Bainbridge Island Gear Grinders was formed in 2011 to promote mountain biking on Bainbridge Island, with an emphasis on encouraging and supporting the sport among young people. The Gear Grinders high school team was among the early participants in the Washington High School Mountain Bike League. This league was operated by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association for two full seasons before a separate, locally based league was set up by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (link). The 2013 season was the first under the auspices of the alliance, which has adopted similar rules and requirements as the NICA league in Washington.
Students who attend high school on Bainbridge Island are eligible to join the Gear Grinders’ high school team. The team is co-ed and trains twice a week. Students may choose to take part in the series of four races held in the spring or simply attend the training rides and other events. See the race news section (new page on the web site required) for full details of the fabulous 2013 season by members of the Grinders’ team.
The Gear Grinders is governed by a dedicated group of volunteer parents and other adults who make up the steering committee (link to bottom of page with a list of the members)The committee meets monthly throughout the year – meetings are open and volunteer participation in helping to run the organization is welcomed. Volunteer ride leaders and assistants are also welcomed – but since we work with young people mandatory background checks are required. See “Get Involved.” (link to section on web site). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on riding with the team or helping out in other ways. Or you can call team director Gordon Black at (206) 780-6786.
The Gear Grinders intends to incorporate as a not-for-profit in the 2013-14 season. See the draft constitution. (Click here to download our constitution.)
Steering committee members for 2013-14 are:
- John Benjes
- Rich Buracton
- Gordon Black
- Rob Ferguson
- Kia Micaud
- Bsue Johnson
- Elizabeth Vroom
- Herman Vroom
- Jay Abbott
- Andy Karter