DYNAMITE! #113, 18.07.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #113, 18.07.06
+++ 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, light showers, 22C max, wind SW 13mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 22C max, wind W 10mph +++

+++ Ward returns with social networking site +++
More than 18 months ago, the mighty organ that you are metaphorically holding in your hands changed its name from the London Dynamo Newsletter to DYNAMITE! chiefly as a means of positioning itself as the nation’s official Dynamatic news service before inferior publications were launched to muscle in on the Dyna-market. Thankfully, rival publishers didn’t bother copying this pun-based periodical – but we were intrigued to learn that a Dynamo-related website with a faint echo of our own detonative Dyna-moniker has emerged this week, run by none other than International Man Of Leisure CHRIS ‘HOSPITAL’ WARD. Now we know what he’s been doing with all that time on his hands! The marketing guru has come up with a Myspace for sport lovers called Tired and Tested, or T&T as the site appears to refer to itself. With a name like that, its popularity will explode in no time! The social networking service offers users their own webpage, including weblogs, photos and videos. Founder Chris has already posted a blog of his experiences during the eight-day Transalp challenge with KEITH WHITWELL, which saw the two-man ‘Mo team finish 139th in the men’s section. Ward, who witnessed STUART ‘EASY PEASY’ SPIES speeding away into the distance on most days, reveals: “It was by far and away the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I’m happy that we finished in the top half.” Check out http://www.tiredandtested.com for the full, unexpurgated blogathon – but before you do, let’s head to a corner of Surrey to find out how a bunch of drenched Dynamates coped with the wettest day of racing in recent memory. Get ready to whip out your waterproofs…

+++ Drenching depletes field at Rusper +++
Big girl’s blouse CHRIS ‘CALAMITY’ CAMPBELL fled to his N-reg Clio when the heavens opened, unlucky ROB ‘THE SAINT’ JEFFROY punctured before DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDENER did the same, and determined ANDREW ‘COALFACE’ STRONG faded in the final stretch – which meant towering sprinter HUW ‘AITCH’ WATKINS was forced to reclaim a scrap of Dynamo dignity by taking 8th at the rain-drenched 3rd cat race in Rusper on Sunday… http://tinyurl.com/f966v. Someone give that man a towel! More than half the field dropped off the back or abandoned the 53-mile Surrey League fixture as the diluvial conditions brought out a rash of punctures on the 9.4-mile circuit – and the heavy rain, which also severely reduced visibility, didn’t stop until the second lap of the 2/3 event later that day. The afternoon’s 61-mile race saw a decisive six-man break emerge with around one-and-a-half laps to go – but despite being caught napping and making foiled attempts to get away earlier on, the four ‘Mos who made it to the line all managed to place in the regional A race. Nice one, fellas! Affable Saffa STUART ‘EASY PEASY’ SPIES came 15th, MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT was 13th, GORDON ‘KEN-A-LIKE’ KENNEWAY took 11th and JOE ‘CHEEKY BEGGAR’ STEGERS nailed 8th… http://tinyurl.com/l5sdw …but it was at Palace two days later that Joe really shone. Head to the next item for details!

+++ Brazen tactics reap joy for Stegers at Palace +++
You rascal! Naughty JOE ‘CHEEKY BEGGAR’ STEGERS lived up to his Dyna-moniker at Crystal Palace this week when he got into the decisive break before easing up to save energy for an attack to the finish – a sneaky tactic that gave him victory in the 3/4 race. Well done, fella! The Dyna-magic began when DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDENER made a lone attempt to reach Kevin Knox of Dulwich Paragon, who had soloed off the front. Joe dragged Brixton Cycles’ Quentin Tring to his Dynamo team-mate before reaching Knox, gradually gaining time in the break as ROB ‘THE SAINT’ JEFFROY and ANDREW ‘COALFACE’ STRONGE blocked the field. Stegers reveals: “I kicked hard with two-and-a-half laps to go – a bit too well considering that I hadn’t been contributing for a few kilometres – and held it comfortably to the line. My breakaway companions were pretty gracious at the finish considering how I rode.” Just watch out for them next week, buddy! Joe’s three other Dynamates also ended up in the top 10, with David taking 4th, Andrew 6th and Rob 8th. And there was more Dynamatic action in the E/1/2 race with GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL getting his best-ever Palace result by chipping off the bunch on the final lap to nab 2nd – the same position his pal IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE has been getting practically every week for the past month-and-a-bit. Elite powerhouse TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT, who scored his first points since returning from Australia by nabbing 5th place, wonders: “Which one of them will take 2nd next week? I might even have a go myself – 1st is so last year.” Gentlemen, the gauntlet has been thrown!

+++ Support needed for SERRL race +++
It wasn’t just a strong showing on the results sheets that marked Tuesday out as a special night for Dynamo – because it was also the club’s turn to marshal. Many members came down to help, so on behalf of Palace ambassador TOM ‘TUFTY’ DAVIES, this publication would like to thank CHARLIE and TOBY BLACKMAN, DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDENER, WILL ‘SEE YA’ HAYTER, SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON, KIMBERLEY ‘CANUCK’ KABATOFF, STUART ‘EASY PEASY’ SPIES, JOE ‘CHEEKY BEGGAR’ STEGERS and ANDREW ‘COALFACE’ STRONGE for donning a tabard either during the junior races, the senior events or, in some cases, both. Hopefully their efforts in SE19 will inspire others to come along and offer race support on Sunday 24th September when Dynamo will be hosting the last SERRL event of the season. The race is on the Frant circuit with the HQ at the delightfully-named Bells Yew Green Hall…  http://tinyurl.com/h5lcc. Committee member MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT says: “We need four cars, 11 people, plus, of course, tea and cakes. Motos with timegaps would be superb as they went down well last time.” Send a Dyna-mail to **************@londondynamo.co.uk if you can lend a hand. Let’s see if anyone can handle a whiteboard and marker pen with as much aplomb as prince of the pillion DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE!

Our weekly “weblog” has come to an end, which means there’s just time to thank everyone who contributed to this entry before we log off. Always remember that we are as rambling as the libellous thread about Omega bikes which was recently removed from the Cycling Plus forum, and we would be nothing without you, our outspoken posters. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘DEAR DIARY’ 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 news reaches us that GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL has confused the term “blogger” for “dogger” by “interfacing” with his PC in a public place, 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 plasticbag.org.

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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