London Dynamo Newsletter #10, 04.06.04

November 21, 2010

London Dynamo Newsletter #10, 04.06.04

Twin-piston powerhouse GUY ‘THE ENGINE’ POWDRILL has called it “very good” PAUL HARKNETT reckons it’s “excellent” while compact mechanic SAM ‘SLAM DUNK’ HUMPHESON went as far to say that he “loves” it – and now, thanks to the unstoppable enthusiasm of our loyal readership, your favourite four-a-month bulletin dedicated to all things Dynamesque has reached the historic milestone of issue number 10. Have we been celebrating this glorious moment by lolling around the Newsletter bunker waiting for even more notes of praise to cascade through our letterbox faster than Beloki on a tricky descent? No way, Joseba! This week has seen us take the fearless leap from the printed word to the moving image in an ongoing bid to chronicle the considerable achievements of London’s most photogenic cycling club. Admittedly, the account you have before you is in the Newsletter’s traditional text-based format – but if the technical boffins at Dynamo Towers put their heads together, then every movie-mad Dynamate may soon be able to watch exclusive footage of ‘GENTLEMAN’ JOHN OLDRIDGE and ROB ‘GUNNER’ TUBBS powering around Goodwood, courtesy of the Dynamo website. Let’s roll the opening credits…

Triathlete ROB TUBBS was disappointed after he “busted his backside” at the undulating Woolwich 10-mile time trial course this week, only to find that a 50-ish veteran had caned him by more than two minutes. “Believe me,” Rob admits, “he wasn’t the only one!” And the ex-soldier wasn’t too pleased when an unpleasant chap barked orders at him during the 3/4/W/J race at Goodwood on Sunday. The jumped-up sergeant major, who shall remain nameless, told the toiling Dynamate to “keep it going at the front” – and then left him to do all the hard work with a few other competitors in the fast 50-mile event. Rob, who had previously been in a four-man break, decided he had done more than his fair share and left the head of the bunch before nabbing 13th in the sprint, while JOHN OLDRIDGE finished a short distance behind in 18th place. Plucky CHRIS CAMPBELL was also forced to do a bit of work during the 30-mile 4/W race when an Addiscombe rider peeled off halfway around the final lap, leaving the hapless Dynamate to pull the bunch and settle for 12th place. He’ll get it right one day!

There were no such tactical errors for fast-rising 2nd cat star TOM ‘HUMBLE’ HEMMANT, who stealthily secured the No.2 spot at Cutmill on Bank Holiday Monday by seeing off all but one of the elite competitors. Now that’s cycling! The frequently-misspelled rider, who was bizarrely dubbed “Hemnaun” by London Cycle Sport after placing 5th at Crystal Palace last week, managed to get in a five- man break early on which stayed away. rider Robin Sharman whittled the quintet down to a trio by piling on the pressure on the penultimate lap – and Tom reveals: “He attacked again in exactly the same place at the bell. I couldn’t quite cling on so he soloed off to victory and I managed to beat the other guy on the last ascent up to the finish.” Dynamo’s quiet man wins the London Dynamo Newsletter Result Of The Week Loudhailer for his impressive victory – but true to form, the racing scene’s quiet man was keen to underplay his achievement. He confesses: “I was really proud to finish second to an elite. But since then my legs have been very sore and I found out that he had won a 50-mile time trial the day before, so he would hardly have been fresh. He was also the driving force behind the break.” This isn’t really the time or the place for the Newsletter to raise its voice – BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKES, MATE – YOU HAD TO GO UP A WHOPPING HILL NINE TIMES! AND YOU STILL SAW OFF ALMOST EVERY ELITE COMPETITOR! If someone has a chip handy, please stick it on Tom’s shoulder as soon as possible. Meanwhile, pocket rocket RUSSELL ‘RUSTY’ SHORT came 20th in the same race – and Tom recalls seeing a lone Dynamo rider pull out after losing his chain twice on the penultimate climb. Who was that renegade team-mate hunched over a blue Dolan? No – it can’t be! Yes it is! It’s… KEN BUIST!

