DYNAMITE! #110, 28.07.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #110, 28.07.06
+++ 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, 27C max, wind S 12mph; Sun, light rain, 25C max, wind SW 12mph +++

+++ Dyna-moto with whiteboard gets thumbs up at SE series +++
Having introduced a much-needed dash of style to the capital’s gaudy racing scene and established a reasonably amusing weekly Dyna-mail newsletter, it would be easy for Britain’s most innovative cycling crew to rest on its laurels – but on Sunday the club managed to impress the peloton at the latest round of the prestigious South East Series by unveiling yet another great idea. The inaugural London Dynamo Summer Road Race in Handcross, West Sussex, was treated to its very own ardoisier – the chap displaying time checks on a board while riding pillion on a motorbike – in the form of marker-pen man DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE, who was scribbling away as GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY kept a firm hand on the throttle. Marshalling co-ordinator MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT reveals: “Immediately after the race I had several comments from the riders on how safe they felt – and they couldn’t get enough of the white board.” Nice work, fellas! The Dyna-marvellous moto duo put in a sterling performance keeping track of the time gaps during the 85-mile event after the full field of E/1/2 riders split to pieces on the challenging Staplefields course. The regional ‘A’ event was won by Rob Hurd of Chocalatier Isabelle/Felt Bicycles, who left with £200 in prize money and a bottle of bubbly courtesy of London Dynamo. Enjoy, buddy! Feisty IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE managed to nab a bit of glory for Dynamo by finishing in the points with 14th place… http://tinyurl.com/s5l4r …but the real heroes of the day were race helpers ALEX ‘BUSTED’ BASTIN, PAUL ‘CANNONBALL’ CALLINAN, CHRIS ‘VAN CHADDERS’ CHAPMAN, TOM ‘TUFTY’ DAVIES, PAUL ‘ALL BLUE’ HARKNETT, SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON, STUART ‘POSTAL’ JEFFREYS, KIMBERLEY ‘CANUCK’ KABATOFF, PETA McSHARRY, NICK ‘CAPTAIN’ PEACOCK, RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT, JUSTIN ‘THAT’S HIM!’ SIMS, WARWICK ‘SPEEDY’ SPENCE, RUSSELL TURNER and SAM ‘EPIC’ WOODHOUSE, plus, of course, David, Gordon and Martin. Well done, everyone! Their efforts were even described as “excellent” by Dynamo turncoat Guy Andrews – and the irascible Rapha vet doesn’t use that word every day. But we can’t bask in the glow of praise for ever – the next news item has just chipped off the front, so we’d better get the stopwatch out as our trusty moto man takes us zooming ahead. Here comes the first time gap…

+++ Paine blames bin for denying him Palace top spot +++
Nothing in the typical racing cyclist’s repertoire is as valuable as a list of handy excuses – and crit killer IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE has pulled out a cracker to explain why he didn’t win the E/1/2 race at Crystal Palace on Tuesday. In a purely unintentional yet characteristic move, Columbian Diego Garavito drifted to the right on the finishing straight as the first cat fireball began to accelerate past him. Ian says: “As all Palace regulars know, on the right hand side with around 120 metres to go there is a solid-looking litter bin, so squeezing past on the grass is not really an option.” That meant Ian had to brake hard and go round on the left – but the loss of momentum allowed Paul Mill from Edwardes to get past for the win… http://tinyurl.com/pks57. Coming 2nd is better than nothing, pal! Cyclefit sensation WARRICK ‘SPEEDY’ SPENCE took 9th while his former Covent Garden colleague SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON finished three places behind him – and there was more Dyn-amazing action in the 3/4 event which saw DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDENER nab 5th after his break of nine held off the pack. With only one place left in the top 10, feisty ROB ‘THE SAINT’ JEFFROY went hell-for-leather at the bottom of the hill on the final lap – only for cheeky team-mate ANDREW ‘COALFACE’ STRONGE to pass him on the final corner and snatch the only point left from the bottom of the BCF bucket. Get in there! Amazingly, puffed-out Andrew had been riding tempo on the front earlier on as part of his usual domestique duties for Rob after the hirsute hero got into one of his trademark early breaks – so the long-haired lad has nothing to complain about!

+++ Dynamate does end-to-ender +++
Finally, DYNAMITE! would like to point its readership in the direction of JOHN KIPPS’ blog, in which he details his adventures during his recent epic solo journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in Dynamo livery. Click here… http://tinyurl.com/j8k2s …to find out how he set a brisk pace to Bristol and pressed on through Preston’s heavy traffic – only to consider scotching it in Scotland when his inflamed Achilles tendon left him feeling done in at Dumfries. But he ploughed on to his goal, fuelled by sheer determination and hearty roadside cafe breakfasts. It will make you look at Little Chefs in a whole new light!

The pack have caught the break, which means our services as official time checker are no longer required. Always remember that this publication is like a portable blackboard and it would be nothing without you, our trusty, dusty chalk. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘INDECIPHERABLE SCRAWL’ 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 yellow motorbike goes back in the garage, 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 Michel Bationo’s yellow helmet.

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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