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Thomas Barth

Home Base

Boulder, CO

Other Gig

My “regular” job is a biomechanics engineer and crash investigator for the Federal Government, with a focus on injury tolerance and vehicle safety.

Instructor Certifications

BICP level 1, NICA Level 3

Favorite Type of Terrain or Feature

My favorite terrain always involves elements of technical features that challenge limits.

Favorite Trail Snack   

Regular food, often nuts and chocolate

Favorite Post Ride Food or Drink

If it was a hot weather ride, a fruit smoothie then beer. If cold weather, a smoothie, coffee, then beer.

Favorite Riding Tip      

Progression requires perspective. We have to change our perspective to see where we are and where we want to go.

Favorite Riding Partner

My wife K, since she is always ready, and often remembers things I forgot. If my son is available, then him too. I often remember things he forgot.

How did you get into Mountain Biking?

I was riding motorcycles at around 8 years old, and went on my first trip to Moab in 1976. By the mid to late 80’s we started to see mountain bikes and I thought they were crazy. I got my first mountain bike in 1988, and no longer had a motorcycle by 1995.

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

Boulder, which I do, because of friends and nature. But if I could, I’d return to France for extended periods for the food.

Looking to ride with Tom? Join him in one of our Colorado clinic locations or check him out on IG @Bartinator

They’ve helped build my confidence and competence!

Coming from a triathlon background I had spent most of my time on the road, though I did have a...
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2014-03-19T14:23:53-07:00
Coming from a triathlon background I had spent most of my time on the road, though I did have a few seasons of cyclocross under my belt. I was a novice mountain biker with just enough confidence to get myself into trouble on the trails. I started by attending the free Tuesday night mountain bike workouts at Balboa Park, led by Coach Richard. While these are primarily geared toward building fitness, we learned some skills tips and I met some cool folks. Since then I've taken the intermediate and advanced skills clinics, as well as raced a couple times. Coaches Richard and Kris are great at instruction, which is not easy. Most great riders cannot teach others to do the same, but these two are exceptional at it. They've helped build my confidence and competence.  In fact they have taken time during weekday and weekend rides to help give me pointers! I joined Team Ninja to train and race with this fun crew and would highly advise you check them out! ~Henry H.  

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;...
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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.

Evan Christenson | Cat 1 U23 XC

SoCal High School League - JV Overall Winner (2014) 6th Overall Pro Mammoth Kamikaze Games (2014)
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2015-09-11T10:29:33-07:00
SoCal High School League - JV Overall Winner (2014) 6th Overall Pro Mammoth Kamikaze Games (2014)

The clinic with Aaron was great!

Took the mini clinic on jumping skills because I can't resist the urge to get in the air even though...
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2017-06-05T14:29:02-07:00
Took the mini clinic on jumping skills because I can't resist the urge to get in the air even though I always knew I didn't really understand the mechanics of it, so it was a kind of "huck and hope" affair.  The result was that I didn't land about 1 in 5 attempts.  The clinic with Aaron was great!  He explained the mechanics of how the bike is handled coming into, through and out of the jump and starts with individual small skills progressing step by step in a very manageable way (even for me, and I started this stuff at 45 and I'm not very coordinated).  What I feel sets Aaron apart is his ability to communicate his explanations and demonstrate movements in a way that makes them easy  to learn even for someone with little experience.  He is also very patient and encouraging, which helps when one is starting out and struggling a little with some movements.  I definitely intend to do more clinics with Ninja MBS.  I feel like it will save me a lot of time and frustration as well as possibly a lot of money in medical bills! ~Jill M.

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
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