This year's summer league is the closest fought yet with the first two events finishing in dead heats. Event 1 saw rider Chris Staples come out of retirement to challenge experienced road man Gordon Stead for victory. They crossed the line in identical times. Event 2 was another clash of the FWCC time trialling titans, this time Chris Staples crossed the line first in exactly the same time as Gordon Graham. Who will blink first? Event 3 delivered a partial verdict. Held on a gloriously sunny evening on a 10.4 mile route which looped away from Eglington Park via the Blair Tavern and back into Kilwinning, this was a hilly time trial and a stern test of fitness. Chris Staples won the event convincingly in 24:53, followed by Gordon Stead in 25:38, both of whom beat Gordon Graham into third place with a still excellent time of 25:49. Rider Graham, however, was on a normal road bike while riders Staples and Stead were on specialist time trial machines. Could this have made the difference? Kilmarnock-based speed merchant Allie Kinnaird rode exceptionally well to deliver a fifth placed time of 26:47. Likewise, Alan McCall crossed the line in 27.41 which was enough to get into the top ten. An excellent effort on terrain rider McCall is occasionally heard to complain about. Steve Donaldson continues a run of not coming last with a time of 32.40, ahead of rider Guy Walker (36.40) who had to stop no fewer than five times to tighten a loose crank, eventually removing it entirely to cross the line pedalling with one leg. Event 4 (the Club 25 mile time trial) is scheduled for 21st June.