PRESS RELEASE: After an extensive search, the location for a second Rayâ€™s Indoor Mountain Bike Park has been secured and Milwaukee-area mountain bikers can now rejoice! The 110,000 square foot former Menards Home Improvement Center is currently undergoing the transformation from empty warehouse to the most exciting indoor mountain bike park the world has yet to behold.
Building upon the success of the our original Rayâ€™s Indoor Mountain Bike Park of Cleveland, Ohio, Rayâ€™s of Milwaukee will provide cyclists from across the Midwest an unrivaled 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 Rayâ€™s Indoor MTB Park, had quietly planned the opening of a second Rayâ€™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 Petroâ€™s indoor MTB park vision.
â€œWithout Trek, Rayâ€™s Milwaukee could not have happened,â€ explained Petro, â€œIâ€™m very grateful for [Trekâ€™s] involvement and excited about the work thatâ€™s already going on at our second park. Iâ€™ve have been really excited about all the great new bikes that Trek has put out over the past few years and Iâ€™ve ridden the world class private trails theyâ€™ve built, so I know their dedication to mountain biking and riders everywhere. The most exciting thing for me about this partnership is that I can now focus all of my time and energy on the design and creative direction of the parks.â€
â€œBringing Rayâ€™s to the Midwest has been a dream I have participated in with Ray for some time,â€ explained Joe Vadeboncoeur, Vice President of Product Development and Marketing at Trek.
While Rayâ€™s new Milwaukee location is currently under construction, with opening ceremonies scheduled for November of 2010, as riders of the original have come to anticipate, Rayâ€™s in Cleveland will be renovated throughout the summer. Wait until you see what we have in store for you this coming winter.
â€œIâ€™ve loved riding at Rayâ€™s in Cleveland since it opened,â€ continued Vadeboncoeur, â€œWith 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 Rayâ€™s is going to be unlike anything anybodyâ€™s ever seen before.â€