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Riders in Brazil got the 'freight' of their lives as they ran for safety with goods train bearing down on them...

Two cyclists in Brazil got the 'freight'of their lives when they rode into a railway tunnel - and met a goods train coming straight towards them.

One of the riders, Jedson Gil Miranda from Volta Redonda in the state of Rio de Janeiro, posted footage to Facebook of the moment he and his cycling buddy Felipe Vieira had to scramble for their lives as the train driver sounded its horn.

Luckily, both managed to scramble to safety, leaving one of the bikes behind which they later retrieved as they continued their journey through the tunnel, presumably without further incident.

Writing on Facebook, Gil said: "I know we were in the wrong, we were very reckless, railway tunnels were never made for cycling or walking.

"Thank God everything went okay," he added.

The video has been viewed nearly 50,000 times on Facebook and Gil has subsequently posted photos of another ride where he is pointing to various trackside safety notices.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.