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August 18, 2013

Community bike ride sabotaged by 'tack attack'

Over 30 bicyclists on Nickel Plate Trail suffered flat tires.

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Breakaway Bike shop also shipped up tubes and repair kits to get everyone back on the road.

“Everyone helped everyone,” she said. “No one was left behind. It was fantastic support by the riders and the community.”

Zach See said one couple ended up stranded on a county road after their tires slowly leaked air and went flat, but a Denver man offered them a ride and drove them back into town.

“People turned this into a good thing,” he said. “Everyone rolled with the punches, because being mad and griping wasn’t going to fix anything.”

He said most bikers ended up finishing the ride despite the sabotaged trail.

Since the incident, Breakaway Bike Shop has donated tubes and repairs to anyone affected by the attack, and reimbursed riders who donated items to get other riders up and running.

“People come in and say they want to pay, but I say ‘No, just let us do this. It’s not your fault,’” Zach See said.

And if deputies discover the person responsible for what he calls the “tack attack,” Zach See said he would say this to them: “Why? What did you think you’d accomplish? What you intended to hurt us only brought us together and made us stronger.”

In an email the bike shop sent out to Le Tour de Denver participants titled “I Survived the Tack Attack!,” Zach and Shannon See wrote, “Everyone was so willing to help each other and donate their own tubes, patch kits, pumps and experience. We want to thank you for leaving no one behind. We are honored to call you our cycling friends and family. Good prevailed in the end!”

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.

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