This bit of the Newsletter really is coming on in leaps and bounds! A couple of days before Ken had a visit from the mechanical fairy, eagle-eyed mechanic SAM HUMPHESON popped out of his workshop at Sigma Sport and witnessed the enigmatic Aussie browsing in the hallowed Hampton Wick bicycle emporium. Sam reveals: “He was looking at bikes. With a woman. That’s all I have to say.” Good Lord – you can’t just end it there, man! What did she look like? Did they hold hands? Were they travelling by tandem? If you have any information on mysterious Ken’s mystery lady, then please spill the beans by sending an email to And make the details as obsessive as is legally possible!

Two more Dynamates’ female acquaintances also deserve an honourable mention this week. Reserved high-achiever TOM HEMMANT was keen to divert the spotlight onto his lady friend LUCY DOVE, who was grabbing a “peace” of the action at the third Thames Turbo Triathlon at Hampton Pool while he raced at Cutmill on Bank Holiday Monday. Tom says: “She came fourth lady, which also meant that she won the 20-29 age group prize.” Well done, madam! Meanwhile, Dynaman ROB TUBBS celebrated the achievements of Dynamette REBECCA STUBBS in the International Bedford Classic 3-day race, which saw the gutsy rider hold her own in the prologue, a crit at Milton Keynes Bowl, a longer time trial, a 40km road race and the final stage of 84km. Determined not to repeat her baptism of fire in Wales last week when she found herself in the only female team at a gruelling two-day race, Rebecca doggedly hung in as a number of top female riders fought it out in the general classification. Rob, who witnessed Rebecca in the final stage, reports: “She charged up the finishing incline with great place and snatched what I counted to be a clear 12th place. She also finished a very credible 38th place in the overall GC – only 4 minutes down after a gruelling 140 miles.” That’s more than some of Dynamo’s gentlemen members do in six months!

Finally, in a bid to help out our knobbly-tyred brethren, we’d like to point out that London Dynamo is scheduled to help marshal at the Beastway MTB race on Wednesday, June 23, so any volunteers from our wide membership base would be greatly appreciated. The race starts at 7.30pm at Eastway, and SAM HUMPESON says: “Marshals need to get there as soon as possible after work and they usually retire to the pub afterwards.” There’s an email address on the Dynamo web forum if you want to help out with this fun and competitive series or you can check out for more details. One rider who may want to help out is DOMINIC PAUL, as he should have more time on his hands after snapping the front end of his OCLV. Sam, who has the damaged Trek in his workshop, reveals: “He made the classic error of driving into a low car park with his pride and joy attached to the roof rack.” Ouch!

The film is in the can, the crew are dismantling the set and the male lead is in his Winnebago doing unmentionable things with his pretty personal assistant. All we can do is hope this picture will be a hit after it reaches your inbox. Always remember that we are the director, but we would be nothing without you, our glittering stars. So please send us your news, gossip, and further sightings of the elusive KEN BUIST to The deadline, as ever, is Wednesday afternoon for the following Friday’s edition. And now, as the throbbing Europop from the post-wrap party beckons, it only remains for us to remind you about…

The Parkride. Richmond Park, Roehampton Gate, 9am. Four laps split into fast, intermediate and steady groups. Anyone who wants to lead a group should leave a message at

Hampton Court bridge, 9am for Surrey Hills ride. 50ish miles at a steady pace. Bring a pump, inner tubes, drink, and the correct spelling of SAM HUMPHESON’s name.

Richmond Gate, Richmond Park, 7:30pm. Steady two-hour ride to Surrey and back.

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

London Dynamo Newsletter.

SUNDAY, MAY 16, SOUTHEND WHEELERS ST ANDREW’S TROPHY, 1/2/3/4, 106KM: 1 Thomas Gardner (Glendene CC); 2 Keir Williams (San Fairy Ann CC); 3 Jamie Higgins (Sigma Sport); 4 Glenn Stanford (Eastern Region Velo); 5 Kevin Chambers (API Resprays); 6 Nigel Ling (Old Portlians CC); 7 Mark Powell (VC Deal); 8 Sean Sumner (Eastern Region Velo); 9 Richard Whitehorn (Glendene CC); 10 Shaun Aldous (Eastern Region Velo); 11 Martin Meades (API Resprays); 12 Michael Gray (Glendene CC); 13 KEN BUIST (LONDON DYNAMO); 14 Paul Smith (Interbike RT); 15 Robert Driver (Cambridge University CC).

