2017 is already shaping up to be Team Ninja’s Best Year Ever!  Not only do we have our largest and most diverse (in terms of age, gender, discipline, and experience) group of riders to date, but we also have two super talented groups of riders representing our Ambassador Program and Elite Team.  Both of these sub-groups of Team Ninja were chosen, after much deliberation, from a very deep talent pool of applicants. Thank you to all who applied, and congratulations to those accepted.

The following 3 riders were chosen for our 2017 Ambassador Program because they exude and exemplify everything “Team Ninja”. They are committed to cycling and encourage others to ride. They are active in their communities and bring about positive change. They are dedicated to our team and our sponsors and strive to make Team Ninja one of the best cycling teams in the US.



Nicco Salvador
Tina Schmitz
Patty Elliott

The following 8 Pro / Cat 1 riders were chosen for our 2017 Elite Team because their years of racing and training have placed them in the upper echelon of mountain biking, and because they have aligned themselves with Team Ninja’s mission of giving back to the community and inspiring others to ride.


Elite Team

Stephane Roch (Pro)
John Nobil (Pro)
Carter Chappell
Paula Evenson (Pro)
Thomas Teger
Brent Burcham (Pro)
Armando de Armas
Richard La China (Pro)

Follow these riders on our team website and their personal social media sites to see what exciting things they’re up to this year.


Do you like to ride your bike? Do you love to ride your bike? Do you like puppies?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then we should be teammates! Team Ninja is seeking more like-minded cyclists to share in the fun of riding on two wheels.

We’d love for you to come join us!

Riders and racers of all levels are welcome, from absolute beginners to pro. Below is a list of some of the benefits you’ll receive as a member of Team Ninja. Your membership includes a 2017 Team Ninja Official Vuelta Jersey.


Benefits of Membership

žSponsor Discounts (grass root bike deals, parts, accessories, and more)

Team Cabin in Big Bear

Team Mountain Bike Camps

Big Bear, California
Santa Cruz, California
Salida, Colorado
Sedona, Arizona

Free Ninja Skills Clinics (1 Fundamentals and 1 Intermediate / Advanced per season)

Free Coached Workouts (also see ‘Training’ below)

Weekly Group Rides (all levels)

Race support

Discounts on Coaching

Discounts at Ninja Mountain Bike Skills Camps (any location)

Ambassador Program for riders of all level

Elite Team Program for catagot 1/Pro racers


Training is an important aspect of any good cycling club. Team Ninja has USA Cycling coaches to work with and introduce new riders to all cycling disciplines. The Tuesday evening training rides are held year-round at Morley Field and Mission Trails. These group-training rides are designed to prepare members for all types of riding and racing. In addition to organized training, members may seek out others with similar schedules to complement their training programs.


Group Rides

Join your fellow teammates for weekends rides. For 2017 we’re hosting a beginner ride, intermediate and an advanced ride every month.

Discounts on Equipment

Team Ninja is able to provide its members with incredible discounts on bicycle equipment. The club has several major sponsors, including bike shops, who provide their products and services at substantial discounts to members.


Team Ninja members are encouraged to join the USAC and represent the team in races. Team Ninja members in our Ambassador and Elite Team programs that meet minimum participation and volunteer requirements, receive benefits including equipment, clothing and and race reimbursement.


Membership Dues

The membership fee is $150/year per person (includes a Free Team Ninja XC or DH/Enduro/BMX jersey).


Giving back to the community is important to the team and many events are scheduled each year with local charities and organizations that provide a chance for Team Ninja members to volunteer.

Team Ninja is run entirely on a volunteer basis and meets regularly in various locations for group rides (road and mtn bike) and annually for our Team Party. For more information on the club, reply to this email and if you think you’d like to join the team click the link below …

JOIN / RENEW | 2017

As a Team Ninja member, you are also expected to follow our honored code. Please be sure you review it here.

Team Store Open

If you’ve already joined or renewed, please be sure to get your bib-shorts, shorts, jackets, vest and Ninja accessories ordered by the deadline of December 16. WE ARE NOT ORDERING EXTRA STOCK :: everything is custom order just for you.

If you’d like to change the jersey that comes with your membership for an Elite jersey, or a DH/Enduro/BMX jersey — sinply add the jerey you’d like to your cart then use promo code: UPGRADE at checkout.


IMPORTANT:: In order to meet our production deadline, the team store is only going to be open until Friday, December 16. We will NOT be reopen the store until April. Place your orders now to make sure you get your new gear in time for your early 2017 events.

Team Ninja: A team of like-minded cyclist working together to support each other and achieve our goals while giving back to the community and inspiring others to ride.

Do you like to ride your bike? Do you love to ride your bike? Do you like puppies?  If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then we should be teammates! Team Ninja is seeking more like-minded cyclists to share in the fun of riding on two wheels. We’d love for you Read More →
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