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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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RATPOD 2017 - JUNE 24th, 2017 - REGISTRATION OPEN

We are going back to the original route but we have some exciting additions.  

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, YOU CAN RIDE TO HONOR A CAMPER!   550 Campers visit Camp Mak-A-Dream each year, we've chosen six of their stories to share with you.  Read their stories, choose the one that resignates most with you and honor their fight & their courage!

We've also added Strava segments to the ride.  These 4 timed segments are optional and riders can participate in any or all of them - see the map for more detail.  We will award King & Queen of the Mountain in 4 segments, as well as the Best Overall.  To participate, rider must provide their own equipment (GPS such as Garmin or Suunto) and select this option during registration.  

 

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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REGISTER FOR THE RIDE NOW!  

We look forward to seeing you in Dillon!  

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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. Register for the ride today, http://rideforall.ratpod.org/.

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Get ready to register for RATPOD 2017!  We are going back to old route but there are some exciting additions headed your way including Strava KOM segments and a new RATPOD campaign.  

For the riders that raised over $1,000 for 2016 you'll be receiving an email shortly with details on how to pre-register! 

All other riders, be ready to register in early March!  

Look forward to seeing everyone in Dillon on June 24th!  

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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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Most everyone who has participated in RATPOD (and many who have made contributions to it) is probably familiar with the name David Sobba. David has been riding in and raising money for Camp Mak-A-Dream through this event since 2004 - the same year he was diagnosed with cancer. His passion for this cause, his dedication to raising money and spreading the word was tremendous to say the least. David's name appears on the RATPOD top fundraiser trophy now 7 times, most recently for his efforts in raising over $28,000 in 2012 alone! 

Sadly we lost David on January 22, 2013. In his honor, numerous members of 'Team Sobba' who have ridden and supported David's efforts in past years, will ride again this year on June 29 to honor him and all he was to so many of us. David even has a fundraising page for THIS YEAR's event for anyone who would like to make a donation to RATPOD/Camp Mak-A-Dream in his name: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/davidsobba/ratpod-2013.

In his honor, the RATPOD trophy will be officially renamed in David's name and his name will also appear on this year's jerseys. David, you will continue to be with us both at RATPOD and at Camp this year and long into the future!

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