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RATPOD 2019 is HERE! 

RATPOD is this weekend and we are excited to see everyone. 

Online registration is now closed, however, spots are still availble for the standard route!  To register for this route, please simply head to Dillon and we will get you registered during Friday packet pick up - from 3-6 at Patagonia or 6:30-9 at Elks.  


2019 HAS 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  - SOLD OUT
  • $50 - 62-Mile Route Under 18 - SOLD OUT


**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 62-Mile Route will be limited so be sure to get your registration in fast!   Get more details on the new route here.   



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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Rider packet pickup is Friday, June 21st 3-6 at Patagonia or 6:30 - 9 at Elks.  If you can't make it then, you can pickup your packet at the start/finish line in the morning.

If you are wanting to register for the ride, we do still have spots on the 127, please just make your way to Dillon and we can get you registered during packet pickup.  

If you need to cancel, no worries, we will know you aren't able to to make it when you don't pick up your rider packet.  No need to call or email but we hope to see you another year! 

Thank you all in advance for an incredible weekend - we can't wait to share this time with you!


RATPOD is the single largest fundraiser for Camp Mak-A-Dream and the proceeds from RATPOD allow us to continue helping those affected by cancer live with and beyond their diagnosis! 

This year nearly 800 Campers will visit Camp Mak-A-Dream! 

Please help us continue our mission by setting up a fundraising page and fund raising on our behalf! 

We can't do this without you!




Back by popular demand, our Friday Night Food Trucks...BUT DON'T WORRY THERE WILL BE MORE!!!  We listened and we will be adding several more food options to Friday night, or you can enjoy a local favorite and have Lasagna at Elks, stay tuned for more info!  




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.  



The system we used last year didn't have everything we'd hoped for so we are headed back to FirstGiving.  We will send you a link as soon as you are registered to begin your fundraising!  



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 2019 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!  


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!