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Bernadette Merriman

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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!

Who doesn’t want to be a Ninja!?

I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road...
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2014-03-19T14:36:25-07:00
I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road triathlete, I had very little experience and no technical skills on a mountain bike. I took the Ninja beginner and then intermediate classes almost back to back. Richard is a great teacher, and taught the sequential skills that matter most. He does a great job of "breaking things down" with the what and the why, and illustrates the information well with his demonstrations, all the while, delivering it with a sense of humor and enthusiasm. Richard's instruction helped me successfully get through a very technical course in Maui without major injury! Yea, thank you Richard!!. Whether a complete beginner or an advanced rider, I promise you can take a lot away from his classes.... and, let's be honest ...Who doesn't want to be a Ninja! ~ Ray S.  

Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise…

I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our...
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2015-09-28T07:52:14-07:00
I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our home AND my daughters like to ride in the dirt. Took classes through the high school league to be more acquainted with the fundamentals skills and acquire more knowledge of the NICA league rules. Coach La China and staff broke down the skills for our team riders in a fun and engaging process. Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise to bring our riders to a new level of confidence. ~Ron G.

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

You don’t know what you don’t know …

I consider myself a strong intermediate MTB rider; I love highly technical downhill single track trails.  A friend suggested I...
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2017-06-05T14:46:29-07:00
I consider myself a strong intermediate MTB rider; I love highly technical downhill single track trails.  A friend suggested I take a multi-day skills clinic to help get to the next level.  After a brief search I found that Ninja Bike Skills 3 day skills clinic up in Big Bear CA. If you have never taken a class then the old adage "you don't know what you don't know" probably holds true; it did with me.  While it the clinic started off simple, the skills taught build on one-another to ensure you have solid foundation basics needed to safely leverage the higher skill stuff taught at the back end of the class. Richard and Aaron brought two great perspectives as one is a XC/Edurance/Enduro rider and the other is dedicated to gravity downhill.  The teaching style was simple and actionable.  All the Ninja instructors are very knowledgeable and very passionate about MTB which is infectious and make the class fun. I would highly recommend to any level riders who have never had any instruction in MTB skills.  Plus if you take the class at a place like Snow Summit Big Bear, you get to ride amazing trails!! ~Greg A.

As good as it gets is appropriate!

Woohoo!  As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher!...
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2014-03-19T14:37:09-07:00
Woohoo!  As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher! I would encourage everyone to stay away from the mind trap that buying a more expensive mountain bike is what you need to ride better. Spend the money on lessons instead, and I know you will be happier (and safer) in the long run. I can't say enough positive things about the Bike Skills clinics. ~ Chris G.  

Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence!

Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much...
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2016-04-07T12:54:41-07:00
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much we learned. I’ve been riding for over 10 years but with all self taught skills. We wanted to learn fundamentals the right way and Richard took us through all of that (along with critical bike setup) and the intermediate stuff that they teach in one day plus he spent an extra hour at the end to teach us jumping which I had always been nervous about. Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence, we even learned to move the bike in the air on a crossed take off and landing. I think my favorite part though was riding fast on the very gnarly technical descent. We will be booking up more private lessons during the summer at Big Bear. Thanks Richard you are a very good teacher! ~John U.

Aaron was a great instructor!

I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and...
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2017-06-05T14:15:04-07:00
I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and felt stuck and was not improving at all. Aaron was a great instructor! Very patient and broke down everything step by step and we repeated the skills until we felt comfortable. I look forward to mastering the skills I learned and taking another clinic in the spring. ~Jody Hachenberger-Amend
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