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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.
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
2:02pm – Pro/Expert Women
2:04pm – Comp
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
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
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