The Brandywine Conservancy’s annual Bike the Brandywine event returns for its fourth year on September 28, 2019, with four bike routes—including a new metric century option (100 kilometers/62 miles)—that explore the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Riders can choose from distances of 25-, 45-, 62- and 80-mile routes—each with unique and thrilling experiences for both the recreational or more avid seasoned cyclist. Proceeds from the ride benefit the clean water programs of the Brandywine Conservancy, which has been dedicated to helping preserve water quality and quantity in the region for over 50 years.
For the complete Bike the Brandywine experience, riders on the 80-mile loop will travel along both the East and West Branches of the historic and scenic Brandywine. Beginning in Chadds Ford, the route travels all the way to the headwaters of the river in Honey Brook Township. Along the way riders will experience iconic Western Chester County vistas and stunning views of rural landscapes, rich history and active farmland—much of which the Brandywine Conservancy has helped permanently protect and conserve for future generations.
New this year, the metric century route follows along the West Branch of the river and journeys 62 miles through scenes of bucolic countryside and historic sites. After departing from Chadds Ford, riders will travel to the Conservancy’s Laurels Preserve and through the magnificent King Ranch area in Unionville before winding their way through Modena and the historic village of Marshallton. For a similar ride—with less mileage—the 45-mile route closely follows along to the metric century journey. Those looking for a more recreational option can join the 25-mile ride along the Brandywine Creek Greenway. The 25-mile loop closely mirrors the early routes of the other rides, following the West Branch of the Brandywine River through open farmland, scenic river valleys, and equestrian landscapes.
Each loop starts and ends at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N Creek Road, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Well provisioned rest stops are available every 10-20 miles, depending on the route. Cyclists of legal drinking age will be entitled to one free pint of Victory beer at the ride’s conclusion. A post-ride celebration at the Chadds Ford Historical Society includes free lunch for all riders. The event takes place rain or shine on September 28, 2019, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance registration is $50 per rider, but the fee will increase closer to the date of the event. To register, visit www.bikethebrandywine.org.
Bike the Brandywine is generously sponsored by the William Penn Foundation, Victory Brewing Company, Chadds Ford Historical Society, Main Line Health Fitness & Wellness Center, Trek Bicycle, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, For Fox Sake and The Whip Tavern, and Willowdale Town Center.