The 2nd Annual Rose Mountain Rumble took place yesterday in Lyndeborough NH. There were 90 riders this year, including one 73  year old "over the hill" Masters bike racer- Bobknh. Riders could chose any course, from 20 to over 70 miles. Under almost ideal weather conditions, we started together at 9 AM. About 70% of the routes are unpaved dirt and gravel roads through the mostly rural sections of Hillsborough county NH. After the ride, we were all treated to an outstanding upscale multi-course lunch, prepared by local volunteers. All riders also received commemorative RMR T-shirts. While there wasn't much support in the way of traffic control and sag wagons etc, there were water stations - some with food - about every 13 miles on the core 42 mile route.The longer and shorter routes were designed around the 42 mile core to allow all riders to take advantage of the ample feed stations. The design also permitted riders to opt out of their chosen route should they feel so inclined. Thanks to the great volunteers from the Piscataquog Land Conservancy (PLC), and local communities, no one went thirsty or hungry. While the participation increased significantly from last year's 30 riders, to 90 this year, the event's organizers, are hoping to keep the friendly informal character of the ride as it continues to grow in popularity. No race numbers, age or gender categories, no big time sponsors, no podium pic's. Just a friendly ride in rural southern NH -- supporting the PLC work in keeping the rural flavor of the area intact for future generations (and gravel grinders!).
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