12th Annual Palos Meltdown Race and Festival 

Saturday August 4th, 2018

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

Specialized, REI, Santa Cruz and others will have their demo trucks available for you to test ride the industry's latest and greatest. 

                SRAM will be there with support and all of their latest products

                ** Demo Bracelet. Driver’s License and Credit Card will be required to demo bikes

Festival 3:30 – 6:30

                Join us for a women's clinic, the opportunity to pre-ride the course, beer, food and music!

                Food will be available from lunch until the band wraps it up at 6:30

Sunday August 5th, 2018

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 12th 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.

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

Course Description

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.