About US

Chain Gang Getaways is an official RAGBRAI charter that takes pride in providing a seamless and enjoyable experience for cyclists participating in the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Operated by John Skradski, a dedicated High School teacher from Omaha, NE, and Richie Woltkamp, a retired firefighter from Topeka, Kansas, our charter is rooted in a passion for cycling and a commitment to delivering exceptional service. 

Our Mission:

At Chain Gang Getaways, we are more than just a charter service; we are a family-owned and operated business with a mission to enhance your RAGBRAI experience. We understand the unique needs of our guests, and our dedicated team, which includes fellow teachers on summer break and college students, is committed to ensuring your journey is nothing short of extraordinary.

What sets us apart:

Small and Personalized:

Chain Gang Getaways deliberately caps registration at 164 guests. This intentional choice allows us to provide personalized attention to each participant, ensuring that your needs are met promptly and efficiently.

Affordability without Compromise:

Rooted in the ethos of a teacher's budget, affordability is a cornerstone of our charter. We understand the value of hard-earned money and have crafted Chain Gang Getaways to be accessible to everyone without compromising on the quality of service. We believe that a fantastic RAGBRAI experience should be within reach for all cycling enthusiasts.

Passion-Driven Service:

Our commitment to making your RAGBRAI experience wonderful is fueled by our passion for cycling and genuine care for our guests. As avid cyclists ourselves, we go the extra mile to ensure that every detail of your journey is thoughtfully considered, from transportation logistics to the camaraderie fostered within our close-knit community.

Join Chain Gang Getaways for an unforgettable RAGBRAI adventure – where personal attention, affordability, and passion for cycling converge to create memories that will keep you coming back every summer.

Founder's Background:

John Skradski, the heart and soul behind Chain Gang Getaways, is not just an entrepreneur but also a seasoned cyclist and a 12-time RAGBRAI veteran. His connection to Iowa runs deep, having spent cherished summers in Grinnell with his grandparents during childhood. A proud alum of the University of Northern Iowa, John brings a unique blend of local knowledge, cycling expertise, and genuine hospitality to the charter.

John Skradski

Phone: 402-953-7322


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