DYNAMITE! #70, 02.09.05

November 21, 2010

DYNAMITE! The OFFICIAL London Dynamo Newsletter #70, 02.09.05

It’s the country synonymous with tough riders and luxury chocolates – so it’s fitting that a hard Dynamo with a soft centre should hop aboard a Eurostar to show those feisty Flandrians the incredible might of the ‘Mo. That’s right, Merckx-loving reader – daring elite TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT found out what it’s really like mixing it up with some proper big boys when he went to Belgium this week with fellow south-east riders Matt Talbot and Henry Furniss. It wasn’t pretty, but the diligent accountant was pleased to discover a princely profit of nine euros when he looked at his balance sheet for entry fees and prize money. In his line of work, there are plenty of ways to keep that tidy little sum from the taxman! This edition of your favourite Dyna-matic update also features news of five Dynamates’ impressive performances at the Surrey League three-day and an update on the aftermath of the recent Parkride spills – but let’s start by raising a glass to a country where they really know how to put on a race. Here comes a foaming tankard of Duvel…

He’s a snip above the rest in the Surrey League – but not even Glyn Durrant’s distinctive ‘do could prepare TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT for the multitude of mullets, many of them bleached blonde, that awaited him as he set out to achieve his ambition of racing in Belgium. And the races were pretty hair-raising as well! Dynamo’s quiet man turned up on the starting line in what he describes as “a small village with a strange name to the east of Brussels” on Saturday and witnessed full-on attacks from the front which set the savage pace. He reveals: “Once a rider is pulled back they just repeat over and over until the bunch splits.” Nasty stuff! Tactical Tom pulled out at the 90km mark after missing a break, thereby saving his legs for the following day’s racing which saw him take 13th, even though he briefly created a gap by taking an alternative means to negotiate a roundabout. His final race on Monday ended in 15 minutes because “the legs were done in and the head was even worse”, so Tom sat in the glorious sunshine enjoying a cloudy beer while watching the others suffer. That must have been tough, pal! Despite his two DNFs, the former Solna Avenue resident was pleased not to be totally outclassed – and he reveals: “It’s very cool racing there. Even for a ‘chipper’ race they use a PA, close the roads, put up barriers for the finish and pull in reasonable crowds. There might have to be some Dynamo trips next season.” Dyna-masochists, form an orderly queue!

Meanwhile, over in Surrey, Bank Holiday big-hitters GUY ‘MAINWARING’ ANDREWS, MARTIN ‘COMEBACK’ GARRATT, SEAN ‘HANDY’ HANNEBERRY, RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT and MARTIN ‘PIN-UP’ WILLIAMSON made sure Dynamo got at least one rider in the top ten of each stage in the Cycles Dauphin three-day – a feat unmatched by any other club in this year’s race. Well done, fellas! Williamson the Weybridge wonder was one of the few who chose to use tri-bars for the opening 1.8 mile time trial up Box Hill – and the tactic bagged him 2nd place, a mere nine seconds behind Pearson Cycles’ Michael Ladbrook. The rest of the weekend was a bit of a rollercoaster for the Dynamo hunk – a puncture on stage two forced him to chase the pack unsuccessfully for three laps of the Dunsfold circuit before coming a blistering 3rd at the 11-mile Ewhurst time trial and crashing out in the final 60-mile stage. Martin Garratt, who bent two Ksyrium spokes in the same smash, said of his namesake: “How much more bad luck can a guy have?” Fortune, however, was smiling on Rusty in stage two when he finished 8th, giving the tenacious tiddler enough points to hold on to his 2nd cat licence. Mission accomplished! True to form, club president Guy had a tantrum during the same stage when the successful late break went off without any Dynamates in it – but Chairman ‘Mo changed his tune when he witnessed Sean see off the rest of the bunch to claim 7th place. Guy exclaims: “That boy can sprint!” Tenth-placed Martin Garratt completed the hat-trick of Dynamos in the top ten on the Dunsfold results sheet, making stage two their most successful showing in the race. But the weekend turned out to be Guy’s Dyna-moment of glory – losing only 22secs in the opening TT, climbing the general classification at the stage three time trial, where he was cheered on by the passing Dynamo Surrey Hills riders, and finishing 6th in the final road stage at Ewhurst was enough to give him 7th place overall. If that doesn’t put a smile on his face, nothing will!

With Guy turning his attention to road racing, it’s been left to another Dynamo board member to sprinkle a little Dyna-magic on the world of time trialling. Race secretary PAUL ‘CANNONBALL’ CALLINAN came 5th in the Cliff Sharp 25 on Sunday 20th with a time of 0.57.22. We’ll let you know if he got his revenge on winner Jamie Dear at their rematch this week when the Kingston killer lets us know! On the same day Paul clamped on his tri-bars, Dynamettes ZOE ARTHUR and TANYA PERETT completed Ironman UK in 14hrs 29mins 56secs, with the hilly bike section taking them 7.5 hours alone. Tanya reveals: “We’re feeling very proud, albeit a little stiff, and we’ll be back joining the weekend rides soon.” We look forward to seeing you again, ladies!

