Devault, Pa., April 13, 2023 – The 21st Annual French Creek Iron Tour will take place on Sunday, June 11, starting at Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds in Phoenixville, Pa. “We are expecting 900-1,000 riders who will be cycling past properties preserved forever as open space”, said Executive Director, Bill Gladden. The Iron Tour has helped French & Pickering preserve parts of Warwick County Park, French Creek State Park, and municipal parks like Brightside Farm Park in Charlestown Township. French & Pickering has two signature preserves that are open and free to the public, offering miles of trails and environmental programs. One hundred percent of Iron Tour proceeds fund this critical work.
There are NINE course options – something for novice and expert riders alike. Choose from road routes of 11, 20, 32, 50, 62, 75 and 100 miles, the Petite Gravel (60-70 miles) or the 2023-premier of the Grande Gravel (80-90 miles). Each gravel route is approximately 40% gravel.
The shorter rides meander through the breathtaking northern Chester County countryside (note the Preserved Forever signs along the way). The longer routes build on the shorter and visit picturesque villages, cultural landscapes and historical landmarks. The Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds provide an excellent launch into the beautiful countryside and a great place to gather after the ride for lunch, live music, a free pour from Root Down Brewing Company and a chat with fellow riders.
For more information on the French Creek Iron Tour, registration, route descriptions, schedules, directions, and volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://frenchandpickering.org/2023fcit/. Early registration is encouraged. Early-bird registration including a complimentary t-shirt ends on April 30 with prices then increasing to $65. Late registration ($75) begins May 21 and registration closes June 8.
Not a rider but don’t want to miss the fun? Go to https://frenchandpickering.org/volunteer/#VolunteerForm. Sign up by April 30 and get an Iron Tour t-shirt.