Malcolm “Chum” Nash doesn’t remember much about the accident in August in which he skirted death.
The well-known cycling veteran was engaged in a Tamworth Cycle Club road race along Davidsons Lane, Moore Creek – something he had done countless times, mostly without incident.
This time, however, his front wheel hit the back wheel of a bike in front of him and he “went over the handlebars”, breaking five vertebrae in the neck and four ribs.
“I had one [a crash] a few years ago and knocked a few teeth out but nothing like this,” he said, adding: “I’ve probably only got a few lives left.”
Still recuperating and yet to get back on a bike, Nash, the winner of this year’s John Dewhurst Memorial Handicap Road Race, has decided to “help out” TCC by taking on its captain duties.
His was appointed to the position at the club’s annual general meeting on Wednesday night, with his son, accomplished triathlete Daniel, appointed president – a position his father once held.
Daniel has succeeded Min McDonald, who oversaw membership growth at the club and the launch of the Tamworth Cycling Festival this year.
He said it would be “exciting” serving on the board with his father. “He’s been president before, so he’s got a bit of knowledge there that will be helpful,” Daniel said.
Daniel “became passionate” about taking on the role after seeing the success of the Cycling Festival in September.
“That’s something I’m pretty keen on making sure happens again next year,” the tennis coach said, adding that McDonald, who had been in the role 18 months, had “definitely” left big shoes to fill.
“There’s big shoes to fill from a lot of people, too, including Rob Wright, who was race coordinator last year,” he said.
Daniel said it was an exciting time for cycling in the city, especially with construction under way of the new criterium track and velodrome, the success of the Cycling Festival and “lots of juniors racing”. “There’s plenty happening,” he said.