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Shelly Wedge

Shelly moved to Salt Lake City 15 years ago to restart her love affair with skiing and ski coaching. Mountain biking was a natural extension to enjoy the outdoors as the snow melted. Shelly started out running the children’s summer bike camps for Park City and when the kids started outriding their parents, the parents wanted in! Shelly believes there is a strong correlation between movement analysis on skis that directly relate to movements on the bike. There is nothing more rewarding than giving people the skills to have freedom on their bike and enjoy the outdoors.

Home Base

Salt Lake City, Utah

Other Gigs

Alta Ski Resort – Instructor

Instructor Certifications

PMBIA, IMBA, NICA, PSIA

Favorite Type of Terrain

Technical sections that make you think!!!

Favorite Post-Ride Drink

A Frosty IPA

Riding Tip    

The smoothest and fastest riders are moving the most…. don’t lock up. Stay fluid

Favorite Riding Partner

Anyone who likes to chat on the grind up and shred on the way down.

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

Utah has it all! I am right where I was meant to be.

Follow Shelly on Instagram @wedgeshelly.

Looking to ride with Shelly? You can find her instructing at one of our many clinics in Colorado and Idaho.

This will not be our last Ninja training clinic!

My 14 year old son and I (I'm 43) went to the Intermediate/advanced skills clinic at Malibu Creek State Park. We both race and ride at a very fast pace. Getting faster for us is about making sure our fundamentals are solid and we can continue to use those fundamentals...
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2017-05-04T08:16:07-07:00
My 14 year old son and I (I'm 43) went to the Intermediate/advanced skills clinic at Malibu Creek State Park. We both race and ride at a very fast pace. Getting faster for us is about making sure our fundamentals are solid and we can continue to use those fundamentals to smooth out our flow to increase our skills and confidence. Richard has a way of breaking down all the information to make it very understandable and usable. My son and I have been to other skills classes before and knew what to expect, mostly. Richard was able to coach us to better form riding high speed flat corners! We brushed up on and cleaned up some less helpful habits. We really worked to understand the how and why behind some skills that we already had but didn't know we that we did. All in all we had a blast! Richard was fun and informative. Taylor was helping Richard out for the day. It was fun to watch her demo some skills at speed. Her input throughout the day was informative and light hearted. It was a fun day on the bike with some great people and coaching. This will not be our last Ninja training clinic! Thanks for everything Richard and Taylor! ~Eric Zubick

My riding has definitely improved!

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...
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2017-06-05T14:12:03-07:00
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

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 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...
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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.  

Special thanks to Santa Fe Fat Tire Society for bringing you in!

My wife and I had the privilege of attending the skills 2 day camp in Santa Fe New Mexico August 20th and 21st. Richard and Aaron and Catherine where fantastic trainers and teachers they brought new light into basic skills of riding each person in the group was able to...
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2017-06-05T14:49:37-07:00
My wife and I had the privilege of attending the skills 2 day camp in Santa Fe New Mexico August 20th and 21st. Richard and Aaron and Catherine where fantastic trainers and teachers they brought new light into basic skills of riding each person in the group was able to excel in what we were doing before we moved on to some other awesome skill or task individual attention was felt by all in the group and visible Improvement was seen in all Riders when we have you back next year you should plan on doubling or tripling the number of riders thanks for a super fun weekend and special thanks to Santa Fe Fat Tire Society for bringing you in and of course thanks to Richard and Aaron and Kathryn. ~Bruce Hamby  

Aaron was a great instructor!

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...
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2017-06-05T14:15:04-07:00
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

Can’t wait for the next one!

Although I’ve ridden a fair amount, I’ve never bothered to learn much technique so this was a great class that showed the basics. Can’t wait for the next one! ~ Greg M.  
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2014-03-19T14:46:15-07:00
Although I’ve ridden a fair amount, I’ve never bothered to learn much technique so this was a great class that showed the basics. Can’t wait for the next one! ~ Greg M.  
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Paula Evenson | Enduro, XC, DH

1st Place Masters Open Enduro (2015) USAC National Championship 1st Place Cat 2 Downhill (2015) USAC National Championship 3rd Place...
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2015-09-11T10:09:37-07:00
1st Place Masters Open Enduro (2015) USAC National Championship 1st Place Cat 2 Downhill (2015) USAC National Championship 3rd Place Overall (2015) SoCal Enduro / Kenda Cup Cat 2 XC Upgrade Approved 7/2014 USA National Championship Winner Cat 3 XC (2014) 2nd Place Series Overall US / Kenda Cup XC (2014) It's been a helluva 'ride', literally, mostly out of control with my bike in the driver's seat. Without sounding absolutely cliché, I would not know what to do with myself without Coach Richard La China. I mean, I am, of course, naturally awesome to begin with. But hiring a cycling coach means a lot more than buying a personalized training plan. I need the accountability and objectivity that no amount of personal education or scientific insight can provide. I've tried, even with a BS in Exercise Science, I can't have a job and keep up with all the data and gobbledegook feedback to plan my next workout. Plus I can rationalize like it's no one's business - walked into a spiderweb, cardio is done for the day! And, let's face it, I'm naturally a goofball and inherantly a lazy-ass. I'd watch Redbull TV all the live-long day if I didn't have to report my workout to someone. I'll always have a coach, even if it means giving up my Range Rover. Ok, that's a lie, but I'd for sure give up my XC bike if needed.  ~Paula Evenson

Great clinic. I learned really useful skills.

Great clinic. I learned really useful skills… I’m ready for another clinic with more challenging terrain. ~Beatrice D.  
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2014-03-19T14:45:33-07:00
Great clinic. I learned really useful skills… I’m ready for another clinic with more challenging terrain. ~Beatrice D.  

Mike Sofen | Endurance Athlete

I worked with Coach Richard for the 2015 racing year, whose focus was almost entirely long distance/endurance events on mixed...
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2015-09-11T10:49:12-07:00
I worked with Coach Richard for the 2015 racing year, whose focus was almost entirely long distance/endurance events on mixed road, or gravel, or mountain biking.  Events like Dirty Devil (123 mi), the Belgian Waffle Ride (143 mi) and the Dirty Kanza 200 mile gravel race in Kansas. One of my issues with prior coaching was getting into an overtrained condition very early in the season (like May) and having terrible performance from that point forward.  Knowing this, Richard made sure to keep a close eye on my TrainingPeaks Performance chart, optimizing my training calendar to ensure adequate recovery and maximizing my builds. End result:  I had a completely successful racing year with no overtraining symptoms at all, knocking an hour off my prior year’s BWR time, and feeling much stronger on the bike than I’ve felt in a long time.  This is really good stuff. Aside from the technical and racing aspects, Richard is the most delightful guy to work with – funny, humble, empathic and engaged with his clients.  That, plus his tremendous depth of experience as both a racer and a coach, provide a cacoon of support.  He’s out there doing it with us, he’s volunteering his time all over the place, and he really cares about doing the right thing. That’s three thumbs up in my book! ~Mike Sofen

This was awesome!

This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great...
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2014-03-19T14:48:53-07:00
This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great starting point in order to make you faster. I’m sure everyone including myself experienced a positive feeling in how to improve from this point on. — Don’t expect to be a world champ after this clinic but to learn what and where and most importantly how to improve your trail riding from now on. Richard gives you the tools but you have to put in the work.” ~ Michael A.  

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
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