We are getting organized for the 2017 season!

2017 TEAM INFORMATION MEETING - NOVEMBER 29, 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Registration will begin after this meeting.

MEET THE LEAGUE RIDE - DECEMBER 4, 9:00 a.m. Hill Top Park between Grand forest West and East at Pru’s House


BI Parks Board Public Meeting on Battle Point Pump Track May 5 at 6:00 pm

Bainbridge Needs a Pump Track! Come on out to Strawberry Hill Center at 6 pm on Thursday evening May 5 to support the Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club and Evergreen West Sound proposal to build a pump track at Battle Point Park. We are recommending that a modest size pump track be built at Battle Point Park and the Club will do the fundraising and spread the word so Island mountain bikers can step up and build it. We need your support at this Board meeting to show that there is strong support on the Island. Special thanks to Evergreen West Sound for their help in developing our proposal and we look forward to their help as we move forward. Invite all your your friends too!



GREAT TURNOUT AT THE MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISER!  The house was packed.  Thanks to Jo Vanderlee and her team for making it all happen.

 March 5, 2016 was the Movie Night Fundraiser for the Gear Grinders at Island Center Hall.  Tom Clune presented "The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route," PLUS Teton Gravity Research's wild and we showed the surreal mountain bike film "unReal." 

We benefit from the support we get from Evergreen West Sound.  Make sure you support them.  

Bainbridge Needs a Pump Track! Come on out to Strawberry Hill Center at 6 pm on Thursday evening March 3 when the Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club, with the support of Evergreen West Sound, presents a proposal to build a pump track on Bainbridge Island.   Post from Evergreen West Sound below:

The Bainbridge Parks Board meeting went extremely well for a future pump track at Battlepoint park. Next steps will be a community meeting and more detail on the pump track drawing. Big kudos go to John Benjes and the Gear Grinders for putting so much time into this project and the trails on Bainbridge Island. This will be a great way to honor the legacy of Jay Abbott, his efforts for both the pump track and Gear Grinders will not be forgotten.

This photo from back in Jan 2015 shows Jay in the foreground discussing the pump track at the battle point location with John Benjes andEvergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

Evergreen West Sound's photo.

2016 Team REGISTRATION INFORMATION BELOW!  Registration is closed for 2016.  Check back in December for next season.

Who are the GearGrinders?


The Gear Grinders are co-ed middle school and high school level mountain bike teams open to students at Bainbridge Island Middle and High Schools. The teams is part of the Washington State Student Cycling League and receives financial support from the newly founded Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club (BIMBC). The League promotes the sport of cross-country riding, both competitive and recreational. We stress team spirit, having fun, being safe, building fitness and skills, and giving back to the community.



Saturday January 30 ay 10:30 Meet the League Ride at Prue's House/Hilltop Section of Grand Forest Park.  Theme of the ride is Mother/Daughter  or Father/Daughter!  Come meet the coaches and female riders on the Gear Grinders teams and go for a ride!

Mandus Olson entrance.  All riders must have a league waiver signed by their parent


More information at  http://washingtonleague.org/bainbridge-island-meet-the-league-ride/

During our rides we focus on skills development, fitness, strength and endurance through a variety of drills and ride locations. 

We begin in January and usually have two trainings every week.  Races begin in the end of March and end in mid May.  Parents are responsible for transportation and arranging carpools to and from training rides and races.

  • Thursdays, 3:45p - 4:45p, Spinning classes at Island Fitness
  • Wednesdays, 3:30p –5:00p, (starting February): Grand Forest trails, usually meet at Mandus Olson Road
  • Sundays, 9:00a – 12:30a,  Various locations all over the Peninsula, meet at the library for carpool.

Scotch Broom Fund Raiser February 6 from 1:00 to 3:30 at Lovgreen Rd.

Waiver needed for all participants, parent must sign waiver for anyone under age 18.  Waiver here.

REGISTRATION is closed for 2016 seasonWashington Student Cycling League

The process for joining the teams will include the following 2 steps.  Riders cannot begin participating until both league and team registration are completed.

1.) register with the Washington Student Cycling League at www.washingtonleague.org

Use the "How To" Guide to walk you through the process:  http://washingtonleague.org/wp-content/uploads/RegistrationGuide_ForStudents.pdf

Register for either the Bainbridge HS team or Bainbridge MS team. 

The system will ask you for a code.  The codes for our teams are 

Bainbridge Island High School Composite  -  Sp2016yyk

Bainbridge Island Middle School Composite  -  Sp2016yyk

The program fee for students is $195 (includes insurance and race fees).

The fee for adult volunteers is $30.00 (includes background screening).  

All riders and all volunteers must be registered withthe league.

2.) Pay the team dues for students of $100 (includes spinning classes in January and a jersey every 2 years).  We prefer payment through Pay Pal

You may pay by check.  The $100 check for your team dues should be made out to Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club. Please put Gear Grinders on the memo line of the check and mail to Scott Westerhout, 12327 Arrow Point Loop NE , Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

Coaches and volunteers must register with the Washington Student Cycling League at www.washingtonleague.orgThe fee for adult volunteers is $30.00 (includes background screening). 


Last year we put a cap on the team size.  We hope to avoid that this year.  We are actively recruiting ride leaders and may add an additional weekday ride to accommodate more riders on the team.  To avoid disappointments we recommend to register as soon as possible. Registration will close January 31st or as soon as we reach maximum capacity.  As it is our policy to actively encourage girl participation, we will make exceptions for female riders.

 We strive through fundraising to make our program accessible to any interested students.  Please contact a coach if the fees are a barrier to participation.



Coaches and Ride Leaders are required to meet the Leagues requirements (see the website for details). In addition to that we need volunteers for:

  • Transportation – help get team members to training events
  • Race Day Support (food!)
  • Trail Building
  • Additional opportunities
    • Website support
    • PR and Marketing
    • Fund raising


The Gear Grinders is a valued partner for the Bainbridge Parks District. We are the single biggest contributor of labor at the monthly trail building work parties (every fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 1:00). Students are expected to complete 6 hours of community service each season.  Trail building is a great way to give back to the community and to meet that requirement.




The Bainbridge Island Mountain Bike Club organizes the following fund raising efforts:

  • Give to the Club through Bainbridge Island One Call for All      http://onecallforall.org/
  • Look for movie night in 2016.
  • Farm Fresh Scramble: We have not set a date for this mountain bike event with fun activities for the entire family at the Johnson Farm.  Thank you 2015 Sponsors:  Jake's Pickup, Ty Evans Windermere, Bainbridge Yoga House, Classic Cycle, B I Cycle, Bainbridge Island Physical Therapy, Eleven Winery, Squeaky Wheels.


High School and Middle School Teams:  Herman Vroom, vroomhe@yahoo.com

BIMBC: John Benjes, jbenjes@hotmail.com  206 913-7484


Jay Abbott        The community of student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and families are all deeply saddened by the loss of our fellow coach, mentor and friend Jay Abbott last season.  Coach Jay died January 29 from injuries he sustained in a crash during a team ride on January 25, 2015.  [Read More.]