14th Annual Palos Meltdown Race and Festival 

COVID19 Update

We recognize this is a challenging time for all, and we remain deeply committed to your safety, and the community. We are closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19. The Meltdown is currently scheduled to take place as planned. We will continue to follow the guidance issued by both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). However given the uncertainties, CAMBr will not be opening registration until we are sure the event can take place. Please keep an eye on this page for updates. 


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Demo Rides 9:00 – 4:00 (Last bike out 3:30)

Short Track MTB presented by Friends of Big Marsh 2:00-5:00

Festival 3:30 – 6:30 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Palos Meltdown is Chicagoland’s premier mountain bike event. With racing for all ages and abilities this event draws riders from all over the region. In its 13th consecutive year, the Meltdown is held as a fundraiser for CAMBr to help build and maintain mountain bike trails in Chicagoland. The race is held on Palos Forest Preserve's extensive singletrack trail system just half an hour outside of Chicago. The trails are flowy, fun and built with all levels of rider in mind. The event strives to keep a fun family atmosphere while providing a both challenging and fun race experience for first timers to the seasoned elite athlete.

Snaking, fast and flowy singletrack is what Palos is known for. The course will meander itself over rolling hills and around lakes and sloughs. Much of the course is on rolling terrain so riders looking for elevation change won't be disappointed! The course will offer leg stinging climbs and exciting descents. The trails are built for all levels of riding ability. Faster riders will find them much more challenging as obstacles such as ravines and roots become a challenge at speed.

Note: On-site food will be limited on Sunday, so please bring what you need.