Piscataquog Land Conservancy sponsoring new charity bike ride

LYNDEBOROUGH – The Piscataquog Land Conservancy is sponsor­ing their first ever fund­raising bike ride to bene­fit the purchase of the top of Rose Mountain.

The "Rose Mountain Rumble" will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will start at the Town Hall in Lyn­deborough Center. There will be 20-mile and 40- mile options. The $50 entry fee includes ride support and a tee shirt designed by master bike builder and graphic de­signer Kris Henry of 44 Bikes in Lyndeborough. The ride will circumnavi­gate the mountain using back roads, about half on pavement and half on dirt.

Other sponsors of the event include the Lyn­deborough Conservation Commission, Wilton- Lyndeborough Woman’s Club (who will provide a post-ride lunch), and the town fire, police and emergency services de­partments. Goodale’s Bike Shop in Nashua is pro­viding a mechanic and a truck for ride support. Other sponsors are being sought.

PLC has signed an agreement to purchase 189 privately owned acres that cover the top of the mountain. Protecting the mountain has been a wish of local conservation groups for years.

Rose Mountain, at 1,730 feet, is the highest of the Lyndeborough Hills which also include Winn Mt. and The Pinnacle. Long a blueberry pasture, it is still the place to go for them.

A number of hiking trails and old woods roads criss-cross the mountain making for easy walking. They are frequently used in winter by snow shoers, cross country skiers, and snow mobilers.

As of June, 2015, PLC has raised more than $85,000 toward the pur­chase price, about half of the goal. Applications have been made to the state’s Land and Commu­nity Investment Program (LCHIP) for $70,000. Dona­tions are still being sought from those who love the mountain and want to see if preserved.

To register for the event, visit www.plcnh. org. For more informa­tion, or to make dona­tions, contact Chris Wells of PLC at 487-3331, or cwells@plcnh.org.