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Ray's Grand Opening
Ray’s Mountain Bike Park will open a new location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 12.
ByJohnathon Allen
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One of the most anticipated mountain bike events of the year—the grand opening of Ray’s Mountain Bike Park in Milwaukee—is slated for November 12, one week after the “grand re-opening” of the original indoor park in Cleveland this weekend. The back-to-back openings will be attended by some of the best riders in the sport, including Aaron Chase, Willow Koerber, Brandon Semenuk, Ross Schnell and Cam Zink, as well as large crowds of local riders excited to test the plethora of new lines that will be unveiled. Unlike its gothic-industrial predecessor, which was carved out of an abandoned factory building in Cleveland, the second iteration of Ray’s in Milwaukee is a brand new Trek-sponsored, purpose-built, 110,000-square-foot, two-wheeled romper room with varying height levels that was designed by Ray Petro and Joe Prisel, masterminds behind the original.

 

Built in a former Menards Home Improvement Center, few eyes have seen the new space, which only contributes to the growing buzz of anticipation. “I’m excited and surprised no photos of the new space have been leaked so we can have real grand opening,” says Milwaukee park manager Eric Schutt.

 

Unlike Ray’s in Cleveland, which features multiple rooms catering to different skill levels, the Milwaukee facility is, according to Schutt, a single vast space that allows riders to view the entire park from one place. The public’s first glimpse will be next Friday night, November 12, when the doors are thrown open for a no-bike walking tour. Riders will be able to put rubber on the new surface starting 9:00 a.m. the following morning. Not to be upstaged by the new kid on the block, Ray’s Cleveland will also kick off its seventh season this Friday night, November 5, by cracking the seal on a full interior remodel of the original space.

 

“It’s a longstanding tradition that Ray’s is significantly changed every year, and this year is no different,” says Schutt. “We’ve got a few surprises in store for the Cleveland audience; they will not be disappointed.”

 

Both events will feature a “celebrity BBQ” and ride session with the pros on Saturday and Sunday. And both parks will open with all new rental fleets that include an exclusive “Ray’s model” of the (now discontinued) Gary Fisher Mullet, as well as the Trek Ticket hardtail, and 20-inch Mirraco bikes # 7 and #18.

 

Stay tuned for first impressions from Milwaukee. Or … see you there!



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