Near Miss of the Day 365: Lorry driver in close pass on time trial rider + video (includes swearing)

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Devon...

Today's entry in our Near Miss of the Day feature is a nasty one - a lorry driver who started overtaking a cyclist taking part in a time trial then, spotting another lorry about to pass him on the outside lane, cut back in towards the cyclist, resulting in a very close pass.

It was filmed on the A38 near Buckfastleigh by reader Chris, who told us that he sent the footage to Devon & Cornwall Police six months ago under their Operation Snap but never heard back, leading him to assume that police decided that no further action was required.

"The lorry attempts to overtake me but spots another lorry overtaking him so chooses the softer option (me)," he said.

"They must have seen the race signage and other riders out on the course, so no excuses really.

"It’s bad enough controlling a TT bike in windy conditions but getting sucked into the wheels of a close pass lorry and subsequent whiplash from the vortex afterwards makes it ten times worse, as you can hear I wasn’t very impressed with the driving!"

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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 send us a message via the 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.

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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