Coach Jay Abbott

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.  Coach Jay died January 29 from injuries he sustained in a crash during a team ride on January 25.  [Read More.]

Who are the GearGrinders?


The Gear Grinders is a co-ed mountain bike team open to students at Bainbridge Island Middle and High Schools. The team 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.





An online schedule of our rides 
is available here.

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

We begin in January with two trainings every week: Each year, January through mid-June.  (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, meet at Mandus Olson Road
  • Sundays, 9:00a – 12:30a,  Various locations all over the Peninsula, meet at the library for carpool at 8:45 am.

REGISTRATIONWashington Student Cycling League

Middle School Registration for the 2015 Season has closed for male riders.  
Limited space remains for female riders.  Contact John for more info.

High School Riders may join the team as follows:

1.) register with the Washington Student Cycling League at

Register for either the Bainbridge HS team or Bainbridge MS team [middle school female riders only please].  The program fee for students is $185 (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). 
The 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.

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:

  • Chinook Book Sales: You can support our team by buying a Chinook Book ($20 for a book or $15 for an app.)
  • 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.


High School Team:  Herman Vroom,

Middle School Team:  John

BIMC: John Benjes,