DYNAMITE! #168, 15.02.08

November 14, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #168, 15.02.08
+++ 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, sunny, 7C max, wind E 10mph; Sun, sunny, 8C max, wind SE 7mph +++

+++ Repeat performance at Gill Jessop TT +++
Like the standard of coffee at the Roehampton Gate café or GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL’s childlike fondness for his cuddly mascot Splodger, there are some aspects of the Dynamo world that never change – and as Britain’s top Dynamatic update begins its fifth fantastic year, we are pleased to report that big-hitting ‘Mo RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS has taken 3rd place at the Gil Jessop time trial, 12 months after achieving the same position in the season-opening event in East Clandon, Surrey. The skinsuited sizzler covered the 14-mile course in 32:18, which was 26 seconds faster than his 2007 effort, and his partner JENNY ‘J-LLOYD’ JONES was first lady with a time of 38:43. Rich’s pointy-hatted pals PAUL ‘CANNONBALL’ CALLINAN and Guy Powdrill came 11th and 17th respectively at Sunday’s event… http://tinyurl.com/38k48g …while over in Rowlands Castle, Hants, that same afternoon, compact 1st cat SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON rose to the challenge of the notoriously tough Perfs Pedal E/1/2/3 race with a creditable 14th… http://tinyurl.com/36fx7s. But with dozens of less-familiar members destined to appear at the first Beginners’ Series race on Sunday, it seems only fitting that we turn our attention to riders who have rarely, if ever, graced a DYNAMITE! news item – so come with us now to the wilds of Kent as we relate how one of Mr Simmonds’ protégés is getting along. Let’s take the road to hell…

+++ Di Lorenzo matches Pearch’s pace +++
They say perspective comes with age – and female-loving fiftysomething CHARLIE ‘HARDY’ PEARCH certainly had an enjoyable perspective as he toiled away behind Scotland’s Claire Thomas at the Hell of the Ashdown Challenge in Knockholt, Kent, on Sunday. The cheeky chap freely admits that he “followed her for a while and thoroughly enjoyed the view” en route to completing the 65-mile sportive in 3:48:00 – but he was dismayed to see his Scottish companion erased from the No.2 spot on the final results, even though the omission elevated him from 3rd to joint 2nd on the 315-strong list of finishers. Charlie – currently being coached by RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS – shared his top three position with arch nemesis ANTONY ‘BONZO’ DI LORENZO, whom he has vowed to drop at the Etape before they reach La Mongie. Wisely avoiding the duo’s rivalry, NICK ‘BARON’ DOVE rode without them to take 4th place with a time of 3:50:00… http://tinyurl.com/yvdgzc. Don’t get involved with them, pal!

+++ Dulwich vanquished at cross champs +++
With one man down, the pressure facing cyclo-crossers JASON ‘KEEP IT CLEAN’ GREEN, RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT and IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE must have been tremendous as they raced towards the line at the London Team Championships, fully aware that Arctic had already taken the top spot and Dulwich Paragon were threatening to secure a place on the podium – but the Dynamo ‘A’ squad soon showed the lads in light blue who deserved a share of the silverware on offer at sun-kissed Hainault Forest Park in Essex on Sunday. Having used his superior handling skills to maintain his position throughout the twisty, slippery race, Rusty hurtled past the chequered flag to take 7th, one place ahead of DP’s Kevin Knox. Jason, meanwhile, concluded a ding-dong battle with Patrick Jones by taking 12th place, thereby relegating his Dulwich rival too an unlucky 13th. And despite parenthood taking its toll on his performance, new dad Ian still managed to nab 21st, leaving the 22nd place on the finishing sheet to – you guessed it – a Paragon rider, in this case the uniquely-named Mr Anne Boorsma. Result: London Dynamo 3rd, Dulwich Paragon 4th, and Rusty was 5th overall in the league. Great results, fellas! Ever-supportive MICHAEL ‘LUNGER’ SNEYD cheered on the trio after irreparable damage to his crank threads caused by newly-fitted pedals forced him to pull out. Grateful Jase reveals: “You can feel very isolated once the race has spread out, so the encouragement to push on through the inertia is hugely appreciated.” Meanwhile, ‘RADAR’ RUSS TURNER lost his cross virginity by joining ANDREW GRAINGER, STEVE WOOD and ALEX ‘LUGPUMP’ MURRAY to form the Dynamo ‘B’ team, which took 15th place… http://tinyurl.com/2l9v3p. Jason adds: “The results this season and having two full teams so conspicuously present at the team champs show Dynamo has become a formidable force in cyclo-cross. Hopefully next season more people will want to try it out.” Masochists, form an orderly queue!

+++ Novice races are back +++
Finally, a quick reminder that the first of Dynamo’s two Beginners’ Series races kicks off at 10am on Sunday at the Qinetic circuit in Chertsey… http://tinyurl.com/ysml4s …with an E/1/2/3 handicap following at 11.15am. The races are a much-loved Dynamo tradition that have been the first stepping stone in the world of competitive cycling for many members, and this will be the final year of racing at the former MoD venue – so enjoy it while you can, Dynamates! Event organiser MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT welcomes anyone who would like to help out, so Dyna-mail him at martingarratt@londondynamo.co.uk if you can lend a hand. We’ll see you there!

The Dynamo tea urn is being carefully unpacked out of storage in preparation for the Beginners’ Series, which means there’s just time to thank everyone who sent stuff in for this issue before we pop down to the local Spar for a box of Tetley. Always remember that we are a polystyrene cup and we would be nothing without you, our steaming brew. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news and gossip to dynamite@londondynamo.co.uk, or simply hit your reply button. The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for Friday’s edition. And now, as we grab two pints of full fat, 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 one lump. Or two.

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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