DYNAMITE! #124, 03.11.06

November 20, 2010

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DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #124, 03.11.06
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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, sunny, 10C max, wind N 6mph; Sun, sunny, 10C max, wind N 3mph +++
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LANG IN A PRANG
+++ Callinan’s fixed mangled +++
It’s a little-known fact that the standard of newsgathering at this publication has always been proudly unprofessional, often relying on the wholesale reproduction of rumours and gossipy titbits in an ongoing bid to entertain its humour-hungry audience. Truth is frequently the first casualty of the weekly Dynamatic update, and in the previous edition of DYNAMITE! we quite literally added insult to injury by misreporting the actual extent of PAUL ‘CANNONBALL’ CALLINAN’s recent accident – although pun-weary readers will be saddened to learn that the scale of the gaffe wasn’t big enough to necessitate our instant dismissal. Contrary to what appeared in last week’s edition, the time-trialling titan wasn’t exactly OK after getting knocked down by a car – he actually fractured his ribs and shoulder. Ouch! His fixed-gear Specialized Langster, which was one of the first ever owned by a ‘Mo, is now bent to bits. The oncoming car turned into his path at the main junction on Long Road in Clapham at 6.30pm on Friday 20th October – but at least the motorist should get his just deserts. Paul reveals: “He’s paying it all – private medical care, the bike, my employers and then there’s damages! And he’s being prosecuted by the police. He may be a little bit more patient next time.” You show him, pal! We wish Paul a speedy recovery and apologise for our error – but now let’s get down to business with news of what will undoubtedly prove to be the very last warm day of racing this year. Here comes a break in the clouds…

OTTERSHINE
+++ Sun eliminates overdressed Turner +++
It had to happen sometime, Dynamates! The Indian summer that has motivated legions of cyclists at the tail-end of the season is finally over – and Sunday saw its sun-kissed swansong at the Ottershaw E/1/2/3 event. Surrey League bigwigs chose the four-mile Accommodation Road course for the second of the three-race mini-series, giving the riders two stiff climbs to tackle on each lap of the 55-mile contest. Sadly for ‘RADAR’ RUSS TURNER, the tough course and warm weather conspired against his inappropriate winter longs, causing the boiling-hot bloke to make an early exit. He was probably expecting a repeat of the previous week’s downpour! A number of mini-breaks were reeled in, resulting in the pack turning into the final corner as one before Norwood Paragon’s Justin Lomas and Martin Smith of Team Milton Keynes launched their final move for 1st and 2nd place respectively… http://tinyurl.com/yb6fvg. Despite being well-placed for the mass gallop, MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT and GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL had to settle for bunch finishes after being unable to match the pace when it lifted. Martin reveals: “Guy left Brook Hall with a hearty ‘see you next year’, but I’ll be back for the final race of the season next week.” That’s the spirit!

FINAL NOTES
Vital shorthand transcripts from our non-existent notebook have gone missing, which means it’s our duty to thank everyone who made up for our shortcomings by contributing to this issue. Always remember that we are but a Piers Morgan to your Woodward and Bernstein, so please keep Dyna-mailing your race reports, news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘CONFLICTING REPORTS’ 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 are hauled before the Press Complaints Commission, 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 high journalistic standards.

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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