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Near Miss of the Day 813: Audi driver passes oncoming cyclist at speed on narrow country lane

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country – today it’s Norfolk

Today’s Near Miss bears more than a passing resemblance to the infamous Land Rover versus group ride confrontation, which saw the motorist fined over £1,000 for his careless driving – this time, thankfully, no cyclist ended up in the ditch.

These clips (which contain a light bit of understandable swearing) were captured on front and rear bike cameras as road.cc reader Paul was cycling on a narrow country road, on his way home from work.

“I saw the approaching car and slowed a little so that the car would arrive at the passing place before me,” Paul says.

“They could have slowed and moved over, just like the previous cars I'd passed. They chose not to do that though and instead just barrelled past me.

“I use a 360 degree camera, so you can see from the [below] photo looking downwards at my front wheel how close this was.“

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Paul continued: “Unfortunately, I didn't get a clear view of the number plate, so I can’t report it to Op Snap. Police force is Norfolk and generally they’re pretty good, although at the moment they seem to have a bit of staff shortages which has resulted in all the videos I submitted last week exceeding the seven-day window they give.”

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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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Ryan joined road.cc as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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