13th Annual Palos Meltdown Race and Festival 

New this year! CAMBr and Friends of Big Marsh are stoked to present the Big Marsh Short Track MTB Series Championship on Saturday afternoon. Come see (or participate in) high intensity, short duration, multi lap cross country racing that is explosive, competitive and spectator friendly. Come see riders lay it all out racing up Palos' infamous Grass Hill. 

Also new this year! Separate women's wave for Novice and Sport. Ladies, tired of getting mixed in with all the dudes and not seeing where the other gals are? Sorry, we don't have enough time to do entirely separate women's races, but we'll try for the next best thing by having a women's wave that's separated by 15 minutes from the men's. You'll have a lot more clean riding and a clear view of your competitors.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

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 4, 2019

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.