SHOCKING video shows a biker thought to be travelling at up to 130mph come within inches of hitting a group of cyclists.
The bike is travelling so quickly in the clip that the number plate is too blurred to be readable.
The clip was recorded by Tarik Qirem on Sunday as he, his wife, and another rider cycled on a rural road near to the the village of Hullbridge, in Essex.
At the start of the footage, Tarik’s cycle cam shows his wife in front and within a foot of the edge of the road, with a lead rider in front of her.
A car passes the cyclists in the opposite direction and a fraction of a second later the biker zooms past.
Close analysis of the video suggests the biker covers up to 10 metres in a sixth of a second, based on the frame rate of the film.
That suggests a speed almost certainly above 100mph and as high as 130mph.
It is thought the biker came dangerously close to the cyclists to avoid a head-on collision with the car coming in the opposite direction.
Tarik, from Romford, East London, can be heard to shout “f****** hell. Jesus”, as the biker passes.
A freeze frame from the video shows the bike less than a foot from Tarik’s wife. Tarik himself claims the bike was as little as three inches away at its closest.
And the bike is travelling so quickly it is not possible to read the number plate.
In the video, the biker disappears from sight in around half a second.
He uploaded it with the caption: “This happened to us yesterday, I wonder if the motorcyclist would be happy with a larger vehicle passing him leaving only about three inches between us.
“Please excuse my potty mouth at the end.”
Social media users were quick to berate the motorcyclist for his dangerous driving.
Paul Wheatley wrote: “It’s t***s like that who give bikers a bad name. Absolutely no need for it.
“There’s a big difference between knowing the risk and endangering yourself when you jump on a motorcycle and selfishly endangering others.”
Mick Whittaker added: “That’s shocking. That could’ve spooked the riders to wobble in to a path of a vehicle. Utter disgrace.”
Whilst Cameron Frewar said: “D******d move.”
But some fellow bike riders have suggested Tarik and his wife should have been closer to the centre of the road.
Judy Frankel said: “If you controlled the full lane like the legitimate road user you are he would change lanes to pass.
“Edge riding encourages same lane close passes. That lane is not wide enough to share.”
Tarik added: “What is clear in that video is how close he is, it was a matter of inches.
“The road was not in the best condition so we were having to weave quite bit, at that speed even if we checked before we moved out we would have stood no chance to react.”
There are around 19,000 road accidents involving cyclists annually in the UK.
In 2015, there were 100 cyclist fatalities with dozens of these down to the poor state of roads.