Words: Joseph Espiritu
Ray Petro has built a second home for East Coast riders hoping to escape freezing winter temperatures. His home is not in Florida or Arizona, however, it's in Cleveland, Ohio.
For the sixth season, Petro has opened the doors to Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike park, and every year, the crowds grow as word spreads and the terrain inside expands. This year, the park opened Oct. 17, but it is hosting its annual opening party this Saturday, November 7.
Ray's invited many pro riders from both MTB and BMX disciplines to help celebrate the opening. The list of riders includes Adam Hauck, Carter Holland and Darcy Turenne, as well as BMX riders Taj Mihelich and Cory Nastazio.
"I went there last year and it's such a cool place to ride, and you're never bored," said Darcy Turenne. "There's no ego whatsoever, and the staff is awesome and they all are really good riders."
Ray's, which currently spans 103,000 square feet, has features and stunts for every type of rider. An XC loop and Beginners Room are available for those who are just getting started or want to log in some miles indoors while ice and snow cover the trails outside.
For those seeking more challenging terrain, Ray's features a room stacked with dirt jumps, as well as the all-new Troy Lee Rhythm Room, which expanded the park's already huge selection of ramps and jumps with an additional 16,000 square feet. The new area features some unique hand-crafted berms, wall rides and other features.
In addition to the expanded riding area, the park also has expanded its lounge areas. The opening party will include an autograph signing by pro riders, and lunch is included with the$22 price of an all-day pass.
For more information about this event visit www.raysmtb.com or call (216) 631-RIDE