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.


 


Comments about the 2018 Iron Tour

Here’s what some riders had to say about their 2018 Iron Tour experience: 

The course was a little challenging at times, but the scenery was magnificent as we rolled thru the beautiful countryside with the old farms, little villages and covered bridges. Each rest stop was staffed by a terrific bunch of volunteers who were extremely helpful.

I love this ride. Excellent markings, great roads, yummy frequent treats, and plentiful happy helpful volunteers. One of my favorite rides.

Thanks for everything! This is the most beautiful ride I do. Thanks for doing everything so well.

Thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who made it happen. A date always marked on my calendar for the last 5 years and next year will be 6!

Awesome! I loved everything about the tour! It was incredibly well organized. The volunteers were terrific, the course was beautiful and very well marked. There were ample supplies at the rest stops. The fire police at the busy intersections were an added bonus. And the post ride food was delicious. I liked that you had your conservancy signs on the protected property along the route. It made me feel good to see so much permanently protected land. I look forward to attending again next year.