PHOENIXVILLE PA – Registration has opened for the annual French Creek Iron Tour “Cycling for Open Space” event June 11 (2017; Sunday), starting at the Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds, 762 Pike Springs Rd.
The annual Iron Tour raises funds for the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, with all proceeds used for preservation of open space. In its 15th year, fans claim the tour has acquired a good following among cyclists with a reputation for its rest stops, friendly volunteers, and excellent food. Last year’s run attracted more than 1,400 riders.
Sam and Eleanor Morris founded the trust 50 years ago to permanently protect open space and natural resources in northern Chester County. During the half-century it has preserved more 12,500 acres. For this year’s race, the organization features a special 50th anniversary commemorative jersey designed by a local artist.
Registration will close at 1,800 riders, or by June 8 at 5 p.m., whichever comes first. Registration by May 26 is $50; riders will receive a free t-shirt. After that date registration is $65, with no t-shirt. No day-of-event registration is scheduled, so riders must reserve on or before the deadline. Registration is non-refundable, and the event is held rain or shine.
The tour includes distance options of 11, 20, 32, 50, 62, 75, and 100 miles. Promoters say there’s something for every type of rider, from a short ride through breathtaking countryside to a challenging century route that visits numerous quaint villages and historical landmarks. The start-and-finish location at the Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds provides an excellent launch point as well as a place to gather for an included lunch.
The 11-mile ride is great for families and those reacquainting themselves with their bicycles. The 20-mile distance contains some hills and will take riders over two covered bridges. At the midway point for both rides, there is a rest stop at the charming village of Yellow Springs. A delight to riders last year was the addition of a rest stop at the Warwick Furnace Farm, the latest and largest preservation project in the land trust’s five-decade history.
Find information on the tour, descriptions of all distance options, and schedules, here.