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Santa Cruz

NINJA EVENT INFORMATION FOR

Santa Cruz, CA – April 30/May 1, 2022


ON-LINE EVENT WAIVER | *IMPORTANT*

If you haven’t already, please sign our electronic Liability Release here: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5afd63f9ee18b/web/
**THIS IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLINIC THIS WEEKEND**


MEETING LOCATION

  • DeLaveaga Park, 850 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
  • ***Park and meet your instructors near restrooms and ball fields / grassy area (lower park facility). 
  • Link to location on google map here ——> https://goo.gl/maps/kpwZxhQB7dC2


SCHEDULE

PLEASE NOTE: There are two Women’s Fundamentals Clinics happening on Saturday. If you are joining us for a Women’s Fundamentals Clinic, please attend the clinic time you registered for.

SATURDAY

  • 2-Day Camp | 8:45am – 4:00pm (lunch break around 12:15)
  • Women’s Only Fundamentals [MORNING] | 8:45am – 12:15pm
  • Co-ed Fundamentals | 8:45am – 12:15pm
  • Women’s Only Fundamentals [AFTERNOON] | 1:15pm – 4:45pm
  • Jumping Mini-Clinic | 1:30pm – 4:00pm

SUNDAY

  • 2-Day Camp | 8:45am – 4:00pm (lunch break around 12:15 pm)
  • Intermediate / Advanced Clinic | 8:45am to 4:00pm (lunch break around 12:15 pm)


INSTRUCTORS

Your instructors and onsite contacts this weekend are:

  • Skye Nacel // 802-888-6262
  • Jon Casson // 970-250-2960
  • Danilu Ramirez // 805-363-0761
  • Shannon Keller
  • Kagen Luedemann
  • Sam Levy


WHAT TO BRING

  • BIKE in good, working order
  • HELMET
  • Plenty of water, and snacks
  • We highly recommend you wear pads.
  • If you’re coming for the whole day bring a LUNCH, or plan to find a quick, nearby eatery.
  • If locally mandated, bring a face covering.
  • Be aware that poison oak is common in the SC area.  You may want to bring some sort of wipe that they sell to wipe away the ivy oils (optional).  You can also opt to wear pants / sleeves to protect your skin from the oils.
  • Be sure to check the weather forecast and dress for the conditions. We recommend sunscreen.

If you have any last minute bike or gear needs, go see our friends at Scotts Valley Cycle Sport


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of pedals should I have on my bike?

We recommend you ride whatever pedals you’re most comfortable with. However, we have found that it’s much easier to learn the majority of the skills with flat pedals if you have some experience on them.

Do I need pads?

Pads are not mandatory at any of our clinics or camps, but we highly recommend you bring (and use) them.  We’ve seen a set of pads give our participants that added level of safety and comfort needed for them to have a light-bulb breakthrough moment.

Should I tip my instructors?

While gratuity is not required or expected,  it’s certainly appreciated by your instructors! 5-10% for each guest is Industry Standard for exceptional service, support, and expertise. Unless you’d like to tip separately, instructors divide tips among themselves.

COVID-19 

All of our clinics across the country are following local guidelines for COVID-19 (including any orders regarding face coverings, social distancing, group size restrictions, etc.). We ask that participants be informed as to any local COVID-19 restrictions that may apply to outdoor gatherings and travel to and from the event.

….more frequently asked questions and answers HERE!

Need further assistance? Contact Ninja Customer Service at [email protected]

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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’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.

My riding has definitely improved!

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I really enjoyed the Intermediate/Advanced clinic with Aaron in Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. Aaron made sure that every skill was practiced thoroughly. He was paying attention to every move and detail and was very patient. My riding has definitely improved since than and I have been practicing the skills a lot on single track. The best advice I received - visualize yourself doing it! I definitely recommend this class to bikers of all levels. ~Yana Brown

You don’t know what you don’t know …

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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.

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Woohoo!  As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher! I would encourage everyone to stay away from the mind trap that buying a more expensive mountain bike is what you need to ride better. Spend the money on lessons instead, and I know you will be happier (and safer) in the long run. I can't say enough positive things about the Bike Skills clinics. ~ Chris G.  

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Aaron was a great instructor!

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I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and felt stuck and was not improving at all. Aaron was a great instructor! Very patient and broke down everything step by step and we repeated the skills until we felt comfortable. I look forward to mastering the skills I learned and taking another clinic in the spring. ~Jody Hachenberger-Amend
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