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:
The Annual French Creek Iron Tour, Cycling for Open Space, takes place on June 9, 2019. Cycle through Iron Furnace country and have a direct impact on preserving the magnificent countryside. The Iron Tour does not refer to endurance as in “Iron Man,” but to Chester County’s rich iron and steel legacy. The routes of this tour highlight Warwick Furnace and Hopewell Furnace, among other sites. New this year: the Inaugural Gravel Grinder, a 70-mile ride of the best scenic gravel roads and trails in the region. With courses from 11 to 100 miles, there is something for everyone
Come out and watch the pros. Hundreds of cyclists race through the challenging downtown West Chester circuit at speeds in excess of 35 mph at the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, August 10, 2019. The event also features a community festival and street block party – think great food, live music and lots of family fun! Plan a getaway weekend at nearby Hotel Warner and Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast to make the most of West Chester’s great dining and shopping.
Bike the Brandywine on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Riders can choose from distances of 25, 45, 62 (Metric Century) and 80 miles through the majestic Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding area. The ride begins and ends along the banks of the Brandywine River and participation supports the open-space and-clean water initiatives of the Brandywine Conservancy.
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, 2019 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.
Celebrate cycling and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Chester County’s Brandywine Valley.