DYNAMITE! #109, 21.07.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #109, 21.07.06
+++ 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/ppkxg +++ Check out DYNAMITE! on the web – go to http://www.londondynamo.co.uk and click the “newsletter” link +++ WEEKEND WEATHER: Sat, sunny intervals, 29C max, wind NE 6mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 30C max, wind NW 12mph +++

+++ Editorial team makes a break from the bunker +++
Wading through the reams of brilliant Dynamo results spewing from the DYNAMITE! ticker tape machine and reading the piles of Dyna-mails sent to our trusty Vic-20 are the two most enjoyable aspects of being part of this publication’s editorial team – but by the time you read this, we will have forsaken the simple pleasures of our famous soundproof bunker for the charms of the Great British seaside. That’s right, sun-worshippers – Mrs Dynamite has thrown a few beach towels, her “kiss-me-quick” hat and a tub of industrial-strength sunblock into the Dynamobile for a trip to the coast. This heatwave isn’t going to last forever, Dynamates, and we’re determined to enjoy it while we can! As a consequence of this change to the newsletter’s writing schedule, this edition of your favourite Dynamatic update will try to be even briefer than DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE’s shorts on the training camp – so without further ado, it’s time to climb into a pair of improbably tight Speedos and discover how the baby-faced boy wonder himself proved the recent rigours of the Marmotte had little effect on his racing prowess at the weekend. Let’s dip that big toe into the sea of news…

+++ Crazy quintet do Alpe D’Huez twice +++
In true Parkride style, a recovery pootle the day after the Marmotte turned into a full-on race for CHRIS ‘VAN CHADDERS’ CHAPMAN, PAUL ‘ALL BLUE’ HARKNETT, GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY, GAVIN ‘NO LYIN’ RYAN and DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE as they traversed Alpe D’Huez for the second time in as many days. What a bunch of nutters! Daring Dave rode away from his four pals at an early part of the climb but graciously waited halfway so they could all do the second half together – and the fearsome Fulhamite put in another show of strength eight days later by taking 11th at the Drinkwater Marriner Reg A race in Owslebury, Hampshire… http://tinyurl.com/fhyaq. His Mar-mate Van Chadders also took part in Sunday’s 58-mile 2/3 race and was disgruntled that his sterling work in the searing heat only reaped him 17th place amid the fragmented pack. To add to his misery, his name was cruelly omitted from the results of last Thursday’s Surrey League handicap at Kitsmead Lane… http://tinyurl.com/llhbv …even though he swears blind to being “definitely either 9th or 10th”. Take it up with Keith Butler, pal – and when you do, ask why CHRIS ‘CALAMITY’ CAMPBELL is listed as 28th when he wasn’t even there! But at least the ginger lad’s participation in the 35-miler gave him a chance to watch awesome JUSTIN ‘IT’S HIM’ SIMS in action. Chadders reveals: “He’s crazy strong at the moment and drove the through-and-off train in the 2nd cats. We went so fast we caught the 3rds half way and the 4ths with a lap to go.” Sprint sensation Justin says: “The elites caught us on the last lap and I foolishly got stuck on the front towing everyone down the back straight. Fortunately, I kept a bit in reserve and managed to get 2nd after Agiskoviner’s Anders Christensen gave his team-mate Paul Pickup the lead out for the sprint.” Fantastic stuff!

+++ One more request for help +++
Honorary club president PAUL ‘CANNONBALL’ CALLINAN has slipped a note under the door of our famous soundproof bunker asking us to remind the Dyna-membership that he is looking for marshals. The Kingston killer is looking for two kind volunteers to help out with the Southern Counties Road Race next Sunday – so send a Dyna-mail to paul.callinan@londondynamo.co.uk if you can offer your assistance. Remember, Dynamates, that the club must do its fair share of marshalling to ensure that race organisers continue to let members enter races. It really is that simple!

+++ Snapped spoke fails to halt ‘Mo on Etape +++
Pausing only to congratulate IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE and DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE for coming 6th and 10th respectively at Crystal Palace’s E/1/2 race on Tuesday… http://tinyurl.com/n4gpy …we end this week’s slightly shorter Dyna-missive with a couple of more notes on the French sportives. PHIL McCUBBINS was forced to remove his rear brake after a spoke snapped on the final climb of the Etape – but with the help of a helpful Spanish spectator and his girlfriend, the plucky ‘Mo managed to angle his bent back wheel slightly to the right of centre which, amazingly, allowed him to reach the finish. Phil reveals: “The wheel still rubbed the frame with any effort strong enough to flex the frame, but I only wore through rubber.” Meanwhile, Dyna-Marmottist DAVID SAMUELS dropped us a note to give us a tip on taking photos on a sportive, based on his experience this year. He advises: “On a hot day, it probably isn’t a good idea to stow your camera down your shorts. It lessens the picture quality and goes ‘click’ on its own. The results are only of interest to Proctologists’ Gazette.” Have you been perusing GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL’s magazine rack, pal?

Mrs. Dynamite is honking the Dynamobile’s horn, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who contributed to this issue before we drive down to the coast. We’ll be back next week looking as red as the Saeco team kit, so please keep Dyna-mailing your news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘DONKEY RIDE’ BUIST 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 First Lady of the newsletter unfolds the Collins road atlas, 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, 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 toffee apple.

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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