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Near Miss of the Day 14: Motorbiker overtakes cyclists at 100mph+

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Essex

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a motorcyclist overtaking three cyclists - at a speed thought to be well in excess of 100  miles an hour.

It was filmed by Tarik Qirem when he was riding with his wife and a friend near Hullbridge, in Essex.

On the narrow country rode, a car being driven in the oposite direction passes the cyclists then, from behind, the motorcyclist races past them, causing Mr Qirem, who lives in Rpmford, to exclaim, "F*cking hell. Jesus!"

According to Deadline News, analysis of the footage suggests the biker was travelling at upwards of 100 miles an hour and possibly as fast as 130 miles an hour.

He said: “This happened to us yesterday, I wonder if the motorcyclist would be happy with a larger vehicle passing him leaving only about three inches between us.

“Please excuse my potty mouth at the end.”

He added: “What is clear in that video is how close he is, it was a matter of inches.

“The road was not in the best condition so we were having to weave quite bit, at that speed even if we checked before we moved out we would have stood no chance to react.”

Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or contact us via the Facebook page.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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