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Fitness Coaching

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Regardless of your age, athletic background, occupation, or fitness level, we will provide you with a personalized, mountain bike specific training plan to help you achieve your performance goals.

We will build your training plan around the time you have available ensuring each of your workouts really count.  Coaching pricing is based upon the level of attention you want or require.

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What To Expect

All above coaching programs include an online training diary, via a Training Peaks account, so that you and your coach can easily view, update, and track your training anywhere, any time. Training plans are written to work within personalized heart rate zones, or power zones if you are training with a power meter.

Fixed-Plan Coaching

Fixed-Plan coaching is a great way to get a training plan that’s built to prepare you for your upcoming race season.   This is not full on coaching as there is little to no interaction from your coach.  Starts at $49 per month.  Learn more.

Who We Coach

Whether your goal is to crush a race or two at your local race series, complete a Bucket List ride like the High Cascade or Maah Daah Hey 100, or earn a gold coin for Leadville, we can help you achieve it. Even if you don’t have a race or ride goal, but maybe have just a fitness goal of being a faster, fitter rider, we can help you.

Below are a few of our current and past coaching clients and some of their accomplishments …

14225487_10153692396186529_5820402692834421312_nKristina Vevia

  • California State Champion 2016, Cat 3 (W 19-29)
  • National Championship Winner 2016, Cat 3 (W 19-29)
  • Kenda Cup West, Series Overall Winner, Cat 3 (W 19-29)

paula_evenson_mountain_bike-300x300Paula Evenson

  • 1st Place Masters Open Enduro (2015) USA National Championship
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1st Place Cat 2 Downhill (2015)
 USAC National Championship
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3rd Place Overall (2015)
 SoCal Enduro / Kenda Cup
  • USA National Championship Winner Cat 3 XC (2014)
  • 2nd Place Series Overall US / Kenda Cup XC (2014)

eric_knowles_mountain_bike-300x300Eric Knowles

  • Completed his longest event ever! (2015) High Cascades 100
    100 miles, 10,600′ of climbing on 80% single track.

 heidi_amunsdon-e1440529588307Heidi Amundson

  • 1st Place AG Cat 3 XC California State Championship (2014)
  • Fireroad 60k AG Winner (2014)
  • 5th Place AG Series Overall XC  US / Kenda Cup (2014)
  • 1st Place AG Series Overall Beginner Women XC Racers and Chasers (2012)

stephane_roch_proStephane Roch

  • 3rd Series Overall XC US / Kenda Cup Pro (2014)
  • 1st Place AG Fireroad 100 (2014)
  • Pro XC Upgrade Approved 7/2013
  • 2nd Place Cat 1 AG XC California State Championship (2013)

2016-09-23-07-41-35-amPlus Many, Many More …

  • Local Series Winners
  • Numerous Leadville 100 Belt Buckles
  • Bike Tour Preparation

Selecting The Right Plan

Need help sorting out which plan is right for you?  We’d love to help.   Drop us a quick message and we’ll promptly get in touch with you to discuss your specific needs and get you rolling with the best plan.

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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...
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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.  

The Big Bear Mountain Bike Camp was AMAZING!

I have been riding for 1.5 years and still have a lot to learn but Richard and the team are...
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2016-06-16T21:57:49-07:00
I have been riding for 1.5 years and still have a lot to learn but Richard and the team are great teachers. I have been a bit apprehensive about jumping in the past but after two days of instruction with Richard, Aaron, Daniel, Ivan, and Erin I feel much more confident and won't be afraid to take on jumps anymore. The instructor staff are all very experienced riders and it showed. They are all also very friendly and most importantly patient. They aren't afraid to share stories of their mistakes while trying to explain why not to do things a certain way. You truly are part of the Team Ninja family when you are at the classes and I can't wait to go back to another class! Thank you Richard and all of the other instructors. ~Jonathan R

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...
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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

Highly recommend this class for all ages/skills. I will definitely be taking more classes!

Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard and his team...
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2017-08-07T07:20:39-07:00
Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard and his team was awesome. I learned how to approach uphill switchbacks, how to "pre-turn", and most important, how to descend with confidence. Bottom line: I am more efficient and 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

Everything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking.

Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking...
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2014-03-19T14:39:15-07:00
Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking skill clinic are quite scarce. Richard La China and his team offer such clinic! Richard has the training as a Coach from USA Cycling and the experience as an expert racer to develop in you the skills and therefore the confidence to negotiate the treacherous obstacles on your path as a mountain biker. His clinic has several levels from beginner to expert and is organized incrementally to facilitate the learning of more and more difficult skills. In addition to his and his expert team's demonstrations, I also like his verbal explanations about the why of a specific position or skill to have. Richard and his team have the dedication and patience to teach you anything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking. ~ Anne-Catherine

Probably the best money I’ve spent on mountain biking …

I took the Ninja intermediate / advanced course here in Denver the weekend before last, and it was probably the...
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2017-05-04T08:01:31-07:00
I took the Ninja intermediate / advanced course here in Denver the weekend before last, and it was probably the best money I've spent on mountain biking in quite a while. Aaron tuned the clinic to our skills and needs, putting in extra time and attention where we needed more work and covering a wide range of skills. After mountain biking for almost 20 years, there were still missing pieces (and some bad habits) to my riding that he picked up on, explained, and then showed me how to improve, correct, and practice. Aaron was knowledgeable, patient, and progressed through skills in steps so there wasn't too much to digest at any one time. As the day progressed, he rolled them all together as we moved through different trail features, so I really got a good sense of how to put things into practice. He was also very familiar with the venue, Village Greens Park, so he knew exactly which sections to hit to practice particular skills - it was a great combination of drills and very watchful instruction, then honing those skills on real trail features. And, as we talked about with him during lunch, even experienced riders should consider the "fundamentals" course - I really had no idea that I needed work on some of the basics, like braking. I'm heavy on the rear brake just as a long-established habit - who knew? (Well, apparently Aaron did...) ~Jon Gotow

I would highly recommend it to individuals at a wide range of skill levels.

I attend the 3-day mountain bike skills camp in Mulberry Gap Georgia and it was a great experience.  We spent...
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2017-06-05T14:19:17-07:00
I attend the 3-day mountain bike skills camp in Mulberry Gap Georgia and it was a great experience.  We spent the first day going over fundamentals and doing drills and the second and third day riding trails.  The combination of instruction and practice was very useful.  Our instructors, Randy and Erin, are expert riders and wonderful instructors.  The explained and demonstrated skills wells and provided helpful feedback.  The Mulberry Gap resort was also a wonderful location to hold this event.  I would highly recommend it to individuals at a wide range of skill levels. ~Armand A.
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