Balham Cycling Club was born in 1897 at the back end of a bicycle boom. Whatever you did, whatever your social standing, in 1897 the bike had something for everyone and everyone wanted in. In this blog we take a look at cycling during the time of Balham CCs formation, both nationally and through the prism of the South London cycling scene Continue reading Balham CC, South London and the 19th century bicycle boom
In the 1900’s AW Hunt was a well known record breaking Balham CC ‘crack’. The recent coming together of new material – not least a personal testimony in the club newsletter and memorabilia from his great niece – means we can now tell the story of his illustrious cycling career in the Balham CC colours. Continue reading Hunt wins Balham trophy outright and goes on to claim national record
The quest to tell the story of the club took the largest of leaps recently when members of the old club raided lofts and cupboards to bring some cherished club memorabilia and heir looms to the club heritage night. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 10 Trophies, Club Newsletters, Jersey and Committee Regalia
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
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
The 1904 World Track Championships are worthy of these pages thanks to two Balham greats. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Balham CC and the 1904 UCI Track World Championships
We’ve just got our hands on an old photograph of Balham High Road showing the The Dan Leno Motor and Cycle Works. With Dan Leno featuring in The Limehouse Golem, one of the major films of the year, we thought it timely to investigate the connection between Balham, Leno and Cycling and the story behind the shop that carried his name. Continue reading The King’s Jester and the Balham Motor and Cycle Works
The discovery of four newspaper race reports gives us new insight into the early days of Balham CC including the revelation that Olympian W Lower was a member of the club. Continue reading BACKPEDAL: Record holder and Olympian race for top Balham honours in 1900s
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