DYNAMITE! #185, 13.06.08

November 14, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #185, 13.06.08
+++ 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 showers, 17C max, wind NW 3mph; Sun, heavy showers, 18C max, wind NW 1mph +++

+++ TT triumphs for Simmonds and namesake +++
Following the laws of science and logic, and governed by the unbending tyranny of the clock, your average time trialist laughs in the face of those simple-minded triskaidekaphobes who are currently clutching a rabbit’s foot or avoiding walking under ladders on what is believed to be unluckiest day of the year – but as club captain TONY ‘PEETEER’ SMEDLEY wisely pointed out on the forum this week, it would appear that Lady Chance’s mysterious hand has already played a part in the testers’ world, in the sense that being blessed with the name Richard predisposes you to gravitate towards the clandestine realm of the tri-spoke. No fewer than five Richards made the top 20 of the 25-mile National Championships in Alconbury, Cambs, including our very own RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS, who put in a stunning time of 00:54:13 on Sunday to claim 9th place and beat his big-hitting namesake Richard Prebble… http://tinyurl.com/6mm4zc. Great stuff, fella! The previous day saw former triathlete RICHARD ‘DOCTOR’ LEGGE help Dynamo retain the title of Surrey League team time trial champs as the Dyna-mighty ‘A’ squad powered along the 35-mile Alfold-Kirdford circuit to record a time of 01:18:32, beating 2nd-placed Wildside RT by 33 seconds. Legge’s 4-up team-mate TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT ruthlessly decided to drop his own brother when the elder sibling began struggling to take his turns on the front, leading GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL to ponder if Joe should have swapped places with the more auspiciously-named tester RICHARD ‘PLACING’ MASON, who took 4th place alongside GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY, STUART ‘EASY’ SPIES and DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE… http://tinyurl.com/6locxl. But incredibly, unstoppable Guy and Joe were racing again just a few hours later in the shadow of a famous meat market in central London – so come with us now as we watch the duo carve up those corners. It’s time for some prime cuts…

+++ Dynamos clinch places in Smithfield top 15 +++
Their enthusiasm unaffected by the light rain, the DYNAMITE! cheerleading team was volubly offering encouragement to MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARATT and PAUL ‘MONTY’ DELAHUNTY on Saturday night after the pace of the Smithfield Nocturne’s headlining E/1/2 event got the better of the duo – but it was during the 2/3/4 support race in the afternoon that the crowds of spectators witnessed the capital’s finest cycling club make a Dyna-massive impact, despite some of them being disguised by the monochrome livery of Cyclefit due to the sheer number of ‘Mos taking part. The hour-and-five-laps contest saw WILL ‘SEE YA’ HAYTER, JOE ‘BLOW’ HEMMANT, GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL, GAVIN ‘NO LYIN’ RYAN and HUW ‘AITCH’ WATKINS form part of the 20-strong lead group which emerged 10 minutes into the race. Team Tor’s Douglas Dewey and Ben Wilson of Cycling Weekly soon broke away to build up an unassailable lead, giving them 1st and 2nd place respectively. Half a minute later, Gavin, Huw, Guy, Will and Joe stormed across the line to take 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th respectively… http://tinyurl.com/554p85. Great stuff, chaps! And busier-than-ever Guy was back for more crit action on Tuesday night, taking 3rd at the Crystal Palace E/1/2 race after forming a break early on with Matt Seaton and later being joined by eventual winner Erick Rowsell – otherwise known as the infamous Corridori Kid. Damn, that youngster can sprint! Tester JENNY ‘J-LLOYD’ JONES followed up her impressive 14th place at the women’s 25-mile champs… http://tinyurl.com/6lmaaf …by debuting at the south London circuit, where she made the beginner’s error of getting permanently detached from the leaders on the first lap. She nevertheless avoided being lapped and took 4th place in the women’s race, but adds: “Next time I’ll know to sprint for the first corner!”

+++ Licence upgrade prompts second race of the weekend +++
Barnes badass TOBY ‘IS IT COS I IS’ BLACKMAN got his ticket to 3rd catsville on Saturday by taking the No.4 spot in the 4th cat race at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth… http://tinyurl.com/5cglff …and he eagerly followed up his flat-track triumph by tackling the daunting gradients of Barcombe in East Sussex the next day, where he bowed out of the 3rds race after an ambitious turn on the front. Unlucky PAUL ‘QUACKERS’ DRAKE punctured, and CHRIS ‘CALAMITY’ CAMPBELL bade farewell soon after his chain flipped off, which meant CHRISTIAN ‘HARDCASTLE’ CORMACK was the last ‘Mo left in the race when he tried to jump on the penultimate lap, cooking himself in the process but nevertheless managing to finish a creditable 15th… http://tinyurl.com/5zu4l6. Good work, sir!

+++ Steve makes new pals +++
It appears that STEVE ‘LONESOME PINE’ WOOD’s ongoing quest to make friends with fellow Dynamos reaped another pal on Sunday in the form of KIMBERLY ‘CANUCK’ KABATOFF. The Cyclefitter was one of four ‘Mos Steve encountered on what he describes as “the best day’s riding I’ve ever done” – the 161-mile Paris-Roubaix sportive, which was blessed with sun to dry out the muddy pave. The previous day saw ALEX ARAUJO, LIZ MALLOY and JOHN WITTS tackle the daunting, foggy, 105-mile Ventoux sportive, finishing 33rd, 5th and 40th in their respective categories. Alex reveals: “The peak of the Ventoux was shrouded in fog, with a temperature of 3C. The valleys were baking in heat, and throughout the ride there was a mysterious circulating wind that only ever seemed to hit you square in the chest. The descent from the summit was cold and dangerous, as the fog covered much of the back of the mountain. I wondered what the white residue on the front of my forks was until I realised it was ice crystals.” Crikey!

+++ Last-minute hunt for MTB riders +++
Finally, RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT is looking for ‘Mos to replace those who have dropped out of next weekend’s Giant Mountain Mayhem 24-hour mountain bike race in Ledbury, Hereforshire… http://tinyurl.com/5wcqqf. Dyna-mail him at russell.short@uk.agimedia.com if you’re interested. You’ll really be helping the little fella!

Our run of good fortune has suddenly ended for this week, which means there is just time to thank everyone who sent in stuff before we sweep up the shards of mirrored glass. Always remember we are but a pinch of salt, and we would be nothing without your shoulders to be tossed over. So please keep Dyna-mailing your news, race reports and gossip to dynamite@londondynamo.co.uk. The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for Thursday’s edition. And now, as a black cat crosses our path, it only remains for us to remind you about…


8.30am: 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 horseshoe.

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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