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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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2019 will have two route options for you to choose from!  You can still do the standard 127 miles or you can choose a 62 mile ride. 


  • $125 - Standard 127-Mile Route
  • $85 - 62-Mile Route 18 and over 
  • $50 - 62-Mile Route Under 18 

**All riders are asked to raise a minimum of $100 in donations for Camp Mak-A-Dream. 

**Registration fee includes t-shirt, food located at route stops, Saturday BBQ dinner

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.

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.   



RATPOD is a 127-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 127-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.

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Next Friday is rider and volunteer check-in and instead of spaghetti we will be hosting our food truck block party! Choose any food you'd like, then kick back and enjoy, as you meet others from all over the US (and even a rider from Italy). See you soon RATPODers! 



Do you know of people that would love to help with RATPOD?  We are looking for bike mechanics, SAG support, medical support, and food support volunteers for the 2018 event!  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this volunteer application and return by email ( or by mail.   You can also find out more details here!  

For your time we will provide you with accomodations at the UM Western Dorms, t-shirt, and food both Friday and Saturday evening!  We thank you in advance for your support!  


Our 2018 Jersey Design is in and it's incredible!  

Order your jersey today by logging into your account and selecing the "merchandise" tab.  No need to enter a size, we already have your size on file!  Click here to order yours today or raise of $1,000 to earn the coveted yellow!  





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!  




For those looking to be part of RATPOD without having to ride our normal 127 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 127 miles is getting to you).  For more details on the additional ride, click here.  



As you begin registering you will also start setting up your fundraising page - the two systems are now one in the same!  If you don't have a chance to edit your page, don't worry, you can go back in any time and edit it!