A Day at the Races: Balham CC and the Epsom Run for Cyclists


In the winter of 1920, with daylight hours short and weather miserable, a band of Balham CC members thought it would be wise to go on a shorter ride but include a running race in the day’s proceedings. By the 1930s this winter novelty had turned into a national event, attracting cycling clubs from all over the country. Continue reading A Day at the Races: Balham CC and the Epsom Run for Cyclists

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

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