Monday, January 17, 2011

Rays MTB Milwaukee

If you have not heard yet i have been very excited about the opening of Rays 2nd Mountain Bike park in Milwaukee.

It was meant to open in November 2010 but it opened on 12/31/10 due to them not having permits ready.

However it was well worth the wait!!! Last weekend i visited the park to see what it was like and too see if my 10 year old daughter Emily thought she could handle it.

Well this weekend we heeded out there after doing my fitness test at the YMCA which i will write about later.

The place is AMAZING. It is an old Menard's building (think Home Depot, Lowe's) that they have converted into a Indoor mountain bike park. These kind of things do not happen too often. With the help of local manufactures (Trek etc..) it got its doors open. This is the second one in the world! The first was opened about 6 years ago in Cleveland.

We got there and i rented Emily a small mountain bike which was extremely good. It was single speed (all you really need) and good spec.

As soon as i had signed up and paid my money we hit the track. It has been a long long time that i actually felt like a kid on Christmas but this did it for me!!

It was soooo much fun. Plenty to keep you busy. I am not a natural at all. I cant do jumps very well but over the 3-4 hours we were there my skills improved dramatically.

I could easy spend all weekend there if your thinking of coming out a long way.

I will add pictures below so you can see for yourself how awesome it is. If you want to check out the website it is

This is Emily rolling my park into the park. She was soooo excited.

This leads you up to the second level of the park. Yes two levels but plenty of ceiling room so you do not hit your head.

This is Emily getting her feet wet. She had never really mountain biked before and i think she is hooked.

See the smile on her face! Thanks Dad!!

This is me going down the beginner trails. And Emily on the camera.
This me in some action! I feel i have come along way since i was 440LBS! Sure would NOT of been able to do this then.

Me coming up the ramp. I was a little afraid at first then i was hitting it hard after 2 or 3 goes.
I really liked getting the hang of these little jumps. I learned a great deal about flowing over them.
Where else could you find so many FRIENDLY bikers in Jan in Wisconsin!
Jump section and some expert area.
Some of the Expert area. I have yet to go on it.

I have  more photos but i wont bore you too much. I hope to go there a good deal. It is just over an hour away from my house but the trip is soooooo worth it.


  1. That looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! Love it, thanks for sharing. I think a trip to Milwaukee is in our future for sure.

  2. Thanks!! It is very fun. If you make to Milwaukee let me know!