Mick Chapman was cycling through and through.
He was a competitive cyclist and won State and Country titles during his competitive career. Mick was an integral part of cycling over many, many years. But his passion was coaching and Mick accompanied many successful NSW teams to National Championships: He was the Head Cycling Coach at the Hunter Academy of Sport (a position he held since the Academy’s inception) and President of the Hunter District Cycling Club (where he served in many capacities over several years). He was also a National Commissaire and one of Australia’s top Level 3 coaches.
Mick’s coaching talents were instrumental in the development of 2004 Olympian Olivia Gollan. As a coach, he was a forward thinker, a tough disciplinarian and a shrewd mentor. Mick just knew what was required to take a rider to the next level.
Mick suffered from heart disease but didn’t let his illness intrude on his passion for cycling. He turned the cranks for the last time in April 2010 and left a legacy of talent and inspiration to anew breed of competitive cyclists growing up in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. The Mick Chapman Memorial Criterium is a part of that legacy.