DYNAMITE! #56, 27.05.05

November 21, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #56, 27.05.05

It’s not often that DYNAMITE! feels a pang of envy, but we were as green as the Emerald Isle itself when we discovered that hundreds of cycling fans were cheering on two Dynamates this week as they took part in Ireland’s prestigious FBD Insurance Ras stage race. It sounds like they had a Cork-ing time! Sweet-talking Irishman IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE proved he had a touch of the blarney by persuading TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT to take part in the gruelling 1100km competition just nine days before the start on Sunday – so come with us as we relate how the two Dynamates doubled as riders in the five-man Dublin Excel Ravens team. Here come all the highs and Wick-lows of the first four days…

By the very definition of his nickname, Dynamo’s quiet man TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT isn’t prone to exaggeration – so our ears pricked up when he described the FDB Ras as “absolutely crazy”. Surely an eight-day race that runs anticlockwise around the central part of Ireland can’t be as bonkers as an evening at Hillingdon? But the Putney point-gobbler explains: “The first day was insane with three major crashes. One of our team-mates damaged the tendons in his knee so badly that he has to have a cast on for three months.” Ouch! The relatively high incidence of spills is partly due to the super-fast speeds driven by high-quality riders such as Recycling star Chris Newton and former Tour of Spain points competition winner Malcolm Elliott. With a field of that calibre, Tom did a superb job finishing 36th on the opening stage from Dublin to Emyvale which saw the 200-strong peloton average 29mph. That’s not easy to do for 140km! Tom went on to take 38th at Tubbercurry the next day, taking him to 32 on the general classification – but disaster struck around 40km from stage three’s finish at the westerly town of Lisdoonvarna. Tom reveals: “Something happened in front of me so I had to pile into a stone wall and then loads of people came into me from behind. I snapped my bars and one of my shifters so I needed to get a spare bike – but all the team cars were stopped by the crash so I had to run down the road to get ours.” It doesn’t get any more unlucky than that! Having lost valuable time getting another bicycle, battered Tom eventually crossed the line in 148th place and finished 68th at Templemore the following day – but at least he could console himself with the full pro treatment from his team’s support crew, which consisted of a masseur, a manager and a driver who doubled as bike cleaner. There’s probably not much left of your Serotta to clean, pal! The Ras concludes on Sunday – and we’ll be bringing you full details of the remaining four stages next week, including an account of how Tom’s team-mate IAN ‘KING OF’ PAINE managed to come off twice. Back in Blighty, Hemmant’s hectic racing schedule has managed to impress newly-married DOMINIC ‘I WANT IT ALL’ PAUL, who comments: “He must be living on For Goodness Shakes!” The high-achieving triathlete dropped DYNAMITE! a line to say that he won his age group at last weekend’s the Blenheim triathlon and came 8th among the 2,200-strong field. Nice work, fella! The weekend also saw a rare smile on the face of grouchy club president GUY ‘MAINWARING’ ANDREWS when he came second at the Maldon and District 25 mile time trial – and STUART ‘POSTAL’ JEFFREYS tried to steal DARREN ‘PACKING ‘EM’ MINSHALL’s crown as the Hardest Working Man In Dynamo by nabbing the No.6 spot at Saturday’s 4th cat race at Eastway on Saturday before taking 3rd at Dusnfold the next day. Milkshake guru Stuart witnessed JUSTIN ‘ANOTHER WIN’ SIMS come first at the aerodrome after spending most of the 30 mile race at the front. He’ll come in handy now he’s a 3rd cat! And as one Dynamate enters the thirds, another leaves. Human powerhouse GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL drove a six-man break at the 3/4/W/J race Eastway before finishing 6th, giving him the necessary points to move up to the category 2 world of pain. He won’t know what’s hit him! The lanky property broker, who proudly described his performance in Lea Valley as “magnificent”, went on to take 8th at the 80km race in Benenden the next day and polished off his impressive week by taking the No.5 spot at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, which was his first race as a second cat. Nice one, chum!

While waiting for his upgraded license to slowly make its way down from the BCF’s Manchester HQ, newly-promoted Guy decided that he will help out his 3rd cat buddies by riding as their domestique at this weekend’s Surrey League three-day race. What a gent! You could witness this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence and help out event organiser Martin Snow by volunteering to marshal on Sunday’s stage. A certain south coast club has pulled out of marshalling duties at the last minute, which means that a dozen people are needed to cover quiet areas around Nuthurst, Maplehurst and Copsale. Call Martin on 01737 762 605 or e-mail martin.safesounds@btopenworld.com if you can offer assistance. Let’s give him the Dyna-manpower he needs!

