Watch: Cyclist rides into back of van in nasty face-first crash

Man apparently walks away unharmed

If you're ever tempted to ride in the slipstream of moving traffic to up your average speed, then this video of a man in Newcastle having a nasty coming together with the rear-end of a van will make you think twice.

The video, which appears to have been filmed from the security camera of a nearby house, shows the cyclist riding a couple of metres behind the white Ford Transit van as they travel down Union Hall Road in Newcastle.

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Unfortunately for the cyclist, the van driver then hits the brakes, and with the cyclist unable to react, he crashes head-first into the back of the van.

The van driver doesn't seem to be aware of the collision as he drives off, while the cyclist also appears to have escaped largely unhurt, walking to the side of the road as a woman from the parked car moves his bike onto the pavement.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.