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HessSIG Team Ninja is growing. In fact, when racers planned their end-of-year party, they even outgrew the venue they selected and moved the celebrations to Mike Hess Brewery in North Park San Diego.

Nearly 100 team members and Ninja-curious potential members traveled from as far away as L.A. and Phoenix to hear about the notable feats and good deeds of the past year’s “Ninja Stars” learn about sponsorship for 2015 and do what Team Ninja does best: connect with each other. (Of course, since we were at the amazingly delicious Hess Brewery, we also got to imbibe some tasty brews and chow down on hearty food from the Not So Fast food truck.  Huge thank you to both of these businesses for accommodating our rather large group of Ninjas.)

IMG_5584Among the highlights covered for the 2015 team is a new grassroots sponsorship agreement with Specialized Bicycles.  Zumwalt’s Bicycle Center, our our local bike shop sponsor, brought in a number of brand new Specialized rigs for us to drool over including an S-works Epic, Stumpjumper, Tarmac, Enduro and Fatboy. Another 205 highlight is that Team Ninja athletes will be racing in a redesigned kit by Zoca Gear, who brought samples so everyone could be sure they got a great fit.

IMG_5580The team has also announced a new “Ambassador Program” where we offer a little extra to those Ninjas that are willing and able to consistently go above and beyond normal Ninja-ness.  The program features larger discounts from select sponsors, Team Ninja accessories at no charge, and race / event reimbursement.  More about the Ambassador program here.

And new for 2015, Team Ninja will support a number of “Special Teams” including XC, Super D, DH, Road, Triathlon, and Cyclocross. Each special team will have a liaison that will be responsible for coordinating events in each discipline with interested Team Ninja members. These positions are now open, and volunteers are welcome.  More about Special Teams here.

Team Ninja is a group of like-minded cyclists who train together, race together IMG_5581and also work to give back to the sport, and their communities. The team is welcoming new members for 2015  — registration is open now!  Renew or join today here

Kit orders must be made by Friday,  November 7, 2014 at 9pm.

2015 registration is open for Team Ninja!  Renew or join today here

Full list of sponsors, 2014 photo gallery, more information on the Ambassador Program and Special Teams have been updated on the site.

Balboa Park Set To Host Final Two After-Dark MTB Races Nov 6 and Dec 112014-10-02 02.47.05 pm

SAN DIEGO, CA (October 1, 2014) — Ninja Night Race is proud to announce the final two events of 2014 will be presented by new title sponsor, Loaded Precision Components, and will take place on Thursday November 6 and Thursday December 11 at Balboa Park, starting at 7pm sharp.

“We’re headed back to Balboa Park for its central location, race-worthy trail system and best of all, the awesome feeling and spectacle of starting on the Velodrome,” said Race Director Richard La China. “We’re excited to be back, and thrilled to have Loaded Precision on board, as we welcome the earlier evenings with a little late-season racing.”

Ninja Night Race is the first USAC-sanctioned series of its kind, however Cat 2/3 athletes do not need a USAC license to participate. Pro/Cat 1 podium placers a can look forward to up to $100 in prize money for both men and women. The event also includes an expo featuring event sponsors and local businesses, a free tamale for all racers and live music to add to the festive vibe.

“It’s been a busy summer of racing for everyone, but now we get to enjoy some cooler temperatures, and a more laid-back atmosphere, all while still collecting those last-minute upgrade points,” said La China. “We hope that the Loaded Precision Ninja Night Race attracts riders who want to give racing a try, racers who want to give night-riding a try, and of course, the usual suspects in our tremendous community of mountain bikers.”

NinjaNightRace3Look for details leading up to the event, including the course, who will be in the expo, and the famous Ninja Night Race door prizes at

About Ninja Night Race

Ninja Night Race began in late 2013 with a pilot event held at Lake Hodges. Thanks to its success, the series relocated to Balboa Park in downtown San Diego to allow more racers to join in the fun. Participants in the second event became the first mountain bikers in history to set tire on the famous San Diego Velodrome. Ninja Night Race is the first USAC-sanctioned series of its kind and takes place during the week in the fall/winter, adding an off-season option for racers who like to go fast in the dark, or riders interested in trying it for the first time. Ninja Night Race is proud to offer equal prize purses in the Cat 1/pro categories for men and women. More than a race, the event also brings a party atmosphere by including live music, delicious tamales, and an expo featuring sponsors and local businesses. For more information, please visit