2022 SRAM Palos Meltdown

Sun August 7, 2022 Willow Springs, IL 60480 US Directions
Events
Appox 3-4 Miles - Family Pricing Available

First Timers & Juniors

9:00AM CDT
Approx 3 Miles

Adaptive Mountain Bike (aMTB)

9:15AM CDT
Appox 8 Miles

Novice Men

10:15AM CDT
Appox 8 Miles

Novice Women

10:50AM CDT
Appox 12-14 Miles

Sport Men

12:00PM CDT
Appox 12-14 Miles

Sport Women

12:20PM CDT
Appox 27-29 Miles

Pro/Expert Men

2:00PM CDT
Appox 20-22 Miles

Pro/Expert Women

2:03PM CDT
Appox 20-22 Miles

Comp Men

2:08PM CDT

Kids' Race

1:30PM CDT
Open to ages 10 and under.
EVENT IS AT CAPACITY

Due to overwhelming and unprecedented interest in the event, we have reached our capacity for this year's race, and registration is now closed. While the Meltdown is CAMBr South's main fundraiser, and it would be tempting to keep registration open to bring in more funds for the projects we have planned, it is important that we keep the event fun for all of our racers. Registration for the Kids' Race will still be done in-person on Sunday.

If you weren't able to register for this year's race but still want to be a part of the event, we have some volunteer spots available. Please click the Volunteer button on the menu bar.

Our raffle closes at 10:30 on Sunday morning, at https://go.rallyup.com/2022meltdownraffle/Campaign/Details

Thank you for your support of the 2022 SRAM Palos Meltdown!

Sponsors

Thanks to SRAM, we have two sweet Rock Shox SID forks to give away!  Your purchase of raffle tickets helps to support CAMBr South's mission of building and maintaining the trails you love to ride!

Expert Races (M/W): 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100     Comp Race: 1st Place $120, 2nd Place $80, 3rd Place $40     Sport Races (M/W): 1st Place $60, 2nd Place $40, 3rd Place $30

Place
9600 Wolf Rd
Willow Springs, IL US 60480
Description

The Palos Meltdown is the Chicagoland area's premier mountain bike event. With racing for all ages and abilities, this event draws riders from all over the region. The Meltdown is held as a fundraiser for Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr -  a registered 501(c)(3) organization) to help build and maintain mountain bike trails in Chicagoland. The race is held within the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's Palos Forest Preserves, on an extensive singletrack trail system built and maintained by CAMBr, 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.

2022 Schedule
8:45am – Opening Ceremonies
9:00am – First Timers Race
9:15am - Adaptive Mountain Bike (aMTB)
10:15am  – Men’s Novice
10:50am – Women’s Novice
12:00pm – Men’s Sport
12:20pm – Women’s Sport
1:30pm – Kids Race
2:00pm – Pro/Expert Men
2:03pm – Pro/Expert Women
2:08pm – Comp

Special Categories:
Fat Bike is only available in the Novice, Sport, and Comp races.
Single Speed is only available in the Novice, Sport, Comp, and Pro/Expert races
Clydesdale is only available in the Sport race. 

Adaptive Mountain Bike (aMTB)
Strictly for riders with mobility impairments
E-assist permitted for this race only

Raffle - Sponsored by SRAM / Rock Shox
https://go.rallyup.com/2022meltdownraffle/Campaign/Details

Prize Money - Sponsored by RBikes.com
Expert Races (M/W): 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100     Comp Race: 1st Place $120, 2nd Place $80, 3rd Place $40     Sport Races (M/W): 1st Place $60, 2nd Place $40, 3rd Place $30

PACKET PICK-UP

Racers can pick up their racer packet on Saturday August 6, from 12 PM until 3 PM, or on Sunday from 7:30 AM

RACER HANDBOOK

Racers should read and understand the Racer Handbook prior to race day.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

PDF
Adaptive Course Map (aMTB)

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

PDF

IMPORTANT:  Course maps are published for informational purposes only, for registered racers only.  Cook County Forest Preserve rules prohibit speed training outside of the scheduled race day.  All trails at Palos are two-way and open to multiple user groups including cyclists, runners, hikers, and equestrians.  EXPECT THE TRAILS TO BE BUSY DURING THE RUN-UP TO THE RACE.  ALL TRAILS AT PALOS WILL BE CLOSED TO NON-RACE TRAFFIC ON AUGUST 7 FOR THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE.

First Timers & Juniors Course Map

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

PDF

IMPORTANT:  Course maps are published for informational purposes only, for registered racers only.  Cook County Forest Preserve rules prohibit speed training outside of the scheduled race day.  All trails at Palos are two-way and open to multiple user groups including cyclists, runners, hikers, and equestrians.  EXPECT THE TRAILS TO BE BUSY DURING THE RUN-UP TO THE RACE.  ALL TRAILS AT PALOS WILL BE CLOSED TO NON-RACE TRAFFIC ON AUGUST 7 FOR THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE.

Novice Course Map

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

PDF

IMPORTANT:  Course maps are published for informational purposes only, for registered racers only.  Cook County Forest Preserve rules prohibit speed training outside of the scheduled race day.  All trails at Palos are two-way and open to multiple user groups including cyclists, runners, hikers, and equestrians.  EXPECT THE TRAILS TO BE BUSY DURING THE RUN-UP TO THE RACE.  ALL TRAILS AT PALOS WILL BE CLOSED TO NON-RACE TRAFFIC ON AUGUST 7 FOR THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE.

Sport Course Map

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

PDF

IMPORTANT:  Course maps are published for informational purposes only, for registered racers only.  Cook County Forest Preserve rules prohibit speed training outside of the scheduled race day.  All trails at Palos are two-way and open to multiple user groups including cyclists, runners, hikers, and equestrians.  EXPECT THE TRAILS TO BE BUSY DURING THE RUN-UP TO THE RACE.  ALL TRAILS AT PALOS WILL BE CLOSED TO NON-RACE TRAFFIC ON AUGUST 7 FOR THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE.

Comp/Expert Course Map

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

PDF

IMPORTANT:  Course maps are published for informational purposes only, for registered racers only.  Cook County Forest Preserve rules prohibit speed training outside of the scheduled race day.  All trails at Palos are two-way and open to multiple user groups including cyclists, runners, hikers, and equestrians.  EXPECT THE TRAILS TO BE BUSY DURING THE RUN-UP TO THE RACE.  ALL TRAILS AT PALOS WILL BE CLOSED TO NON-RACE TRAFFIC ON AUGUST 7 FOR THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE.

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