First Indoor Mountain Bike Park

EARLY YEARS

Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park it is a unique indoor mountain cycling facility. It is located inside an old parachute warehouse in Cleveland, Ohio and it is opened since the fall of 2004. Ray's has become something of a dream play land for mountain bikers and BMXers of all kinds.

After a first year that saw the park gain lots of attention from press and visits from all over the world, owner Ray Petro went to work in the first offseason (summer of 2005) and made major changes that included adding a foam pit (place to train jumps and tricks), more north-shore style stunts and a more off-the-course goodies such as a fireplace lounge, TVs, video game systems, internet access and more.

The 2006/07 season have seen Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park reach knew heights, quite literally.

A new cross country loop has been added to the facility that takes riders around the perimeter of the other courses and up into the rafters.

The course takes nearly two minutes to complete and is a surprising workout. The whole cross country loop is self contained, so those looking for a good winter workout can just keep doing lap after lap until their quads can't handle it any more.

Innovations

The extra square footage has also allowed Ray to turn the foam pit into the GT Jump Camp, a great section for those looking to hone their jumping and stunt skills before trying out a new move on the park's box jumps.

The foam pit has been replace by a better, larger pit, and there is now also a large quarterpipe with a rubberized top and down ramp so you can practice your skills on a proper jump without the risk of major injuries.

Add to that a greatly expanded skatepark (for bikes of course), a larger common area for the extreme course, more stunts, more jumps and a new SRAM Lounge and you have got what has to be the best indoor mountain biking facility in the world.

Mongoose Demo At Ray's MTB Park

Links to open air Bike Parks

  • Cypress Bike Park

    More lifts, more terrain, more vertical, more excitement! All in Vancouver´s legendary North Shore mountains.

  • Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park

    A purpose built mountain bike park in southern Tasmania, only 15 minutes out from the City Center of Hobart.

  • Highland Mountain Bike Park

    Located in Northfield, NH.

  • Les Gets Bike Park

    Situated between Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc mountain range and only 50km from Geneva the resort of Les Gets (1172m to 2002m) is at the heart of the famous and fabulous Portes du Soleil territory : 12 resorts, 650km of marked tracks and 24 ski lifts

  • Mammoth Mountain Bike Park

    Adventure without limits! The Scenic Gondola provides uphill access for mountain bikers, along with the Bike Park shuttle, which begins its route at the Village at Mammoth.

  • MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

    Bike Nomad - Since 1995, when we established the first mountain bike center in Slovenia - MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK (www.mtbpark.com), we have been also - by bikes - discovering other parts of Slovenia.

  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park

    Over 200km of lift-serviced gravity fed, adrenaline fueled descending trails. Something for every level of rider. Gentle, banked cruisers through the Coastal forest. Tight and twisty single track - perfect for intermediate riders.

  • Woodhill Mountain Bike Park

    Over 120kms of singletracks and 200+ man made structures. And new to Bike Parks... the Transition Airfield!

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Another hub of mine about Italian mountain bikes:

Another great indoor bike park

JOYRIDE 150 Indoor Bike Park - The Official Page

CANADA’S FIRST INDOOR ALL-SEASON MULTI-DISCIPLINE BIKE PARK

The park features a cross-country loop with climbs, BMX zone, beginner/sport/expert sections, rhythms, foam pit, resi jump, street park, grind room, pump tracks and much more.

It also offers concessions, bike rentals and in the near future coaching services & a spin studio.

Programs, skills workshops, day camps, private rentals, races/competitions, demo days, and PK sessions will all be offered at the park.

There is something for everyone – beginner riders to pros will find challenges, fun, and fitness.

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Bueller's Way 8 years ago from Massachussetts

Nasty concept! I hate putting my bike away in the winter, I suck with jumps though. Need practice.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Bueller, thanks for your comment (after all this time I was starting to think about removing the comment box LOL). Unfortunately I never been there but I believe that there´s more to enjoy than jumps. If you check on their site you´ll find xc courses and lots of offshore platforms to ride on. If you have the chance to visit it please leave us your impressions about it ;)

Have fun!


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davidbelden 7 years ago from San Francisco

Great hub! I've been wanted to ride Ray's since I first read about it a year or so ago. Looks awesome. Seattle also has a great park under a freeway somewhere. We're hoping to build one in San Francisco in the next year or so if all goes well. -David


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks David, I´m glad you like it. I have the good fortune of living in a country with optimum conditions to ride bikes all year round so I can only imagine how you feel during winter months without been able to ride.


Speed Freak 7 years ago

What a great concept. Wish we had something like that on the west coast. Sounds like a great way to better define bike handling skills.

Awesome!


Debnet 7 years ago

Do they have a Granny section? :)


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Deb, I believe all sections are open to Grannies :P

You can always stay on the bar lol.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

that does look pretty good fun!


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mulberry1 7 years ago

Looks like a great alternative for those who have to wait out winter to ride. Very cool!


mens mountain bikes 6 years ago

for professional bikers only, the obstacle is really hard for me as a beginner on extreme bike challenge.


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brimancandy 6 years ago from Northern Michigan

There is an indoor skate park inside Centerpoint mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's actually in Kentwood, which is a suburb, but, it is usually pretty busy in the winter months. It's called modern skate park.

I am not a fan of either sport, but I do find these indoor

attractions interesting, just like indoor wall-climbing, and indoor water parks. We also have a place in Grand Rapids with an indoor go-kart track, and lazer tag. And, minigolf and games. Those are more my speed.


Helmet Cam 6 years ago

Wow, what a great mountain bike park, i'd never have imagined such a large facility indoors. Must have been a monster undertaking...


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stuart747 6 years ago from Colchester, Essex, UK

This looks amazing I only wish that there was something like this in the UK


Garmin edge 500 5 years ago

Sounds like a lot of fun! very cool!


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john hayls 4 years ago

First time introduce the indoor mountain bike park since 2004 in Cleveland. Petro worked hard, introduce in the world. He added better things at time to time.


svencooke 3 years ago

Oh I wish I was able to ride my bike in this park. Where I live in the UK we have hills but no mountains!!!!!!

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Jay Ren 7 months ago

I'm always looking for new places to bike. I have gotten tired of the same track, so it would be cool to be able to go to a place like this.

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