We have partnered with Parks to do rides at Port Gamble. One is this Saturday (9/25) and three are in October. All you have to do is sign up with our partners at the Bainbridge Island Park District, pay the fee (nicely low) and make your own way to the Stottlemeyer Trailhead. Let your buddies know that these rides are available.

These rides are being lead by the Gear Grinders coaches!
Stottlemeyer Trailhead
Meet at the Stottlemeyer Trailhead at 9:30am. The ride will end back at the same trailhead at 11:45am to get you back to the island by 12:30.
Two ways to sign up
1 - You can call the park district office @ 206-8422302 Ext 0. and let them know that you want to be part of this Saturday’s ride at Port Gamble. You can also sign up at the same time for the three October rides. The catalog number is 531982.
Note - You should be able to find the Port Gamble rides by typing in 531982 into the activity number bar and hitting the "enter" key. It should also show up if you do a keyword search for words like mtb, mountain biking, port gamble, bimbc, or gear grinders.
October ride dates
1 - October 2
2 - October 16
3 - October 30
Hope to see you on the trails.


As of February 12, 2021, we have not yet decided whether to have a Spring league season.  Decison will be posted here.


Thank you Bainbridge Islanders for your generous support of the Gear Grinders through One Call for All.



Amazon donates .5% of purchases to your designated charity.  We are registered with Amazon Smile as Bainbridge Island Mountain Biking Club or EIN 47-2347713  Using Amazon Smile is an easy way to help out the Gear Grinders and mountain biking on Bainbridge Island.  Here's how to shop AmazonSmile:

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 Thank you to all who participated in the FARM FRESH RACE October 13 at Johnson Farm.  Thanks to all our sponsors. 

FORMA  Construction | Eleven Winery | Carleen Gosney of Windermere| Classic Cycle | Bainbridge Island Bicycle | Squeaky Wheels | Wicklund Dental | 

And special thanks to our generous hosts Rob Ferguson and Kia Micaud and Friends of the Farm.

Thank you JAY FUND for your generous grant of $3000 to the Gear Grinders to help us train our coaches and volunteers to be more effective in providing leadership and mentoring to our student riders.  This is the third grant from the Jay Fund to the Gear Grinders and their support is an important part of our success.  The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation has established the Jay Abbott Youth Activity Fund in memory of Jay Abbott, whose life was vibrant with outdoor activity. 

Bainbridge Island 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  ms.coach@geargrinders.org  and info@geargrinders.org if you want to volunteer to help future projects. 


 Our annual information and recruitment meeting should be in early December 2019 at the Aquatics Center.  New riders should attend the meeting if possible to learn about then team.  You can get on our list of new riders at the meeting or you can email us now info@geargrinders.org.   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 volunteers.  After you sign up, you will be interviewed by a coach in December and then provided with the code needed to register with the league and pay the league fees.  The league registration will begin the first week of January 2020.  In addition to registering with the league, you will also need to pay Gear Grinders 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/Registration-Guide_For-Students.pdf

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

The program fee for students is $210 (includes league 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 2020 $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.

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 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.

Schedule below from 2018, 2019 schedule not yet finalized.

  • 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 and ms.coach@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.]