DYNAMITE! #199, 19.09.08

November 14, 2010

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DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #199, 19.09.08
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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, sunny intervals, 19C max, wind E 8mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 18C max, wind E 13mph +++
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ELLIS’ HIGH LAND
+++ Part-time ‘Mo sets climbing tempo at Cutmill +++
Keen Vuelta fan NICK ‘CRIKEY’ DOVE was in Spain this week watching nose-taped Alberto Contador displaying the serene composure of a person having relaxation therapy while the rest of the pack appeared to be taking part in a Yorkshire gurning competition – but he was more surprised to bump into his granfondo Pinarello chum ELLIOTT ‘SWIRLY’ KATZ as he caught the action on the slopes of the mighty Angliru. This publication had a slightly similar experience when we recently stumbled across ANDREW ‘TURNCOAT’ ELLIS, another veteran of the GF Pinny jaunt who notably recced most of the course with his UBS colleague RICHARD ‘AV IT’ HOULT, although our pleasure at seeing him months after Dynamo’s highly successful Italian jaunt soon dissipated when we noticed he had forsaken the blue, black and orange livery of Britain’s best cycling club for the yellow jersey of a certain Croydon-based outfit. It turns out that Dynamo has been relegated to Andy’s second-claim club because the Addiscombe crew operates closer to his home – but that didn’t stop the north London lad teaming up with TORKEL ‘REDTOP’ DOHMERS at Cutmill’s 3rd cat race on Sunday as they set the tempo on the climbs and chased down numerous attempts to bridge across to the two-man break, which contained none other than PAUL ‘MONTY’ DELAHUNTY’s protégé CAMERON ‘STEVE’ AUSTIN. The duo established a lead of almost two minutes on what is widely regarded as the Surrey League’s toughest course before Addiscombe’s breakaway man fell back to the bunch on the penultimate lap, leaving the young ‘Mo stranded until he was swept up by the pack just two miles from the chequered flag. Three riders finished ahead of bunch, and Andy nabbed 3rd in the sprint to take 6th overall while Torkel settled for 9th. Exhausted Cam collapsed on the road soon after crossing the line in 27th place… http://tinyurl.com/3z7bzo …but Andy predicts: “It’s only a matter of time before he’s playing with the big boys.” You said it, pal! Around an hour after the race finished, DYNAMITE! found ourselves stuck in our beautiful Fiat 500 a little longer than expected due to a long queue of traffic along Roehampton Lane – so come with us now as we take a look at the sporting event that caused masses of vehicles to divert their route. Let’s head to those shut-off roads…

KNOBBLY-TYRED AND EMOTIONAL
+++ Dynamette yells to avoid MTB pile-up +++
With its roads closed to motor vehicles for the day, triathlete ANTONIA DE BARTON-WATSON probably enjoyed sun-kissed Richmond Park as its creators intended, even though her race at the London Duathlon was nearly scuppered by another nefarious means of transport known as the mountain bike. “I’ve nothing against them,” she said after shouting at a quartet of MTBers on a collision course, “but not in a race on tarmac!” Having endured a string of injuries this year, the graduate of CHARLIE ‘VICI’ BLACKMAN’s skills sessions managed to knock nearly 10 minutes off her personal best during the two run stages, which totaled nine miles and were interposed by a six-mile bike leg that saw Antonia suppressing the need to chunder at the top of Broomfield Hill. She finished in 2:07:52 and says: “Thanks to those who cheered me on – the ‘Mo photographer and someone else who ran past. It really did help me finish.” Singular ‘Mo STEVE ‘LONESOME PINE’ WOOD finished in 1:56:05, which he reveals with his trademark brevity is a minute faster than his time last year. And he probably maintained his season-long track record of not seeing another ‘Mo along the way!

MAKING HIS MARK
+++ Drayton’s ordeal on South Downs +++
Southern Sportive competitors RALPH ‘GET’ CARTER, PAUL ‘QUACKERS’ DRAKE, MARK ‘NO WAITING’ DRAYTON and NICK ‘BORED’ FRANZINI achieved gold status by recording times within the five-and-a-half hour mark over the full 96-mile route on Sunday. Having already been sent on a detour for several miles and held up by a crash, Mark suffered what he described as his “bonkiest bonk ever” prior to being picked up by a chain gang just over a mile from the finish which swept him to 21st place overall in the South Downs event… http://tinyurl.com/3t4zp2. He vows: “Next year I will be top five, although I might have said that last year, too.” Never say die, pal!

YOU BETTER BE-LEITH IT
+++ Details of hill climb champs unveiled +++
Mere hours after DYNAMITE! exclusively revealed the club is hosting its inaugural hill climb championship at the close of the season, organiser WILL ‘SEE YA’ HAYTER wrote on the forum that the event will take place at 10am on Saturday 15 November. The venue is the fearsome Leith Hill, and you can enter by replying to Will’s thread… http://tinyurl.com/3phqhp. You might also want to talk up your chances at the Freemasons at Wandsworth Common Northside… http://tinyurl.com/398sbx …where Will is hosting the latest Dyna-monthly drinks evening this Thursday from 6:30pm. This could be your chance to out-psyche your competition, Dynamates!

PLANNING AHEAD
The time has come for us to say goodbye and start thinking about what the blinking hell we’re going to put in our next issue to celebrate 200 issues of Britain’s favourite Dynamatic update. Always remember we wouldn’t have got as far as issue one without readers like you, 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 the editorial team heads to the ideas room, 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 unforgettable memories of issues 57 to 135.

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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