Training is now underway for the 2018 Gear Grinders season.  

Bainbridge Island now has two pump tracks at Battle point! Thank you Bainbridge Island Parks, Chris Holzner and Brian Kilpatrick of Evergreen West Sound and all the community volunteers who made this possible.  Come on out to Battle Point Park and ride it.   Email us at info@geargrinders.org if you want to volunteer to help future projects.


If you want to be involved in future projects, please email us at info@geargrinders.org .  If you don’t have time to help but want to support the pump track and future projects you can donate at http://geargrinders.org/club .  





FIRST TEAM RIDE JANUARY 14, 2018.  Coach and ride lead meeting January 7 at Prue's House.  We had our annual information and recruitment meeting on December 7 at 6:30 at the Aquatics Center.  Email us at info@geargrinders.org if you want to join the Gear Grinders.   Sign up as soon as you can because we may have to establish a waitlist if the total of our returning and new riders exceeds what we can support with our coaches and vlunteers.  After you sign up, you will be interviewed by a coach and then provided with the code needed to register with the league and pay the league fees.  The league registration will begin soon.  You will also need to pay the team dues.  Remember that you cannot start riding until you are fully registered.  More details on league dues and team dues are below.  The Gear Grinders serve students in grades 6 through 12 living or going to school on Bainbridge Island.

League Dues

After your coach interview you will be given a code so you can 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 program fee for students is $195 (includes insurance and race fees).

Team Dues

1.) 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 which is processed by our fund raising arm,  Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club.  Use the donate button below and on the "Instructions to Merchant " line, put the name of the student.

Gear Grinders 2018 $100 Dues

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.

Simon 3/25 Duthie Day $20

Coaches and Volunteers

Any adult that intends to ride with the team as a coach, ride leader or volunteer must register with the Washington Student Cycling League at www.washingtonleague.org. The fee for adult volunteers is $30.00 (includes background screening). 

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 as soon as we reach maximum capacity and we will then place interested riders on a wait list.  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.


We completed 2 pump tracks at Battle Point. 

We had successful fund raisers for Sustainable Bainbridge , the Rotary Auction and the Farm Fresh Scramble.

We benefit from the support we get from Evergreen West Sound.  Make sure you support them.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/ridekitsaptrails/  to get involved!  

Who are the Gear Grinders?

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. The League insurance does not cover participation in nonleague races or events.  We stress team spirit, having fun, being safe, building fitness and skills, and giving back to the community. 


During our training 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 are on Sundays in April and May and some require an overnight trip.  Parents are responsible for transportation and arranging carpools to and from training rides and races.

  • Friday 3:45p - 4:45p, Spinning classes at Island Fitness begin in January 2018
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:30p –5:00p, (starting early February 2018): Grand Forest trails, usually meet at Mandus Olson Road
  • Sundays, 9:00a – 12:30a,  Various locations all over the Peninsula, parents meet at the library for parent carpool.


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/
  • Farm Fresh Scramble: We have not set a date for the next Farm Fresh.   Thank you 2017 Sponsors:  Brown Bear Car Wash, Eleven Winery, Squeaky Wheels, Carleen Gosney of Windermere, Classic Cycle and BI Cycle shops.


General information: info@geargrinders.org

High School Team: Herman Vroom,  hs.coach@geargrinders.org  Middle School Team:  David Joslin ms.coach@geargrinders.org

Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club 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.  Coach Jay died January 29 from injuries he sustained in a crash during a team ride on January 25, 2015.  [Read More.]