DYNAMITE! #118, 22.09.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #118, 22.09.06
+++ 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/k34tf +++ Check out DYNAMITE! on the web – go to http://www.londondynamo.co.uk and click the “newsletter” link +++ WEEKEND WEATHER: Sat, sunny intervals, 23C max, wind SE 8mph; Sun, cloudy, 22C max, wind SE 2mph +++

+++ No slowdown for unstoppable ‘Mos +++
Like an electronic traffic sign blinking the warning “Slow Down” in a 30 zone, the scarcity of events remaining on the 2006 BCF events calendar is telling legions of riders that they must soon switch to a more sedate “winter speed” – but a few mile-hungry ‘Mos are still eating up the miles as the road towards the end of the season begins to narrow. Following last weekend’s double disappointment at Hillingdon and Chertsey, Dynamo’s doughty sportive director SAM ‘EPIC’ WOODHOUSE headed to Andover, Hants, aiming to get those elusive two points that would give him a 3rd cat licence – so you can imagine his delight when he bagged six of the blighters by coming 4th at the sun-kissed Thruxton motor circuit, while his 4th cat chum MARK ‘ACTION’ JONES also got a promotion by taking 6th… http://tinyurl.com/gcyqw. Well done, sirs! Meanwhile, over in Beare Green, poor old GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL probably wished there had been some traffic-calming measures at the Surrey League Handicap Championship which saw the large staggered field come together as an oncoming car refused to slow down just 500m from the line. What a mess! Nevertheless, powerhouse sprinter JUSTIN ‘IT’S HIM!’ SIMS braved the hazardous finale to take 6th… http://tinyurl.com/zs3u8 …and after the race, Guy was astonished to see none other than controversial former member Andy ‘Listen Up’ Stevenson sidle up to him in a traffic jam on the A3. The normally chatty 1st cat declined to inform the ex-Sunday ride “organiser”, who was wearing his well-worn Lotto Domo jersey, that he was sitting in the adjacent car. How strange! There was, of course, a notable Dynamate who scored a phenomenal victory in the final race of British Cycling’s most prestigious series – and not even a speed hump near the finish could stop the speedy fella. So come with us now as we rumble across the chevrons and approach our very own lollipop lady Mrs Dynamite, who is brandishing the result from the ticker tape machine. Here comes the raised junction…

+++ Win in Warwick for shy and retiring Spence +++
According to gossipy Cyclefit bosses PHIL ‘NO-NONSENSE’ CAVELL and JULIAN ‘WONDER’ WALL, their loyal employee WARRICK ‘SPEEDY’ SPENCE loves nothing more than logging on during his lunch break to see how many mentions he has clocked up on the worldwide web. The WC2 wonderboy has even signed up to CHRIS ‘HOSPITAL’ WARD’s blossoming sports site to spread his name even further… http://tinyurl.com/s6yh3 …and he was able to add another Google hit to his name by humbly starting a thread on the Dynamo forum… http://tinyurl.com/p3s7o …celebrating his stunning win at the Travelwise Warwick Town Centre Criterium on Sunday… http://tinyurl.com/jkled. How modest of him! The final round of the National Elite Circuit Series saw Warrick bridge across to Recycling’s Kristian House, forming the decisive two-man break which, incredibly, managed to lap former Tour of Spain points jersey winner Malcolm Elliott, Science In Sport’s Rob Hayles and the rest of the high-quality E/1/2 field haring around the tricky 1km course. What a spectacle for the town centre crowd lining the barriers! Regular readers may remember that House was out-sprinted by the Covent Garden sensation at the Guildford round of the season-long competition – and he was ruled out of contention this time by his left crank coming loose with three laps to go. Lone Warrick held off the chasing group 20secs behind him and freewheeled across the line, breathing a sigh of relief that he didn’t have to sprint over the sleeping policeman 25 metres from the finish. He won easily without hitting a bump in the road – both literally and metaphorically!

+++ Ward on telly – details of what you may have missed +++
Finally, DYNAMITE! has got ’round to watching CHRIS ‘HOSPITAL’ WARD’s spot on BBC2’s Working Lunch, which he only mentioned to us as we were about to hit the “send” button for the previous edition of your up-to-the-minute Dynamatic bulletin. Described in last Thursday’s TV report as a “self-confessed running and cycling nut”, the International Man of Leisure was interviewed about his latest venture… http://www.tiredandtested.com …as he jogged across Hammersmith bridge to his office, where he appears to have a full-size poster of himself crossing the line in the Campagnolo Gran Fondo dressed in full Dynamo kit. Now that’s a piece of self-publicity worthy of WARRICK ‘SPEEDY’ SPENCE! The brief shot of Chris’s poster marks the second national television appearance of Dynamo’s famous blue, black and orange livery, but by the time you read this the show is likely to have been removed from the Beeb’s “see it again” broadband feature as it will be more than a week old. You can still give it a try, though, by clicking here… http://tinyurl.com/o3da5 …and choosing the link marked “Thursday 14 September”. Fingers crossed that it’s still there!

The flashing gatso has snapped us exceeding the speed limit, which means there’s just time for us to thank everyone who sent stuff in for this issue before we get the fine in the post. Always remember that we are traffic cop but we would be nothing without you, our pinch points. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘STREET FURNITURE’ 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 we wonder if that new mini-roundabout on Priory Lane will make any difference, 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 an optical width measure.

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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