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The Dusty Bandita

Sat June 1, 2024 Ovando, MT 59854 US Directions

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Ovando, MT US 59854

Waiting List Info

The Dusty Bandita is SOLD OUT for 2024. 

Due to high demand, the waitlist is also closed at this time (there are well over 100 people on the waitlist). If spots open up, you will get an email to register. You must register within 2 days or you forfeit the entry to the next in line. No exception.

If you are already registered for the race, and know you're unable to attend, please email us to let us know so we can remove you from the race, allowing those to register from the waitlist who are able to attend. Please note, there are NO REFUNDS OR DEFERRALS.


Time to hop on your steed and ride; bandana’s up, weapon of choice - our legs and our will. The Bandita in us is pushing limits and breaking through our inner boundaries. Together, alongside our fellow Bandita’s - we are one. Head down, eyes up, with a smirk of determination. It’s time to break through, shine and be free.

The Dusty Bandita is a gravel race built not only to expand our presence in a male-dominated sport of bike racing, but to inspire ALL women to go beyond their limits, physically and mentally – dig deep, climb the big climbs, and take the inside line; Breathe in the crisp Montana air and leave our cares behind. The distance options available are for the racer or adventurer alike. We want to instill the feeling of freedom and confidence while we ultimately broaden the field of women cyclists entering cycling events throughout the local area, state, and nation.

Come ride for the experience, the personal challenge, and the spirit of competition. Let’s rally together, fellow Bandita’s, while exploring on two wheels; don’t look back, we’re forging forward! See you at the starting line!



The Dusty Bandita is an event dedicated to increasing the presence of all identifying women at cycling events by providing a safe and encouraging environment where one can build confidence, push limits, explore beautiful places, and experience an invigorating camaraderie on and off the bike. 


Distance Options *courses are on our website - they are subject to change pending snowpack and weather conditions: 

  • 45-ish mile (~3000' of climbing) 
  • 80-ish mile (~5,000' of climbing)

Registration includes: 

  • Race Entry 
  • Race packet/goodies from sponsors 
  • Post-race food and beverage for racer only (food by Chef Liz Kenyon!)
  • Raffle tickets for amazing post-race raffle prizes 
  • Finishers bandana 
  • Bandita status and being surrounded by fellow Bandita's!


USAC insured gravel event - no licenses needed - permit # 8299

The Last Best Bandita Challenge

The Last Best Bandita is a challenge to race both The Dusty Bandita and The Last Best Ride (both MT gravel races organized by women!). You must sign up for each race separately, and must race similar distances of each event (ie. 45-ish mile in The Dusty Bandita and the “short course” in The Last Best Ride); you cannot mix distances (ie. 45-ish in The Dusty Bandita and the “long course” in The Last Best Ride). 

The challenge will combine your times from both events - Anyone who enters and finishes both events will be entered into a raffle to win prizes. In addition, we will celebrate The Last Best Bandita challenge with a podium for both the shorter and longer distances, more prizes included!

The drawing and podiums will be finalized at The Last Best Ride in Whitefish, MT (7/28/24)! 

*To sign up for this challenge, you will answer a question during registration for both races - Remember to sign up for both races separately!*

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