DYNAMITE! #157, 31.08.07

November 15, 2010

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DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #157, 31.08.07
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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, 21C max, wind NW 6mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 22C max, wind W 9mph +++
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CLOSE CALL
+++ Need to win a stage race? Get DYNAMITE! on the blower +++
Having serviced and built many of the race-winning steeds in the Dynamo stable, compact Dyna-mechanic SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON can rightly claim to have played a vital part in numerous club victories over the years – so it is only fitting that the spanner-wielding sensation should finally emerge from the shadows of his Hampton Wick workshop to engineer a win of
his own. Messages of congratulations have been flooding in… http://tinyurl.com/2pw5th …since he walked off with 1st place at the Cycles Dauphin Army CU 3-Day on Sunday… http://tinyurl.com/ypqbzt …and DYNAMITE! is proud to have made a small yet significant contribution to his success in the 2/3 event by navigating him towards the Dunsfold circuit for the second day of racing. Perhaps his mind was still preoccupied with thoughts of how he had managed to go three seconds slower than GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL at the 1.5-mile Box Hill time trial the previous evening… http://tinyurl.com/28us46 …but Sam’s directional skills nevertheless betrayed him by guiding his spacious Volvo estate to Cranleigh, Surrey – seven miles from the start of the stage in Loxwood, West Sussex. Thankfully, a last-ditch telephone call to this publication guided him to the start with minutes to spare, although we can’t claim any credit for Sam’s GC-winning move on the final stage at Ewhurst, which saw him get into the decisive break on the first lap with big-hitters from Norwood Paragon and Agiskoviner before bagging 2nd place on the dreaded Leith Hill… http://tinyurl.com/2fxeuh. A quality field held off for around 50 miles and a killer finishing climb – now that’s a candidate for Dynamo ride of the year! The self-styled “thrilla from Herne Hilla” wasn’t the only Dynamate who managed to get lost this weekend – so let’s turn on the sat nav to see if we can find a missing ‘Mo. It’s time to send out a search party…

WINNING STREAKY
+++ Second Palace win in a row for Danish dazzler +++
Displaying a questionable grasp of geography on a par with that of his countryman Michael ‘Mexico’ Rasmussen, baffled Dane-a-‘Mo RUNE ‘SIZZLER’ SANBECK spent Friday evening desperately driving around Dorking in a fruitless hunt for the starting line of the Box Hill time trial. Try looking up next time – you can’t miss it, pal! Taking pity on frazzled Rune, who had rushed to the start of the 3-Day following a hectic week of partying, the kind Surrey League officials gave the non-starter a time of 6mins, which allowed him to begin the next day as Lanterne Rouge – but after completing stage two, the Scandanavian smoothie opted to skip the
final day as he had a hot date. And the lucky lady must have rejuvenated parts that Dr Fuentes can’t reach, because the dashing Dane took 1st place at the 3/4 event at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, giving him his second successive victory on the South London circuit. Incredible stuff! The 18-lap dash to beat the rapidly-encroaching sunset also saw ROB ‘THE SAINT’ JEFFROY nab 7th – and TORKEL DOHMERS claimed 3rd, seemingly untired after his strong ride during the 3-Day which bagged him 13th on the second stage… http://tinyurl.com/24kk2u. Over in the E/1/2 race, 3-Day champion SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON finished 4th, and STUART ‘EASY PEASY’ SPIES came 9th… http://tinyurl.com/2cjfwu …but as darkness fell on the final Palace fixture of the year, confused Warrick Spence of Cyclefit was left to do an extra lap of the circuit, seemingly unaware that his lone breakaway had already won him the race. He’d probably still be there if London Cycle Sport’s John Mullineaux hadn’t shouted at him to stop!

PICS OF THE BUNCH
+++ Hot shots from Box Hill +++
The items after this one will, we promise, be a 3-Day-free zone – but this edition of your favourite Dynamatic update would not be complete without a mention of the chaotic conditions surrounding the Box Hill TT caused by a film crew shooting an advert for, would you believe, an eco-friendly car. Riders warming up on the climb were stopped by meeja types armed with walkie-talkies who explained they were shooting rubbish bags being released into the air. The idea, apparently, was to show how much energy could be saved by switching to a green motor – although the crew’s convoy awkwardly backing out of the small car park on the first bend of the zig zag didn’t look particularly friendly to the environment or to the riders, who had to carefully manoeuvre around the vehicles to reach the starting line. Filming the ad delayed the start of the time trial by 40 minutes, which meant some competitors rode in near-darkness – but at least the setting sun helped to create two of the most glorious ‘Mo-related photographs this publication has ever seen, both of which feature GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY… http://tinyurl.com/3yepr8 http://tinyurl.com/34p6kk. Unfortunately, 3-Day champion SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON doesn’t look quite so immaculate in another Paul Wright shot, as the zip on his skin suit broke while he took a last-minute Jimmy Riddle… http://tinyurl.com/ysja8c …but at least the torn-open-at-the-chest image makes it look like he’s about to change into the superhero alter-ego that he uses on the Dynamo forum. Yes! Whenever bike races are menaced by
pointless delays, Bicycle Repair Man is ready!

HANTS THE WAY TO DO IT
+++ Simmonds scores two PBs in three days +++
Proving once again that he is a giant among ‘Mos, relentless high-achiever RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS scored not one but two personal bests at a couple of time trials in Hampshire over the Bank Holiday weekend. Having notched up 53:01 at the North Hampshire Wheelers’ 25 in Bentley on Saturday, Rich was slightly miffed at missing out on 3rd place and a cash prize by a mere one second. Then, on Monday, he knocked a massive three-and-a-half minutes off his PB for a 50 by clocking 1:48:46 at the a3crg event in Liss… http://tinyurl.com/2ybk48 …and he almost fell off
his bike with exhaustion at the finishing line. The experience should be good practice for this weekend’s National Time Trial Championships, where he will be up against the likes of David Millar and Michael Hutchinson. “It’s a Who’s Who of riders who can give me a good kicking,” Rich muses, “so I’ll just have to go harder than I’ve ever done and see what happens.” Good luck, buddy!

CROSS TALK
+++ Tips and ideas for knobbly-tyred newcomers +++
Off-road fan RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT will be running a cyclo-cross training session in anticipation of the fast-approaching season. The focus will be on tips for riders new to the discipline, and all you need to do is bring an off-road bike of any type to the Roehampton Gate café in Richmond Park at 9am on Saturday 8th September. Enjoy!

LITTLE RADAR OF LIGHT
+++ Turner’s a daddy +++
Finally, DYNAMITE! would like to congratulate ‘RADAR’ RUSS TURNER on the birth of his daughter Isabel at Kingston Hospital on Monday night. Hard-as-nails Jane – that’s Mrs Radar to you – opted for a water birth with no pain relief, so the lively 6lb 12oz tot has already had her first swim. “It’s a drug-free start to her sporting career,” beams Russ. Now all he needs is an under-fives category for the 2012 Olympics!

SAT’S ALL FOR NOW
The sat nav has graciously guided you to the end of our journey together, which means that there is just enough time to thank everyone who sent in stuff for this issue before we realise that the bridge marked out on the screen is actually a precipitous ravine. Always remember we are your Tom Tom, but we would be nothing without you, our wide-ranging roads. 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 we decide to stick with our dog-eared copy of the Collins Road Atlas in future, 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 Google maps.

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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