A group of cyclists narrowly escaped injury after swerving around “the mother of all potholes” in the Lancashire countryside.
Six cyclists travelling at up to 30mph came around a bend in Anglezarke, near Chorley, and encountered the unexpected hazard.
They swerved to avoid it but two of the riders suffered punctures from the debris that lay in the road.
Cyclist Bill Nickson stopped and took pictures of the pothole, estimated to be up to 10 inches deep.
The group was travelling swiftly downhill on Moor Road not far from the Anglezarke viewing point when the hole loomed into view on their nearside.
Bill, owner of Bill Nickson Cycles in Leyland, said: “We were going pretty fast at the time.
“We all managed to miss it – I’m not sure how. There could have been blood and guts otherwise.
“Two of us got punctures because there was debris all over the road as well.
“I posted the pictures up on Facebook and it’s gone all over, with people commenting everywhere.”
The group took two pictures of Bill standing by the water-filled hole.
He posted them on Facebook with the comment: “The mother of all potholes has appeared on Anglezarke.
“30mph downhill round a corner is dodgy to say the least! Got away with two punctures, could’ve been worse.”
Cyclist Mark Sheffield commented on Facebook: “Even if you miss the crater, hitting all the debris that’s come out of it as you come round the bend could well result in an off.
“Very nasty that.”
Ridwan Musa, Lancashire County Council highways manager, said: “The damaged surface on Moor Road is one of a number of similar problems that have occurred in recent days due to the very wet weather.
“We’ve now coned off the area for safety.
“Our initial thoughts are that it is likely to have been caused by water being forced up under the road surface due to a drain being blocked but we won’t know for sure until we dig it up.
“We will investigate as soon as we can in the coming days,” he added.