DYNAMITE! #88, 24.02.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #88, 24.02.06
+++ Having a blast every Friday +++ Dyna-mail news, views, and gossip to news@londondynamo.co.uk +++ Check out DYNAMITE! on the web – go to http://www.londondynamo.co.uk and click “newsletter” +++ Have a peek at our pics at http://www.londondynamo.co.uk/forum/album_personal.php?user_id=321 +++ WEEKEND WEATHER: Sat, sunny intervals, 4C max, wind NE 23mph!!! Sun, cloudy, 5C max, wind NE 17mph +++

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+++ Andrews, not Powdrill, heads for new team +++
He’s always been a dedicated follower of fashion – and now smart-dressed ‘Mo-about-town GUY ‘MAINWARING’ ANDREWS has been lured by a squad which promises to supply him with more Merino wool jerseys than he can pack into his leather saddlebag. That’s right, style fans – the dandified Dynamo founder member has gone over to the hush-hush Rapha/Condor team which tried and failed to nab twin-piston powerhouse GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL last week. That’s the Guy they should’ve got – the strict fashionistas would probably have forced him to ditch his questionably-designed yellow helmet once and for all! But for all Andrews’ snazziness, his Raph decision to jump ship was not based solely on snappy togs alone, as he and VCL’s Matt Seaton are just two of the Raphed-up riders who have been selected to target the national vets series this season. And because the bellowing former club president is still a paid-up Dyna-member, he’ll be going on Dynamo’s Mallorca training camp in April as well as continuing to attend a few of the club’s regular rides. Parkriders don’t escape the hairdryer treatment that easily! Later on, we’ll be introducing you to a far less dapper Dynamate in our inaugural Knowing ‘Mo, Knowing You feature and revealing the tempting prize list for London Dynamo’s much-anticipated Beginners’ Series at Chertsey tomorrow – but first let’s don the exclusive Softshell jacket as we head over to Eastway, where, co-incidentally, Andrews’ cool-looking crew made their racing debut. So get ready to slip into the hand-crocheted string-backed mitts with reflective tab (rrp £75, available mid-March, limited stock)…

+++ Eastway sees club’s first victory of the year +++
It’s come back to life again, Dynamates! After many months of silence, the hardy DYNAMITE! ticker tape machine suddenly spluttered out the year’s first ream of results this week – and Mrs Dynamite could hardly contain her excitement as she rushed into the weekly editorial meeting brandishing the paper ribbon containing the name of 1st-placed ‘Mo RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS…

A former “useful junior”, Richard had been away from racing for 12 years before he won the San Fairy Ann 4th cat race at Eastway on Saturday. It dozen get any better than that, pal! And the classy Time rider refused to go for the predictable novice mass sprint, choosing instead to take a flyer on the final lap which enabled him to hold off the pack with seconds to spare. Phew! Ecstatic Richard reveals: “I thought I’d have a good chance, but winning it was still bloody ace – and in cool colours, too! I’m looking forward to meeting loads of the team over the course of the year – I’ll be racing shed loads.” We look forward to seeing you, buddy! Meanwhile, ashen-faced ROB ‘BITCHIN’ KITCHING was pleased to just survive his first race of 2006 after experiencing the 4th cats’ “frightening” variations in speed – but South African sensation GAVIN ‘NO LYIN’ RYAN added to the Dynamo points tally by taking 10th place in the E/1/2 event while his countryman KEVIN SPARKES came 9th in the 3rds. It’s just a pity Kev’s going back home in a few weeks!

+++ Novice races start tomorrow +++
For many months, hordes of 4th cats have been eagerly preparing for the moment when they’re let loose on the MoD circuit – and the eager novices will finally get their chance to experience full-on racing action at 10am in a little part of Chertsey tomorrow…


…when the third annual Dynamo Beginners’ Series gets underway. Cyclefit vouchers worth £40, £30 and £20 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed riders respectively. You won’t find a more generous 4th cat prize list anywhere else, Dynamates! The E/1/2/3 race will take place at 11.30am with the same generously-donated prize list from Dynamo sponsors Cyclefit and DYNAMITE! will be in attendance to meet its public. Something tells us the former will pull in a bigger crowd!

