We like to spread the love for other great events in our region, so I want to let you know about RATPOD (Ride Around The Pioneers in One Day), a one-day, 130-mile cycling challenge starting and ending in picturesque Dillon, Montana. The event is a fundraiser for Camp Mak-A-Dream, which provides authentic Montana experiences to kids and families affected by cancer – medically supervised, and at no cost to the families. That’s a cause anyone can get behind.
The route, which touches on three different wilderness mountain ranges, has enough climbing to get your attention – more than 5,000 feet of gain, and a top elevation of nearly 8,000 feet. But almost all the hard work is done by Mile 50, and the sublime scenery along the way includes alpine vistas as well as flower-carpeted meadows.
The 2013 ride is June 29, and registration opens at 8 a.m. MST on Tuesday, March 5. If you want to do the ride, act quickly – the 650 spots typically fill in about 15 minutes! There is a waiting list, and many on the list do eventually get in. Registration is $100, and riders also must raise another $100 in donations.
Even if you don’t ride it, it’s an event you should be aware of. You can even make a donation to a rider to help the cause.