Finally, JOHN O’CONNELL has dropped off a quick update on the injuries he sustained during his recent touch of wheels on the Parkride. It seems we were a little premature in stating the spill only caused a few cuts and bruises because Kingston hospital’s X-ray department has revealed John has a hairline fracture in his elbow – but the doctor has given him the all clear to start riding again. He asks everyone to “stay safe” and adds: “When that little voice in your head tells you that it’s too dangerous, it probably is!”

The last banger has been polished off the plate and we hope you’ve had a s-mash-ing time. Many thanks for all your contributions – but please remember we are a bottle of white wine whose sole purpose is to marinade you, our pot of tasty mussels. So please keep Dyna-mailing your news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN ‘BRUGES’ 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 ask for the bill, 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 Roubaix cobble.

Richmond Gate, Richmond Park, 7:30pm. Five laps of the park at race pace.

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

The DYNAMITE! team.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 – CYCLES DAUPHIN SURREY LEAGUE ARMY CU 3 DAY, FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION: 1 Colin McDermott (Festival) 5:53:50; 2 Jaco Ehlers (De Rosa) +0:00:49; 3 Daniel James (VC St Raphael) +0:00:49; 4 Gavin Morton (Charlotteville) +0:01:27; 5 David Kennett (Fit-For) +0:01:38; 6 Christopher Barr (Army CU) +0:01:43; 7 GUY ANDREWS (LONDON DYNAMO) +0:01:46; 8 Ian O’Hara (Sydenham Wheelers) +0:02:02; 9 Michael Ladbrook (Pearson Cycles) +0:02:22; 10 Nicholas Dawes (Farnborough and Camberley) +0:02:31; 11 Philip Watkins (Addiscombe) +0:02:41; 12 Russell Shingles (In Gear Quickvit) +0:02:42; 13 Pete Connelly (VC Meudon) +0:02:45; 14 Richard Pearman (Velocity the Exercise Deck) +0:02:46; 15 David Larcombe (VC Meudon) +0:02:58; 16 Mickael Metayer (Fit-For) +0:03:08; 17 Chester Hill (TM Racing) +0:03:11; 18 Julian Bray (London Phoenix) +0:03:17; 19 Shannon Durrant (Pearson Cycles) +0:03:19; 20 Graham Wood (Crawley) +0:03:24; 21 MARTIN GARRATT (LONDON DYNAMO) +0:03:48; 22 Graham Wyatt (Velocity the Exercise Deck) +0:04:02; 23 Robert Fallon (Fit-For) +0:04:04; 24 Giles Bowell (Twickenham) +0:04:12; 25 Chris Howard (Southborough and District) +0:04:45; 26 SEAN HANNEBERRY (LONDON DYNAMO) +0:04:47; 27 Jonathan Marchini (Oxford University) +0:04:56; 28 RUSSELL SHORT (LONDON DYNAMO) +0:05:12; 29 Neil Linford-Relph (VC Meudon) +0:05:28; 30 Daron Gardner (Basingstoke) +0:05:42; 31 Cyan Collier (Oxford City) +0:05:52; 32 Kevin Blann (Velocity the Exercise Deck) +0:06:41; 33 George Lagvillo (Twickenham) +0:07:00; 34 Andrew Norfolk (agiskoviner.com) +0:08:15; 35 Chris Wallis (TM Racing) +0:18:08; 36 Matthew Rugman (Kingsnorth International) +0:19:16; 37 Kevin Davey (Pacific Racing) +0:22:03; 38 Jon Masters (Redhill) +0:28:55; 39 Peter Williams (Army CU) +0:33:14; 40 Hannah Bussey (VC Meudon) +0:37:41.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 – BC WEST THAMES/HEMEL HEMPSTEAD CC CIRCUITS, HILLINGDON CYCLE CIRCUIT, E/1/2/3, 60KM: 1 Paul Crook (Anglia Sport/Condor) 1:30.45; 2 P. Pickup (Liphook Cycles); 3 C. Roshier (Team Quest) +3secs; 4 T. Neave (Liphook Cycles) +5secs; 5 J. Hoy (Evans Cycles) +43secs; 6 R. Painter (Norwood Paragon); 7 S. Hammer (Agisko Viner) +54secs; 8 V. Halpern (AW Cycles); 9 S. Lawn (Sigma Sport); 10 M. Docker (PCA/Ciclos Uno); 11 J. Fletcher (Economic Energy); 12 J. Ormston (Team Quest); 13 D. Walters (Ajchua Limoux); 14 Unidentified; 15 N. Hastler (Essex Roads); 16 GAVIN RYAN (LONDON DYNAMO); 17 R. Morgan (Stilton); 18 B. Stone (Oxford University); 19 R. Jerome (Willesden); 20 P. Stedman (Reading); 21 S. Golla (High Wycombe); 22 ANDREW STRONGE (LONDON DYNAMO); 23 CHRIS CAMPBELL (LONDON DYNAMO); 24 T. Klassen (Kingston Wheelers); 25 Unidentified; 26 Unidentified; 27 A. McInnnes (RAF); 28 M. Ketterer (Team Quest); 29 M. Holt (Cambridge University); 30 R. Garlinge (Team Quest); 31 P. Clarke (unatt); 32 M. Anderson (agiskoviner.com); 33 C. Denman (Beyond Mountain Bikes); 34 K. Lambourn (Whitewebbs); 35 A. Bojarski (Hemel Hempstead); 36 L. Terry (agiskoviner.com).

