Explore the scenery, glimpse the history, and discover the lure of Brandywine Creek during the third annual Bike the Brandywine on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Hosted by the Brandywine Conservancy, the ride offers three routes that take in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Riders can choose from distances of 25, 45 and 80 miles—each with unique and thrilling experiences for both the recreational or more avid, seasoned cyclist. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Conservancy’s clean-water programs.
Following both the east and west branch of the historic and scenic Brandywine, the 80-mile loop will guide riders from Chadds Ford all the way to the river’s headwaters in bucolic 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.
For riders looking for a shorter—but still challenging—Brandywine experience, the 45-mile loop follows the west branch of the river and passes through many historic sites, incredible vistas, and bucolic countryside. Beginning in Chadds Ford, this route travels to the Laurels Preserve and treks through the magnificent King Ranch area in Unionville before winding its way to the historic village of Marshallton.
As an exciting introduction to the Brandywine Creek Greenway for the recreational cyclist, the 25-mile loop closely mirrors the early routes of both the 80- and 45-mile options. Following the West Branch Brandywine Creek through open farmland and scenic river valleys, this route provides a trip through the historic village of Marshallton and its surrounding equestrian and farming landscapes. Each loop starts and ends at the Chadds Ford Historical Society.
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. The post-ride celebration at the Chadds Ford Historical Society will also include free lunch for all riders.
The event takes place rain or shine on September 22, 2018, 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.
Bike the Brandywine is generously sponsored by the William Penn Foundation, Victory Brewing Company, Chadds Ford Historical Society, L.L.Bean, 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.