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Coaches

Shanna Powellpmbia-logo

A lover of all bikes, Shanna can usually be found riding her singlespeed hardtail in Pisgah National forest, her dirt jumper or her downhill bike in the surrounding area…or off on some adventure meeting new people and exploring new trails around the world … (read more)

Cory Rimmerpmbia-logo

Cory Rimmer grew up in the area around Knoxville, TN and has been riding and racing bikes for nearly twelve years.  His passion for riding started at an early age and over the years, has brought him an endless supply of great memories and lifelong friends … (read more)

Susan Cliffordpmbia-logo

Susan has been chasing down adventure on her mountain bike since 1996. Her journey began on a borrowed hardtail and quickly landed her a job in a bike shop and a ride of her own. She started racing cross country almost immediately, thriving with an outlet to consistently measure her improvement … (read more)

Heidi Slominski

2013-05-24 05.09.22 pmHeidi was one of the first coaches to start out with the Ninja Team back in 2013 in San Diego before she relocated to the mountain bike paradise, Bend Oregon. She has continued her passion for all-things-cycling (MTB, CX and road), is an instructor for an internationally recognized women’s MTB skills camp organization … (read more)

Hannah Levinepmbia-logo

After spending a year driving her camper van around the country and riding all of the best trails in North America, Hannah knew that mountain biking would be a lifelong sport and passion … (read more)

 Lon Cullenpmbia-logo

Lon has been riding just about anything with two wheels now for over 40 years–from BMX, to moto hare scrambles to mountain bikes.  However, in 2011, despite many years of experience, he suffered a major mountain bike accident that damaged the vertebrae in his neck and blew out his knee. This opened his eyes to the need to improve safety and control in his riding … (read more)

 imba_certifiedKristina Vevia

Kristina got started mountain biking in 2013 as a way to improve her health and fitness.  She has come a long way since her first ride (2.5 miles on a paved bike path), and is passionate about sharing the sport with other women. In 2015, Kristina set a goal that she wanted to complete a 50 mile (6000ft) mountain bike ride with a group of her friends, and she knew to get ready for the ride (which was a year away in May 2016), that she needed to look at ways to improve both her fitness and technical skills (in order to “keep up with the guys”) … (read more)

 Randy Inglis

2013-05-24 05.09.22 pmRandy has been riding mountain bikes since 1991. He is an former expert downhill rider with experience in XC, Endurance and Enduro racing.  He also raced motocross from 2002-2007.  He is an IMBA Certified level one Instructor … (read more)

Simon Bosman

2013-05-24 05.09.22 pmSimon has spent decades mountain bike racing and coaching. After moving to Sedona, he helped pioneer Sedona red rock riding and became one of the first instructors in the nation to be certified by the International Mountain Bike Association … (read more)

Richard La China

Richard La China is Professional XC MTB racer and a USA Cycling Certified Coach who works with Beginner to Pro mountain bike racers as well as non-competitive recreational riders seeking to become their best. He is great coach for a mountain biker looking to improve their skills … (read more)

imba_certifiedCourtney Cowan

Courtney grew up immersed in the outdoors, spending her summers in the mountains sailing, water skiing, swimming and her winters skiing.  She didn’t get on a mountain bike until 2007, thanks to a graduate school professor, and never looked back.  She spent a few years riding on the east coast until moving back out west for the outdoor lifestyle she knew was meant for her.  She started racing in 2015 and is currently a Cat 1 for Team Ninja… (read more)

 Aaron Lucy2013-05-24 05.09.22 pmpmbia-logo

Growing up in Queenstown, New Zealand, Aaron was immersed in the outdoors from an early age. White water rafting and Snowboarding were high school PE activities.  Aaron purchased his first mountain bike as transport to an after school job but soon found himself ripping up the local hiking trails on it. He was hooked … (read more)