It’s been a long way to Tipperary, but we’re finally back home. There will be many gallons of Guinness knocked back before we take another walk along the Liffey, but it will be just seven days, to be sure, before your favourite Dynamatic update returns. Until then, always remember that we are a monosyllabic Sean Kelly and we would be nothing without you, our dynamic Sean Yates. So please keep Dyna-mailing your news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘DANNY BOY’ 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 clasp our lucky shamrock, it only remains for us to remind you about…


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

Hampton Court bridge, 9am for Surrey Hills ride. Fifty-ish miles at a steady pace. Bring a pump, inner tubes, drink, and a potato.

Richmond Gate, Richmond Park, 7:30pm. Four laps of the park.

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

The DYNAMITE! team.


SATURDAY, MAY 21 – ESSEX ROADS CC CIRCUIT RACES, EASTWAY, LEA VALLEY, E/1/2/3, 50KM: 1 Bryan Taylor (VC Londres) 1.22.12; 2 Ben Price (Stilton); 3 Jason Edwards (Ewhurst Control/Wildsidecycles); 4 Craig Stevens (PCA/Ciclos Uno) 5 Ed Graefe (Team Economic Energy); 6 Matt Seaton Matt (VC Londres) 7 Phil Holloway (Southend Wheelers); 8 Andrew Griffiths (LVYCC); 9 TOM LANGLEY (LONDON DYNAMO); 10 Steven Griffiths (Interbike) +1 lap; 11 DAVE CASEY (LONDON DYNAMO) +2 laps.

SATURDAY, MAY 21 – ESSEX ROADS CC CIRCUIT RACES, EASTWAY, LEA VALLEY, 3/4/W/J, 50KM: 1 Joe Fletcher (Team Economic Energy); 2 Chris Farrell (unatt); 3 Ian Randall (Essex Roads); 4 Carl MacDonagh (Brixton Cycles); 5 Phil Watkins (Addiscombe) 6 GUY POWDRILL (LONDON DYNAMO); 7 Kevin Barker (PCA/Ciclos Uno); 8 GAVIN RYAN (LONDON DYNAMO); 9 Phil Bendall (Kent Cycles);; 10 Geoff Luen (San Fairy Ann); 11 Jay Hunter (Interbike); 12 Roger Molinari (Team Economic Energy); 13 Vincent Davison (Victoria); 14 Andrew Harvey (Kingston Wheelers); 15 John Shurmer (Addiscombe); 16 Peter Gettings (Team Economic Energy); 17 Peter Manley (Essex Roads); 18 Kirk Jenns (PCA/Ciclos Uno); 19 Chris Bracewell (Addiscombe); 20 Ian Owen (Bicester Millennium); 21 Jonathan Maher (Sigma); 22 Craig Beech (Interbike); 23 Phil Hersey (Eagle RC); 24 Matt Evans (Finsbury Park); 25 Mike Anderson (Agiskoviner.com); 26 Dan Lewis (unatt); 27 Daniel Kogan (LVYCC)

SATURDAY, MAY 21 – EASTWAY, ESSEX ROADS CC CIRCUIT RACES, EASTWAY, LEA VALLEY, 4/W/J, 24KM: 1 Ian Heather (Shaftesbury) 38.49.4; 2 Tom Burke (Dulwich Paragon) 38.50.5; 3 Conor Murphy (Victoria) 38.51.1; 4 Mark Mitchell (unatt) 38.51.2; 5 Jame MacFeely (Essex Road) 38.51.5; 6 STUART JEFFREYS (LONDON DYNAMO) 38.51.7; 7 Kieran Dunlea (PCA/Ciclos Uno) 38.51.9; 8 Alan Hill (Gemini BC) 38.52.1; 9 Stav Socratous (unatt) 38.52.1; 10 Mark Howard (Shaftesbury) 38.52.1; 11 Steve Hall (Essex Roads) 38.52.3; 12 Steve Treanor (unatt) 38.52.3; 13 Siman Constable (Basildon) 38.52.5; 14 Paul Bird (Shaftesbury); 38.53.0; 15 Richard Mead (Luton) 38.53.5; 16 Alan Sherman (unatt) 38.54.0; 17 Ben Preston (unatt) 38.56.1; 18 Camille MacMillan (Morden) 39.01.6; 19 Ian Hunter (Finsbury Park) 40.23.3.

