DYNAMITE! #154, 10.08.07

November 15, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #154, 10.08.07
+++ 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, 24C max, wind W 1mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 23C max, wind S 3mph +++

+++ Dynamo road race is a sizzler +++
It had a motorbike outrider, a high-quality field and a squad of three cars following the competitors – but it was the Great British weather which made the 78-mile London Dynamo Summer RR seem even more like a professional event by uncharacteristically churning out enough heat to ensure some hefty Pyrenean-style time gaps, not to mention a large number of DNFs. Nice one, sun! Keeping his cool as the mercury hit 31 degrees on the hottest day of the year, event co-ordinator MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT watched the decisive five-man break emerge on the first climb of the day – and he winced as South East series contender Gary Dodd hit a massive pothole on the descent of lap two while chasing the quintet. That was his race over! Under-23 sensation Daniel Patten, whose impressive form has been honed among the hardmen of Belgian kermesses, hung on to take the win from break colleague Tim Beddingfield – and 18th-placed SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON outperformed former ‘Mo Warrick Spence by being one of the few
riders to reach the chequered flag… http://tinyurl.com/3dn75j. The official BCF commissaire gave petrol head PAUL ‘ALL BLUE’ HARKNETT the award for best driver while praising KIMBERLY ‘CANUCK’ KABATOFF’s delicious banana and date loaf – and Martin would like to thank them along with everyone else who helped out. So DYNAMITE! is passing on a big “cheers” to DAVID ‘GOLIATH’ ANDREWS, TOBY ‘HUBBY’ BLACKMAN, MATT ‘IRON’ BRIDGE, PAUL ‘MONTY’ DELAHUNTY, DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDNER, JOE ‘BLOW’ HEMMANT, DYLAN ‘GORDON-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY, GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY, RICHARD ‘PLACING’ MASON, FRANCIS McAULEY, PETA McSHARRY, GAVIN ‘NO LYIN’ RYAN, RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT, MICHAEL ‘LUNGER’ SNEYD, DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE, ‘RADAR’ RUSS TURNER and CRAIG WHITE. The race couldn’t have happened without you, Dynamates! Mart is so pleased with the event that he is already drawing up plans to run the first-ever Dynamo team champs at Hillingdon on October 13 – details of which should appear soon on the forum, along with info about a possible track showdown with Manchester
Wheelers pencilled in for January. But for now, let’s stay at Staplefield as we reveal how some of the club’s notable time triallists got on at the course 24 hours earlier. It’s time to take those two climbs in the small ring…

+++ Eager Engine forced to skip Palace +++
One of the more persistent questions to trouble the keen tactical mind of TONY ‘CHUCKLES’ SMEDLEY is why GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL doesn’t often win road races, given his domination of the odd-shaped helmet brigade – and the towering tester gave his northern chum another performance to ponder on Saturday when he notched up a solo victory at the second Surrey League time trial event at Staplefield, West Sussex, beating crack two-up team DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE and RICHARD ‘PLACING’ MASON by more than half a minute… http://tinyurl.com/2oj2k3. To celebrate posting a time of 1:03:36 on the testing 26-mile course, the image-conscious fop dialled the number of A Certain Hampton Wick Retailer and purchased yet another pair of ridiculously expensive ice-white Sidis before keying himself up for a visit to Crystal Palace. Unknown to his buddy Chuckles, Guy has spent years longing for a victory at the South London circuit – and the Goldman Sachs machine was all set to show Tony he could translate his time trial
prowess into a crit win when he got a call from a major European fund manager, insisting that they change the venue for their top-level meeting that evening. And who was the spoilsport who put the kibosh on Powdrill’s plan to race? Why, it was none other than jet-setting moneyman Tony
Smedley himself! Oh, cruellest of ironies! Wandsworth wham-blammer IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE and former ‘Mo Warrick Spence joined Guy on Tuesday’s list of absentees, which meant SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON was left to drive the pace en route to claiming 3rd in the 25-mile E/1/2 race, while tanned holidaymaker GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY grabbed 10th to banish the memory of TT partner DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDNER hauling him around Staplefield three days earlier. The 3/4 race saw ROB ‘THE SAINT’ JEFFROY nab 9th – but it was great Dane RUNE ‘SIZZLER’ SANBECK who stole the show with a win… http://tinyurl.com/2o5zto. What a way to bring home the bacon! Intrigued ‘Mos who have never been to Palace before have the perfect opportunity to
catch the action next week when the club carries out marshalling duties on the highly technical course… http://tinyurl.com/3c2957. Those florescent vests look particularly eye-catching on a sunny evening!

+++ Podium place at Hillingdon +++
Great Dynamo performances at Palace week after week combined with an intermittent supply of results from Hillingdon has meant that this publication has overlooked the exploits of many Dyna-minnows slugging away on the rival West London circuit, so many thanks to the ‘Mos who drew our attention to their top 10 placings at Tuesday’s 4th cat race. Missing out on points as he doesn’t yet have a full BCF licence, ROB ‘HAPPY, HAPPY’ HARROLD nevertheless braved the traditional stomach-churning bunch sprint to take 3rd while STUART HAMILTON took 10th – but it was ANDREW ‘DIDDY’ DAVIS who was popping the corks after his 5th place earned him a 3rd cat
licence… http://tinyurl.com/2cohmp. Well done, pal! Andrew revealed: “Going racing on my wedding anniversary paid off, although I’ve still got some way to go on convincing my wife of this. Perhaps taking her out for a slap-up meal with my £10 winnings will help.” Wimpy, here they come!

+++ Late news from Alfold +++
In a typical burst of speed, Dynamo big-hitter RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS rushed home from the Barry Elcombe Memorial RR on Wednesday night in a bid to beat the DYNAMITE! deadline – and we’re pleased to have got his Dyna-mail just in time, because it turns out that he nabbed 9th in the super-tough 70-mile 1/2/3 race… http://tinyurl.com/25zf9l. Well done, pal! Rich, who was part of the successful nine-man break, had put in some time trialling in the run-up to the race on the Surrey League’s Alfold circuit, doing a 21:12 for a 10-miler in Somerset last Tuesday and making his debut two days later at the Hounslow Wheelers’ 10, where he did 22:38 on the hilly Chertsey course. He was accompanied at the latter event by JENNY ‘J-LLOYD’ JONES, who finished in 34 minutes due to going off-course at the roundabout – but she redeemed herself at Ashton Keynes, Wilts, on Sunday by doing a 50 in 2hrs 12mins after training for ten days straight.
Rich adds: “I managed 1:52:43, which is annoying because it was a quick course and a pretty good day. I would have gone faster but chose to ride like a monkey.” You’ll just have to go back and do it all again, buddy!

+++ Intro to track racing +++
On a final note, our pals at Rapha have been in touch to invite members to Herne Hill velodrome next Sunday. The event, which is an introduction to track racing, includes instruction from British Cycling coaches plus a post-session lunch and, erm, a refreshing glass of wine. Just the one, mind – we don’t want things getting out of hand. There will also be coached mountain biking sessions for children while their parents take their first tentative pedal strokes in the strange world of fixed gear riding… http://tinyurl.com/276kr8. Just don’t embarrass junior by falling off!

The searing ultra-violet rays have frazzled our brain cells, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who sent stuff in for this issue before we have a long lie down in darkened room. Always remember we are a soothing application of after-sun cream, but we would be quite
superfluous without your scorched skin. 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 blisters begin
to appear, it only remains for us to remind you about…


9am: 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 a sunny smile.

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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