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 – BC WEST THAMES/HEMEL HEMPSTEAD CC CIRCUITS, HILLINGDON CYCLE CIRCUIT, 4/W/J, 45KM: 1 Russell Cross (TM Racing); 2 CHRIS SHAW (LONDON DYNAMO); 3 B. Lowe (Twickenham); 4 A. Moore (TM Racing); 5 P. Moulton (unatt); 6 K. Blythe (GS Strada); 7 BILL GILBERT (LONDON DYNAMO); 8 Unidentified; 9 S. Parker (Tri & Run); 10 S. Potts (TM Racing).

MONDAY, AUGUST 29 – SOUTHEND WHEELERS CRITS, EASTWAY, E/1/2/3/4, 56KM: 1 Simon Cope (Pacific RT) 1:24:20.5; 2 Dean Shannon (Southend Wheelers) 1:24:20.5; 3 Lee Day (Liphook Cycles) 1:24:20.7; 4 James Cocker (Finsbury Park) 1:24:20.8; 5 Matt Seaton (VC Londres) 1:24:21.9; 6 Matt Smith (Gemini) 1:24:24.0; 7 Paul Mill (Team Edwards) 1:24:25.0; 8 22 Andrew Meilak (Posh Bikes.com) 1:25:08.3; 9 Joe Fletcher (Team Economic Energy) 1:25:08.5; 10 Nick Hastler (Essex Roads) 1:25:08.9; 11 Aldous Shaun (Interbike) 1:25:20.7; 12 Martin Meades (API) 1:25:21; 13 Stuart Heade (1:25:39.5); 14 Gary Kristensen (agiskoviner.com) 1:25:39.9; 15 Steven Griffiths (Interbike) 1:25:40.0; 16 Steve Hammer (agiskoviner.com) 1:25:40.6; 17 Anibal Savash (Victoria) 1:25:40.8; 18 Des Gayler Des (Kenton); 1:25:41.1; 19 GUY POWDRILL (LONDON DYNAMO) 1:25:41.1; 20 Robin Basford (Ride Beyond) 1:25:41.4; 21 Mark Waller (Southend Wheelers) 1:25:41.5; 22 Chris Farrell (unatt) 1:25:41.6; 23 Dan Fentiman (Tri and run) 1:25:41.6; 24 Oscar Challis (Dulwich Paragon) 1:25:41.8; 25 Simon Hazeldine (Addiscombe) 1:25:42.0; 26 Simon Bild (Sport and Publicity) 1:25:42.1; 27 TOM DAVIES (LONDON DYNAMO) 1:25:42.4; 28 Peter Elmes (Gemini) 1:25:43.2; 29 6 Martin McCrossan (Trackcycling.co.uk) 1:25:43.7; 30 Ben Davey (Blue Sky Cycles) 1:25:44.5; 31 Andy McPherson (Liphook Cycles) 1:25:45.4; 32 Mike Gardener (Glendene) 1:25:53.0; 33 Chris Negus (Shaftesbury) 1:25:59.2; 34 Phil Hetzel (Ipswich) 1:26:03.1.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29 – SOUTHEND WHEELERS CRITS, EASTWAY, 3/4/W/J 52KM: 1 Simon Bateson (Elite) 1:19:23.7; 2 Kevin Barker (PCA/Ciclos Uno) 1:19:58.0; 3 RICHARD MASON (LONDON DYNAMO) 1:19:59.2; 4 Roger Molinari (Economic Energy) 1:19:59.3; 5 Gerard Tighe (Finsbury Park) 1:19:59.5; 6 Jay Hunter (Interbike) 1:19:59.6; 7 Farrow Richard West Suffolk Whlrs 1:20:01.1; 8 Kim Blythe (Gs Strada) 1:20:03.0; 9 Carl McDonagh (Brixton Cycles) 1:20:03.4; 10 Allister Tulett (Edwards) 1:20:03.6; 11 Mark Walter (London Phoenix) 1:20:03.7; 12 David Gayler (Kenton) 1:20:03.9; 13 Tom Burke (Dulwich Paragon) 1:20:04.1; 14 Jonathan Maher (Sigma Sport) 1:20:04.4; 15 Alan Hill (Gemini) 1:20:04.9.

“A yellow jersey was bought in the first shop we came to. It was just the right size, although we had to cut a slightly larger hole for my head to go through.”

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