Saturday, January 31, 2015

A return to Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park

If you don't have a snow bike (and if not, for gosh sakes WHY NOT?), the winter time for cyclists usually means spin classes, riding on an indoor trainer or rollers, or non-cycling outdoor activities like hiking or cross-country skiing.

Many local mountain bikers have enjoyed Ray's MTB Indoor Mountain Bike Park since it opened as the first of its kind in the world over 10 years ago. It's a favorite of many of the Century Cycles staff. You can see some of our staff's inside tips the Where We Ride section of our web site.

The last time I (Kevin) rode at Ray's was in January of 2008, exactly 7 years ago. And this happened:
So after enjoying all of the above-mentioned activities over the years, I decided to give Ray's another try this past Friday evening.

A lot has changed at Ray's the last few years, including a change of ownership, but most of all, the riding options have expanded and improved. There's always been something for everyone of every riding ability, but now even more so. The Novice Loop is a flat course with a couple of ground-level wooden bridges to help you practice riding over rough stuff. The Beginner Room has several short courses that stay close to the ground, so there's a small penalty for failure. The Cross-Country (XC) Loop is smooth with some challenging ups and downs to help you stay in shape for hilly off-road trails.

So I rode all of the above, and nothing more, and survived. Here's video proof:

Click here if the video above is not appearing for you. Please keep your comments above my lame riding skills to a minimum.

If you haven't been to Ray's MTB ever, or haven't been in a while, check it out; it's fun!

Helmets are required. Helmets, elbow pads, and shin guards may be borrowed for FREE with your admission. Go to for more info and directions.

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