+++ ‘Meet the members’ spot kicks off +++
Distinctly-dressed Parkrider PETER GOODCHILD is just one Dynamate who is looking forward to the Beginners’ series – and he’ll be delighted to hear that his completed questionnaire has made it into the first instalment of our brilliant new feature which aims to introduce some hitherto little-known ‘Mos to the wider membership. Peter, who is currently pictured in our popular gallery…


…stands to win a month’s supply of Maximuscle energy drink if this publication’s editorial team judge his entry to be the best at the end of the year, so remember to answer our in-depth probe if your name has been plucked from the DYNAMITE! Bucket of Luck and you want to be in the running for Cyclefit’s kindly-donated prize. But enough of our yakking – let’s hear what our inaugural entrant has to say for himself. Take it away, pal!

NAME: Peter Goodchild
AGE: That would be telling
RACING CATEGORY: Novice, but I’m a senior 1 sculler if you know anything about rowing
BIKE: Black Scott Ultra Lite S3
LOCATION: East Sheen. I have a two-minute warm-up on the way to the Parkride on Saturday mornings
OCCUPATION: I teach law. That means I create lawyers. Please don’t knock me off my bike – I have to earn a living!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING? I’ve commuted for years and cycled socially with rowing friends for five years or so
WHY DID YOU JOIN? Bored of endless succession of sculling/rowing races. Still far too competitive – I needed an outlet to stop me going mad
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS THIS SEASON? Get as fast as possible and beat Harry Powell, who joined at the same time as me
WHICH DYNAMATE’S LEGS DO YOU MOST ENVY AND WHY? Envy? This is getting distinctly dodgy. Happy with mine, however short they are
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN DYNA-MONIKER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? It’s not up to me what my nickname is! I’m the one in pink-and-green socks if anyone wants to come clean
GO BAR OR POWERBAR? Yuk. Nothing beats a banana
LANCE OR TOM (BOONEN, NOT HEMMANT)? Sorry. Lance. He really was quite good
FINALLY, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO KEN BUIST IF YOU ACTUALLY MET HIM? Sorry, Ken, if you’re reading this, but I’m too innocent in the ways of the Dynamo to know you

Cheers, Peter! There will be plenty more Dynamates featured in coming weeks, so be sure to tune in again. It’s going to be the best bit of the newsletter!

+++ Affable South African STUART ‘EASY PEASY’ SPIES has bagged the very last place on the training camp, taking the total number attending to 20 +++ Mallorca-bound Dynamates can expect to get preliminary notes on the trip in the coming days +++ A limited number of translucent 750ml water bottles bearing the club’s name in three glorious colours will soon be available +++ It’s the Soho Four Square – Dynamo quartet DAVID ‘SMILER’ NORRIS, JONATHON ‘SNAPS’ GITTOS, TONY CLEVERLEY and ALAN BURNS have just realised they all work in the same building at 7 Soho Square +++ Flu-hit GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL took to his sickbed on Monday. Get well soon, pal! +++ Total number of members has now reached 215 +++

We’ve packed as much as we can into this chic edition, which we like to think of as a vintage herringbone cotton musette (rrp £35) – but we would be nothing without you, our sweat-wicking Sportwool short-sleeved jersey (£105), so thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue. Please keep Dyna-mailing your news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘RIBBED COLLAR’ BUIST to news@londondynamo.co.uk – or simply hit your reply button if you are reading this on e-mail, which is more retro than the website edition as it’s black and white instead of blue. The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for Friday’s edition. And now, as the hand-stitched African hair sheep mitts (£80, hand wash only) begin to fall apart, 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 knitted training top in forest green (£150, medium and large sold out).

7.30pm: Richmond Gate, Richmond Park. Steady ride into Surrey, 28 miles.

So until next week, Dynamates, goodbye and happy riding.

The DYNAMITE! team.

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