DYNAMITE! #90, 10.03.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #90, 10.03.06
+++ 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, light rain, 9C max, wind NE 6mph; Sun, heavy rain, 8C max, wind SE 9mph +++

Cyclefit to commemorate closure of Lea Valley Cycle Circuit with the Glider Eastway, which WARRICK SPENCE will ride in the National Criterium Series…


Made in Italy from specially-selected 7003 series aluminium tubing with Deda carbon rear stays. Frame and forks £849. E-mail info@cyclefit.co.uk
for details.

+++ Duo’s Tour-style message of support on Chertsey’s tarmac backfires +++
Like a cheerleader shaking her pom-poms by the touchline, your beaming, morale-boosting Dynamatic update aims to lift the spirits of literally several Dynamates with a series of high-kicking articles – but sadly, an attempt to Dyna-motivate the troops at Chertsey which had the unwitting involvement of DYNAMITE! went slightly pear-shaped on Saturday. Don’t blame us – blame DAVID ‘DORIAN’ STREULE and JOE ‘CHEEKY BEGGAR’ STEGERS! This publication was supposedly helping with the final Beginners’ Series race when ever-observant Joe noticed there wasn’t actually a finish line – so he took a piece of chalk from Keith Butler’s equipment box and drew one on the tarmac. Baby-faced prankster David then asked us to name somebody in the 40-mile event and our immediate response was “CRAIG ‘WADERS’ LEIPER” as he had made such a sterling effort driving the pack during the first few laps. Without warning, David and Joe chalked “GO CRAIG ALLEZ ALLEZ” in big letters on the right-hand side of the finishing straight – just before the doughty Scot disappeared into mid-bunch obscurity where he remained until Andrew Bye of Team Conti lead the 70-strong bunch past the chequered flag with Dynamo’s STUART ‘HURRY’ HARRIS finishing one place behind. To make matters worse, poor old Craig seems to have disappeared entirely from the official results sheet…


…although it’s possible that Twickenham’s joint-12th-placed Craig Ceider is actually the ‘Mo in disguise. This could be the beginning of a season-long name mangling to rival TOM ‘HEMNAUN, HEMANT, REMNANT’ HEMMANT’s syntactical errors! There was more bad luck in the E/1/2/3 handicap…


…where the 3rd cats’ dream of holding off the chasing pack ended with three laps to go – and STUART ‘EASY PEASY’ SPIES punctured on the final lap after failing to reel in the four-man group containing eventual race-winner Lee Day of Agiskoviner. Damn it all! The editorial team’s run of misfortune was capped by the DYNAMITE! camera’s stubborn refusal to take any pictures, chiefly because the batteries had run out, but you can enjoy a selection from the first week’s race in the gallery…


In the meantime, we hope this issue will provide more effective support to the Dyna-masses than David and Joe’s scrawled message – so come with us now as we reveal how recent editions have helped a notable ‘Mo keep his spirits up while training for the ride of his life. Here comes the first shout of encouragement…

+++ Ed back from Ironman trial run in desert +++
Globe-trotting Dyna-mover ED ‘THE MAN’ McKINLEY provoked a pang of envy in the newsletter’s famous soundproof bunker the week before last when he Dyna-mailed his favourite Friday morning read from northern California following a fortnight of “tough duty” in Miami, Los Angeles and Phoenix, Arizona. That’s the kind of training territory many shivering ‘Mos would love to experience! The Chelsea-based American experienced snow at 3,000ft on the mountains surrounding LA during a 60-mile “scamper” – and he also enjoyed an 80-mile flat ride with no stop lights to the beach and back. It’s certainly better than a schlep out to Chertsey! Regular readers may remember that Ed is putting in the miles to prepare for the Arizona Ironman in April – and he headed out to the course itself to try out one loop of the run and bike. He gloomily reveals: “It’s going to be a hot, boring desert ride, followed by a hot, boring desert run.” Thank goodness, then, that a certain e-mail update arrived the following Friday to lift his spirits. “Just read the newsletter and wanted to tell you that the far-flung Dyna-spora are very grateful for the news from back home,” said Ed. “Great stuff. Thank you!” Our pleasure, pal – and we look forward to hearing how your ride to Brighton went this week!