TUESDAY, MAY 25, CRYSTAL PALACE, E/1/2/3: 1 Paul Mill (Team Edwardes); 2 Daniel Rudd (Team Edwardes); 3 Simon Cope (Team Edwardes); 4 Stuart Blunt (Corridori) + 15 secs; 5 TOM HEMMANT (LONDON DYNAMO); + 25 secs; 6 Scott Bugden (Pearson Cycles); 7 Matt Rugman (Kingsnorth RT); 8 Dave Worthington (Prestige VC); 9 Tony Kelly (Pacific RT); 10 Ben Thompson + 1 lap.

SATURDAY, MAY 29 – MONDAY, MAY 31, BEDFORD 3-DAY STAGE RACE, W, 217KM: 1 Angela Hunter (GS Strada – Rudy Project – Afford – Pinarello) 6:07:31; 2 Isabelle Hoffman (Team Bianchi – VS Olympia – Holland) + 00:24; 3 Colette Swift (Cycling Ireland – Hibernian Insurance) + 00:38; 4 Nikki Harris (Women’s Cycle Racing Association) + 00:41; 5 Lorna Webb (Impsport Composite Team) + 00:47; 6 Jeanette Tebbutt (Team Luciano – Fondriest Cycles) + 01:04; 7 Diane Moss (Team Luciano – Fondriest Cycles) + 01:07; 8 Leda Cox (Impsport Composite Team) + 01:08; 9 Julie O’Hagan (Letchworth Velo Club – Torelli Sport) + 01:17; 10 Laura Bissell (Impsport Composite Team) + 01:18; 11 Susie Godart (Team Bianchi – VS Olympia – Holland) + 01:19; 12 Alexandra Nöhles (Team Bianchi – VS Olympia – Holland) + 01:27; 13 Helen Gutteridge (Team Luciano – Fondriest Cycles) + 01:28; 14 Caroline James (Eastern Region Velo – Bianchi UK) + 01:29; 15 Siobhan Dervan (Cycling Ireland – Hibernian Insurance) + 01:40; 16 Lauren O’Neill (Team Luciano – Fondriest Cycles) + 01:42; 17 Della McGiven (Velo Club Meudon – Integra Cycle Kingdom Colbornes) + 01:43; 18 Tracy Clarke (Central Division) + 01:50; 19 Heather Summers (East Midlands Division) 01:53; 20 Kirsten Brooks (Welsh Cycling Union) 01:59; 21 Kelly Grant (Central Division) + 02:01; 22 Kimberley Blythe (Team Luciano – Fondriest Cycles) + 02:25; 23 Trudy Brown (Cycling Ireland – Hibernian Insurance) + 02:27; 24 Kate Cullen (Letchworth Velo Club – Torelli Sport) + 02:34; 25 Marina Massaro (Team Bianchi – VS Olympia – Holland) + 02:37; 26 Clara Beard (GS Strada – Rudy Project – Afford – Pinarello) + 02:55; 27 Gabrielle Day (Impsport Composite – Team Bottecchia-X- Gear-Genesys-Shain Helmets) + 02:55; 28 Rosie Dosremedios (Velo Club Meudon – Integra – Cycle Kingdom – Colbornes) + 02:56; 29 Lisa Hollingshead (East Midlands Division) + 03:19; 30 Ruth Gamwell (West Midlands Division) + 03:19; 31 Ann Paul (Cycling Ulster) + 03:22; 32 Roisian Kennedy (Cycling Ireland – Hibernian Insurance) + 03:32; 33 Melissa Mather (Team Luciano – Fondriest Cycles) + 03:33; 34 Louise Amery (Women’s Cycle Racing Association) + 03:40; 35 Tamara Schijff (Team Bianchi – VS Olympia – Holland) + 03:43; 36 Angela Nainby (Surrey League) + 03:47; 37 Elizabeth Clayton (West Midlands Division) + 04:09; 38 REBECCA STUBBS (SURREY LEAGUE) + 04:19; 66 Kat Smart (Central Division) 1:20:02.

