A video has emerged showing the terrifying moment a driver caused a group of cyclists to crash by passing too close.
The short video, shared on Twitter by Australian journalist Michael Tomalaris, shows a group of cyclists riding two-abreast at the very edge of the road, with a number of cars passing.
While most of the drivers give up space to the cyclists, one motorist overtakes took close to the group and hits one rider at full speed, throwing him to the floor and causing a big crash in the group.
The incident happened in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday (November 28) on the Inner City Bypass road.
Craig Johnston, the rider who was hit by the car, told ABC Radio (opens in new tab): “Bit sore and bruised, but otherwise feeling okay.
“The scary thought was obviously if he came over another inches it could have been a whole different story, I may not be here and the other would not be here either.
“There was another rider that was in front of me that also got hit by the car - he ended up with a large open wound on his forearm, so he was in a bad state.
“It all happened so quickly.”
According to reports, the driver did stop after the crash and police are investigating.
A statement from New South Wales Police said: “The incident has been reported to police and officers have commenced inquiries.
“Anyone with information is urged to come forward.”
This weekend, Cycling Weekly reported on a cyclist who was hit by a car in a separate incident in Britain in 2019.
Jean-Pierre De Villiers was completing the charity ride to raise money for a brain cancer charity and was riding through Ilfracombe in Devon when the collision happened.
De Villiers says that he has chosen to let the incident make him and not break him, and has decided to forgive the driver, who was uninsured and had been drinking.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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