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Near Miss of the Day 804: Club run on receiving end of two shocking overtakes

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

Keep today’s Near Miss handy for the next time a red-faced motorist scolds your group ride for cycling two abreast. In the above clip, a cycling club experienced two frighteningly similar overtakes on the same group ride – one while two abreast, the other while in the supposedly ‘safer’ single file formation.

The cyclists, members of the Wylde Green Wheelers cycling club, were first narrowly overtaken approaching a blind bend by a motorist – driving with a trailer attached to their car – who managed to pull in just before colliding with an oncoming bus.

The second near miss features a lorry driver deciding to overtake the riders as they enter a 30mph zone – and straight into the path of oncoming motorists too.

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The incidents took place during a WGW group ride around Great Haywood, Tixall & Brocton in Staffordshire on Friday 15 July.

“I’ve reported the first to the company,” says the reader who sent us the footage, though they told us that they are yet to receive a response.

“But as I’m not exactly sure where they took place I cannot refer them to the appropriate police force for action to be taken.”

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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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Ryan joined 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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