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 52 years since its inception, the Trust has permanently protected 12,850 acres of agricultural, natural and park lands and created greenways and trails along the two creeks.  

Historically important lands are included in those 12,850 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.  Mark your calendars for June 14.  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 14, 2020

Ride Features

  • Rides for all levels, from beginners to accomplished cyclists
  • 11, 20, 32, 50, 62, 75, and 100 mile road course options
  • A gravel ride of 64 miles with approximately 40% on gravel - recommended for experienced riders
  • 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 28
  • Free lunch after the ride. 
  • Live music at lunch by Voodoo DeVille.
  • 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 62, 75 and 100 mile rides
  • 7:15 – 10:00 am       Check-In open for all rides
  • 7:15 - 8:00 am          62, Gravel, 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 on the 2019 Tour

Here’s what some riders had to say about their 2019 Iron Tour experience: 

"I must say that every volunteer I encountered had a great attitude, was very helpful and extremely friendly!  This was a very well organized event from start to finish. The roads were marked excellently, leaving no doubt as to the course. The rest stops were well stocked and had plenty of variety.  I rode with three other friends on the 50 and we also had three friends that rode the 62-mile course. We all had a great day.  I am so glad I participated!"

"I do not have any suggestings for making it better because it really is great already.  Thank you for continuing this amazing event.  The rest stops are great, the course is well marked, the after party food and drinks are awesome. The beer is a GREAT addition!  I will do this as long as it keeps going. It is my favorite biking event of the year! All the volunteers are really nice.  I cannot believe there are so many wonderful supporters for open space in Chester County! Thanks again!"

"Excellent ride! Thanks for a great ride! Appreciated the well-marked turns, the gorgeous scenery, and the perfect weather!"

Lodging Options

 

Residence Inn® by Marriott®
West Chester/Exton
10 Pottstown Pike
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
610-594-9705

Book your group rate for French Creek Iron Tour

Book by May 12 to reserve your room at this special rate!