XC Race Info, Sunday Aug 4th

Course Description

The Meltdown course uses much of the awesome Palos singletrack system, meandering over rolling hills and around lakes and sloughs. Much of the course will be 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. 

Race Start Times

  • 8:45am Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:00am First Timers & Juniors
  • 10:15am Men's Novice
  • 10:35am Women's Novice Wave
  • 12:00pm Men's Sport
  • 12:20pm Women's Sport Wave
  • 1:30pm Kids Race
  • 2:00pm Pro/Expert Men
  • 2:02pm Pro/Expert Women
  • 2:04pm Comp

Note: Men's Novice and Sport will start in waves two minutes apart by age group for both categories.. Starting waves will be ages 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+/19 and under. All women will start in a single wave approximately 15 minutes after the last men's wave. 

For Comp, Men and Women's Expert all racers will start in the same wave regardless of age.


Competition Categories

First Timers & Juniors Novice Men/Women Sport Men/Women
  • Approx. 3.5 miles
  • 1 lap
  • Primarily crushed limestone path. **Virtually no singletrack**
  • Recommended as the next step after the kids race for younger juniors
  • Approx. 7 miles
  • 1 Lap
  • Approx. 14 miles
  • 2 Laps
Comp Men Pro/ Expert Women Pro/expert Men
  • Approx. 21 miles
  • 3 Laps
  • Approx. 21 miles
  • 3 Laps
  • Approx. 28 miles
  • 4 Laps
Kids    
  • Approx. 0.25 miles
  • 1 Lap
  • Primarily grass
   

Entry Fees & Registration Deadlines

  • On-line registration: $35 for CAMBr members, $40 for non-cambr members (sign up). No refunds or transfers.
  • August 3th, 2019 : Online registration closes at 11:59 pm CST
  • Day of Race : $50 Race day registration, on-site at CAMBr Registration Tent. Cash or check ONLY.
    NOTE: Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the start time of each race.

Age Classes


  • 10 and Under (First Timers & Novice Only)
  • 11-13 (First Timers & Novice Only)
  • 14-16 (First Timers & Novice Only)
  • 17-19 (First Timers & Novice Only, for Sport, Comp, Expert awards will be 19 & under)
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60+

*These categories subject if required

Race Prizes

  • Medals will be awarded for the top 3 in each age class (other than Expert). Participants in the Fat Bike and Single Speed categories will be eligible for age group awards.
  • Medals will be awarded for the top 3 overall in each race.
  • Medals will be awarded for the top 3 overall Clydesdales (Sport race only).
  • Medals will be awarded for the top 3 overall Fat Bikers and Single Speeders in each race.
  • Top 3 places in Men's & Women's Pro/Expert Class will receive cash payouts! $650 cash purse!!!
  • Kids’ Race finishers will receive a medal or prize.

Payout Schedule for Pro/Expert Races. Same for men and women!! 1st - $150, 2nd - $100, and 3rd - $75.

Course Maps

2019 Meltdown Course Loop

1st timers course map