SUNDAY, MAY 22 – BENENDEN/CRANBROOK SERRL EVENT 6, 3/4/W/J, 80KM: 1 Malcolm Whitehead (VC Deal); 2 Ian O’Hara (Sydenham Wheelers); 3 Kirk Jenns (Cylcos Uno); 4 Brian Long (unatt); 5 Karl Strugnell (De Rosa); 6 Nick Jeffrey (Southborough and District Wheelers); 7 David Jones (Dulwich Paragon); 8 GUY POWDRILL (LONDON DYNAMO); 9 Marek Siwichi (Addiscombe); 10 Cesar Coco (VC Deal); 11 Giles Martin (Dulwich Paragon); 12 Thursten Klassen (Kingston Wheelers); 13 Andrew Wills (VC Deal); 14 Max McCalla (VC Londres); 15 Max Ramirez (Addiscombe); 16 Jonathan Jones (VC Deal); 17 Paul Martin (Easterley); 18 Alistair Tullett (Team Edwardes); 19 Martin Dawkins (VC Deal); 20 Geoff Luen (San Fairy Ann); 21 David Faulkner (Charlotteville); 22 Oliver Macpherson (Dunfermline); 23 Gavin Whendon (Medway Velo); 24 Jeff Wilson (VC Deal) 25 CHRIS CAMPBELL (LONDON DYNAMO); 26 Matt Smith (Gemini); 27 David Williams (VC Deal); 28 Jon Colbear (VC Deal); 29 Russell Shingles (In Gear); 30 Richard Roberts (Dulwich Paragon); 31 Nick Young (Southborough and District Wheelers); 32 Alan Flight (GS Invicta); 33 David Twin (Sydenham Wheelers); 34 Mr Parle (L.W.CC); 35 James Walker (Sydenham Wheelers); 36 Phil Bendall (Kent Cycles); 37 Kevin Knox (Dulwich Paragon); 38 Martin Lloyd (VC Deal); 39 Piers North (Dulwich Paragon); 40 Luke Evans (Sydenham Wheelers); 41 Mark Mitchell (unatt); 42nd John Duckworth (VC Deal).

SUNDAY, MAY 22 – SOUTH EAST DIVISION ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP, DUNSFOLD AERODROME, SUPPORTING RACE, 4/W, 30 MILES: 1 JUSTIN SIMS (LONDON DYNAMO) (1.20.45); 2 Chris Latimer (Angliasport) 3 STUART JEFFREYS (LONDON DYNAMO); 4 Niall Brice (Pacific Racing); 5 Claude Lhomme (Redhill); 6 Glenn Mathieson (unatt); 7 Keith Bugden (Pearson Cycles); 8 Brent Skinner (Hounslow and District); 9 Allan Hopkins (Redhill); 10 Mark Goodall (i-team.co.uk); 11 Tim Sales (Redhill) 12 Roy Page (Brighton Excelsior); 13 Dick Crane (Crawley Wheelers); 14 Deborah Leighton (unatt).

TUESDAY, MAY 24 – CRYSTAL PALACE LEAGUE #5, CRYSTAL PALACE PARK E/1/2, 30KM: CRYSTAL PALACE, E/1/2/3: 1 Dan Rudd (Edwardes); 2 Brett Perez (agiskoviner.com); 3 Matt Seaton (VC Londres); 4 WARRICK SPENCE (LONDON DYNAMO); 5 GUY POWDRILL (LONDON DYNAMO); +4secs; 6 Mike Ladbrook (Pearson Cycles) +1.20; 7 Dave Worthington (agiskoviner.com) +1 lap; 8 JOE STEGERS (LONDON DYNAMO).

TUESDAY, MAY 24 – CRYSTAL PALACE LEAGUE #5, CRYSTAL PALACE PARK, 3/4/W/J, 27KM: 1 Phil Jones (Dulwich Paragon); 2 Will Thomas (Agiskoviner.com); 3 Kirk Jenns (PCA/Ciclos Uno); 4 Simon Lewis (VC Londres); 5 Shannon Durrant (Pearson Cycles); 6 Julian Cunnington (SERL); 7 Mr Anne Boorsma (Dulwich Paragon); 8 William Thompson (Pacific); 9 TOM DAVIES (LONDON DYNAMO); 10 Sam Fensterheim (De Laune); 11 Stuart Hicks (Catford); 12 Alistair Tullett (Edwardes); 13 CHRIS CHAPMAN (LONDON DYNAMO); 14 Sean McKibben (Dulwich Paragon).

“Sean can not bring himself to say ‘peloton’, always referring to ‘d’bonnch’.”

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