Important Dates (2015)

  • Registration Opens: April 10th
  • T-Shirt Deadline: July 26th
  • Race Day: August 9th

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9th Annual Palos Meltdown Set For Sunday August 9, 2015!

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


You have just 7 more days to save $5 with our EARLY BIRD registration pricing of $25 (CAMBr members)/$30 (others)!  Register before May 1, 2015 to save!!!

Arpil 9, 2015

Registration for the 2015 Palos Meltdown will open on Friday, April 10, 2015!  An EARLY BIRD registration rate of $25 (CAMBr members)/$30 (others) will be offered through May 1, 2015! Thats right, you can race in 2015 for the 2014 price.   Register early and take advantage of this special pricing.

JANUARY 29TH, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015. Registration open this spring!

2014 Results Are In!
July 21st, 2014

608 registered, thanks for participating and making this Chicago’s Race.

2014 Meltdown Raffle
July 18th, 2014

SRAM once again has donated a full XX1 group. We will be raffling the XX1 group at the race. One doesn’t have to be present to win but has to be there to purchase raffle tickets. There will be many more raffle  items donated by our sponsors. Please bring cash and participate!

2014 Course Map
July 18th, 2014

Race clinic riders give their seal of approval on the 2014 Meltdown course. One rider described the course as the best to date but the new finish is “downright evil”.
2014 Race Map Link

2014 Race DATE SET!

Sunday, July 20, 2014.  Registration to open in the Spring!