Tour de Montana and RATPOD are two events we love. We organize and run the Tour de Montana and RATPOD is a charity ride that we love supporting so this year we decided to try something brand new and organized a weekend event around RATPOD and then followed it up with the start of the Tour de Montana. Some riders that participated in both events, which turned into 10 days of riding, eating tasty food and adventuring in Montana with us!
It all started with RATPOD, a charity ride for Camp Mak-a-Dream.
Why did we do this this at RATPOD? It was all about bringing The Cycling House guests and our staff together for a fun party, big amazing ride in our beautiful home state, and most importantly, support the kids of Camp Mak-A-Dream. We believe in this cause and we’re all in here at TCH.
A big, beautiful ride & TCH raised $16,000 for the kids!
We had the TCH community helping us fundraise and ultimately raised $16,000 for Camp Mak-A-Dream between our two fundraising teams. The ride was challenging this year as we had some wind and rain in the mountains. We finished with a tail wind for almost 30 miles into Dillon so it was the perfect way to end it!
Tour de Montana
After RATPOD, we took Sunday off the bike and our guides got to prepping for the big Tour that would be starting on Monday. The 2018 Tour de Montana route put us on the quietest roads and we rode more of the diverse terrain that the state offers. This was an all-inclusive, fully supported tour that featured chef-prepared gourmet campfire meals, guided and SAG-supported rides, and some of the nicest country in the world to bike through. IT WAS AWESOME!
The ride distances this year were a little less than in the previous Tour de Montana’s. The rides were plenty challenging and we built in options for adding more mileage for those that wanted it but with a range of 55-75 miles/day, it was manageable amount of riding that allowed for an opportunity to do some afternoon hikes, fishing or just chilling out. If you’d like to view the full route and map, you can see it here.
We had a wonderful Tour through Western Montana. We’re grateful to have the opportunity to show off this wonderful state and get off the beaten path with our guests.
What’s next for us?
We have more tours in Montana this summer and we’ll end our Montana season with our first ever Montana Gravel Camp in September. We’ll be doing more riding in Montana in 2019 so if you want to come adventure with us here, drop us a line or check out our future trip dates here. We’d love to have you along for the ride!