The Publican, Harrier and Worshipful Master: An introduction to Balham CC founder George Huntley


We know from previous finds that George Huntley founded the club in 1897 and the Balham Hotel (now The Regent) was used as the club HQ from 1897 until 1926. Now, fresh research shows a man seemingly destined for the pub trade, well established in the Masonic lodges of South London and who had links to another legendary London sports club still going today. Continue reading The Publican, Harrier and Worshipful Master: An introduction to Balham CC founder George Huntley

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MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast


If cycling history is your thing then you’ll understand why at BCC Towers we got very excited seeing the names of WJ Pett, HW Bartleet and JCP Tacagni in a recently obtained 1932 Club Handbook. All three were major players in cycling at the turn of the 20th century and all three are listed as club vice-presidents. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast

Kit inspired by club’s heritage launched for the summer


Four and a half months on from the club heading out on its first ride, the first kit has been ordered and is in production.
The new kit is inspired by the club’s jersey designs of the 1940s and 50s and incorporates the original logo on the family photograph that started this whole project in November 2015. Continue reading Kit inspired by club’s heritage launched for the summer

Wills on Fire: South Londoner smashes coveted 60-in-60 motor-paced world record


In 1908 former Balham CC club amateur turned professional AE Wills broke the coveted motor-paced distance record of 60miles in an hour.
“I almost shudder when I think of my experience in that hour. I was like a man mesmerized, my actions being automatic. The vibration and rapid pedaling seemed to take all the life out of me”.
Here’s his story. Continue reading Wills on Fire: South Londoner smashes coveted 60-in-60 motor-paced world record

MEMORABILIA: 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu with Club History 1897-1957


Here’s the 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu. It includes an overview of the Club’s first 60 years, which is reproduced in full. A fantastic find in a quest to tell the story of the once famous cycling club. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu with Club History 1897-1957

Club member’s collection shines light on Balham’s cycling past


A former club member shares some fantastic mementoes from his time with Balham CC. Highlights include a Diamond Jubilee Dinner menu with the history of the club from 1897 to 1957; 7 copies of the club newsletter The Balham CC Gazette from 1949; the 1949 club handbook and some great photos. Here’s our top 6 new facts gleaned from this latest treasure trove. Continue reading Club member’s collection shines light on Balham’s cycling past

The greatest cycling venue London never had: The rise and fall of Balham Hyde Farm


In the early 1890s Hyde Farm, Balham was set to become the premier cycling track in London. By 1896 it had closed with the land to be used for housing, a victim of construction to saturation point of cycling tracks in the good times, cycling’s sudden decline in popularity, and a champion cyclist’s determination to make Herne Hill the capital’s number one venue. Here’s the story of the greatest cycling venue London never had. Continue reading The greatest cycling venue London never had: The rise and fall of Balham Hyde Farm