Heading up to Hotham last weekend I was in a group of 4 riders. I ended up on my own (not through choice - just got separated - heading up the mountain). Anyway, it was on a section of the road with a sweeping right hand bend - river on one side, rock wall on the other. I was on the beginning of a straight section of the road (before it hit the bend) and I could look across the river and through the bend and see a car and caravan with a sedan sitting right on the caravan's backside. First thought was 'he's going to pass as soon as he gets to the straight'. I was coming to the end of the straight as they were heading into it and I'd slowed down to about 80 and moved right over to the left of the road (about as far as I could go without hitting gravel). Sure enough he pulled out when he was right on me and all I could see was the front of the car heading towards me. Surprisingly I didn't panic, I just thought 'you knew this was going to happen'. The guy driving did panic as he'd accelerated flat out and was already slightly past the back of the van. He braked and yanked it back into his lane and then I was past ([-o<. It was one of those moments where it almost seemed like everything stood still. I guess what I'm hoping to find out from other experienced riders is a few things. Did I put myself in a bad position? Especially since I 'knew' it was going to happen. Should I have slowed down much more? In the few seconds that it happened, I was trying to work out whether I could get past him (if he was past the point of no return), stay on the bitumen and miss the rock face - is that just a ridiculous thing to think? It was a great ride and I loved it. Surprisingly enough, I wasn't freaked out and it didn't affect my riding. Any constructive criticism that I could take with me on my next ride would be appreciated. Thanks.