16th Annual French Creek Iron Tour
Cycling for Open Space
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Cycle through historic Iron Furnace country and have a blast! French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust preserves open space where iron blast furnaces and forges served as cornerstones of industry in colonial Pennsylvania – hence “Iron Tour.”
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 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. The 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.
With courses ranging from 11 to 100 miles, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re not a cyclist, volunteer and/or be a sponsor – be a part of the fun.
Registration will close at 1600 riders or at 5 p.m., June 7, whichever comes first. There will be no day-of-event registration. Registration is non-refundable, and the ride takes place rain or shine.