DYNAMITE! #156, 24.08.07

November 15, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #156, 24.08.07
+++ 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, 25C max, wind NW 5mph; Sun, sunny, 22C max, wind N 7mph +++

+++ Joy drained from our famous soundproof bunker +++
To judge from the constant supply of laughs, the well of hilarity from which this publication is drawn each week would appear to be inexhaustible – but, sadly, our humour supply has run drier than one of NICK ‘CAPTAIN’ PEACOCK’s witticisms due to a heavy work schedule for another publication. Believe it or not, DYNAMITE! has been beavering away on the in-depth cycling publication Rouleur, and after seven days of wading through such serious matters as Fausto Coppi’s legendary performance on the Puy de Dome in the 1952 Tour de France and the iconic significance of the Roubaix velodrome’s showers, the impetus to joke about, say, GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL’s absurd shoe fetish has deserted us. Nevertheless, issue six of the upmarket mag is a belter which includes a great piece on climbers by Robert Millar’s biographer Richard Moore and a nice interview with veteran Brit road racer Malcolm Elliott, who appears to have been given a trendy Wiggins-esque hair makeover for the accompanying fashion photoshoot. We kid you not! Thankfully, two of the more notable ‘Mo stories of the past week have already appeared on the forum, so a big thanks go to CHARLIE ‘VICI’ BLACKMAN for relating her adventure at the National Womens’ Road Race Championships… http://tinyurl.com/2v8kl4 …and MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT for detailing his bottom-kicking at the 5-Day… http://tinyurl.co/2q5qm5 …as both posts have saved us a considerable amount of time during this very busy week. The forum will soon have details of the Dynamo kit sale, which will be on Saturday 15th September – but for now let’s head over to West London to hear how the Dyna-minnows are getting along. Get ready to open that first aid kit…

+++ Crit victory for 4th cat +++
In an unusual turn of events, the 4th cat race at Hillingdon finished without any spills this week – so hats off to the 2nd-placed Economic Energy rider who made up for this notable omission by spooning into the back of ALEXIS ‘GET OUTTA TOWN’ BROWN after they had passed the chequered flag. The now-upgraded 3rd cat, who blasted through the pack to take 1st, commendably managed to keep himself upright, which is more than can be said for the bloke who bumped into him. Ouch! Eyewitness ROB ‘HAPPY, HAPPY’ HARROLD had a ringside seat for the incident as he had just crossed the line in 3rd place… http://tinyurl.com/2ulbk2 …but despite accruing more than 10 points, the ex-oarsman will be racing in the 4s a little while longer as he has only just got around to purchasing a full BCF licence. His Dyna-moniker should go some way to relieving his disappointment, as he reveals: “My former boatie crewmates have applauded the revival of the ‘Happy’ nickname, for it was they who first bestowed it in a moment of extreme wit.” Don’t thank us – thank loose-lipped WILL ‘SEE YA’ HAYTER, pal!

+++ Simmonds scores personal best +++
He was pipped for the top spot at last week’s Surrey League time trial – but pointy-hat perpetrator RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS put the smile back on his face by recording a new personal best of 20:55 at the wet and windy Kingston Wheelers’ 10-mile event in Bentley, Hants on Saturday… http://tinyurl.com/34doll …which also saw ALEXIS ‘GET OUTTA TOWN’ BROWN finish in 23:22. Buoyed by his performance, Rich ventured to Tempsford, Beds, the following day but ended up doing what he reckons was an “absolutely crap” 25. He admits: “I just couldn’t get my heart rate up. Ended up with a 55 flat, but it’s supposed to be a fast course. Didn’t bother sticking around to see what Michael Hutchinson did, but I’m guessing it was under 50 minutes. Bugger.” That means the Dynamo big-hitter will have the bit between his teeth when he does a 25 – and a 50-mile time trial during the Bank Holiday weekend. Good luck, buddy!

The DYNAMITE! pun machine is showing signs of crackling back to life, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who sent stuff in and apologise for this week’s under-par performance before we recharge the old humour-box ready for a longer, improved performance in seven days’ time. Always remember we are the punchline but we would be nothing without you, the set-up, 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 canned laughter is switched off, 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 beautiful, rich and deep quarterly journal (RRP: £9).

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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