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Near Miss of the Day 635: “Absolute moron” overtakes cyclists during sportive

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

By definition, the videos in our Near Miss of the Day series feature examples of poor driving – but there should be a special award for the type of stupidity displayed by this overtaking of cyclists participating in a sportive in Northern Ireland – and having to brake to a halt to avoid hitting another car head-on.

It happened during yesterday’s Tour of Strangford in County Down, a charity sportive organised by Ards Cycling Club and featuring 80 and 50 mile routes around Strangford Lough, the largest sea inlet in Britain and Ireland.

The clip was sent to us by reader Paul, who described the driver as “an absolute moron” – it’s hard not to agree with that.

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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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