I’d been hearing rumors and plans for a while now but a recent Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN) story confirmed that this is no rumor! Here is a bit of the low down.
Ray’s was the first indoor mountain bike park in the world when it opened in 2004 in Cleveland, OH.
To help with the Milwaukee location Ray’s MTB has partnered with Trek Bicycle for this gigantic expansion
The Milwaukee Park site currently under major construction. It will be in a 110,000 square foot former Menard’s store on the north side of Milwaukee.
Plans are to have it open Fall through Winter with opening ceremonies scheduled for November 2010
Ray’s will offer XC, freeride, dirt jump, park bike and BMX all under one roof.
What is a bit funny to me is that I tried to figure out a way to do this way back in 1990 or so when the old Gimbel’s Warehouse on the Milwaukee River was standing unoccupied for several years. It was 9 stories tall and had forklift ramps throughout. I envisioned a 7-story park with the ground lever being retail with a bike shop, juice bar, restaurant, massage therapist, bike messenger biz and several other related businesses. Wish it had come to fruition! Well, at least now we have Ray!
There will be a new website just for the Milwaukee Park but, for now, check this out:
and the Cleveland location:
also, here is the complete BRAIN article on the Trek connection: