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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.
 
Ride for One. Ride for All.  
 

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RATPOD 2017 TooK Place on JUNE 24th, 2017 AND WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2018 - JUNE 23rd!  

 

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, OUR RIDERS COULD HONOR A CAMPER!   550 Campers visit Camp Mak-A-Dream each year, we've chosen six of their stories to share with you.  

 

We also added Strava segments to the ride.  These 4 timed segments were optional and riders could participate in any or all of them - see the map for more detail.  

 

About RATPOD

RATPOD is a 126-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 126-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.

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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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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RATPOD 2017 IS IN THE BOOKS! 

Thanks to all who made this event a success - we are truly blessed to have so many incredible riders, volunteers, staff members and community supporters!  

Pictures to come - in the meantime, save the date for next year!  RATPOD 2018 will be June 23rd!  

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OUR 2017 JERSEY'S ARE IN...AND THEY ARE AWESOME!  

If you've raised at least $500 you've already earned a blue, if you have raised more than $1,000 you've earned a coveted yellow!  

There's still lots of time to fundraise - you can even bring your donations to the event!  All donations must be turned in by Friday, June 23rd to count towards prizes and jersey earnings!  

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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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