+++ Aussie backs Ken Watch in our meet-the-members feature +++
It got off to a flying start – and our sensational slot for lesser-known ‘Mos has gone from strength to strength with some great replies to the now-famous DYNAMITE! questionnaire. This week’s respondent is certainly no exception – so here, without further ado, is MICHAEL SNEYD!

NAME: Michael Sneyd
AGE: 34
OCCUPATION: Too boring to try to explain. Needless to say I don’t get paid enough and got banished to London from Melbourne, Australia for my sins
LOCATION: Richmond – in both Melbourne and London (true!)
BIKE: Scott CR1, yellow and black
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER? Since membership re-opened on December 1
WHY DID YOU JOIN THE CLUB? Arrived in London late last year from Melbourne. Needed a club to get a racing licence and London Dynamo seemed to be: a) the closest to Richmond Park; b) well-organised (actually had an up-to-date website, a regular newsletter and a forum that was actually used); c) went on a few of the rides and was impressed with the bunch; d) the kit is real perrrty. So it was impossible to do any better. But you guys already knew that
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS THIS SEASON? Race a lot and try to regain some long-lost form
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST-EVER EXPERIENCE ON A BIKE? Riding alone at sunrise along the Great Ocean Road in Oz, Easter 2005. Tailwind, no traffic, quality hot mix, spectacular views and the hardest decision all day was when should I turn around
WHICH DYNAMATE’S BIKE DO YOU MOST ENVY AND WHY? I find myself looking at fixed gears and cross bikes. Don’t know if it is my age and senility kicking in but there have been a few of them in the bunch and I am mesmerised…
WHICH DYNAMATE’S LEGS DO YOU MOST ENVY AND WHY? Can’t help you there I’m afraid Been too cold to see any legs
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN DYNA-MONIKER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Don’t take this the wrong way but the only thing I can think of that is lamer than some of the monikers I have read is if I actually gave myself one
SEROTTA: HOTTER OR ROT? Love them all. So hot…
LANCE OR TOM (BOONEN, NOT HEMMANT)? Lurrrrve the Boonen. Can’t climb, can sprint, works on the front, hematocrit in the 30s, weighs more than 72kg, doesn’t mind a beer, dropped Discovery/Postal for a real team – what’s not to love? My kind of rider.
FAVOURITE PART OF THE NEWSLETTER? No idea who Ken Buist actually is and if the story has any basis in fact whatsoever. [Michael is probably referring to Ken getting dumped after his girlfriend read about his misadventures in old editions of this publication.] Even if it is only partly true, giving it to one of your mates when he is down through the club newsletter and on the internet is an absolute standout as my favourite part.
My sister-in-law is single and not to fussy!

Cheers, buddy! Even though Michael questioned the factual accuracy of our report on Ken’s love life, he still stands to win a month’s supply of Maximuscle energy and recovery drink, courtesy of club sponsors Cyclefit, if the editorial team decide his entry is the best at the end of the year. So anyone who has had their name plucked from the DYNAMITE! Bucket of Luck (TM) should send in their completed questionnaire as soon as possible for a chance to walk away with the biggest prize this publication has ever given away. It’s an opportunity no Dynamate can afford to miss!

+++ Big-hitters TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT, SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON, GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL and WARRICK ‘SP EEDY’ SPENCE kept their powder dry at the first round of the South East Road Race series – http://www.londoncyclesport.com/reports_2006/serr_1_wg.html +++ ALEX ‘BALFIE’ BALFOUR acheived his best-ever cyclo-cross placing on Sunday, finishing 10th at Herne Hill – despite falling flat on his bum during his second attempt to negotiate the steepest descent on the course – http://www.londoncyclesport.com/reports_2005_x/herne_hill4.html +++ South African sensation GAVIN ‘NO LYIN’ RYAN takes 4th at the San Fairy Ann E/1/2 race at Eastway, beating some Guy who came 10th – http://www.londoncyclesport.com/reports_2006/san_f3.html +++

It’s been an emotional journey of self-discovery, and hopefully this motivational issue has helped you reach your true potential. Many thanks to everyone who sent in their inspirational tales this week – and please remember that we are only a humble Anthony Robbins and we would be nothing without you, our pro-active goal-achievers. So please keep Dyna-mailing your news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘LIFE COACH’ BUIST to news@londondynamo.co.uk – or simply hit your reply button if you are reading this on e-mail. The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for Friday’s edition. And now, as we experience a new level of growth, 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 desire to further your personal development as an individual.

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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