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What’s more beautiful than a ride through the Pioneer Mountains of Southwest Montana? Riding for the 550 kids, teens and young adults who attend Camp Mak-A-Dream each summer. Meet real campers and learn why, when you ride for one you ride for all.
 
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2018 REGISTRATION BEGINS FEB. 1st!

 

This year we will have two route options for you to choose from!  You can still do the standard 124 miles or you can choose a 62 mile ride. 

The shorter route will be limited to 150 riders so be sure to get your registration in fast!   Get more details on the new route here.

More changes are headed to RATPOD 2018 as well.  This year instead our Friday evening festivities will get a face lift.  We won't be leaving our friends at Elks Lodge but we are inviting some new food friends along.  Our Friday night will look more like a block party, complete with food trucks, music and plenty of rider comradery.   

 

About RATPOD

RATPOD is a 124-Mile, one-day bicycle ride to benefit Camp Mak-A-Dream, a cost-free, medical camp in Western Montana serving children, teens, young adults and families affected by cancer. Riders are encouraged to raise donations for the camp and bring them to the event Prizes will be awarded to the top donation-earning riders.

The ride takes place in the remarkably scenic Big Hole Valley of southwestern Montana. Riders will encounter three wilderness mountain ranges. Pristine rivers are followed. The valley is sparsely populated and therefore lightly traveled by automobile. This is bicycle nirvana!

RATPOD starts and ends each year in Dillon, Montana. Registration for RATPOD is open to individual riders who are welcome to ride as much or as little of the route as desired. Riders who choose to ride only part of the 124-mile route are responsible for their own logistics and transportation between Dillon and their alterate start/finish location(s). There are five food/water stops along the route, as well as pre-ride block party (Friday evening) and post-ride food and festivities (Saturday night) following the ride at the start/finish on the University of Montana-Western campus in Dillon.

There is also a fundraising component to this event. By registering for RATPOD, riders are also agreeing to raise a minimum of $100 in donations for the cause (separate from the registration fee) - Camp Mak-A-Dream. You may also choose to make that donation yourself if you prefer not to fund raise.

News and Events

 

  FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD TRUCKS! 

We are still partnering with our friends at the Elks for a host location but this year the street becomes a block party complete with food trucks, music and more!  Don't miss this chance to meet up with fellow riders while enjoying some fabulous food!  

 

RATPOD HAS ADDED A 62 MILE RIDE!   

 

For those looking to be part of RATPOD without having to ride our normal 124 mile course - we now have a shorter ride option!  This 62 mile, part gravel ride, is the perfect way to start your RATPOD experience (or take a break if that 124 miles is getting to you).  For more details on the additional ride, click here.  

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You can now check out photos from the 2017 RATPOD event. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's ride another great success...and to John Belobraidic for taking all of these great shots!

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What’s more beautiful than a ride through the Pioneer Mountains of Southwest Montana? Riding for the 550 kids, teens and young adults affected by cancer. Meet real campers and learn why, when you ride for one you ride for all. 

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Read a bit about Makenna from Billings, MT. She's excited about coming to Camp this summer - and YOUR efforts through RATPOD help make her cost-free experience possible.

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