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Near Miss of the Day 685: “I really thought the game was up with this one”

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

There are close passes … and then, there are close passes like this one from a lorry driver that had the cyclist on the receiving end yelping in fright. "I really thought the game was up with this one," he said.

It happened in North Yorkshire in June and Vinnie, the reader who sent it in, told us: “I was cycling from Skipton to Grassington when I was passed by the tipper truck as I headed towards Cracoe from Rylstone.

“The truck driver showed real skill in not going over the double white lines, you can see how they position the truck absolutely perfectly and at the same time as a car is on coming ; stunt driving at its best. A perfect chicken run. I really thought the game was up with this one.

“I reported via the usual black hole to North Yorkshire Police. A few weeks later I emailed them asking for an update and was told a notice of intended prosecution had been issued, so a better result than I expected. Maybe not a black hole after all.”

Vinnie added: “Given the current situation with hospital beds I've taken to Zwift.”

Simon joined 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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