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Volunteers Doria Harris, Chris Wells of the PLC and Kristofer Henry of 44 Bikes prep riders for the 2015 RMR.

Our first running of the 2015 Rose Mountain Rumble (RMR) went off very well without a hitch!  We had approximately 30 riders registered for the ride. The Rumble was a locale conservation effort by the Piscataquog Land Conservancy (PLC) to help raise awareness for the conservation and preservation of Rose Mountain.  With everyone’s help who attended, we were able to contribute to the successful effort to preserve Rose Mountain for generations to come.  Thank you one and all for coming out, riding the dirt roads in Lyndeborough and surrounding towns to help us preserve this scenic mountain from development.

Two courses were curated for riders:

The classic 20 mile RMR route was developed from an AMC group ride by Doria Harris of Lyndeborough, NH.  The 20 mile follows a scenic path from Lyndeborough’s historic town center and quickly jumps on to dirt roads on it’s way to High Bridge, which was a recent project to restore a connection point between New Boston and Lyndeborough, masterminded by the Lyndeborough Trails Association.  The route circumnavigates Rose Mountain while riders passed through and by many PLC preserved land tracts.  This is just a fun ride for any rider’s ability level and it did not disappoint!

The second course is the 40 mile RMR route developed by Kristofer Henry (owner · 44 Bikes) of Lyndeborough, NH.  This starts at the historic Lyndeborough Town Center, traces the 20 mile route but at High Bridge parts ways and takes the rider on to adjacent towns of New Boston, Mont Vernon, Francestown, and Greenfield, NH.  This route takes the 20 up a few notches offering a bit more with fun challenging climbs mixed with fast descents keeping riders on their toes.

Both the 20 mile and 40 mile join together for the final push back to Lyndeborough’s historic town center where lunch was waiting hosted generously by the Wilton / Lyndeborough Women’s Club (who we affectionately refer to as “The Lunch Ladies”).  What a spread!  And a highlight many riders couldn’t stop talking about.

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Kristofer Henry of 44 Bikes leads riders out from Lyndeborough’s Historic Town Center

It should be mentioned that New Hampshire boasts well over 10,000 miles of dirt roads and the RMR’s courses enjoy well over 70% to well maintained dirt.  Big thanks to the NHDOT and our local road agents for keeping these roads accessible 365 days a year.  It’s just part of what makes New Hampshire so special and many who attended this years Rumble were delighted to learn of so many new roads to add to their weekly adventures by bike.

That’s a wrap for the 1st Annual Rose Mountain Rumble.  Hope to see you next year.  Bring your friends!  They will not be disappointed.