Two of three cyclists training together ended up with flat tires caused by thumb tacks on Pretty River Road Micki Rivers shows her bike tire with a thumb tack in it. She and another cyclist in the group got flat tires from thumb tacks on the same road at the same time. A local woman in training for an Iron Man triathlon, will not quickly return to one of her go-to cycling routes after she and another in her group ran over tacks on the road.
Micki Rivers, who has been cycling in the area for about two decades, said she and her group were coming down a large hill on Pretty River Road when she heard a thump from her wheel. A rider behind her noticed their tire was flat, and Rivers realized hers was as well.
Both found thumb tacks with different coloured tops in their tires. Rivers said the tacks must have been on the road, and she’s worried they were placed there on purpose.
Two of the group of three ended up with flat tires, but it could have been worse, said Rivers
"The really scary thing is you’re at quite high speeds when you’re coming down the hill," she said. "Someone could have blown a tire, and that would have been devastating for a rider."
She said she’s trying to spread the word for other cyclists, hikers, runners and anyone else using the area to be on the lookout.
Rivers said there is precedence for tacks being placed maliciously. It […]