Adair returns to form with Clann Eireann victory

Matthew Adair wins on St Patrick's Day at Derrymacash.
Matthew Adair wins on St Patrick's Day at Derrymacash.

St Patrick’s Day saw the return of Banbridge CC’s Matthew Adair when we won the Clannn Eireann CC promoted St Patrick’s Day race in Derrymacash.

Returning to the club after a quiet season last year, Adair was widely known as an off road specialist with a big engine that had potential on the road.

Other Banbridge CC riders in the race were Nathan Sturrock, John Buller and another returning Banbridge CC star, ex-international Tommy Evans.

Buller, who has only moved up to the junior category this year, was the first to make an impression with a solo attack.

He remained out front for the almost an entire lap of the five mile circuit but would be absorbed again by the main bunch.

Approximately half way through the 45 mile race, a group of eight riders moved clear, containing both Adair and Evans. The group quickly gained an advantage of approximately one minute over the field.

On the final lap, Adair went on a solo bid for victory. As he rounded the final bend, he had a 15 second advantage over those chasing and had time to enjoy his first road race victory. Evans followed closely behind in fifth place.

Also on St Patrick’s Day, David Lavery travelled to the North Pole CC promoted potato race in Donegal. Following a solid winter David narrowly missed out on a podium with a fine fourth place in the bumper A4 race.