Ray’s MTB Indoor Bike Park – Milwaukee, WI

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Mtbr Rides Ray’s

I have to admit that I was a little intimidated when I first got the invitation to come and ride Ray’s new indoor MTB park for the Grand Opening of their new location in Milwaukee, WI (the original Ray’s MTB park has been located in Cleveland, OH since 2004). I had seen the promo videos and various photos of stuff like the street park, the stunts and elevated skinnies and, of course the foam pit. Now, I’m a cross country/all mountain kind of rider and I like challenging steep trails, small drops and jumps but I’m definitely not a big air kind of guy. So, my first thought was, “Since I’m definitely not gonna hit the street park or do backflips into the foam pit.. what does Ray’s have to offer a rider like me?”

As it turns out, the answer is: A LOT!

A little background: For those of you not familiar with Ray’s, it is a facility for indoor mountain biking that was created so that snowed-in riders could ride even in the dead of winter. It offers a variety of stunts and challenges. The Milwaukee location actually opened on December 31, 2010 but the Grand Opening event was held just this month. Mtbr was invited (along with other members of the mountain biking media including: Mountain Bike Action, Dirt Rag, PinkBike and Decline) to not only cover the grand opening events (including celebrity BBQ, prize raffle, autograph signings and sponsor booths) but also to participate and ride the park.

Here are the things I discovered.

It’s Huge!

Ray's MTB Park (outside view)

The first thing you notice even before stepping foot inside the place, is how massive the building is. At 102,000 square feet (with room to grow) there is lot going on here. Once inside, the place is so huge, it’s almost hard to get your bearings. The entryway houses the sign-in area and the registration desk. From there you proceed past the store area with soft goods and various small parts and helmet cam rentals. Next to that is the bike shop/rental/repair area, where you pick up your bike if you haven’t brought your own.

Ray's MTB Park entryway Ray's MTB Park gift shop, spare parts, GoPro rentals Ray's MTB Park bike shop, rentals, repairs Ray's MTB Park downstairs lounge/staging area

For the grand opening, we rode the rental Trek Ticket dirt jump bikes.

Trek Ticket

Across from the rental shop area is the downstairs lounge/staging area. Here is where you gear up and prep for your ride. For your convenience, there is also a small do-it-yourself mechanics area with readily available tools for self use. A good place to start off, is the XC loop, which takes you upstairs and around the perimeter of almost the entire place giving you a chance to see the layout of the place.

Helmet cam footage of the XC loop:

The various sections of the park include:
-beginner section
-sport section
-expert section
-pump track
-rythym jumps
-sport and expert jumps
-street park
-foam pit

Beginners Area Ray's MTB sport section Rays MTB Expert area Rays MTB pump track

Rays MTB pump track Rays MTB Park rythym jumps Rays MTB Park  expert jumps Rays MTB Park  expert jumps

Rays MTB Park  expert jumps Ray's MTB street park

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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