  Nicco Salvador

Nicco started distance riding in his childhood, riding 50+ miles by age 11. When2013-05-24 05.09.22 pm not on long rides, he turned pedals at local BMX and jump tracks. His first long distance race was 24 Hours of Adrenaline and has been hooked on endurance ever since. Riding centuries, 12 and 24 hour races, his most notable ride was Leadville in 2012 … (read more)

 imba_certifiedIvan Valentine

Ivan began his cycling career at an early age by building a series of poorly constructed ramps. He usually didn’t hurt himself. In 2008 Ivan joined Texas 4000 for Cancer riding 4500 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, and completing a self supported double century in the mountains of British Columbia … (read more)

 imba_certifiedJeff Meyer

Jeff is a great teacher and has helped many riders improve their Mountain Bike Skills over the years.  Jeff has held a Pro XC license for 9 years, was also ranked in the top 50 in ABA & NBL BMX Nationally Ranked… (read more)

 IMG_2527Daniel Pitard

2013-05-24 05.09.22 pmAs the story goes, Daniel’s obsession with wheels started at the early age of two when he learned to ride his bike around the neighborhood without training wheels.  Fast forward through the years of street riding, bmx, dirt jumping and general adolescent mayhem to ten years ago.  Life got hectic and Daniel needed to burn off steam.  He picked up a road bike for the first time and never looked back … (read more)

….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...
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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

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; knowledgeable, thorough, patient, and helpful! ~Kamala S.
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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.

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

As good as it gets is appropriate!

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...
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2014-03-19T14:37:09-07:00
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.  

I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys.

I recently attended one of the Intermediate/Advanced Efficiency and Flow clinics. Even though I have been riding for many years I learned a lot from this clinic. The techniques covered ranged from reviewing basic skills such as basic body position to practicing more advanced techniques like switchbacks, bunny hops, and...
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2014-03-19T14:31:08-07:00
I recently attended one of the Intermediate/Advanced Efficiency and Flow clinics. Even though I have been riding for many years I learned a lot from this clinic. The techniques covered ranged from reviewing basic skills such as basic body position to practicing more advanced techniques like switchbacks, bunny hops, and cornering. I was able to recognize, get instruction, and practice some skills where I was weak and instantly improve them. Even skills I thought I was pretty good at I was able to pick up useful tips. I also realized that deliberate skills practice is not something I incorporate into my riding, but now that I understand what I should be doing I will make sure to add this in! After taking the course my comfort on the bike has improved and I am more aware of my body position and movement of the bike. I would encourage anyone of any ability to take a class with these guys. The instructors are knowledgeable and easy to work with. There is a lot of one on one help and they will make sure you understand the skills being taught and are able to perform them successfully. Plus the clinic was lots of fun! I highly recommend and hope to work with these guys again soon. ~ Michelle A.  

I’m so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic.

I'm so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic. Richard and Randy are really skilled at breaking things down, very patient and kind. They were very attentive to what each of us needed individually while maintaining a no-pressure, fun vibe. The place is...
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2017-05-04T08:17:07-07:00
I'm so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic. Richard and Randy are really skilled at breaking things down, very patient and kind. They were very attentive to what each of us needed individually while maintaining a no-pressure, fun vibe. The place is beautiful, rustic and offers a great opportunity to unplug. It's the seemingly little things that make a big difference in your riding, and I feel like I gained some useful insight about not only being on the bike, but set-up and nutrition as well. ~Susan Tully
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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

My riding improved instantly!

I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have...
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2014-03-19T14:16:07-07:00
I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have really enjoyed the increased confidence jumping my bike over obstacles. My muscle memory takes a while to kick in and Coach Richard and his crew of master Ninjas were really patient with me.  I even got some bonus education on climbing faster during one of our warm-up laps! Even though I have been riding for years I learned something new with every skill taught.  The clinic was worth every penny and I will be signing up for an advanced one this summer. ~Michael W.  

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.  

I definitely recommend and will do again!

Thanks Richard for this awesome clinic. Went back to basic fundamentals and through the repetitiveness of each section, it helped...
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2014-03-19T14:44:43-07:00
Thanks Richard for this awesome clinic. Went back to basic fundamentals and through the repetitiveness of each section, it helped build confidence & speed! More drops please! ha! ha! Had fun at the same time and a great workout! I definitely recommend and will do again! ~Robbyn E.  

A must for all!

Great Clinic. A must for all. Great fundamental course. ~Art L.
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2017-08-19T13:54:58-07:00
Great Clinic. A must for all. Great fundamental course. ~Art L.
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