalism, skill and experience in teaching, choice of terrain to teach in, and enthusiasm all made this a totally worthwhile experience. I would do...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2018-05-22T13:13:55-07:00
Congrats to Richard, Hannah, Bernadette, Cory, Shana and company for a great clinic covering many skills, all practical, in a great environment for learning . Your professionalism, skill and experience in teaching, choice of terrain to teach in, and enthusiasm all made this a totally worthwhile experience. I would do it again and again as you never stop learning. ....and I thought I already knew how to corner (ha, ha!)! ~James Crawford

Mission accomplished!

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...
Ninja Mountain Bike 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.  

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 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...
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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

All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic.

This clinic was PERFECT for me…as a very experienced roadie but pure beginner on MTBs, Richard’s instruction was clear, detailed, and specific, so that I could start to get the feel of how to work effectively on trails instead of asphalt.  Jeff (a former elite cyclocross racer) also joined us...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:43:56-07:00
This clinic was PERFECT for me…as a very experienced roadie but pure beginner on MTBs, Richard’s instruction was clear, detailed, and specific, so that I could start to get the feel of how to work effectively on trails instead of asphalt.  Jeff (a former elite cyclocross racer) also joined us and added some solid hints and comments. All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic. ~ Mike Sofen  
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Knowledgeable, thorough, patient, and helpful!

I have received a private lesson and also attended a clinic with Ninja pros. They are great to work with;...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-06-05T14:41:58-07:00
I have received a private lesson and also attended a clinic with Ninja pros. They are great to work with; knowledgeable, thorough, patient, and helpful! ~Kamala S.

Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider.

Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
5
2017-08-19T13:50:55-07:00
Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team was awesome. I learned how to approach uphill switchbacks, how to “pre-turn”, & most important, how to descend with confidence. Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider. As another review said, “best money spent on mountain biking.” You can have an expensive bike, but if you don’t know how to ride, what’s the point? Highly recommend this class for all ages/skills. I will definitely be taking more classes! ~Rean

Eric Knowles | Cat 2 XC

Completed his longest event ever! (2015) High Cascades 100 100 miles, 10,600' of climbing on 80% single track. Never in...
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2015-09-11T10:26:32-07:00
Completed his longest event ever! (2015) High Cascades 100 100 miles, 10,600' of climbing on 80% single track. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision myself competing in a 100 mile mountain bike endurance race, but with Richard’s Coaching, my dream became a reality! After establishing my baselines, (current fitness level and experience), Richard developed a personalized program which worked for my situation, inclusive of nutrition planning and weekly schedules. His use of Training Peaks, which is a program that captures ride data from Garmin and nutrition information from My Fitness Pal, Richard was able to monitor and analyze with great detail my activity. With this up to date information, Richard adjusted my riding frequency levels and intensity to match the kind of week I was having.  With less than six months of training, Richard provided me with the tools, confidence and encouragement to not only finish the High Cascade 100 in Bend Oregon, but to do so feeling strong, (the last 20 miles were my best).  Can’t even imagine accomplishing this feat without Coach Richard guidance. ~Eric Knowles

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

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.    
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