DYNAMITE! #116, 08.09.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #116, 08.09.06
+++ 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/z5lfx +++ Check out DYNAMITE! on the web – go to http://www.londondynamo.co.uk and click the “newsletter” link +++ WEEKEND WEATHER: Sat, sunny, 21C max, wind E 12mph; Sun, sunny, 24C max, wind E 12mph +++

+++ Powdrill helps us out of a pickle +++
Activating the chattering DYNAMITE! ticker tape machine is a much-loved ritual in our famous soundproof bunker, so it was a little disappointing that the usual reams of brilliant results were strangely unforthcoming this week. No ‘Mos were in the points at the historic final Rumble at Eastway, and over at Westminster on Sunday, WARRICK ‘SPEEDY’ SPENCE had to settle for 12th place at the E/1/2 Bob Chicken GP after PCA’s Malcolm Elliot got away in the decisive break, thus thwarting the Cyclefit technician’s hopes of challenging the eventual winner for the Elite Circuit Series title… http://tinyurl.com/okuf2. Damn it all! Over in the flatlands of Norfolk, towering HUW ‘AITCH’ WATKINS bagged a massive 17 points for his 3rd place in VC Baracchi’s 2/3/4 Regional ‘A’ event… http://tinyurl.com/zu5x6 …but the likelihood of reporting this nugget as “news” was greatly undermined by the fact that the powerhouse sprinter alerted us to the result a week late as he initially sent his Dyna-mail to the wrong address. Damn with a side order of damn! In fact, the only other result from the weekend was provided by ANDREW ‘COALFACE’ STRONGE, who nabbed 8th at the 3rd cat South Circuit League race at Thruxton motor circuit in Andover, Hants… http://tinyurl.com/pfyku. So with the prospect of a scant newsletter looming, this publication set out for the Surrey Hills on Monday morning, hoping to figure a way out of the imminent pickle during the five-hour ride. And there, stuck in the slow-moving traffic just a stone’s throw from Dynamo Towers, was the answer to the problem! Beaming Beemer driver GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL flagged us down on Fulham Palace Road to reveal he had just returned from France on the ferry with a ship-shape result under his belt – so come with us as we haul up the anchor and set sail for triumph. It’s time trial ahoy!

+++ Quick trip to France reaps podium finish for duo +++
Dozens of Dyna-members lined the barriers in the centre of town on Sunday to catch the final stage of the Tour of Britain – but masochistic ‘Mos PAUL ‘CANNONBALL’ CALLINAN and GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL managed to avoid the unusually warm whether by popping over to Marigny in Normandy for a thorough drenching in the 25th edition of the prestigious Duo Normand two-man time trial… http://tinyurl.com/pvrjl. Fierce crosswinds combined with slippery roads caused a number of nasty crashes, yet the challenging conditions were unable stop the Duo-mos from hairing around the undulating 54km course in 1:19:50 to take 2nd place, finishing a mere 42 seconds behind winners Lee Smith and Adrian Goatley of Agiskoviner. Professional outfits such as Acqua Sapone and AG2R were among the 300 teams competing, so it’s worth noting that London Dynamo’s TT masters finished an astonishing 15th overall. Nice work, fellas! Their superb result came as a relief to Guy, who arrived at the start with a Litespeed Blade on loan from JOE ‘CHEEKY BEGGAR’ STEGERS’ dad, a pair of £2,000 wheels lent by former Dynamo president Guy Andrews, and his very own bag of nerves. In contrast to calm and collected Callinan, the lanky property broker whined before the start then descended like a girl – but after catching their two-minute men from GS Stella at the 45-minute mark, Powdrill upped the pace to the line, ripping the legs out of his cursing team-mate. Pardon his French, Monsieurs!

+++ Trial run for photos on new site +++
Paul and Guy’s Normandy adventure is told in pictorial form in the DYNAMITE! photo album… http://tinyurl.com/z5lfx …which the editorial team has shifted to CHRIS ‘HOSPITAL’ WARD’s excellent new sports networking site Tired and Tested for a trial period. Sadly, the image of knackered TONY ‘CHUCKLES’ SMEDLEY about to pass out in a Mallorcan cafe disappeared along with all the other much-loved pics from the past eight months when the Dynamo forum was revamped on Sunday – but if you lot like the look of the gallery’s temporary home, then we might be persuaded to dig out all the old photos and add some new ones to make it a permanent fixture. Or sign up here for free… http://www.tiredandtested.com/ …and get your own!

+++ Kent’s French crits +++
Finally, it seems that Guy and Paul haven’t been the only ‘Mos crossing the Channel recently. Hanwell superteacher JIM ‘CLARK’ KENT, who returned this week from his mother-in-law’s place in the Lot, took 4th in the Nocturne de Gourdon, 5th in the Nocturne de Souillac and 9th in the Prix des fetes de Peyrignac. He also squeezed in time to do the Cyclosportif de Bourriane, taking 3rd in the male 40-44 category and 30th overall. Magnifique! The 3rd cat pedalling pedagogue reveals: “The nocturns were great fun and really exciting. They are about 75km on a 1 to 5km circuit in the centre of town starting at 9pm. There’s a commentator on the PA plus lots of cafes and bars with loads of people. Quite a few English were shouting for London Dynamo!” The club’s fame is spreading!

The gangplank has been lifted up, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who sent stuff in this week before we leave port. Always remember we are the captain of this vessel, but we would be nothing without you, our able-bodied seamen. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘BRISTOL FASHION’ 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 an iceberg looms, 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 lifejacket.

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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