Here’s where you’ll find race reports featuring riders from Balham Cycling Club. From the 1880s to the 1970s cuttings from newspapers, cycling journals, club and rider scrapbooks cover everything from National Championships to the smallest of club meetings. Just click on the date to take you through to the cutting and report highlights.

1899 August 16 & October 7, 13 Sources Sporting Life; Pall Mall Gazette; Morning Post Cyclists AE Wills, A Woods, GRV Willis, WG Wills, AE Marshall, H Bugg, T Potter, G Bottoms, AJ Falkenstein; F Jones Venue Crystal Palace Meeting 1899 Club Championship Meeting Dates 1899 August 16 & October 11 Races One Mile; Twenty-Five Mile Race Result Unknown, 25 mile race re-run

Worth reading cuttings just for the phrase: “The members, by consent of the Nation Cyclists’ Union re-ran the event”

1904 September Source Various Cyclists J McKinlay; AE Wills (Now with Putney AC) Venue Crystal Palace Meeting 12th UCI World Track Championships Meeting Date 1904 September 3-10 Races Amateur Open Half-Mile Handicap; 2km Amateur Championship; Race Result McKinlay 6th in the final; AE Wills knocked out in semi final

Worth reading for: some great photos

1920 May 28 Source Kent & Sussex Courier Cyclists B Bragg; FW Gurr Venue Nevill Athletic Ground Meeting Tunbridge Wells Sports Meeting Meeting Date 1920 May 23 Races Half-Mile Cycle Handicap; Mile Cycle Handicap; Mile Cycle Scratch Race Result B Bragg wins 3 events, FW Gurr knocked out in heat

Worth reading for the phrase: “The men’s pillow fights were productive of some hard hitting”

1928 March 2 Source Cycling Balham Cyclists DG Turner Venue Surrey / Kent Meeting Balham Rough Stuff Meeting Date 1928 February 26 Race 25 Mile Race Result Balham’s Turner finishes 15th, Len Cave & HEG Ferris make it a Vegetarian C&AC 1-2 and ensure the team prize goes the same way.

Worth reading cutting just for the phrase: “Naturally there were a few tumbles on the sharper corners of the course, but these were due rather to too much self-confidence on the part if the riders”

1935 February 27 Source Cycling Balham Cyclists None mentioned Venue Surrey / Kent Meeting Balham Rough Stuff Meeting Date 1928 February day unknown Race 25 Mile Race Result Stan Butler takes third win in four years; Calleva RC take the team prize despite Addiscombe having two riders in the top four

Worth reading cutting just for the phrase: “The London Racing Man, and his friends, and his male servant (complete with spares and bottles), and his maids, make their way in droves to the playground, a chosen hundred of them to race, and many others to watch.”

1937 March 3 Source Cycling Balham Cyclists DE Hebblethwaite Venue Surrey / Kent Meeting Balham Rough Stuff Meeting Date Sunday 1937 February 28 Race 25 Mile Race Result Norwood Paragon’s Willett and Butler take first and second but Addiscombe CC take home the team prize

Worth reading cutting just for the phrase: “Frank Cleeve, another former winner, found it difficult to get going – his glasses were frozen over – and could clock only 2.4.14”

1938 March 3 Source Cycling Balham Cyclists None mentioned Venue Surrey / Kent Meeting Balham Rough Stuff Meeting Date Sunday 1938 February 28 Race 25 Mile Race Result Norwood Paragon’s Butler and Willett reverse their 1937 positions take and are first and second respectively but Unity CC take home the team prize

Worth reading cutting just for the phrase: “Two men were turned back at the start and not allowed to compete until a bell was fitted to their machines”

1947 Feb 23 Sources Various BCC Ephemera Balham Cyclists Steve Smith; Fred Hatch Venue Surrey / Kent Meeting Balham Rough Stuff Meeting Date 1947 February 23 Race 25 Mile Race Result Cancelled Bad Weather

1948 March 3 Source Cycling Balham Cyclists None mentioned Venue Surrey / Kent Meeting Balham Rough Stuff Meeting Date 1948 February 29 Race 25 Mile Race Result Viking RC’s FT Devonald wins and Addiscombe CC take home the team prize

Worth reading cutting just for the phrase: “He admitted the temptation to copy one competitor who had fallen and decided that a roadside sleep in the sun was a far more practical way of spending the morning”