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Near Miss of the Day 663: Van driver almost hits group of cyclists

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today a small peloton almost suffer a total wipe out

Our latest Near Miss of the Day is an absolute shocker and sees an errant van driver almost sending a group of cyclists sprawling (or worse) in Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire.

HoarseMann, the reader who sent this in, said the van - apparently on Lithuanian plates - was being driven way over the 40mph speed limit as it overtook him and then went head-to-head with the unsuspecting peloton, missing them by the tightest of margins.

The move was even more surprising given that it was on a quiet, long, straight stretch of road where there would have been ample further opportunities to pass him.

And if that wasn't enough, eagle-eyed viewers might also notice the back door of the trailer on the first vehicle which passes today's contributor is also wide open and its contents look like they're about to spill out across the road at any second...


> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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

Nick has been entrenched in the world professional cycling since 2010. He spent six and a half years with Team Sky before becoming Communications Manager for both the Tour de Yorkshire and Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships. Since then he has worked for Velon and Rouleur and is now part of the team at Still based in Yorkshire, he rides his road bike as much as he can, although those opportunities have been significantly diminished since becoming a father three years ago. 

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