Club Legends – Craig Chapman

Craig started out in 1978 at the 12 with Hunter District Cycling Club and won his first state title on track when he was 13. However the finish of the grueling leg of the Commonwealth Cycling Classic in 1989 that ended in Newcastle after the 183km ride from Forster was a highlight of Craig Chapman’s career in the sport. Craig was the only Australian to win a stage of the east coast Classic that year and aside from helping Australia win the team event, it established him as a road rider of note.

The Glendale cyclist was always known for his strength and it was in track time trials that Craig had established this reputation. After finishing behind Martin Vinnicombe in 1985, Chapman turned the tables the following year in the NSW Individual Time Trial and took it out again in 1987. Craig was a medallist every year in the NSW Championships from 1985 to 1995.

Craig represented Australia in Oceanic Games in 1987 and was a member of the Australian team that competed in the exciting World Series Track races that toured Australia for the Bicentenary. With hometown support Craig won the 10 km race in the Broadmeadow Velodrome round of that series.

In 1988 his victories in the NSW and Australian 100 kilometer team time trials championships prompted his conversion from track to road and Craig competed in Holland for the Westland Will Voorfoot team to gain European experience. In August 1989 he was a member of the Australian team that finished a creditable ninth in the World Road Teams Championship in France.

Chapman rode for Australia in the Auckland Commonwealth Games Cycling road race and was a member of the Australian Road Team from 1988 to 1991.

[Source: Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame]

Achievements

International Records:

1987-88 Member Australian Track Team
1988 Member of winning Australian Team World Series
1988-1991 Member of Australian Road Team
1988 Won 10km Round World Series Track
1989 Won 90km European Road Team Time Trial (TTT) Championship – France
1990 Won 190km Stage Commonwealth Bank Classic – Road
1989 9th in World 100km TTT Championships France – Road
1997 2nd Oceanic Games 1km TT Championships )
1997 2nd Oceanic Games 4000m Team Pursuit ) Track
1997 3rd Oceanic Games 50km Points Race )

Commonwealth Record

1990 Member Australian Road Team Commonwealth Games 170km Road Race

National Records

1988 Won Australian Road 100km TTT Championship – Road
1989 3rd Australian Road 100km TTT Championship – Road
1989 3rd Australian Madison 100km Championship – Track

Finished top 10 in every discipline at Australian Championships Road & Track at Open level

State Records

1986 Won NSW 1km TT Championship
1987 Won NSW 1km TT Championship
1989 Won NSW 4000m Team Pursuit
1991 Won NSW 4000m Team Pursuit
1988 Won NSW 100km TTT Championship

Craig was a medalist in NSW Championships every year between 1985 and 1995 at Open Level.