The following is an interview with mountain pro mountain bike racer, team leader, skills teacher, and Ninja ... Richard La China.

MBD: Did you grow up in the San Diego area?

Richard: No, I'm a transplant. I was born in Connecticut and then moved to North Carolina around the beginning of high school. I always knew I wanted to move out west after graduation, but had no idea exactly where.

Richard La China Up Close
Richard Up Close

Then, in 1995 I saw a commercial for the San Diego Zoo, and I made up my mind to move here. It wasn't the necessarily the prospect of being in a city with a world-class zoo that got me as much as it was it was the beautiful clips of Balboa Park, Mission Bay, and the beach area.

Team Ninja ... On Stand
Team Ninja ... On Stand

To lear more about the "Ninja" please go to: Richard La China