DYNAMITE! #122, 20.10.06

November 20, 2010

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DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #122, 20.10.06
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+++ 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, light rain, 17C max, wind SW 14mph; Sun, light rain, 16C max, wind SE 12mph +++
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SO UNLUCKY
+++ Patrick Goodacre has serious crash on Parkride +++
Your favourite Dyna-matic publication prides itself on providing a bellyful of laughs in every yarn it relates – but for one week only, the chuckles will have to wait until we deal with the most serious crash in the club’s history. As regular forum-dwellers are already aware, PATRICK GOODACRE came off on the 2nd lap of Saturday’s Parkride after his group had slowed down to about 15mph for a number of inline skaters and riders ahead. The 22-year-old graphic communications student, who is one of Dynamo’s youngest members, caught a wheel and veered into the path of an oncoming car. The vehicle hit him and he suffered a fractured skull. Surgeon brothers CHRISTIAN and JAMES KINMONT gave first aid until an ambulance arrived at the scene of the accident, which took place halfway between Robin Hood Gate and Roehampton Gate. On Tuesday, Patrick’s condition was described as stable. He was taken off sedation yesterday. Patrick, who rides an azure Bianchi and sometimes wears CSC kit, will be a familiar sight to many regular Parkriders – and the past week has seen more than 100 people post words of support on the Dynamo forum, many of which are from non-members… http://tinyurl.com/yajkth. Our thoughts go out to Patrick’s family and friends and we hope he makes a speedy recovery. If you would like to pay a visit, he is in ward 11 north at Charing Cross hospital, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, W6 8RF… http://tinyurl.com/yxdgw2. In the meantime, please remember that an accident like Patrick’s could happen to any of us, so please take care at tomorrow’s ride. The club’s committee members will be meeting at the weekend to discuss how to take things further. But now let’s turn our attention to the lighter side of cycling – and who better to get us chuckling than comedian GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL, who waded into a gale sweeping across the most exposed circuit in the Surrey League. So come with us now as we pull our best race grimace in the face of a nasty headwind. It’s time to whip up a storm…

DUN AND BLUSTERED
+++ Garratt packs but Powdrill places at gusty aerodrome +++
Talk about blowing it! Stunned MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT found himself in a winning break of seven as the blustery wind howled across pan-flat Dunsfold Park on Sunday – but after helping the group build up a lead of two minutes, the lanky lad blew within nine miles of the chequered flag. Unlucky, pal! Thankfully, his E/1/2 breakaway partner GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL managed to stay the distance and take 6th after eventual winner Martin Smith from Team Milton Keynes and VC St Raphael’s Simon Brooks attacked again on the last lap to hold a 12-second gap to the line… http://tinyurl.com/ygqjzg. The fierce gusts provided a unique racing experience by slowing the riders to around 15mph on the back straight before a 180-degree turn through the cones gave them the tailwind necessary to reach speeds of more than 30mph. Now that’s what we call a welcome breeze! Earlier on, the 3rd cat event saw flat-track fastman ‘RADAR’ RUSS TURNER draw on his extensive experience of similar conditions at Aeolian Eelmore as he thrust into the headwind during the dying minutes of the race. His shrewd move allowed him to latch onto the decisive six-man break, which only emerged on the final lap of the 51-mile contest, and he was rewarded with 4th place for his efforts. Nice work, buddy! Fuming at himself for missing the break, teed-off TONY ‘CHUCKLES’ SMEDLEY broke away from the bunch with a few others in a determined bid to nab one of the last four places in the top 10. The Manchester marvel grabbed 8th… http://tinyurl.com/yjbfrn …which he thought was scant consolation for his tactical error. There’s always Eastway tomorrow, chum!

BLOWN OUT
We’ve reached the calm after the storming run-through of the week’s events, which means there’s just enough time to thank everyone for sending in stuff before we blow away for another seven days. Always remember we are a humble parp and we would be nothing without you, our zippy zephyr. So please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news, gossip, and any sightings of the elusive KEN ‘GALE FORCE’ 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 our windsock begins to flop, it only remains for us to remind you about…

THIS WEEK’S RIDES

SATURDAY
9am: The Parkride. Richmond Park, roundabout by Sheen Gate. Four laps split into fast, intermediate and steady groups.

SUNDAY
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 brisk south-westerly.

WEDNESDAY
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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