DYNAMITE! #197, 05.09.08

November 14, 2010

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DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #197, 05.09.08
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+++ 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, 19C max, wind SW 17mph; Sun, light showers, 18C max, wind W 16mph +++
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PRIX-RACE TACTICS
+++ Sneaky Delahunty drops out of crit +++
Perhaps it was the emergence of our washed-out summer’s last rays of sunshine that prompted him to enjoy the simple pleasure of lazing on the grass by the side of Hillingdon’s fabled tarmac, or maybe he pulled out to watch two of his Dynamates reap top 10 places – but whatever the explanation, it seems unlikely that PAUL ‘MONTY’ DELAHUNTY has lost 20 per cent of his peak fitness level, which was the reason the newly-upgraded elite star gave for opting to watch the end of the E/1/2/3 race on Saturday afternoon. And, of course, there is always the possibility that the crafty Kiwi doesn’t want any rival to know his true current form in case he becomes a marked man at the highly-anticipated London Grand Prix, which has been the subject of much tactical talk among the ‘Mos who will be lining up at the starting line in Westminster on Sunday. When pressed to disclose what the squad had decided during a flurry of emails over the past few weeks, loose-lipped TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT revealed that the plan was to sit in and wait to see how the race develops, which seems sensible given the size of the quality field, although the straightforwardness of the decision doesn’t seem to merit the sheer size of correspondence that brought it about. Whatever happens, the penultimate race in the Elite Circuit Series is bound to be the high point of what has shaped up to be a mini-criterium season for Dynamo at the tail end of the racing calendar – so come with us now as we round up the week’s results reaped on traffic-free courses. Here comes the crit-ical list…

HOW A-BOAT THAT!
+++ Ex-rower’s oar-some comeback +++
Former oarsman ANGUS ‘PADDLER’ MACALISTER seems to have barely dipped into the choppy waters of road racing this year, with the Smithfield Nocturne support race in June being his last recorded appearance – so it surprised DYNAMITE! to learn that the strapping lad had not only raced this week, but had actually bagged himself a win. The ex-rower was victorious at the 3/4 crit at Betteshanger, Kent, on Saturday… http://tinyurl.com/5colck …which will no doubt lead to calls for him to haul his sizable frame to Hillingdon, where RICHARD ‘AV IT’ HOULT and TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT took 3rd and 4th respectively on Saturday… http://tinyurl.com/63lc7d …after the fast-paced E/1/2/3 race split into three groups. At around the same time in Ilford, Essex, adoptive Frenchman SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON braved the much talked-about climb at the recently-opened Hog Hill circuit to claim 9th place… http://tinyurl.com/6nkat6. What a nice way to end your stay in Blighty!

WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT?
+++ ‘Mo on his lonesome again +++
On a final note, this publication couldn’t help noticing that STEVE ‘LONESOME PINE’ WOOD has once again missed out on making some new Dynamates after his announcement on the forum regarding the Tour Of The Cornfields failed to attract any responses prior to his participation in the off-road sportive in Royston, Herts, on Sunday… http://tinyurl.com/6f9l92. The lonely ‘Mo, who previously managed to complete the Tour of Flanders sportive without meeting a single member, completed the 58-mile course in 4hrs 20mins to claim a top 20 place among the 175 listed starters… http://tinyurl.com/6o2v5q. He reveals: “It’s a bit like Paris-Roubaix and is a must for anyone who likes getting away from traffic and the big city.” And it also seems great for avoiding Dynamos!

HAUL OVER
We hope you have enjoyed lolling around like PAUL ‘MONTY’ DELAHUNTY at the side of the circuit, but the time has come for us to leave, so we must thank everyone who sent stuff in for this issue before we haul ourselves up off the grass. Always remember we are a lazy sojourn, but we would be nothing without your chat, 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 consider lazing around for just a few more minutes, it only remains for us to remind you about…

THIS WEEK’S RIDES

SATURDAY
8.30am: The Parkride. Richmond Park, roundabout by Sheen Gate. Four laps
split into fast, intermediate and steady groups.

SUNDAY
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 picnic blanket.

WEDNESDAY
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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