DYNAMITE! #97, 28.04.06

November 20, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #97, 28.04.06
+++ Having a blast every Friday +++ Dyna-mail news, views, and gossip to dynamite@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, 14C max, wind N 7mph; Sun, light showers, 14C max, wind NW 12mph +++

+++ Newsletter’s signal switched back on in time for Palace +++
Since its inception more than two years ago, this publication has been a model of calmness and professionalism – but the newsletter’s famous soundproof bunker descended into a scene of utter panic last week when our Dyna-mail system went down, leaving the editorial team with no means of sending Britain’s favourite Dyna-matic update to its ever-growing army of loyal readers. Despite his best efforts to rewire our trusty Vic-20, chief technician RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT failed to solve the problem with his trusty soldering gun, which meant DYNAMITE! had to rig up three emergency e-mail addresses in the early hours of Friday. Unfortunately, Yahoo! only allows 15 recipients a time, so mailing 250 members through multiple messages was about as easy as pushing mighty Magnus Backstedt’s legs through Rusty’s tiddly legwarmers. The difficulty of the task explains why some of you didn’t get issue #96 until the early hours of Saturday morning – and if you were one of the unlucky sods who got nothing at all, then hit your “reply” button to let us know so we can send it to you. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out! Thankfully, our transmission from Dynamo Towers has now resumed normal service – which is appropriate, as Dynamo was sending a clear signal to its rivals on Tuesday under the shadow of south London’s iconic telecommunications transmitter, where IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE and STUART ‘EASY PEASY’ SPIES took 6th and 7th respectively after helping to bring back a four-man break in the first Crystal Palace crit of the season…


Stu’s top 10 position in the E/1/2 event – won by Scott Budgen of Pearson Cycles – came after he was involved in a stack at the ESL Spring Rumble at Eastway on Saturday which took his brand new tubular tyres off their rims. You don’t need ’em, pal! Later on, we’ll tilt our antennae towards the Dynamo committee to pick up what they’ve been up to during the past seven days – but first, lets tune in to some fashion news that’s bound to be on everyone’s wavelength. Let’s keep this frequency clear…

+++ Make space in your wardrobe – spring gilets are now available +++
Aussie duo PAUL ‘MONTY’ DELAHUNTY and MICHAEL ‘WELL PLAYED’ SNEYD braved the bunch sprint at Chertsey’s 30-mile 3rd cat race on Saturday to finish 6th and 7th…


…but even more thrillingly, they were among the lucky Dynamates who witnessed snappily-dressed Gen Sec NICK ‘CAPTAIN’ PEACOCK modelling the brand new Dynamo spring gilet in the car park next to the MoD circuit. It’s certainly an improvement on the boil-in-the-bag winter version! The stylish lightweight garments, which blend seamlessly with Cyclefit’s logo on the shoulder of the club’s jerseys, are available now for £40 from the Covent Garden HQ of our club sponsors…


…and please remember you MUST pay by cheque made out to London Dynamo or cash. You don’t want to anger JULIAN ‘WONDER’ WALL when he’s on till duty!

+++ Harknett chats to Richmond Park coppers +++
Social secretary PAUL ‘ALL-BLUE’ HARKNETT fulfilled an enjoyable engagement on Tuesday evening when he met Sgt Chris Duke for tea and biscuits at Holly Lodge in Richmond Park. The getting-to-know-you session was set up by the local constabulary to help them gain a better appreciation of Park matters affecting cyclists. You couldn’t have chosen a nicer club to speak to, fellas! As a result of Tuesday’s amiable chat, the police will now consult London Dynamo on issues relating to road cycling and safety in the park. In the meantime, please remember that groups on the Parkride should be two abreast with a maximum of 10 riders, and you should not overtake vehicles observing the speed limit. Also take care when passing other cyclists – and, of course, don’t be abusive to pedestrians or other road users. We’ve a reputation to uphold, Dynamates! And talking of safety, there will be a change to the Wednesday night ride this summer. See “This Week’s Rides” for more details…

+++ That’s it! Membership is now closed +++
The club passed yet another glorious milestone this week when the number of members hit 250 – and after an earnest discussion in the boardroom of Dynamo Towers, the committee has decided not accept any more membership applications for the time being. Just make sure those hankies are at the ready when you break the news to your clubless chums!

In-form fireball RICHARD ‘WIN ‘EM’ SIMMONDS finishes 3rd at the 56-mile 1/2/3 event at Chilham in Kent after bridging to the early break midway through the race – http://www.serrl.org.uk/SERRL%20Event%206%2006.htm +++ Training camper DAVID ‘PINKY’ GARDNER shows what a week slogging it out in Mallorca can do for your form by taking the No.6 spot at the 4th cat race at Eastway on Saturday – http://www.londoncyclesport.com/reports_2006/esl_rumb_2_4.html +++ Fully-recovered ALEX ‘BUSTED’ BASTIN finishes 25th among the 347-strong field at California’s Mulholland Challenge, which included 12,500 feet of climbing along Sunday’s 111-mile route +++

It’s time for Mrs Dynamite to pick up her chalk, blackboard and cuddly toy as we put up the test card for another week. We’ll be broadcasting again next Friday – and in the meantime, try to remember that we are a strong analogue signal but we would be nothing without you, out clear digital picture of the future. So please keep Dyna-mailing your news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘U.H.F.’ BUIST to our new address, which you can find at the top of the page if you are reading this on e-mail – or simply hit your “reply” button. The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for Friday’s edition. And now, as we apologise for the loss of sound, 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 timetable for digital switchover.

7.30pm: Richmond Gate, Richmond Park. Steady ride to Chertsey, back via Weybridge, 28 miles. In the interests of safety, and because there is plenty of opportunity to ride at race pace at Hillingdon, Palace and Eelmore during the week, the Wednesday night ride will NOT switch to the park during the summer as it has in previous years.

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

The DYNAMITE! team.

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