About the French Creek Iron Tour

By participating in this year's Iron Tour, you are supporting the work of French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, the sole beneficiary of the Iron Tour.  The mission of French & Pickering is to preserve, steward and connect people to the land in northern Chester County. French & Pickering preserves open space where iron blast furnaces and forges served as cornerstones of industry in colonial Pennsylvania - hence "Iron Tour."  

In 1967, Eleanor and Sam Morris' love of the land in the watersheds of the French and Pickering Creeks guided them to establish French & Pickering.  Over the 50 years since its inception, the Trust has permanently 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. French & Pickering 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.  Join us in celebrating this aspect of our country's history and the many accomplishments of French & Pickering during its 50-year history.  Mark your calendars for June 10.  Ride, volunteer, sponsor, and be a part of French & Pickering's work to preserve, steward and connect people to the land in northern Chester County.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ride Features

  • Rides for all levels, from beginners to accomplished cyclists
  • 11, 20, 32, 50, 62, 75, and 100 mile course options
  • Well marked courses and cue sheets
  • SAG support
  • Quiet, lightly traveled roads and scenic countryside

Amenities

  • Fully stocked rest stops (beverages, fresh fruit, snacks)
  • Free T-shirt if you register by 5 p.m., May 25
  • Free lunch after the ride
  • Professional massage ($10 gratuity)

Location

Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds
 762 Pike Springs Road
 Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460
 (ENTER FAIRGROUNDS FROM ROUTE 113/PIKE SPRINGS ROAD ONLY)

Schedule

  • 6:45 am                    Check-In opens for 75 and 100 mile rides
  • 7:15 – 10:00 am       Check-In open for all rides
  • 7:15 - 8:00 am          62, 75 and 100 mile rides begin
  • 8:00 – 8:30 am         50 mile ride begins
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am          32 mile ride begins
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am        20 mile ride begins
  • 10:00 – 10:30 am      11 mile ride begins
  • 4:30 pm                     Ride support ends

PLEASE NOTE:  The Iron Tour takes place rain or shine.

Requirements

  • All participants must wear bicycle helmets and accept the terms of the Release and Assumption of Risk.
  • Use of headphones, earbuds, etc. while riding is strictly prohibited.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


 


Lodging Options

  

Residence Inn® by Marriott®
Philadelphia Great Valley/Exton
10 Pottstown Pike
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
610-594-9705

Book your group rate for French Creek Iron Tour

Book by May 11 to reserve your room at this special rate!

Comments about the 2017 Iron 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.