Welcome to the 2021 French Creek Iron Tour!
Save the Date for in-person on Sunday, June 13
a Virtual Forge-Your-Own-Adventure from
Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, June 13!
April 16, 2021
The decision has been made that, barring significant increases in the COVID 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 the Iron Tour’s website (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.
With many thanks to our community
the Annual Auction was a success, even during a pandemic!
Mark your calendars for the 39TH ANNUAL AUCTION,
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Thank you to our 38th Annual Auction Sponsors.
Are you a local company looking to expand your digital reach this year?
Individual & Annual Sponsors
Why History Matters for Stream Restoration in the French Creek Watershed: Recorded Thursday, July 16
Geology in the French Creek Watershed – Dr. Dorothy Merritts and Dr. Robert Walter, Franklin & Marshall professors
All About White-tail Deer – Park Ranger Nathan Helminiak
Coyotes in Northern Chester County – Park Ranger Chris Wales
Understanding the Climate Dilemma
The Great Marsh- Panel Discussion
Eels in the Pickering Creek: The story behind the release- Dr. Eric Silldorf
Spotted Lanternfly- Dr. Heather Leach
Invasive Fish, Fowl and Flora -Dr. Scott Bush
EVENTS ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
July – Edible Invasive with Chris Wales
March 8- Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area – Bird Watching Field Trip
February 9- Great Marsh
January 12- Bike Ride- Chester Valley Trail
November 10- Get Grateful Hike- Six Penny Trail
October 13- Walking History Tour- Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve
September 8- Hawk Mountain
August 11- Dog Hike at Warwick Park
July 14- Yoga Hike Brightside Farm
June 9 – 2019 French Creek Iron Tour
May 11 – Guided Bird Walk
April 14 – Welkinweir – Nature Photography Hike
March 24 – Horseshoe Trail – Yoga Hike
February 10 – Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area – Bird Watching Field Trip
January 13 – St. Peter’s Village
November 11 – Brightside Farm
October 14 – Horse Shoe Trail
September 9 – Brightside Park
French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust is happy to partner with external groups for these educational programs. The views expressed in presentations are those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of FPCCT or its Board of Directors.