Ride Around the Pioneers 2023

June 24, 2023

Ride Around the Pioneers 2019

Ride Around the Pioneers in One Day


Location: University of Montana-Western Campus, Matthews Hall lawn, at 710 S. Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT


The Ride Around the Pioneers in One Day (RATPOD) 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.

Rides/Distances/Elevation Gain

  • 127 Mile Ride/130mi/3,800ft
  • 95 Mile Gravel Ride/95mi/5,750ft
  • 55 Mile Gravel Ride/55mi/2,500ft
Some Other Upcoming Rides…