DYNAMITE! #206, 07.11.08

October 23, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #206, 07.11.08
+++ Having a blast every Friday +++ Dyna-mail race reports, news, views, and gossip to dynamite@londondynamo.co.uk +++ Have a peek at our pics -http://tinyurl.com/k34tf +++ Check out DYNAMITE! on the web -http://tinyurl.com/36xkay +++ WEEKEND WEATHER: Sat light rain, 13C max, wind S 23mph; Sun, light showers, 13C max, wind SW 23mph +++

+++ One-time outsider answers call of destiny +++
He was once a complete unknown. A year ago, very few pundits would have believed he had a chance of claiming victory in the biggest contest of them all. And yet that is exactly what happened this week, as his incredible win inspired many ordinary mortals whose pithy motto of determination is encapsulated in those three little words, “Yes we can”. A change, Dynamates, has finally come. We are talking, of course, about RICHARD ‘AV IT’ HOULT crossing the line in first place at the second Dynamo annual club championships, held on Saturday in diluvial conditions at Hillingdon where the only remnant of summer was provided by the mahogany-hued complexion of newly-returned honeymooner TONY ‘PEETEER’ SMEDLEY. With the diligence of an electoral observer at a polling station, Dynamo’s keen-eyed club captain watched the race progress from an early attack by CHARLIE ‘VICI’ EASTON to the establishment of the decisive break comprising Rich, TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT, PAUL ‘MONTY’ DELAHUNTY, CAMERON ‘STEVE’ AUSTIN and their brief companion MARTIN ‘PIN-UP’ WILLIAMSON, whose big-gear churn-a-thon resulted in him rejoining the bunch when the pace lifted. Tom proved to be very much the Hillary Clinton of the day, seemingly having victory in his grasp with a series of devastating attacks culminating in a huge gap along the back straight with less than a quarter of the 30-mile contest to go – and like a hanging chad on a ballot paper, there was a whiff of controversy as the Crewe crackerjack sprinted for the line a lap early alongside Paul, who was adamant that bell-ringer MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT had forgotten to change the lapboard. No he hadn’t, pal! But the biggest surprise for those watching by the dilapidated shed overlooking the pristine football pitches was the distance between Rich and 2nd-placed Tom as the former raised his arms aloft a lap after the false finish… http://tinyurl.com/6cyfgh. Great win, buddy! Well done also to Paul and his bare-kneed protégé Cam, who took 3rd and 4th respectively, while SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON nabbed an unconfirmed 2nd in the bunch sprint just 24 hours before nailing 3rd overall at Surrey League’s final Ottershaw race… http://tinyurl.com/6ze7yl …taking the France-based firecracker within one tantalising point of retaining his 1st cat licence. Meanwhile, big-hearted better JASON ‘WILLS’ GREEN donated his princely £72 winnings from Paul’s club champs’ sweepstakes to the Shooting Star children’s charity… http://tinyurl.com/6oyaag …but with almost half the field listed as DNS, the biggest congratulations must go to those who actually raced on one of the most wind-swept, soggiest days of the year, particularly fed-up trackie ALWYN ‘DO THE’ McMATH who briefly abandoned before climbing back on to cheers from the race helpers at the finish. This publication would like to apologise to those in the bunch who may have been dispirited by the time gaps which DYNAMITE! dutifully blared out of a loudhailer, although we mercifully brought that practice to an end once Rich and his three chums lapped the field – so come with us now as we remind you even more volubly about the party which will see Dynamo’s club champ presented with his trophy. Let’s get ready to give him a round of applause…

+++ Bookings coming in for end-of-year bash +++
Busy social secretary PAUL ‘ALL BLUE’ HARKNETT has been taking the first bookings for the highly-anticipated London Dynamo Annual Social And Awards – so remember to post your cheque for £40, made payable to London Dynamo, if you want to join all your favourite Dynamates on Thursday 4th December at the Arts Club in Mayfair, where you will get to enjoy the all-inclusive food and drink, plus the unique wit of former club boss NICK EX-CAPTAIN PEACOCK as he presides over the plentiful prize-giving. Paul’s address is 30 Tudor Gardens, Twickenham TW1 4LE – and please include an e-mail address for confirmation. We’ll see you there!

The ticker tape is falling from the sky, which means that there’s just enough time to thank everyone who sent stuff in for this issue before we make a victory speech. Always remember that we are a kind of White House, but we would be nothing without you, our first men and first ladies. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news and gossip to dynamite@londondynamo.co.uk. The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for Friday’s edition. And now, as we wave goodbye from the Rose Garden, it only remains for us to remind you about…


9am: The Parkride. Richmond Park, roundabout by Sheen Gate. Four laps split into fast, intermediate and steady groups.

8am: Kingston Gate, Richmond Park. Non-stop ride through Surrey Hills.

9am: Hampton Court bridge, south side, Surrey Hills ride. Fifty-ish miles at a steady pace. Stop at Box Hill for tea and cake. Bring a pump, inner tubes, drink, and a three-year-old prediction… http://tinyurl.com/2uj84p.

7.30pm: Richmond Gate, Richmond Park. Steady ride to Chertsey, back via Weybridge, 28 miles.

So until next week, Dynamates, goodbye and happy riding.

The DYNAMITE! team.

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