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Ray's Indoor MTB Park to Open in Milwaukee

Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park partners with Trek Bicycle to open second location in Milwaukee. Opening set for November 2010.

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By Singletrack.com

Tammy Donahugh at Ray's Cleveland location. Photo by Judy Freeman
Tammy Donahugh at Ray's Cleveland location. Photo by Judy Freeman

After an extensive search, the location for a second Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park has been secured in the Milwaukee area.

The 110,000-square-foot former Menards Home Improvement Center is currently undergoing the transformation from empty warehouse to an indoor mountain bike park building upon the success of the original Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park of Cleveland, Ohio.

Ray’s of Milwaukee will provide cyclists from across the Midwest a place to ride, train, and develop their skills throughout the long winter months when local trails are closed or often unridable.

Ray Petro, founder and namesake of Ray’s Indoor MTB Park, had quietly planned the opening of a second Ray’s Milwaukee locale for the past few years. When financing stalled at the last minute, Trek Bicycle stepped in to purchase the business and ensure the continued expansion of Petro’s indoor MTB park vision.

“Without Trek, Ray’s Milwaukee could not have happened,” said Petro. “I’m very grateful for [Trek’s] involvement and excited about the work that’s already going on at our second park.”

Ray’s new Milwaukee location is currently under construction, with opening ceremonies scheduled for November 2010. Ray’s in Cleveland will be renovated throughout the summer.

“I’ve loved riding at Ray’s in Cleveland since it opened,” said Joe Vadeboncoeur, vice president of product development and marketing at Trek. “With Milwaukee, Ray will be able to implement the things he has learned over the past five years and have them in place from day one. The new Ray’s is going to be unlike anything anybody’s ever seen before.”