Craig Adair
Personal information
Full nameCraig Robert Adair[1]
Born (1963-01-31) 31 January 1963 (age 59)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb)
Medal record
Men's track cycling
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane 1 km time trial

Craig Robert Adair (born 31 January 1963) is a New Zealand track cyclist.

Adair was born in Christchurch in 1963.[2] Under the guidance of Wayne Thorpe,[3] he represented New Zealand at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Despite being a novice at the event and only 18 years old, Adair won the gold medal in the 1 km time trial.[3] Adair then attended the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, when he came fifth in the 1 km time trial.[2] Later, Adair was the manager of the New Zealand track cycling team.[4]

From 1987,[1] he had various cycle shops under the trade name "Craig Adair Cycles" throughout Christchurch (on Colombo Street, Riccarton Road, and in Linwood City Mall).[5] Adair was the event mechanic for the 1987 Coast to Coast, where a crash involving 20 cyclists cleaned him out of spare parts.[6] In a landmark decision decided by the Court of Appeal, Adair lost a case against the Commerce Commission after having violated the Fair Trading Act 1986.[7] His cycle shops went into receivership in 1994.[1]

78 Park Terrace – start of demolition
78 Park Terrace – start of demolition

Track cyclist Hayden Roulston had invested a six-figure sum with a New Zealand company that failed in October 2007 during the global financial crisis. Roulston confided in Adair that he was about to pull out of the preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics, but Adair and four of his friends decided to provide finance for him during this difficult time. Roulston went to the Beijing Olympics and won a silver and a bronze medal in two of the track events.[8] Adair and his wife lived at 78 Park Terrace and had a company that managed some of the apartment in the high rise complex. In 2009 and 2010, some of their business deals were audited by the Inland Revenue Department and reported by The Press, but the Adairs denied any wrongdoing.[4] The apartment complex was demolished after suffering "critical structural damage" in the December 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[9] Both he and his wife were awarded Christchurch Earthquake Awards by Christchurch City Council for their role in evacuating the high rise building after the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[10]

In October 2014, Adair was declared bankrupt.[11]

Further reading


  1. ^ a b c "Craig Adair Cycles Limited". Coys. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Craig Adair". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Tony (7 January 2011). "Top cycling coach, and much more". The Press. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b van Beynen, Martin (27 August 2010). "Gold medalist denies deception". The Press. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  5. ^ Craig Adair Cycles (Motion picture). Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  6. ^ McKerrow, Bob; Woods, John (1994). Coast to Coast: The Great New Zealand Race. Christchurch, New Zealand: Shoal Bay Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-908704-22-4.
  7. ^ "Court of Appeal landmark decision defines "free"" (Press release). Wellington: Commerce Commission. 28 September 1995. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  8. ^ Savage, Jared; Cleaver, Dylan (24 August 2008). "Olympic hero loses life savings". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Urgent demolition for Park Terrace ordered". The Press. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Earthquake Awards ceremony to be held next week". Rebuild Christchurch. Archived from the original on 29 April 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Bankruptcies". New Zealand Gazette. Retrieved 1 February 2017.