DYNAMITE! #202, 10.10.08

November 14, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #202, 10.10.08
+++ 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, 19C max, wind SW 9mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 18C max, wind S 7mph +++

+++ Super-domestique gets Dohmers upgraded +++
As the chronicler of the season’s grand narrative, your favourite Dynamatic storytelling publication likes to begin each year’s closing chapter with a satisfying conclusion in mind – and although the final pages are still to be written, DYNAMITE! picked up its proverbial quill this week with the full intention of announcing that GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL would soon be striding back to the land of full employment with a 1st category licence tucked into his Montblanc wallet. You can imagine our disappointment, then, when it turned out that the 2nd cat man of leisure is still one point adrift of an upgrade after taking unlucky 13th at the 50-mile E/1/2 event at Chertsey’s MoD circuit on Saturday. Having taken receipt of just three points, gutted Guysie moaned: “If I hadn’t spent the first seven laps in a three-man break trying to kill myself, then I would have had a bit more left on the line. There must have been half an inch between 10th and me.” Oh, Guysie! The rider who clinched that coveted No.10 spot by finishing with the chasing group was none other than Powdrill’s Duo Normand partner RICHARD ‘PLACING’ MASON… http://tinyurl.com/4ws4hg …who ventured the very next day to the E/1/2/3 Finsbury Park CC race at Southminster in Essex, where he took 7th place to bag the 27 points he needed to achieve 1st cat status… http://tinyurl.com/3ecdsv. Rich reveals: “The event itself was run in appalling weather, but I was very happy to make the right split on the closing lap of the 80-mile event, and was able to take 2nd from our group.” Nice one, pal! And in an inspiring show of cross-generational co-operation in the MoD 3rd cat race, talented twentysomething CAMERON ‘STEVE’ AUSTIN came hurtling out of the downhill corner at the front of the bunch with veteran lift-share buddy TORKEL ‘REDTOP’ DOHMERS on his wheel, which enabled the cunning Swede to latch onto the army of ‘Mos on the final straight and nab 5th place, along with a 2nd cat licence… http://tinyurl.com/462fzo. There was even a bit of tactical nous displayed in the MoD 4th cat event, with 2nd-placed newbie RALPH ‘GET’ CARTER breaking away on the penultimate lap with NICK ‘CRIKEY’ DOVE and JAMIE ‘HIT IT’ LITT before the race came back together again. But with so many ‘Mos now dabbling in the hitherto-untried experiment of working together as a team, it’s heartening to know that there is at least one member who prefers the traditional Dynamo method of single-minded determination – so come with us now to the clandestine realm of the tri-spoke as we detail a personal best achieved while negotiating a significant obstacle. Watch out for that traffic jam…

+++ Callinan is age group king +++
Time trial nut PAUL ‘CANNONBALL’ CALLINAN is well used to the difficulties associated with your typical dual carriageway, yet he was nevertheless surprised when he was forced to come to a complete standstill at the Epsom CC ’25’ in Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex, after a queue of traffic on the A24 impeded his progress. It turned out that the jam was the aftermath of an accident involving a mountain biker who had gone across the road – but the Kingston crackerjack got rolling again to win his age group, beat all but one of the two-man teams, and post a personal best of exactly 54 minutes on what he considers to be one of the hardest courses in the area. More than content with taking 4th place the Sunday before last, the Dynamo co-founder felt he didn’t need to prove anything more by competing in the weekend’s diluvial conditions, which is more than can be said for ROB ‘LICENCE’ REID and MARK ‘PACING’ DRAYTON, who got a right old soaking during the Ride Of The Falling Leaves en route to completing the 50-mile trek from into Kent from Herne Hill Velodrome in 02:41… http://tinyurl.com/4bzk4c. Water way to spend a Sunday!

The quill has once again run dry, which means it’s time to thank everyone who sent in stuff for this issue before we say cheerio and top up the inkwell for next week. Always remember this would be a bare parchment without your contributions, 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 scroll the vellum up, 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 blotting paper.

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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