DYNAMITE! #150, 13.07.07

November 15, 2010

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DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #150, 13.07.07
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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, 23C max, wind W 12mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 25C max, wind E 6mph +++
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HYDE AND WEAK
+++ Giving in to drink at TdF +++
It really wasn’t a time for soundbites, but as we walked with Mrs Dynamite to Hyde Park for the start of the Tour de France on Saturday, we really did feel the hand of history on our shoulders – so hats off to picnickers GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL and DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDNER for graciously relieving us of the responsibility of reporting on that magical, sun-kissed prologue by plying us with booze. No doubt our readership will have many vivid memories of the Grand Depart, but ours consisted chiefly of supping a whole two bottles of lager followed by an entire glass of Jacob’s Creek rosé, and then excitably shouting “Voight! Voight! Voight!” when the jovial German appeared on the big screen near the People’s
Village. Woozy DYNAMITE! was still emotionally drained the following morning, so we were unable to ride to Goudhurst in Kent with SAM ‘EPIC’ WOODHOUSE and a group of around 40 ‘Mos which included DAVID ‘GOLIATH’ ANDREWS, CHRIS ‘VAN CHADDERS’ CHAPMAN, WILL ‘SEE YA’ HAYTER, JOE ‘BLOW’
HEMMANT, TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT, ALEX ‘LUG PUMP’ MURRAY, RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT and MICHAEL ‘LUNGER’ SNEYD. The famished crew were presented with a hot meal and a pint at a local hostelry before watching the peloton race past – and GAVIN ‘NO LYIN’ RYAN has asked this publication to pass on a word of thanks to Sam for organising the “awesome” day out. Consider it done, pal! You can see Gav’s pics of the Dynamo group heading out and CSC driving the bunch by visiting our gallery… http://tinyurl.com/k34tf …but for now, let’s turn our attention to the somewhat reduced BCF racing calendar in this briefer-than-usual edition. Here comes a quick run-down…

RICH PICKINGS
+++ Dolby takes podium place +++
As dozens of Dynamates prepared to watch the first stage of the Tour on Sunday, sprinting powerhouses HUW ‘AITCH’ WATKINS and RICHARD ‘BOY RACER’ DOLBY headed to South Mimms in Hertfordshire for the Paul Simon Homes RR to see if they could sneak a few points in the 3/4 event. The tactic worked – Rich came 2nd and Huw managed 4th in the mass gallop for the line… http://tinyurl.com/2ca5p4. Great stuff, fellas! Richard’s chum TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT said of his former Solna Avenue housemate: “The boy can gallop. Maybe he’ll make it to Chertsey this Saturday and notch a win on the wide-open finishing boulevard.” And if he wants a lead-out man, then he need look no further than ANGUS ‘PADDLER’ MACALISTER, who is on the lookout for a 3rd cat race after being promoted on Tuesday. The strapping ex-rower competed at his final 4th cat event at Hillingdon, where he grabbed the chance to escape when the passing E/1/2/3 race momentarily blocked the novices. Two other riders joined him and the group held off the pack, enabling Angus to take 3rd. Good work, pal! The big lad has also asked us to pass on his message of good luck to CHRIS ‘HOMMER’ HOLMES and PETE ‘BUDGIE’ CLIFTON, who are heading to Foix on Monday for L’Etape Du Tour. Speaking of which, DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDNER will be riding the 122-mile route with a work colleague in aid of the Grove House Day Hospice in St. Albans – and you can make a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/etapecycle. Let us know how you get on, chaps!

GET WELL SOON
+++ Marcus on the mend +++
Finally, DYNAMITE! would like to wish MARCUS SCHNELL a speedy recovery following his accident on Sunday which occurred as he was cycling to Hampton Court for the ride to Goudhurst. Regular forum-dwellers will already know that Marcus was hit by a speeding motorist who ignored a red light at the junction of Richmond Road and Kings Road in Kingston. He suffered eight broken ribs, partially collapsed lungs and minor bleeding to his kidneys – but, thankfully, he is expected to make a full recovery. You can visit Marcus between 2pm and 7.30pm at the Harrison Trauma Ward, 2nd floor west wing of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, although he is expecting to be discharged this weekend. Check here… http://tinyurl.com/2smhrq …and here… http://tinyurl.com/34vu2k …for updates.

LAWN OVER
This lazy loll on the grass has come to an end, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who sent stuff in for this issue before the coppers ask us politely to leave the park. Always remember we are a spacious hamper but we would be nothing without you, our delicious picnic. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news and gossip to the address in the “from” field of this message – or simply hit your reply button. The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for Friday’s edition. And now, as the last drop of Michelob is drained, it only remains for us to remind you about…

THIS WEEK’S RIDES

SATURDAY
9am: 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 paper serviette.

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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