Canadian Cycling Magazine

Solo Safety Tips


Svein Tuft, Jenny Tough, Cory Wallace and Geoff Kabush all acknowledg­e the importance of letting someone know where you’re headed.

Svein Tuft recommends a good light set, even in times when you don’t think you need it. “The technology is so good now, you might as well have it going,” he says. The point is to make sure you’re seen. Make sure to have that flashing red light at the back.

While Geoff Kabush is an accomplish­ed mountain biker, he says that when he rides the trails alone, he’s a bit more careful, especially when he’s off the grid. Camelbaks and other hydration packs can help organize gear. “Doing a lot of trans enduro races, you learn to make sure you have everything, like spares on the bike, to make sure you can get out of the woods and home,” he says. “The biggest thing is knowing when the sun sets and making sure you have a lot more time than planned.”

“A smartphone is really your best friend,” says Jenny Tough. “It’s your camera, diary, phone and access to social media and navigation.” Tough will also pack her first-aid kit according to where she’s going. Also, she’s a big fan of spot trackers – she attaches one to her bike – because they mean she doesn’t have to call someone every day to check in.

When Cory Wallace is riding in an area without cellphone service, he uses a Garmin inreach so people can follow him live. It also features an sos button: “That’s my lifeline if anything goes bad.” Wallace also admits to getting off his bike to walk if conditions are too gnarly. He doesn’t take chances on solo rides and will tone it down.

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