Winter weather isn't putting the breaks on mountain biking
CLEVELAND - In an old factory in Cleveland, Ohio, where parachutes were made during World War II, sits Ray’s Indoor Bike Park.
“It’s basically bicycle paradise,” explained Keith Miller.
Instead of trying to slow people down, those who now work inside this facility are focused on speed and skill. Ray’s opened in 2004 to keep peddles pumping in bad weather, and it was a secret among a select few. But by 2006, word of mouth spread, and people travel hundreds of miles to be a part of it.
Keith Miller is the manager at Ray’s Indoor Bike Park.
“It was the very first one in world, so people didn’t know what to think of it,” he said. “We started around 10,000 and now we’re about 20,000 per year."
The place is 150,000 sq. feet and caters to everyone to novices all the way up to seasoned pros. However, Miller says riding indoors, regardless of level, is different than riding outside this is because everything is contained. Even the traffic patterns are contained. But he says it doesn’t take long to figure it out.
"After about 10-15 minutes you’re right in the groove of things and ready to shred,” he said.
From tricks-to-trails, this old factory is jammed packed with fun ways to shred.
“It’s filled from wall-to-wall with everything you can imagine to ride on,” Miller said.
Ray’s is only open October through April. Crews change out the courses in the off-season.
“So each year you come back there’s a little something different,” said Miller.
The creative courses help with cabin fever, until Cleveland’s deep-freeze ends.
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