The eagerly anticipate first round of the League of Gentlemen took off with a bang at Hagg Farm this weekend. Initial drama started with Isaac Campbell forgetting to sign up, which turned out to be a mild set back.
An initial run of the steep and tight DH track showed the greasy bottom turns were going to be decisive. Practice saw Alisdair Swindell’s taking a controversial straight line, which missed out the 6 final turns he claimed he couldn’t ride. Timed practice runs were completed using stopwatches, iPhones in pockets and timing devices taped to handlebars -choose your weapon carefully.
The top 3 dominated the race runs; Isaac Campbell rounded out the top 3 with a stunning 1:41. The winner was decided when David Nobles lost control in the last 3 turns and then fumbled his timer in a panic, handing Max Ligema the top spot. The only DNF of the day was Jonno Wood with a mystifying crash in the first (and easiest) turn, popping his rear brake and leaving his promising 1:35 practice time useful only for making excuses.
Watch this space for details of the next round.
Final Times 1. Max 1:38 2. Dave N 1:40 3. Isaac 1:41 4. AJ 1:53 5. Jake 1:59 6. Ned 2:07 7. Jacob 2:30 8. Dave H 2:38 9. Jonno DNF