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Near Miss of the Day 272: Close pass during club ride

Our regular series featuring near misses from around the country - today it's Nottinghamshire...

Front and rear views of today’s near miss, which occurred on March 17 at approximately 11.30am between Retford and Worksop on the A620.

James writes: “The ride was a Bassetlaw Tri Club ride and had been an uneventful 50-mile ride until this point.

“The Nissan felt very close, didn’t slow down at all and I think the video front/rear prove she was stupidly close.”

James said the cameras were bought because three weeks earlier a car had done the same thing, but quicker.

“Again the arms went up from us, but the car then stopped in the middle of the road. A bloke then got out his car, head butted me, then my mate, then gouged his eyes.

“He phoned his son, and we heard him say, “three cyclists have just attacked me, come and help me,” so his son drove from seven miles away. We didn’t lay a finger on him and we had several witnesses who saw the whole thing.

“I had to pin him on the floor and ask for witnesses to call the police and they attended. Basically they asked if we wanted to press charges but we should just really shake hands and let it go, which we reluctantly did.”

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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.

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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

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