The Lumberyard co-founder talks riding

5 01 2016

Will Heiberg, co-founder of The Lumberyard, recently shared some of his thoughts on riding and how The Lumberyard bike park helps people with their riding skills in a video put together by Corey Tepper.

Heiberg talks about offering kids that “ticket to freedom” that often goes missing in today’s society. At the bike park, he says kids learn “to persevere…to take risks…and fall down and get back up.”

The Lumberyard sign

Furthermore, he explains how practicing at the bike park allows riders to develop skills and muscle memory that they can later take out on to the trails….building a rider’s confidence and flow…and making riding more enjoyable all around.

Check it out.



Everyone loves Ray’s MTB

15 03 2012

One of my best riding experiences this past year was riding Ray’s MTB bike park in Cleveland, Ohio.

To put it simply, Ray’s MTB rocks!  So much to ride and a welcome relief to dealing with the colder riding months.

So what’s the story behind Ray’s?

A couple days ago I stumbled upon this video interview with Ray Petro (the Ray in Ray’s MTB) where he explains some of the back story of how Ray’s came to be. What I found most interesting is learning how the expansion to Milwaukee almost put Ray in the position of having to close the legendary bike park’s doors for good.

Great interview. Check it out.

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Ray’s MTB rocks!

17 11 2011

I feel like I’m a little late to the party but I finally made it out to Cleveland, Ohio last weekend to ride the world-famous Ray’s MTB bike park.

I have to tell you it lived up to the hype.

The park truly has something for everyone: jumps, skatepark-style stuff, cross-country…you name it.

Scott Steinbrick, a Ray’s local, was cool enough to meet up with me on Saturday for a session at the park. After a quick tour of what the park all had to offer, it was time for some riding.

Hitting the Red Bull of the first things you see when you enter Ray's

I think I ended up riding for close to 4 hours and there’s still plenty of stuff I wish I could have spent more time on. There is so much to see and ride.  On top of that, the staff was awesome…very helpful and while seemingly always busy, never reluctant to answer a question or provide assistance.

Exiting the Red Bull turn at warp speed

I want to give a shout out to Scott for showing me around and locals Joe, Brad and Jeff* for being so cool to chat and ride with (and being so spot on with suggestions for places to check out on Saturday night!)

A wall in one of the lounge areas is covered with magazine spreads featuring Ray's

Ray’s MTB is  a bike park you definitely want to check out. (I’m already trying to figure out a time when I can go back!) And while I didn’t have the foresight to pack a video camera, the good folks at Vital MTB  recently posted a video of the Ray’s season opener that provides a real good feel for what’s like to ride at Ray’s. Check it out.

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*I hope I got everyone’s names right…

Toronto bike park rivals Ray’s MTB

9 12 2009

It looks like riders in the Toronto area will no longer have to dread the upcoming winter season. That’s because Joyride 150 is set to open up any day now.

Inspired by the awesome Ray’s MTB bike park , Joyride 150 is promising to be 90,000 square feet of pure biking fun. It features pump tracks, rollers, a cross-country trail, a skatepark, a foam pit and a resi ramp.

Located in Markham, Ontario; a suburb of Toronto, it’s only 30 minutes from Cruiser Revolution HQ. I’m looking forward to riding the shit out of this place.

Check out the video and prepare to be stoked.

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