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Paul Walton

Paul has been an avid mountain and road cyclist all his life. Paul has raced both mountain and road bikes as an amateur and worked in shops for 15+ years. He takes great pride and joy in helping people get onto and stay safe on their bikes! Paul loves the freedom, the sanity, the adventure cycling brings to life.

Home Base

Albuquerque, NM

Other Gig

Engineer/Firefighter/EMT-B, also teach bike mechanic classes

Instructor Certifications    

BICP and PMBIA Mtn Bike Skills Instructor, USAC Coach, EMT-B

Favorite Type of Mountain Biking Terrain

All types but my favorite is swoopy, flowy singletrack in the trees

Favorite post-ride food or drink

Fish tacos and a nice cold Santa Fe Nut Brown

Favorite Riding Tip

Look up, relax but always be ready! Become Zen like with your body, bike and the trail.

Favorite Riding Partner

The family (dog), my daughter just started riding some trails – yay!

How did you get into mountain biking?       

Went from riding BMX and skateboarding to MTB in northern Illinois

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

I love Prescott, AZ area, but if I could do anything it would be traveling everywhere

Looking to ride with Paul? You can usually find him instructing at one of our many clinics in New Mexico!

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 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...
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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

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors!

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take our time to session sections of Braille & Flow while having experts help fix any dysfunctions in our riding technique was priceless. I know I've always had to brake-check a...
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2017-06-05T14:43:17-07:00
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take our time to session sections of Braille & Flow while having experts help fix any dysfunctions in our riding technique was priceless. I know I've always had to brake-check a lot before hitting the corners, but now I actually feel more planted while carrying more speed around the berms just w/ a slight change in hip position. I can't wait to actually hit Flow again at speed just to see how my time has improved. As for Braille, I know I need to session some of the jumps & drops a few more times before I hit them at speed (instead of bypassing around most of them as I have in the past) but now I should have the tools to know what I need to practice. Technical instruction aside, they also talked about efficient uphill pedaling, gearing choices as well as techniques to build up more mitochondria in your body... all stuff I'm interested in since I know I need to build up my climbing legs. ~Carlo F.

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 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...
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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

That was time well spent – thanks Coach Richard!

That was time well spent – thanks Coach Richard! If you do more clinics, I’d recommend them to my friends regardless of their speed level… ~ Patrick K.  
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2014-03-19T14:48:13-07:00
That was time well spent – thanks Coach Richard! If you do more clinics, I’d recommend them to my friends regardless of their speed level… ~ Patrick K.  

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 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...
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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.

Who doesn’t want to be a Ninja!?

I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road triathlete, I had very little experience and no technical skills on a mountain bike. I took the Ninja beginner and then intermediate classes almost back to back. Richard is a...
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2014-03-19T14:36:25-07:00
I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road triathlete, I had very little experience and no technical skills on a mountain bike. I took the Ninja beginner and then intermediate classes almost back to back. Richard is a great teacher, and taught the sequential skills that matter most. He does a great job of "breaking things down" with the what and the why, and illustrates the information well with his demonstrations, all the while, delivering it with a sense of humor and enthusiasm. Richard's instruction helped me successfully get through a very technical course in Maui without major injury! Yea, thank you Richard!!. Whether a complete beginner or an advanced rider, I promise you can take a lot away from his classes.... and, let's be honest ...Who doesn't want to be a Ninja! ~ Ray S.  
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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.  

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.  

Heidi Amundson | Cat 3 XC

1st Place AG Cat 3 XC California State Championship (2014) Fireroad 60k AG Winner (2014) 5th Place AG Series Overall...
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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) Richard’s passion for cycling is inspiring. You only need to spend a short amount of time with him to feel energized by his engaged and focused approach. Whether your goal is to simply increase your fitness, do a multi-day bike tour, or even win a race series, Richard will help you get there. Before Richard started coaching me, I had never ridden more than 20 miles and had never stood on a podium for a cycling event. Now, a year later, I have completed a 4 day, 400 mile tour and placed in numerous races. Thank you Coach Richard!

You don’t know what you don’t know …

I consider myself a strong intermediate MTB rider; I love highly technical downhill single track trails.  A friend suggested I...
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2017-06-05T14:46:29-07:00
I consider myself a strong intermediate MTB rider; I love highly technical downhill single track trails.  A friend suggested I take a multi-day skills clinic to help get to the next level.  After a brief search I found that Ninja Bike Skills 3 day skills clinic up in Big Bear CA. If you have never taken a class then the old adage "you don't know what you don't know" probably holds true; it did with me.  While it the clinic started off simple, the skills taught build on one-another to ensure you have solid foundation basics needed to safely leverage the higher skill stuff taught at the back end of the class. Richard and Aaron brought two great perspectives as one is a XC/Edurance/Enduro rider and the other is dedicated to gravity downhill.  The teaching style was simple and actionable.  All the Ninja instructors are very knowledgeable and very passionate about MTB which is infectious and make the class fun. I would highly recommend to any level riders who have never had any instruction in MTB skills.  Plus if you take the class at a place like Snow Summit Big Bear, you get to ride amazing trails!! ~Greg A.

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
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