DYNAMITE! #152, 27.07.07

November 15, 2010

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DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #152, 27.07.07
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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, 22C max, wind W 10mph; Sun, light rain, 21C max, wind SE 1mph +++
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WHERE THERE’S A WIM
+++ Expulsions pave the way for Belgian +++
Pundits believed this year’s Tour de France would be the most wide-open in years – but with Christian Prudhomme saying Astana la vista to Vinokourov, cocksure Michael ‘The Chicken’ Rasmussen finally running out of cluck, and Wiggins’ Cofidis team getting the Brad news about Cristian Moreni, that prediction is now looking shakier than Juan Mauricio Soler’s upper body while ascending the Aubisque. With a rapidly-diminishing field, it now seems clear that the rider who will wear the yellow jersey in Paris will be the only competitor who can return an ‘A’ sample that is definitely, positively non-positive – and that man, Dynamates and Dynamettes, surely has to be none other than Predictor Lotto’s tenacious Belgian Wim Vansevenant, whose current GC position at 141st out of 141 undoubtedly proves he has put in a clean ride. The 2006 winner of the Lanterne Rouge isn’t the only cyclist to provide a glimmer of hope in these dope-blighted times, for a certain Mancunian ‘Mo bagged a victory this week aided by
nothing more than a dose of pure, old-fashioned northern gumption. So come with us to one of the further-flung Surrey League courses as we witness a field even more depleted than the list of riders still in the Tour. Watch out for those tumbleweeds on the circuit…

THEY MUST BE BARCOMBE MAD
+++ Trio risk drenching as Smedley triumphs +++
Crafty CHRIS ‘VAN CHADDERS’ CHAPMAN wanted TONY ‘CHUCKLES’ SMEDLEY and CHRIS ‘CALAMITY’ CAMPBELL to observe an omerta-style pact regarding the size of the field that had braved the threat of a downpour to race at Barcombe on Sunday – but ever the seeker of truth, DYNAMITE! can categorically confirm that there were barely 20 competitors at the hilly 46-mile event in Newick, East Sussex, which miraculously remained dry throughout the event. Having spotted the potential of Brighton Mitre’s Daniel Clark, tactical Tony followed his wheel to reach the break which was to build an unassailable lead of 4mins 10secs – and the former 1st cat out-sprinted the seven other breakaway merchants on the tricky uphill finish to win the race. Excellent work, sir! Back in the main bunch, a work-shy junior suddenly found his legs as he shot past Campbell to the line, leaving the West Ken warrior to grab the final place in the top 10 as Chapman landed the No.13 spot in his first 3rd cat race on English soil this year… http://tinyurl.com/2vzu54. It’s good to have you back, pal!

I’M IN A BIT OF A RUSS
+++ Turner’s frantic search for missing point +++
Hard-working ‘RADAR’ RUSS TURNER’s absence from Barcombe was understandable, given that the crit crackerjack had bagged 6th in the Terry Cronin 3/4 event at Hillingdon the day before… http://tinyurl.com/2g9zkp …leaving him just one point adrift of that tantalising 2nd cat licence. The large-eared lad was determined to gain promotion before Mrs Radar gives birth to Radar Jr next month – so he bravely ventured to the rain-swept Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Wednesday, where he maintained a lone breakaway for eight laps before claiming 5th place… http://tinyurl.com/yvd5bt. But the newly-crowned 2nd cat won’t have time to celebrate as his bosses at the Environment Agency have ordered him to manage the aftermath of the recent flooding. It never rains but it pours, buddy!

THROWING A SPANNER IN THE WORKS
+++ Humpheson helps destroy bunch with ex-workshop partner +++
In a rare piece of collusion among the mechanic community, occasional grease monkey Warrick Spence discreetly advised his former Cyclefit workshop chum SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON to follow his wheel at Palace on Tuesday moments before he shot away from the bunch at an insane speed. What a helpful chap! The ex-Dynamo rider, who isn’t usually as obliging to his old team-mates, also allowed Rapha Condor’s Matt Seaton to join him en route to victory – and the successful three-man break enabled Sam to grab 3rd place in the E/1/2 race… http://tinyurl.com/2bnlo9. Well done, fella!

THAT’S HOUR JENNY
+++ Dynamette does 25 miles in less than 60 minutes +++
Finally, it seems that the organisers of the API-Metrow time trial have yet to publish the confirmed results of the 50-mile event, which took place in Westley Waterless, Cambs, two weeks ago – but until anyone says otherwise, this publication is declaring JENNY J-LLOYD JONES 2nd woman with a time of 2:09:25. The European age group duathlon champ flew the first 25 miles in less than hour and ground the final 25 miles into a massive headwind – so she more than deserves a belated congratulations from this publication!

THEO-VER AND OUT
Like Rabobank manager Theo de Rooy knocking on Rasmussen’s hotel door for the final time, the moment is almost upon us to say goodbye – but unlike the nomadic Dane, we hope you will return next week. Many thanks to everyone who sent stuff in for this issue – and 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 Chicken flies
off to Mexico, or Italy, or wherever he isn’t supposed to be, 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 four official warnings.

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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