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Near Miss of the Day 82: Driver in close pass on club ride

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Hampshire (and Warwickshire)

We know a lot of road.cc readers will have been out enjoying club rides over the weekend, so the latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series will have a particular resonance.

It happened to members of Hampshire-based Andover Wheelers yesterday, as a BMW rider executed a close pass on the group, and was sent in to us by Daz Adams.

He told us: "I happened on Kentsboro road going up towards Danehill and on Stockbridge, near Andover.

"I have contacted Test Valley (Hants Police) and sent them a link will see what happens.

"I was riding with the Andover Wheelers super steady group which I do every Saturday morning but due to the weather there was only 4 of us. We were riding two abreast up until we heard the car coming up so we moved to single file.

"My initial reaction was shock as I saw the bonnet come up along side of me which looked within touching distance then anger as the road was clear with nothing on the other side so it was totally unnecessary," Daz added.

Their group ride wasn't the only one on which a close pass was captured on film this weekend.

Warwickshire's Stratford Cycling Club has a similar experience yesterday, courtesy of the driver of a Waitrose delivery van.

Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

Simon joined road.cc 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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