DYNAMITE! #121, 13.10.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #121, 13.10.06
+++ 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, 18C max, wind E 6mph; Sun, sunny intervals, 19C max, wind NE 17mph +++

+++ Enraged Evans lad throws Bjarne-style strop +++
As a light-hearted chronicler of cycling events, DYNAMITE! is naturally drawn to the rare moments in racing’s glorious past where the pain of competition is eased by a hearty guffaw – so we were overjoyed to hear of an impromptu historical re-enactment of Bjarne Riis’ comical wobbler at the 1997 Tour de France. Our knowledgeable readership may remember that the dome-headed Dane punctured on the final time trial before his chain came off, prompting him to hurl his bicycle into a grass verge as the Telekom car hurried to deliver a second replacement bike. Sadly, there was no team vehicle on hand at sunny Walliswood on Sunday when a miffed Evans rider lobbed his own bicycle into the foliage following a visit from the puncture fairy – but at least it entertained Addiscombe rider and official Friend Of Dynamo Toks Adesanya, who admits: ” I laughed so much I nearly lost control of the bike!” There is also a certain disparity in the circumstances behind the two fearsome flings, as reigning TdF champ Riis was probably a little frustrated at the fact that team-mate Jan Ullrich was about to win, whereas the young fella in green and yellow had merely bridged a gap of about 30 feet to join the ever-determined ROB ‘THE SAINT’ JEFFROY during an end-of-season Surrey League 3rd cat race. It wasn’t worth it, pal! The bike-chucker earned a damaged wheel for his efforts – and there was another unforeseen circumstance on the final lap of the 8.7-mile circuit when two horse riders momentarily halted the race, giving a couple of mountain bikers the opportunity to delay matters further by squeezing past the stationary lead car. The cheek of some people! The hold-ups enabled lone junior Daniel Patten to solo to victory just 9secs ahead of the pack – and the bunch sprint saw TONY ‘CHUCKLES’ SMEDLEY create this action shot… http://tinyurl.com/y2zs3c …as he was narrowly pipped for the No.2 spot. Bad luck, buddy! Sergeant Major ANDREW ‘COALFACE’ STRONGE managed 8th, even though he had expended valuable oxygen volubly organising the last-ditch bid to chase Patten, but man of the 50-mile race has to be level-headed Rob, who came 10th. Was he furious that he only nabbed one of the four points he needed to attain a 2nd cat licence? Did he furiously hurl his Pinarello into the back of the Rascal and storm off in a huff? Of course not. A certain hothead riding for a major bicycle retailer would do well to follow his excellent example! Now that flings have been put in perspective, it’s time to toss caution to the wind and chuck out what else has been going on in Dynamo land. It’s time to throw this newsletter together…

+++ Cross victory for modest Rusty +++
This item could have been a chance for RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT to brag about his cyclo-cross win at Herne Hill velodrome’s off-road circuit on Saturday… http://tinyurl.com/ovhmy …but the little fella with an ego as modest as his physical stature has refused to big himself up. After a little cajoling, however, he agreed to issue a characteristically brief statement, which is reproduced here verbatim: “I’m not a big head. A win is a win. It felt good, though. I kind of forget what it felt like. It was great.” Good? Great? Forgettable? Make your mind up, pal!

+++ Latest kit designs prompt second Short statement +++
Rusty was equally unforthcoming on the subject of the Assos-style Windstopper winter jacket, foldable rain-proof wind jacket and Lycra overshoes that are soon be added to the Dynamo clothing range. Prices for the Sportful garments – due to arrive at the end of next month – are not yet unavailable, although Rusty was able to shed some light on the cryptically-named “YKK cam lock” zip which features on both jackets. In an exclusive communiqué with this publication, Dynamo’s laconic fashion tsar reveals: “It’s a really fancy zip that stays securely locked.” You heard it here first, Dynamates!

+++ Fund-raising quiz night for race equipment +++
Finally, a brief reminder that SERRL is holding a quiz night tomorrow at Rolvenden village hall in Kent which will include a raffle to raise money for an electronic lap timer. The fun starts at 7pm and tickets for an eight-person table coat £5 per head, including food. Call Kim on 01795 426 211 for bookings and info. Just don’t disgrace the Dynamo name by getting the easy questions wrong!

We’re about to send this Dyna-missile hurtling into cyberspace by pressing the “send” button, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone who lobbed in stuff for this issue before our mighty Vic-20 metaphorically lifts the newsletter above its head and forcibly chucks it in your direction. Always remember that we are a mighty caber waiting to be tossed, so please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘SHOT PUT’ 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 open-mouthed crowds point at the object hurtling silently through the sky, 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 javelin.

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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