Mark your calendar for French & Pickering’s 22nd Annual
French Creek Iron Tour!
Sunday, June 9, 2024
Registration is open until June 6 at 5pm
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 13,500 acres and created greenways and trails along the two creeks. Historically important lands are included in those 13,500 acres.
The Iron Tour has distance options of 11, 20, 32, 50, 62, 75, and 100 miles for road courses, and two gravel courses- the Petite Gravel (60-70 miles) and the Grande Gravel (80-90 miles) with approximately 40% on gravel. There’s something for every type of rider, from a short ride through breathtaking countryside to a century route to a grueling gravel challenge!
Help French & Pickering reach the 2024 Sponsorship goal! As a Corporate Sponsor, your contribution will go directly toward the cost of protecting, stewarding and connecting people to the land in northern Chester County. In turn, we would promote your business to the community, letting them know that you are a partner in French & Pickering’s work.
Each year, more than 100 volunteers come together to make the Iron tour a success. Run almost entirely by volunteers, the Iron Tour has been recognized as one of the most organized and well-supported rides in the region. Even if you can only give a few hours, we will appreciate it. Join the fun!
What will be offered for lunch? Will there be support along the routes? When does registration close? Can I register the day of the ride? Are there hotels nearby? Who is French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust? Find the answers to these questions and more in the 2024 FAQ.
The French Creek Iron Tour starts and ends at the Kimberton Fairgrounds in Phoenixville, PA. If you’re coming from afar, we offer several of the most commonly used routes here to get you started on planning your adventure to join in the fun of the 2024 French Creek Iron Tour!
thank you to OUR 2024 iron tour sponsors!
2024 Iron Tour Jersey
Stay tuned to learn more about the 2024 jersey!
The 22nd Annual French Creek Iron Tour jersey will depict this original painting by local artist Deb Kuhn.
This colorful artwork pays homage to northern Chester County’s lush flora and diverse fauna, and underscores the important work of French & Pickering and its supporters in protecting open space and clean water.
French & Pickering’s very own Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve and Templin Woods Preserve are home to a wide variety of plants and animals who highlight the county’s exceptional ecological value and conservation potential. Keep an eye out for the wildlife that grace this one-of-a-kind landscape as you cycle on your Iron Tour route.
Become a French & Pickering Member
Your support will make a better tomorrow.
The importance of the preservation of open space is clear to the cycling community. Less sprawl means more bike-friendly access to more scenic routes. Although at present, you may be just an occasional visitor, we invite you to be a year-round member of our organization.
French & Pickering is the only conservation organization solely focused on beautiful northern Chester County. Your gift to French & Pickering directly supports not only the conservation of natural resources but also the vital connection between open space and recreation, which contributes to all of our health and welfare. A gift today protects habitat and keeps the community healthier as we look to the future.