SUNDAY, MAY 30, SURREY LEAGUE GOODWOOD RACES, 3/4/J/W, 50 MILES: 1 Martin Markowski (Bayeux Landscapes) 1:58:02; 2 Lewis Atkins (PCA Ciclos Uno); 3 Tim Costello (Southdown Velo); 4 Paul Atkinson (VC St Raphael) + 0:13; 5 Jeff Baird (Twickenham CC); 6 Jeff Wilson (VC Deal); 7 Raymond Healey (Twickenham CC) + 0:19; 8 Colin Tamon (Tunbridge Wells RC); 9 Dan Bennett (Dbennett Training); 10 Brian Tidey (Addiscombe CC); 11 Colin Bateman (Festival RC); 12 Tony Stubbens (unatt); 13 ROB TUBBS (LONDON DYNAMO); 14 Angus MacInnes (RAF CC); 15 Lindsey Ruocco (South Western RC); 16 E Young (unatt); 17 David Freeman (unatt); 18 JOHN OLDRIDGE (LONDON DYNAMO); 60 Dave Worsfold (unatt); 61 Richard Varian (Epsom CC) + 3:28; 62 Michael Groom (Epsom CC) + 1 lap.

4/W, 30 MILES: 1 Dan Manelfi (Freerider Cycles) 1:16:19; 2 G Laguillo (Twickenham CC); 3 Craig Wilson (VC Meudon); 4 Andrew Wills (VC Deal); 5 Gareth Dickinson (Team Luciano); 6 Russ Davies (Sotonia); 7 Paul Restall (Ride Venture); 8 Jon Masters (Redhill CC); 9 Andrew Hicks (South Western RC); 10 Jim Orr (VC Meudon); 11 Ian Essex (Brighton Excelsior); 12= S Morgan (VC Meudon) 12= Russell Childs (Twickenham CC); 12= K Bow (Sotonia); 12= P Robins (Kingfisher Tri Club); 12= A Horne (Kingfisher Tri Club); 12= James Bates (Farnborough & Camberley); 12= Keir Stone-Brown (Chippenham Wheelers); 12= Paul Jeffery (Southdown Velo); 12= CHRIS CAMPBELL (LONDON DYNAMO); 12= Marek Glowinski (VC de Londres); 32 Sam Prior (Twickenham CC).

MONDAY, MAY 31, SURREY LEAGUE ROAD RACE (PRESTIGE), CUTMILL, E/1/2/3, 107KM: 1 Robin Sharman ( 2 hrs 43 mins; 2 TOM HEMMANT (LONDON DYNAMO); 3 Duncan Urquhart (; 4 Steven Richards (VC Meudon); 5 Steve Gowar (Pacific Racing); 6 Tony Kelly (Pacific Racing); 7 Craig Peter (VC Meudon); 8 Matt Melville (VC St Raphael); 9 James Louter (In-Gear RT); 10 Simon Horton (VC Meudon); 11 Chas Hollosi (Gemini BC); 12 Mark Sussex (Tunbridge Wells RC); 13 David Kennett (Addiscombe CC); 14 James Holland (Leader Principia RT); 15 Julian Bray (London Phoenix); 16 Daniel Duguid (Evans Cycles RT); 17 Gary Flint (In-Gear RT); 18 James Lett (De Laune CC); 19 Darren Santer (VC Deal); 20 RUSSELL SHORT (LONDON DYNAMO).

MONDAY, MAY 31, THAMES TURBO TRIATHLON, HAMPTON POOL, RACE 3: 1 Gavin Smith; 00:56:18; 2 Mark Bayliss 00:56:22; 3 Tom Langley 00:58:10 (Thames Turbo); 4 Euan Lees (Thames Turbo) 00:58:28; 5 Roger Barr 01:01:18; 6 Nick Glozier 01:01:27; 7 Andrew Cairns 01:01:53; 8 James Stratton (Thames Turbo) 01:02:33; 9 Pablo Lastras (Thames Turbo) 01:02:50; 10 Derek Baigent 01:03:21; 34 (F28) LUCY DOVE (SERPENTINE RC) 01:09:40; 202 Elizabeth Chambers 02:22:01.

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