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The 16th Annual

French Creek Iron Tour

Cycling for Open Space

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Cycle through historic Iron Furnace country and have a blast!  French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust preserves open space where iron blast furnaces and forges served as cornerstones of industry in colonial Pennsylvania - hence "Iron Tour."

When you ride in the French Creek Iron Tour, you have a direct impact on the preservation of the scenic countryside that surrounds you.  Since 1967, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust has protected 12,500 acres of agricultural, natural and park lands and created greenways and trails along the two creeks. Historically important lands are included in those 12,500 acres.  The Revolutionary War might have had a different outcome if it were not for the many iron furnaces in northern Chester County at that time.  The French & Pickering has permanently protected the Warwick Furnace that supplied cannonballs to General Washington's army.  It is this significant history that gives the French Creek Iron Tour its name.  It is not an Ironman event but rather a tribute to the area's impact on the history of our country.  The routes of the Iron Tour will take you to the Warwick Furnace, Hopewell Furnace and near the Hibernia Iron Works.  

With courses ranging from 11 to 100 miles, there's something for everyone.  And if you're not a cyclist, volunteer and/or be a sponsor - be a part of the fun.

Registration will close at 1600 riders or at 5 p.m., June 7, whichever comes first.  There will be no day-of-event registration.  Registration is non-refundable, and the ride takes place rain or shine.  

Warwick Furnace Sign

Comments on the 2017 Tour

Here’s what some riders had to say about their 2017 Iron Tour experience: 

Excellent!  Our 4th year.  The century route is one of the best I've done.

I did the Iron Tour this year for the 6th or 7th time (I'll have to go count my shirts ...).  It is always an utterly enjoyable ride, but the one true constant is the volunteers.  They are just such a great collection of the most happy and enthusiastic people.  They never fail to make me feel special about what I am doing even though I truly believe THEY are the stars of the day.

Great event, thank you for putting it on.  I did 100 miles, aid stations were perfectly placed, well stocked, and for sure the nicest volunteers.  I loved the course and appreciated seeing the protected lands.

The ride was well-organized and the food and entertainment were great.  I loved the ice towel at the end of the ride.  The scenery was beautiful.

This event was super.  Volunteers did a great job.  I have ridden the tour at least 5 times and the organization continues to be superb.

I have ridden many organized bicycle rides.  I felt the ride was very organized and disciplined.  The rest stops were great and the after-ride meal/band was outstanding.  


Refer to the FAQ page or contact French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust at 610-933-7734 or by email irontour@frenchandpickering.org. 

French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
 511 Kimberton Road
 Phoenixville, PA  19460

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