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The Palos Meltdown has been the Chicagoland area's premier mountain bike event for decades. 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 the extensive and varied system of mountain bike trails at Palos - now close to 30 miles in total. 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.
Racers can pick up their racer packet on Saturday August 5, from 12 PM until 3 PM, or on Sunday from 7:30 AM onward. We recommend Saturday to beat the crowds!
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
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
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[PRIZE PURSE INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AS WE GET CLOSER TO RACE DAY]
Rider handbook: [LINK WILL BE UPDATED CLOSER TO RACE DAY]
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