DYNAMITE! #183, 31.05.08

November 14, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #183, 31.05.08
+++ 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 intervals, 21C max, wind N 6mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 21C max, wind NE 7mph +++

+++ Andrews on ‘Team Charlie’ for TT champs +++
As the chronicler of Dynamo’s rich history, it pleases this publication no end to announce that the tradition of getting a rollicking from Guy Andrews was revived on Sunday as CHARLIE ‘VICI’ BLACKMAN powered her way to an incredible 21:50 at the national 10-mile time trial championships in Petersfield, Hants. The veteran tester popped up by the side of the A3 to volubly encourage his protégé to dig in for the final three miles – but despite dishing out a trademark verbal, it appears that the club’s founding father has been mellowed by the working environment of the Rapha head office, if his courteous and thoughtful pre-race behaviour is anything to go by. Impressed Charlie reveals: “Guy had every last second of my warm-up planned, from the time I spent on the turbo to the 40-minute road ride where he accompanied me on his bike, then the timing of my loo stops and even checking what music I had on my iPod to see if it was suitably aggressive. He told me what to eat and when and kept me well away from the other riders so that I didn’t panic.” What a gent! Using GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY’s disk wheel and RICHARD ‘PLACING’ MASON’s Bora, the sensational schoolteacher passed five other riders and hit the five-mile mark in 10:35, which stood as the fastest time for more than an hour. Guy was jubilant when Charlie placed 13th among the 66-strong high-quality field, just 1:18 behind winner Julia Shaw – and 21st-placed JENNY ‘J-LLOYD’ JONES proved she is on course to hitting her target time of 22:30 by the end of the year… http://tinyurl.com/65a2q7 …although her high-achieving fella RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS confesses to being a “miserable git” after finishing 44th in the men’s race with 20:25… http://tinyurl.com/6k3rxw. He’ll be back with a vengeance soon, Dynamates! The championships were held in overcast conditions following a blustery and wet night which led the organisers to consider using one of two other alternative courses – but it was a different story on the south coast, where another Dynamo literally and metaphorically had his day in the sun. So come with us now to a course described as “Cutmill on acid” for a sizzling day out. Here comes the sunburn…

+++ Pack stung by early attack +++
When riders get dropped on a two-mile neutralised climb to the start, it’s fair to say that the race itself isn’t going to be pretty – and that proved to be the case at the In-Gear Junior Tour Of Sussex 3/4 support event in East Dean on Sunday where Mosquito Bikes’ John Heaton-Armstrong attacked from the gun to ensure victory on the challenging 54-mile South Downs course. Wily JASON ‘WILLS’ GREEN noticed the pack was suffering in the heat at the end of the first lap, so he attacked to take the King of the Mountains prime and powered on for 10 incredible miles to catch the Mossie rider. The duo worked together to start the final lap with 2mins 15secs on the bunch, which had been reduced to about 15 riders, and Jason ended up taking 2nd after a bout of cramp. The oar-some ex-rower was then able to watch TORKEL ‘REDTOP’ DOHMERS sprint across the line in fine form to take 11th… http://tinyurl.com/5oewa3. Fantastic stuff, fellas! Meanwhile, over in Sholden, Kent, fired-up vet ROBIN ‘OSSIE’ OSBORNE took 6th in the National 50+ Masters… http://tinyurl.com/4gcu9h …and followed that up with 19th in the Hillingdon E/1/2 race on Tuesday night, where he was the second Dynamo home after 7th-placed GAVIN ‘NO LYIN’ RYAN… http://tinyurl.com/6557xd. Robin says: “It’s not quite the same as the Dynamettes’ and Jason’s heroic efforts, but I’m really pleased with the start to my second-ever race season.” And so you should, pal!

+++ Sprinall and Reid joint 1st in Flyer +++
Chuffed sportivist NICK ‘CRIKEY’ DOVE dropped DYNAMITE! a line to thank us for last week’s coverage of the Dartmoor Classic and the Tour of Ireland Challenge before revealing that two ‘Mos romped home with the fastest time in the SWRC May Flyer a couple of weeks ago. So step forward ROB REID and HARRY SPRINGALL, who completed the 87 mile long route to Downside, Surrey, in 4hrs 26mins… http://tinyurl.com/6zqmd3. You kept that one quiet, fellas!

+++ Two TT victories +++
Finally, in a dramatic “stop press” moment, the editorial team has just received news of two victories from Dynamo’s pointy-hat brigade. On-form MARTIN ‘PIN-UP’ WILLIAMSON pulled 22:28 to win the Kingston Wheelers/Kingston Phoenix ’10’ in Holmwood, Surrey, on Wednesday night, while the individual times of RICHARD ‘DOCTOR’ LEGGE, GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL and GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY were fast enough to win the team competition at the Charlotteville CC ’25’ in Bentley, Hants, on Saturday… http://tinyurl.com/5aou8n. Great stuff, all of you!

Like Guy Andrews’ larynx after the Parkride, the editorial team are exhausted, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who sent stuff in for this issue before we rest for another week. Always remember we are your Dyna-megaphone, but we would be nothing without you to shout about. 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 our voice begins to fade, 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. PLEASE NOTE: Ride will begin at 8.30am from next Saturday (June 7th) until the end of the summer.

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 soothing throat lozenge.

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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