8 episodes

The official podcast of Dream Team Des Moines

Finding the confidence and determination to set and then work towards accomplishing big life goals can be overwhelming at any age. That's especially true when you are a teenager.
Each week the Moving Forward podcast will feature a member of the Dream Team who is doing exactly that. Each episode we'll chat with a member of the Dream Team youth to learn what motivates them to train towards the ultimate goal of completing their first RAGBRAI.

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The official podcast of Dream Team Des Moines

Finding the confidence and determination to set and then work towards accomplishing big life goals can be overwhelming at any age. That's especially true when you are a teenager.
Each week the Moving Forward podcast will feature a member of the Dream Team who is doing exactly that. Each episode we'll chat with a member of the Dream Team youth to learn what motivates them to train towards the ultimate goal of completing their first RAGBRAI.

    7: MJ and Julie Green Fugenschuh

    7: MJ and Julie Green Fugenschuh

    On this episode of Moving Forward, we speak with MJ, a sophomore at Des Moines North High School in Des Moines.

     

    MJ is just 16, but she’s already completed two RAGBRAIs.  We’ll talk with her about how she is always able to have such a positive attitude and about how her experience on Dream Team has already helped her successfully complete another big, life goal.

     

    We also speak with Julie Green Fugenschuh.  Julie is President of the Dream Team’s Board of Directors and she’ll talk with us about why the success of the Dream Team is extremely personal and important to her.



    Dream Team: ⁠⁠https://www.dreamteamdesmoines.org/⁠⁠ 

    Bike World: ⁠⁠https://www.bikeworldiowa.com/⁠⁠ 

    RAGBRAI: ⁠⁠https://ragbrai.com/

    • 34 min
    6: Wyatt and Jill Dykstra

    6: Wyatt and Jill Dykstra

    On this episode of Moving Forward, we hear from Wyatt, a junior at Roosevelt High School. 

     

    Wyatt did not miss a single training ride during his first two years on the team.   Scott talks with Wyatt about why he pushes himself so hard and about his goals and priorities for the 2024 season.

     

    And we talk Jill Dykstra.  Jill leads the Des Moines Public Schools Dream to Teach program and she is starting her 10th year as a Dream Team Mentor.

     

    We talk with Jill about why she has dedicated her life to teaching and mentoring  youth.  And Jill will give us an update on the Dream Team season.

    Dream Team: ⁠⁠https://www.dreamteamdesmoines.org/⁠⁠ 

    Bike World: ⁠⁠https://www.bikeworldiowa.com/⁠⁠ 

    RAGBRAI: ⁠⁠https://ragbrai.com/

    • 25 min
    5: The Warner Brothers and Mark Pollock

    5: The Warner Brothers and Mark Pollock

    On Episode Five of Moving Forward, we introduce the Warner Brothers.

     

    Devin is 18 and a senior at Des Moines East.  Today, Devin is one of the most outgoing and most-liked members of the team.  But when he joined the team three years ago, Devin was shy and introverted.  He shares with us how Dream Team, in his words, changed his life.

     

    Devin’s brother, Tayvin is 16 years old and also a student at Des Moines East.  Tayvin shares with us how Dream Team brought him and Devin closer together.  And Tayvin talks with us about how he is already working towards his dream of being a pilot in the U.S. Marines.

     

    We also welcome a special guest, Mark Pollock.  Mark traveled from his home in Oklahoma City to join the podcast and he tells us about his good friend and RAGBRAI buddy, Harlan Nagel.

     

    Harlan was a farmer in southern Minnesota who passed away in 2022.  Mark and sone of his cycling friends decided to start an annual scholarship in Harlan’s name that benefits the Dream Team youth.



    Dream Team: ⁠⁠https://www.dreamteamdesmoines.org/⁠⁠

    Bike World: ⁠⁠https://www.bikeworldiowa.com/⁠⁠

    RAGBRAI: ⁠⁠https://ragbrai.com/

    • 43 min
    4: Shay and David

    4: Shay and David

    On this episode of Moving forward, Shay talks with us about how the mental and physical benefits of cycling.  A junior at Dallas Center Grimes High School, Shay shares her goals for the 2024 season and beyond.

     

    And we speak with Dream Team Mentor David Jameson.  David takes the lead in designing the routes the team used during our five-month training season and he’ll tell us about how the Dream Team’s training schedule has changed in 2024 to make sure the team is ready for the hilliest RAGBRAI in the ride’s 51-year history.



    Dream Team: ⁠⁠https://www.dreamteamdesmoines.org/⁠⁠
    Bike World: ⁠⁠https://www.bikeworldiowa.com/⁠⁠
    RAGBRAI: ⁠⁠https://ragbrai.com/

    • 40 min
    3: Adriana and Mentors Lizzie and Adam

    3: Adriana and Mentors Lizzie and Adam

    On this episode of Moving forward, first-year team member Adriana talks with us about what motivated her to surprise her parents and decide to join Dream Team.  Adriana talks with us about her first month of training and about her goals for the 2024 season.
     
    We also talk with first-year mentors Lizzie and Adam.  The couple rode their first RAGBRAI in 2023.  They’ll share how their interactions with the Dream Team during RAGBRAI’s 50th Anniversary ride inspired them to join the team as mentors.

    Dream Team: ⁠⁠https://www.dreamteamdesmoines.org/⁠⁠
    Bike World: ⁠⁠https://www.bikeworldiowa.com/⁠⁠
    RAGBRAI: ⁠⁠https://ragbrai.com/

    • 24 min
    2: Aaron and Randy

    2: Aaron and Randy

    On Episode Two of Moving Forward, Aaron tells us why he was reluctant to join Dream Team when his eighth grade guidance counselor first approached him about the team.  Now in his senior year at Dowling, Aaron is one of the hardest workers and one of the most competitive members of the team. He'll talk with him about how Dream Team has prepared him for other big life challenges.

    We also get an update on the 2024 season from Dream Team mentor Randy Wahl.  Randy oversees bike maintenance for youth on this year’s team and he talks with us about how he and his team of volunteers keep the 47 youth rolling for all of our training rides.



    Dream Team: ⁠https://www.dreamteamdesmoines.org/⁠

    Bike World: ⁠https://www.bikeworldiowa.com/⁠

    RAGBRAI: ⁠https://ragbrai.com/

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

LabguyMN ,

So good!

As I watch what is happening with the Dream Team and listen to these great kids each week I can’t help but be a little bit envious of the mentors. While it’s true that the kids are putting in all that effort each day, on each hill, and each mile, the Team doesn’t just happen. I’m certain the mentors will all shy away from any attention given to them- as is proper- but my hat is off to them and especially to all the mentors that are part of the planning team that make things happen. I WISH Minneapolis was just a few hours closer to DM so I could be part of the team in some way. Well done!

MJTT 68 ,

Great organization with positive & inspiring stories.

It was awesome hearing Rachelle’s story! She was confident and transparently real. The focus of Dream Team sounds fantastic and needed!

ZMandN2020 ,

Great podcast

Great organization and this podcast does a tremendous job highlighting the team members.

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