DYNAMITE! #180, 09.05.08

November 14, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #180, 09.05.08
+++ 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, 24C max, wind E 1mph; Sun, cloudy, 24C max, wind E 7mph +++

+++ Missing lap of Cutmill “winner” +++
This publication’s reputation as the hardest-working department in Dynamo Towers was almost ruined this week by the much-anticipated arrival of the sun, which mellowed out the editorial team to such an extent that the edition you are currently enjoying almost failed to be written in time. It didn’t help when the peerless Danny Baker encouraged the lackadaisical atmosphere by playing the calming sound of running water throughout his brilliant BBC London radio show… http://tinyurl.com/5kevcm …and perhaps the memory of the cheeky slacker who took a lap out at Cutmill on Sunday before crossing the line in 1st place had a malign, subconscious influence on our much-admired work ethic. Failing to live up to the stellar renown suggested by his club’s name, the disqualified VC Etoile rider appeared to puncture on the first lap just as JASON ‘WILLS’ GREEN, RICHARD ‘HAVE IT’ HOULT and ROB ‘THE SAINT’ JEFFROY began lifting the 3rd cat event to a ferocious pace that would ultimately jettison almost 20 competitors on the super-tough Surrey League course. Power-climber Richard claimed 4th, while cramp-hit Jason nabbed 13th as the race fragmented on the arduous uphill finish – and there was more Dynamo glory in the afternoon as RICHARD ‘PLACING’ MASON reaped victory in the 2/3 bunch sprint after Lewis Atkins shot off with Army CU’s Allan Ridler on the final lap to claim the top two places… http://tinyurl.com/5nlb3h. Third-placed Rich, who finished four places ahead of MATT ‘IRON’ BRIDGE, reveals: “The final lap had some antagonistic behaviour from a nameless rider who, when questioned about his shoddy turn-taking, indicated there was no way he was riding to get me anywhere near the finish just so I could win. Well, I think the best possible reply was to thrash them all anyway.” That showed him! Inspired by Mr Mason’s determination, it’s time for DYNAMITE! to shrug off its temperature-induced lethargy and reveal more Dyna-magnificent tales of derring-do, starting with a notable time trialist’s superb return to form far from his Kingston homestead. It’s time to head for the Midlands…

+++ Williamson beats big-hitter at stage race +++
Triathlete-turned-tester MARTIN ‘PIN-UP’ WILLIAMSON has experienced a dip in form of late – but he found his legs in resounding style on Friday when he beat Planet X point-gobbler Mark Lovatt into 5th at the prologue of the Nigel Measom Two Day RR. The chuffed hunk ventured all the way to Gilmorton in Leicestershire with brothers JOE and TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT for the 1/2/3 event, which saw Tom’s elder sibling miss out on a top 10 place at the TT after getting stopped by a lorry. What a trucking liberty! The trio spent half of the first road stage attacking, only for Lovatt to quit cruising around at the back and put a move in which the three ‘Mos missed. Each of the threesome was off the front during various points in the longer final stage, and Tom came in between the bunch and the break to claim 15th place. His 7th place at the TT helped him secure the No.17 spot on the GC, while Martin finished a respectable 19th overall… http://tinyurl.com/5ccxwj. But despite all the fun of their jaunt to the North Midlands, it seems Martin still hates road racing. Tom reveals: “He thinks it’s too dangerous. He prefers riding up and down dual carriageways.” He’s gone to the dark side – there’s no saving him now!

+++ Osborne victorious at international event +++
The Dynamette wing of Britain’s best cycling club continued to prove itself as an emergent force with incredible results at the Bedford 2-Day International on Sunday and Monday. Sensational SUSANNAH OSBORNE beat off the pros to win the second stage, with REBECCA CURLEY taking 10th – and the final day saw wily CHARLIE ‘VICI’ BLACKMAN take five bonuses by going on a lone break for three laps of the hilly, twisty Millbrook circuit, which propelled her to 6th place on the final GC… http://tinyurl.com/6nwu76. The ladies’ achievements were marred by NAOMI ‘JUDGE’ ANDERSON’s trip to hospital after a nasty crash which resulted in her sunglasses smashing into her head – but the ladies put the incident behind them at Crystal Palace. Charlie won Tuesday’s women’s race, Susannah came 2nd, CLAIRE BEAUMONT was 5th while MELISSA WADAMS took 6th – and over in the fellas’ 3/4 race, Palace addict STUART ‘EASY’ SPIES came closer to racing with the big boys again by taking 2nd ahead of JASON ‘WILLS’ GREEN… http://tinyurl.com/5r6maa. Lovely stuff, all of you!

+++ ‘Powdnall’ mindful of results error +++
With his custom-painted red Trek glinting in the sunshine as he cracks an off-colour joke, the presence of the man some call ‘The Engine’ was no doubt as conspicuous as ever at Crystal Palace, where the human tuning fork took 9th in Tuesday’s E/1/2 race – but it seems his fame has not yet spread to Cranfield, Beds, if the provisional results for the Andy Morrison Memorial RR were anything to go by. Firing off an e-mail to the organisers of the 40-mile 2/3 event, the miffed ‘Mo pointed out: “I came 6th on Saturday. You have my name down incorrectly as Brain Powdnall. It should be GUY POWDRILL. Please let BC know accordingly. Thanks.” Much to his relief, the error has been corrected… http://tinyurl.com/56b2ox …so hopefully no-one should labour under the misapprehension that Guy has a Brain to his name. Perish the thought!

Despite being beyond the reach of the sun’s rays, our famous soundproof bunker has been cooked up a treat by the glorious weather – which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who sent in stuff for this issue before we get up from our Vic-20, walk over to the DYNAMITE! sofa, and collapse in a sweaty heap. Always remember we are the thermometer of Dynamo, but we would be nothing without you, our rocketing mercury. 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 reach the verge of fainting, 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 smelling salts.

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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