April 16, 2021
The decision has been made that, barring significant increases in the COVID-19 positivity rate and/or stricter guidelines from the CDC, state or county, the 19th Annual French Creek Iron Tour will take place in-person on June 13, 2021!!
A virtual ride will also be offered between June 5 – June 13.
As a proactive safety measure, the 2021 Iron Tour will limit
the in-person participants to 500 riders.
Other important changes to note include:
1. Masks must be worn at all times that you are not cycling, eating or drinking.
Our wonderful volunteers will be wearing their masks, too.
2. Social distancing will be enforced.
CDC recommendations will be followed.
3. There will be no SAG support – the ride will be unsupported.
Carry what you need. If you have a mechanical issue, you will be expected to fix your own bike, including flats and minor repairs. No follow vehicles or outside support vehicle of any type will be allowed.
4. Breakfast & Lunch will be provided in a “to-go” brown bag.
There will be no access to the large pavilion at the fairgounds, with the exception of the bathrooms.
5. Rest Stops will include portapotties, a variety of packaged snacks and water (no Gatorade).
Use these rest stops wisely to assess how are you are fairing. If you need to, talk with the rest stop volunteers about how you can follow a shorter route from there. There will not be any transport back to the fairgrounds if you’re cooked.
6. There will be an opportunity to have a “Drop Bag”.
Pack a bag of whatever you want in a well-marked bag, leave it with us at the start and we’ll bring it to the rest stop you specify and back to the fairgrounds afterwards. Likewise, you can leave things at the rest stop to be ferried back to the fairgrounds. You are responsible for any of that stuff. Mark it well! Remember to get it at the finish or it will be donated.
The first 450 riders to register on this site (or on BikeReg’s website) are guaranteed a spot in person on June 13, if they so choose. After the 450 spots are filled, all additional registrants’ names will be added into a lottery that will be drawn on May 31st. The first 50 names drawn will fill the remaining 50 in-person slots. The others will join the Iron Tour this year as a virtual rider.
If you would like to be there on June 13, click here to register now!
Each (normal) year, more than 1,000 people anticipate French & Pickering’s French Creek Iron Tour. Their reasons include love of northern Chester County’s open space, community-building and family connection, support for French & Pickering, and personal health goals.
Our 2021 Iron Tour Sponsors:
For over 53 years, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust has worked to preserve over 13,000 acres of beautiful northern Chester County. As a private nonprofit, we count on your support to fund our work to keep our air and water clean, preserve our most special places, and provide healthy ways to enjoy the fruits of our labor through programs and events like the French Creek Iron Tour.