The 4th August 2019 has gone down as a memorable day in the saddle for Balham CC as 40 of us took on two hugely enjoyable but very different 100-mile experiences.
The first was the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive with 25 of us making it to the start line at Queen Elizabeth Park through a mix of ballot, club and charity places.
The second was a club ride out to Pulborough, almost 120 years to the day to when Balham CC ventured to the same Sussex village for a cycling camp.
Extract from an article from The Referee August 6, 1899
The RideLondon 100 gave us an amazing opportunity to ride on closed roads very familiar to us in an amazing atmosphere, take in some of London’s best views while not having to ride in the blue paint, and set alarms for 4.30am for the fun of it all.
The Pulborough Century had the bonus of starting in daylight and took in some of the quiet lanes of West Sussex, doing a figure of eight at Capel and then Wisborough Green. Coffee stop was in the lovely village of Petworth. From there, some cycled home for the full 100miler while others caught the train from Pulborough. No closed roads but if you’re going to get stuck behind something, get stuck behind a gorgeous tractor steam engine.
I make that about 3,500miles done in the red, black and white in one day. Lots of tired legs but some very happy souls!
Newspaper: The Referee; 6 August 1899
Photos 1-4 Petworth (last two from the recce the week before but we like them so they’re in the blog!); Photos 5-8 Prudential RideLondon 100; Photo 9 Newspaper article in full