Rose Mountain Rumble: Annual event will benefit local land conservation

LYNDEBOROUGH – With several small mountains, great views and miles of stone wall-lined roads, Lyndeborough is an ideal place for a bike ride – offering “tasty gravel” in cycling lingo.

On Aug. 25, the Piscataquog Land Conservancy is hosting its fourth Rose Mountain Rumble in Lyndeborough to benefit local land conservation. That’s appropriate because three years ago the New Boston-based non-profit created the 189-acre Rose Mountain Preserve here, including the 1,740-foot Rose Mountain.

Rumble organizer Chris Wells said the ride should please cyclists who like dirt roads as well as those who like pavement.

There’s a trend toward mixed terrain.

“Pavement that links into gravel/dirt roads has become very, very popular among the cycling community,” he said in an email. So our ride attracts riders of all backgrounds but really emphasizes attracting cyclists looking for dirt roads to ride.”

“Here in New England, this is just what cyclists typically ride,” he said, but the wider audience that makes up the cycling community also appreciates paved roads.

The Rumble includes a 20-mile ride for families and more casual riders. Wells said he did reconnaissance a couple of years ago and found the 20-mile “challenging, but do-able and very scenic.”

There are also 40 and 60 mile rides and a 100k “not for the faint of heart,” according to the Rose Mountain Rumble website. It takes “riders out of town and into the sticks … If the 40-miler is no joke, the RMR 100k takes things up a few notches. “

The organizers “unlocked all the best kept secrets of southern New Hampshire’s vast network of well maintained dirt roads and selected courses, to give novice riders a taste of adventure, while putting the hardiest of seasoned veteran cyclists skills to the test,” says the website.

“Courses twist and wind their way through old dirt road beds long forgotten, linking quaint New England town centers” and scenic overlooks, and there are thrilling descents.

The ride starts at 9 a.m. with a 8 a.m. sign-in at the Lyndeborough Town Hall, 1131 Center Road. There will be water stations along the way, a free post-ride lunch, and a T-shirt included with the $85 registration. Courses are marked and cue sheets provided.

All proceeds benefit the Piscataquog Land Conservancy’s campaign to conserve the natural and scenic landscapes of the Piscataquog, Souhegan and Nashua River watershed communities

Founded in 1970, the Land Conservancy has permanently protected 104 properties totaling more than 6,300 acres, and typically conserves three to five new properties each year. All the properties are open to the public and regularly monitored by 50 volunteer property monitors. The non-profit also offers a wide range of educational and recreational outings.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or kceveland@nashuatelegraph.com.