Important Dates (2016)

  • Registration Opens: January 1st
  • T-Shirt Deadline: July 15th
  • Race Day: August 7th

Our Sponsors

10th Annual Palos Meltdown Set For Sunday August 7, 2016!

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 it's ninth 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.

Course Description

​Watch 2011 Recap Video!

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.  Expect MAJOR course changes for 2015!

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News And UpdateS


Been thinking about registering for the 2015 REI Palos Meltdown?  Register now and save $5 on your registration ($25 CAMBr members/$30 non-member).  Limited Time ONLY!!

July 20, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015 will the last day to pre-order your Meltdown T-shirt.  These black, technical t's with the red and orange Meltdown logo are $20.00 and can only be purchased online.  No shirts will be sold on race day.   Order now at

July 19, 2015

Join CAMBr, Specialized, Giant, Niner, Ghost and SRAM for a Demo Day on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10am-5pm at Pulaski Woods.  Pick up your race packet and test ride a brand new bike from one of our sponsors!

BRAND NEW Course FOR 2015
June 15, 2015

You have been asking for major changes to the Palos Meltdown course and we have finally delivered.  The 2015 REI Palos Meltdown course will include several new trail sections (including the grand opening of our new trails).  Register today!

WELCOME REI as the 2015 Title sponsor
June 1, 2015

Join us in welcoming REI as the 2015 Palos Meltdown title sponsor!!!

2015 Race DATE SET!

Sunday, August 9, 2015.  Registration to open in the Spring!