Chester County’s rolling hills and charming towns are the perfect playground for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts at a myriad of cycling events. The cycling season is vibrant in Chester County’s Brandywine Valley and one may participate or enjoy the spectacle. Here are some of the upcoming cycle-centric activities throughout the bucolic countryside:

 

May is National Bike Month and Chester County’s rolling hills and charming towns are the perfect playground for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts at a myriad of cycling events. 

The summer cycling season is vibrant in Chester County and one may participate or enjoy the spectacle. The Annual French Creek Iron Tour, Cycling for Open Space, takes place on Sunday June 9, 2024. Riders in this event have a direct impact on preserving the magnificent countryside surrounding them. The Iron Tour does not refer to endurance as in “Iron Man” but to Chester County’s rich iron and steel legacy. Join more than 1400 riders at the French Creek Iron Tour; there are courses ranging from 11 to 100 miles welcoming riders of all levels and ages. 

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Annual French Creek Iron Tour, June 9th

Bikes and Beers Chester County hosted by Victory Brewing, Parkesburg on Saturday, June 22, 2024. In its 7th year, this celebration of cycling (and brews!), features a 15, 30, and 45-mile ride departing from Victory Brewing, Parkesburg, PA and travels through the stunning countryside. All levels are welcome and all rides feature fueling stations, marked routes, rest stops, refreshments and more. Finish back at Victory for a fun atmosphere of refreshing craft brews – registration includes two complimentary beers and a Bikes & Beers 2024 pint glass! There will also be live music, food trucks, games and a charity raffle.  

On Saturday September 21, 2024, explore the scenery, glimpse the history, and discover the allure of the Brandywine at the second annual Brandywine Bike Ride. The ride consists of three routes with distances of 25, 45 or 80 miles that highlights the region’s recreational attractions, natural and cultural features, and open space. The ride begins and ends along the banks of the Brandywine River at Chadds Ford Historical Society.   Participation helps support the open space and clean water initiatives of the Brandywine Conservancy.

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Bike the Brandywine, September 21st

The Marshalton Triathlon, spanning four decades, is thought to be the nation’s longest continually running triathlon.  The race begins and ends in the charming village of Marshalton on Sunday October 6, 2024 and extends over ten miles of Chester County’s glorious countryside.  Over 2000 participants cycle, paddle and race-walk through the designated course, while another 1000 or more cheer! A shorter version of the race is laid out for younger or less aggressive adventure-seekers.  

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The Marshalton Triathlon, October 6

Celebrate cycling and more while exploring the beautiful landscape of Chester County’s Brandywine Valley.