Ok. Tailgating is one of my pet peeves. I live in the hills and so far this year I have had 3 cars tailgate me through fast hairpin turns.
As I have mentioned before I have lived in this area for 7 years and I haven't had too much trouble, that seems to be changing.
The law says that as a cyclist I can take the lane so long as I don't impede traffic (so if I go fast I can ride in the middle of the road).
On Saturday after a lovely country ride, I was coming downhill onto the valley only 5km/3ml from home. I was doing ~ 50kph/31mph approaching a right hand hairpin marked at 35kph/22mph, I could hear a car coming up behind me, I held my line, and realised he was only a few feet off my rear wheel. Then there is a left hand hairpin marked at 25kph/15mph, I thought if I brake too hard he is going to hit me, so I tried to keep the speed through the corner, this made me run wide on the apex as I was going too fast, I could hear he was VERY close but I managed to get through the corner. I then moved straight over to the side to let him past. I called him a name as he passed (not printable) and he gave me the finger, nothing new there so I returned the favour, he then tried to "brake test" me by locking up all four wheels. I hit the brakes but wasn't close enough to crash. He then sped off, but not before I got his rego number.
I went to the police station today and they are going to make some enquires, they said next time I should just get his number and forget about the whole name calling thing. They are correct. I didn't react very smartly and it could have ended very messy (for me). It's just a reflex action to swear at some knob who is trying to make you crash.
I'll wait to see what will happen. I think they will have a chat to him. Other than that nothing can be done.
Moving in 36 days and counting.