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Donate to a Rider

You can make a tax-deductible donation in the name of a RATPOD rider or make a contribution to Camp Mak-A-Dream’s general camp fund. Simply click this link to  Firstgiving to make an online donation on behalf of the rider of your choice by typing in the name of the rider you'd like to support, OR, click on the 'Fundraisers' tab to list all of the rider fund raising pages that have been established for this year's ride. You may also simply make a general contribution to the organziation if there isn't a specific rider(s) you wish to support. 

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The date for the 13th annual RATPOD has been set for Saturday, June 28, 2014.


General registration will open on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8 am (MTN time).

Registration fee will be $100 per rider.

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.


RATPOD is a 130-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 130-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 pasta dinner (Friday evening) and post-ride barbecue and music (Saturday night) following the ride at the start/finish on the University of Montana-Western campus in Dillon - all of which are included with riders' registration fees.


News and Events

The Optimist Childhood Cancer Campaign Committee and the Montana CRS Chapter have graciously sponsored a ticket raffle for TWO RESERVED TICKETS for the MIAMI DOLPHINS vs DENVER BRONCOS game, in Denver, on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:25pm. Winning entry receives the two game tickets along with $1,000 to cover travel expenses. Raffle tickets are (1) for $5.... (6) for $25... (13) for $50.... or (30) for $100.... Drawing will be held Thursday, November 13th. To purchase tickets, please contact Camp Mak-A-Dream at 406.549.5987 or via email: Winner need not be present to win - good luck! And THANK YOU for supporting Camp!


Missoula area riders - join us Monday, October 13th, 12-8pm at Montgomery Distillery, 129 W. Front Street, Missoula!  $1 from each drink benefits Camp Mak-A-Dream!  We are so grateful to the Montgomery family for supporting the work that we do!  For more info, check out their website:  We hope to see you there!



Thanks to all of the sponsors, riders, volunteers, donors, community members and vendors who helped make the 13th annual RATPOD event a success this year! Check out this year's ride photos here, as well as on our Facebook page. If you rode this year and have not yet completed the rider survey, we appreciate you taking just a couple of minutes to tell us what you think!

Next year's ride is set for Saturday, June 27, 2015 and we'll be updating the website in the near future with more information about registration.


General registration is now closed, as we've filled our 650 rider slots and have now made calls to everyone who signed up for our Waiting List, so if you've already signed up for the waiting list but not heard from us, please contact us at (406)549-5987 to inquire about your status. 

We will NOT be taking additional names or entries at this point for this year's ride, but thank you for your interest in RATPOD - watch the website for information on next year's event.


April 22 is the deadline for cancellations elegible for a partial refund of rider registration fees (in the amount of $50). If you signed up but are not able to participate in this year's ride, please let us know and we can credit you half of your entry fee and offer your spot to the next person on the waiting list. There will be no refunds issued for cancellations after the April 22 deadline. Thank you!