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.



Sunday Nov. 22 10:30 - 12:30  Meet the League Ride at Prue's House/Hilltop Section of Grand Forest Park.  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/

Wednesday Dec. 2 6:30 - 7:30  Information/Recruitment Meeting for interested riders and their parents at Strawberry Hill Park large meeting room. 

An online schedule of our rides is available here.  (coming soon!)

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.

REGISTRATIONWashington Student Cycling League

High school and middle school registration for the  Gear Grinders 2016 season will open soon.  

 Contact John Benjesjbenjes@hotmail.com for more info.

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

Register for either the Bainbridge HS team or Bainbridge MS team.  The program fee for students is $195 (includes insurance and race fees). The fee for adult volunteers is $30.00 (includes background screening). Your registration with the League also counts as your registration with the team. 

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 John Benjes, 12125 Kallgren Rd, 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). 

 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: This annual mountain bike event with fun activities for the entire family will be held on May 31st 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 Team:  Herman Vroom, vroomhe@yahoo.com

Middle School Team:  John Benjesjbenjes@hotmail.com

BIMBC: John Benjes, jbenjes@hotmail.com


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.]