Our History

Dream Team Members on RAGBRAIIn 1996, a concern for disadvantaged youth led a small group of bicycling enthusiasts from RAGBRAI®, Bike World, and the Riverfront YMCA to discuss how they could help inner city kids in Des Moines and provide them the wonderful opportunity to participate in RAGBRAI®.

These caring individuals wanted to help youth, who otherwise would not have the opportunity, to experience the sense of fellowship, accomplishment, and goal setting that participation in RAGBRAI® brings.

Working as a grassroots organization,they successfully obtained funding for equipment, then recruited and trained youth to participate as the first Dream Team in RAGBRAI XXV in 1997. Since that year, 20 – 35 youth participants have successfully completed RAGBRAI® each year.