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 more than 13,000 acres of agricultural, natural and park lands and created greenways and trails along the two creeks. Historically important lands are included in those 13,000 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 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. Join us in celebrating this aspect of our country’s history and the many accomplishments of French & Pickering. Mark your calendars for June 12. 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.
The Iron Tour that we all know best and enjoy most is an in-person, supported ride. If state, CDC and other guidelines allow, French & Pickering will host that ride on Sunday, June 12 at the Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds in Phoenixville, PA with any necessary Covid-19 precautions. We ask that everyone follow those precautions so that we may have a safe ride for everyone.
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Please note: the Iron Tour takes place rain or shine.
- 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 70 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
- Beverages and food at rest stops and lunch as we can provide with Covid-19 precautions
- Free T-shirt if you register by 5 p.m., May 20
Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds
762 Pike Springs Road
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460
(ENTER FAIRGROUNDS FROM ROUTE 113/PIKE SPRINGS ROAD ONLY)
- 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
- 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.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Carry your ID, medical card and charged phone
- When you see the “Preserved Forever” signs along the routes, remember that it was the work of French & Pickering and your support that will keep those areas in their natural state forever.