Above photo is Samuel Croteau. He always makes it sound like he has no clue how it's going to work or simply doesn't care, but always makes it look super easy. 360 transfer from the grey Oakley jump to the blue one. This line of jumps (with the legendary RedBull berm) is one of the most important features of the park. Not only is it super fun to ride, but its there since the very start. So many transfers are possible on it, and it is just so fun to make trains on that thing.
Michel Plonka - Tailwhip
This is Etienne Piatek. He is from France and has this laid back riding style and is always stoked on having a good time. Stress is not in his dictionnary at all, but party is printed on every single page. That's all you need to know about him.
Above photo is Stéphane Bélanger clicking a nice tabletop on the Rythm section's hip. Stéphane is not the guy that has the most tricks in his pocket but it's always a treat to watch him ride good jumps.
Etienne Piatek - Backflip
Michel Plonka - Toboggan
Julien Sylvestre - Turndown
Louis Lhomel - Toboggan
This is Joel Marchand. This kid has just so much control on his bike its crazy. This is a transfer from The bern jump to the smaller one right beside it. Joel's arm was honestly like an inch from the neon light and he was a bit scared to go this high because he was blinded by the lights while doing the trick. Definitly an awesome photo.
To be honest, Cleveland definitly isn't the nicest place to be at, but they are lucky enough to have Chenga 2 just minutes away from Ray's and our hotel. If you go to Ray's, we strongly recommand the Howard Johnson hotel, its about 3 minutes from Chenga 2, 10 minutes from Ray's, super cheap, and they let you have a lot of fun. On our last day in Cleveland, we had the chance to have a late night private session at Chenga 2. Despite being really tired, we still had an awesome time and managed to snap some photos:
Stéphane Bélanger - boostin'
Samuel Croteau - Tabletop
Overall, this trip was a success. Lots of good times were had with all the homies and our good friends Pabst and fourloko. Big thanks to all the boys for coming on this trip, to Ray@Ray's for making this cyclist's paradise possible, to Keith@Ray's for making sure we have a great time every year and to Bob Delaat for being so awesome. This trip was awesome, can't wait for next year to go back! All the photos above were shot by Julien Grimard, and a video will also be released really soon!
We just got back from the original facility in Cleveland, Ohio which is definitly one of the best indoor places ever to ride a bike, but this post is about the new Ray's that just opened in Milwaukee! There isnt much pictures of the place available yet and the video above only shows some XC stuff, but Im guessing that the place will be really good! Hit the read more link for some photos and for more infos, hit their webiste!
Greetings fellow riders!
After an extensive search, the location for a second Ray’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 Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park of Cleveland, Ohio, Ray’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 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,” explained Petro, “I’m very grateful for
“Bringing Ray’s to the Midwest has been a dream I have participated in with Ray for some time,” explained Joe Vadeboncoeur, Vice President of Product Development and Marketing at Trek.
While Ray’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, Ray’s in Cleveland will be renovated throughout the summer. Wait until you see what we have in store for you this coming winter.
“I’ve loved riding at Ray’s in Cleveland since it opened,” continued Vadeboncoeur, “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.”
The odd couples contest is going on this week at rays mtb, heres the official flyer for it. But theres probably a lot more teams than this since Vincent Allard goes as a filmer with Dillon Lloyd and Matt Macduff, so wish them good luck! The guys from Dobermann bikes will also be there with bikes for you to test!
Cool video of Peter Mills riding rays mtb. It gives a really good idea of how sick that place is.