By Jim Melwert

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (CBS) – It’s not too late to sign up for a bike ride that raises money to preserve land in Chester County.

Every penny raised goes to the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, which has preserved over 10,000 acres in Chester County since the late 1960’s, and the ride is all-volunteer.

“It started 11 years ago with 100 riders; we are now up to over 1500 riders,” says Iron Tour ride-chair Jen Trachtman.

(Credit: Jen Trachtman)

(Credit: Jen Trachtman)


She says there are seven different distances – 100-miles for the hard-core rider, down to 11-miles for the casual rider or families – featuring rest stops and support vehicles.

“The name comes from the area that you ride through, the historic Iron Furnace area. It was critical in the Revolutionary War and colonial times,” Trachtman explains.

The ride is the morning of June 9th, starting at The Kimberton Fairgrounds on Route 113.

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