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Teri Ayotte – Outreach Director

Adventure always finds Teri, so it was no surprise that adventure racing fell into her lap while working at a local outdoor retail store in 2003.  Mountain biking was part of the gig and it’s the piece of the puzzle that stole her heart.  She has since raced both XC and endurance because giving up is never an option.  Now utilizing her experience to instruct others is where she finds her stoke.

Home base

San Diego, California

The Gig

Ninja’s Fixer, working with NMBP to secure venues for our growing locations of clinics and camps

Instructor Certifications         

BICP Level 1 and 2

Favorite Type of Terrain

Fast and flowy/berms and drops/Conquering a good climb and the reward down the other side

Go-to Trail Snack   

Olives, hardboiled eggs and Swedish fish

Riding Tips      

“Comparison is the Thief of Joy” – Theodore Roosevelt. Ride with people who make you stronger and that inspire you but don’t compare yourself to them.

Don’t forget to look around; the Joy of that moment, being on your bike and outside, is a gift that keeps on giving.

Visualize, Breathe, Play

Favorite Riding Partner

Tessa (9) and Maddox (6) My kids keep me learning, laughing and playing on and off the trails. Plus they are willing to try new things and push me to do the same.

As a military family we have lived all over. Every time we move it’s a new chapter meeting new amazing people to ride with. I love the mountain biking community, its welcoming no matter where you call home.

How did you get into mountain biking?       

My foray into mountain biking came via adventure racing over 15 years ago. My husband and I playfully competed in 6-36 hour adventure races. After starting a family and having less time to devote to all the disciplines in adventure racing my natural fit and love was being on two wheels and in the dirt. Since focusing just on mountain biking I’ve raced both xc and endurance. I enjoy pushing myself both physically and technically. After starting with Ninja, behind the scenes, I felt the desire to become an instructor. I received my level one and two instructor certification in Canada and have been loving passing on the stoke. It’s great to see the gains riders can make in such a short time given the correct inputs and encouragement.

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

Still exploring….I keep looking around the next corner

Looking to ride with Teri? You can usually find her instructing at one of our many clinics in California

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...
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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.  

Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise…

I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our...
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2015-09-28T07:52:14-07:00
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!

I really enjoyed the Intermediate/Advanced clinic with Aaron in Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. Aaron made sure that every skill was...
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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

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.

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!...
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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.  

Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence!

Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much...
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2016-04-07T12:54:41-07:00
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much we learned. I’ve been riding for over 10 years but with all self taught skills. We wanted to learn fundamentals the right way and Richard took us through all of that (along with critical bike setup) and the intermediate stuff that they teach in one day plus he spent an extra hour at the end to teach us jumping which I had always been nervous about. Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence, we even learned to move the bike in the air on a crossed take off and landing. I think my favorite part though was riding fast on the very gnarly technical descent. We will be booking up more private lessons during the summer at Big Bear. Thanks Richard you are a very good teacher! ~John U.

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...
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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
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