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Bernadette Merriman

2,173 REVIEWS – 5 STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bernadette hails from Brevard, North Carolina where she’s lived for 17 years. She didn’t throw a leg over a bicycle until 2007 and fell in love her very first ride! A week later she bought a bike and went out riding whenever she could. Over the years she’s been lucky enough to ride technical terrain right out her back door forcing her to learn a variety of skills, especially roots and rocks both in dry and wet conditions.

Home Base

Brevard, North Carolina

Other Gig / Job / School

Real Estate Agent

Instructor Certifications    

Level 1 Terra Method

Favorite type of mountain biking terrain

I really like it all! Rocks, roots, wet, dry, slab, loam, exploring new trails, and really any feature that can be fun!

Favorite post-ride food or drink

The closest food truck and a chilled beverage is always enjoyable!

Favorite riding tip

The key to learning and progressing is to stop comparing yourself or your progress with those that you ride with. We all learn at different rates and there is no right or wrong time to learn a new skill. Surround yourself with people you feel comfortable with and stoke each other up, obviously because keeping things fun is important too! Take the time to stop and session but remember each ride is your own. If you don’t feel like you are ready to try something new, follow your intuition and do it when you feel the “green light”. That usually comes with building your skill set and knowing when you are ready to try the next building block. This is how I came to teach and honestly I love working with beginners. The stoke is so high and the need for building blocks is where it all starts.

Favorite riding partner?

I love getting to ride with my daughter Greysen who is 10. The trick is that I don’t push her, she has the freedom to tell me when she’s ready to try something new and it’s been a fun journey watching her learn and grow her skills. (P.S. I may make her go ride bikes sometimes, but she is the one who says when she’s ready to ride something challenging 🙂

How did you get into mountain biking?       

Some girlfriends asked me to ride about 11 years ago, I borrowed bike two sizes too small, and got hooked that very first ride.

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

I’d maybe live in the PNW for a little while just to ride bigger features and gain some new skills by riding something new. However I live in a pretty magical place and love the trails offered in my own backyard.

Follow Bernadette on Instagram @bernadirt.

Looking to ride with Bernadette? You can usually find her instructing at one of our many clinics in North Carolina!

G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.

Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know....
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2014-03-19T14:32:41-07:00
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know.  It's a non intimidating environment where mistakes are welcomed so corrections can be made.  I own G2 Bike is Aliso Viejo and this clinic has been ran out of the Aliso Woods area and when I interviewed the clients they had all but great things to say.  None arrogant instructors and easy to follow steps. The biggest bang for many was meeting new area riders at their skill level, gaining confidence, and getting the bike set up and fit properly.  G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.  Thanks Richard for all you do for the MTB community! ~ AJ S.  

That was time well spent – thanks Coach Richard!

That was time well spent – thanks Coach Richard! If you do more clinics, I’d recommend them to my friends...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:48:13-07:00
That was time well spent – thanks Coach Richard! If you do more clinics, I’d recommend them to my friends regardless of their speed level… ~ Patrick K.  

I’m so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic.

I'm so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic. Richard and Randy are...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-05-04T08:17:07-07:00
I'm so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic. Richard and Randy are really skilled at breaking things down, very patient and kind. They were very attentive to what each of us needed individually while maintaining a no-pressure, fun vibe. The place is beautiful, rustic and offers a great opportunity to unplug. It's the seemingly little things that make a big difference in your riding, and I feel like I gained some useful insight about not only being on the bike, but set-up and nutrition as well. ~Susan Tully

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;...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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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.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:33:17-07:00
Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris are some of the most professional and pleasant coaches/cyclist/people I have come across.  Looking forward to one of their future clinics. ~ Tom T.  

This was awesome!

This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great...
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2014-03-19T14:48:53-07:00
This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great starting point in order to make you faster. I’m sure everyone including myself experienced a positive feeling in how to improve from this point on. — Don’t expect to be a world champ after this clinic but to learn what and where and most importantly how to improve your trail riding from now on. Richard gives you the tools but you have to put in the work.” ~ Michael A.  

I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding …

I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit...
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2017-05-04T08:18:05-07:00
I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit of a nervous wreck when I realized I was the least skilled in the group – but the instructors didn’t give up on me and gave me plenty of tips, positive reinforcement and new ways to think about my riding. At the end of the weekend, I felt that I had a better understanding how to ride better. I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding, am a lot less timid and am looking forward to taking another camp soon! ~Quan Campbell
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